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Offbeat Faced with the flow of manuscripts, Gallimard brakes the ardor of the aspirants Writers

14:15  08 april  2021
14:15  08 april  2021 Source:   francetvinfo.fr

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generally receiving 3,500 manuscripts per year, the publishing house has announced that I have received 1,200 manuscripts between January and March and thus asks "supermarket to the shipment Manuscripts ".

  Face au déferlement de manuscrits, Gallimard freine les ardeurs des aspirants écrivains © provided by FranceInfo

less and less French read, but they are always as many candidates to be published. And for Gallimard, it's too much: the publisher prays the aspiring writers to wait before sending their prose.

"Given the exceptional circumstances, we ask you to stay at the sending of manuscripts. Take care of yourself and good readings," writes the prestigious home on its website. This advice appeared at the beginning of April and was relayed on the official Twitter account on April 2, a Friday at the end of the afternoon. Not sure he was followed unanimously, but to increase his chances, better to comply. And wait.

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The context is quite adverse to the unknown strangers who dream in Houellebecq or in Nothomb. The closure of the libraries twice in 2020, in the spring and autumn, led to postponement, causing a bottling in 2021. If being published is always difficult for a beginner, it became even more complicated.

Gallimard is not stingy in first novels in his famous White Collection: Five in September, two in March, two in April ... Asked about the reasons for this message to the general public, the publisher mentioned The immensity of the volumes sent.

The some 30 manuscripts per business day received Rue Gaston-Gallimard became 50, for nearly a year. "We would like to give the same attention to all the manuscripts we receive and answer all shipments. It is a considerable work that requires minutia and availability of mind. It is for all these reasons that We asked to suspend, quite momentarily, the sending of manuscripts, "said Gabrielle Lecrivain, publisher.

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"We do not cut the tap" at Grasset

some competitors had given the same advice in a very particular context: during the first confinement, in the spring of 2020. "We and other publishers, we had put a message on the Website to ask to wait before sending a manuscript. I expected a tsunami when it was removed for the deconformation. He did not take place, but there is a certain catch-up now, "says At Laure Belloeuvre, the service of the manuscripts of the threshold.

This publisher receives about 3,500 manuscripts per year, concentrated at the beginning and at the end of the year. Between January and March, 1,200 reached. "It's a lot. Now everyone knows how to use a computer to write, we see people who write and that we feel they do not read. It's no longer like the time when it had to take His remington to type his manuscript, what did literature enthusiasts were doing, "says the publisher.

"We do not cut the faucet," says Juliette Joste, Editor at Grasset. "We have ultracharged programs, and we can not do anything that comes from post: one or two titles a year. But I saw this message from Gallimard with astonishment." Grasset, who had approached a record of 5,000 manuscripts received in 2018, received more than 1,000 in 2021, mid-March.

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a price for "unpublished writers" at the Novice

publisher when the novice editions, who had not published any pound, created a literary price in January 2020 for "unpublished writers", the jury received No less than 150 manuscripts. "I did not want to receive an unmanageable number, so the sending window was voluntarily very short, and we communicated enough", explains to Timothé Guillotin, the founder of this house.

The name of the laureate or the laureate (which will be published) will be revealed Friday, April 9. "It's someone who tried to publish, and who received a lot of refusal, even if the answers were always encouraging. It's not far away at Flammarion. And our jury understood why, with this very Beautiful novel, "added Timothé Guillotin.

The editions of the Olivier find the same craze. "More than 700 manuscripts over the first three months, what makes it exceeded 2,000 this year, when one was 1,500 or 1,600 a year before the Goncourt de John Paul Dubois prize" in 2019, reports Jeanne Grange, the service of manuscripts. "Has two editors to peel them, we can not read everything in full, that's certain. But I would never deter anyone. The vitality of a publisher is at the renewal of his catalog," she adds.

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