Subscriber News: August 2017
Congratulations to L.S. Johnson. Her fantasy-horror short story collection, Vacui Magia, is a finalist for the 2017 World Fantasy Award in the Best Collection category. Winners of this prestigious prize will be announced in November. Vacui Magia won first prize for genre fiction in the 2016 North Street Book Prize from Winning Writers. In other news, Johnson's novel Harkworth Hall, a Gothic horror tale with a lesbian romance element, was released this month.
Congratulations to Mark Stevick. His poem “I See Young Mothers at the School Bus Stop” won first prize in the 2017 Wundor Editions Poetry Contest. The most recent deadline for this $500 award was May 31 and the 2017 theme was “Spring”. Read the winner and runners-up on their website. Contest judge Caroline Price praised his poem's “mastery and surprise, its relaxed yet enigmatic tone, the way it draws the reader in and suggests an extra dimension at the end.” Mark credits Winning Writers for motivating him to keep sending out his work.
Congratulations to Berwyn Moore. Her third poetry collection, Sweet Herbaceous Miracle, will be published in December by Main Street Rag and is on sale now at a pre-order discount price of $8.00 (regular price will be $14.00). She kindly shares a sample poem here.
Congratulations to Joan Gelfand. Her poem “Peonies: For Jill” won third prize for poetry in the 2017 Chattanooga Writers' Guild Spring Writing Contest. She kindly shares it with us here. The most recent deadline was April 15 for this contest with prizes up to $100. Joan's essay “The Key” was included in Dreams That Change Our Lives, published by the International Association for the Study of Dreams. Her poem “Blue Moon” was published in the 2017 annual anthology on the theme of “The Moon” from TallGrass Writers Guild and Outrider Press. There is a different theme each year.
Congratulations to Joan Leotta. Her poem “Boats on Blue”, a reflection on the refugee crisis, won the May 2017 monthly contest at the blog Wilda Morris's Poetry Challenge.
Congratulations to Ruth Hill. Her poem “Encounters from the Four Winds” won second prize in the “Animals” theme category from the 2017 National Federation of State Poetry Societies Annual Contest and will be published in Encore 2017. The most recent deadline for this award series, with over $6,000 in prizes including a top prize of $1,000, was March 15. Ruth's poem “Harbor of Rainbows” won a second prize in the 2017 Dancing Poetry Contest from Artists Embassy International. The deadline was April 15 for this award, with three top prizes of $100 and an interpretive dance performance of the grand prize poems. “Harbor of Rainbows” was also published in City Works (Spring 2017), the literary journal of San Diego City College. “My Star Sapphire”, “Awe”, and “Spider Web” were published online in Wordplay at Work (June 2017) by the Royal City Literary Arts Society. “Spilled Milk” won an honorable mention in the 2017 Heart Poetry Award from Nostalgia Press and will be published in Heart Poetry Issue #12 (September 2017). The most recent deadline for this $500 prize was April 30. “Light Bends around Shadows” will be published in the 2017 writing contest anthology from the Women's National Book Association, coming out in September 2017 from C&R Press of Syracuse, NY. “Not Home” was chosen for The Summoning Project, and will be recorded, travel on tour, and be published, installed, and archived. This multimedia project raises awareness about the unsolved murders of Aboriginal and other women on the Highway of Tears in British Columbia, Canada. Ruth's poem “Scratch Cake” was published in Lucidity Quarterly Newsletter (Fall 2017).
Gail Thomas will be reading poetry with Melanie Braverman and Christopher Tanner on Saturday, September 9, from 6:00-8.00 p.m., at AMP: Art Market Provincetown, 432 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA, for an evening of readings and song to benefit Alzheimer's Family Support Center of Cape Cod. Visit Gail's website for information on her prizewinning poetry books and chapbooks.
Sofia Kioroglou's poems “The island of the iron” and “Through the Myrtle Fields” were published at Mediterranean Poetry. “Love (Diamante Poem)” and “About Ideas” appeared at In Between Hangovers. “Bring her back”, a tribute to the missing maiden statue of Karyai, appeared at Outlaw Poetry. Other poems of hers on this site include “Patiently yours, Nietzsche”, “Up Hill and Down Dale”, and “Embrace it”. “Trails of Mascara” was published at Spillwords. “Mia Madre” was published at Ariel Chart. “The City of Shalem” appeared on the Greek website Matia. “Thou Shalt Not Bow” was published in PPP Ezine, Vol. 1 #2. “Just Like the Measles” was published at Degenerate Literature. A selection of her poems appears at VerseWrights.
Evelyn Krieger's essay “Losing My Words” was published in The Sunlight Press.
Janet Garber was interviewed about her comic novel, Dream Job, Wacky Adventures of an HR Manager, by UK Book Talk Radio Club and Ohio's Speak Up Talk Radio. Her story “Three Gentlemen Callers” appeared on Mused: The BellaOnline Literary Review, and her story “One Doesn't Trifle With Love” was published by City Works, the literary journal of San Diego City College.
Published: August 9, 2017