Subscriber News: December 2018
Congratulations to Alegria Imperial. Her debut haiku chapbook, Counting Star-Bones, was published in July as an e-book from Yavanika Press, and is available to read and review at the Haiku Foundation Digital Library. Alegria's poem “Light as Magic”, featured in the Winning Writers Critique Corner in 2006, was published in Lakeview International Journal of Literature and the Arts.
Congratulations to Patricia Striar Rohner. Her essay “A Day in Crown Heights”, about a 1994 visit to a Hasidic Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn, won the Spring 2018 Travel Writing Contest from Nowhere Magazine. The Fall 2018 contest is currently open through December 31, with a prize of $1,000. Entries can be poetry, fiction, or essays. Patricia is the author of the novel Tzippy the Thief, an honorable mention winner in our 2017 Winning Writers North Street Book Prize.
Congratulations to Ruth Thompson. Her poetry collection Whale Fall & Black Sage: Poems of the Journey will be published this month by Saddle Road Press. Ruth's poem “Unleaving” was published in Crannóg, an Irish literary journal, which nominated it for a Pushcart Prize.
Congratulations to Michael Fedo. His tenth book, the memoir Don't Quit Your Day Job: The Adventures of a Midlist Author, was published in September by Holy Cow! Press, an independent publisher specializing in Midwestern writing.
Congratulations to Andrea Ferrari Zottis. She won an honorable mention in the Writers of the Future science fiction and fantasy anthology contest for 4th Quarter 2018 (July 1-September 30 submission period). This free contest gives quarterly prizes up to $1,000 and an annual grand prize of $5,000 for short stories by authors who have not professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium. The current quarterly contest is open through December 31. Andrea tells Winning Writers, “I am very happy to be writing to you in order to share a prize given to my work thanks to the wonderful job you do in providing us writers with ways to make our voices heard. I feel really grateful, and of course I always recommend your newsletter.”
Congratulations to Kristin Kostick. Her essay “Blanking” won first prize for nonfiction in the 46th New Millennium Writings Awards. This piece ponders the power and possible advantages of self-deception, and the effects of her grandfather's degenerative brain disease on their troubled family relationships. This twice-yearly contest gives prizes of $1,000 for poetry, fiction, and essays. The 46th contest had a deadline of July 31, 2018.
Congratulations to R. Bremner. His chapbook of ekphrastic poems (inspired by visual art), Ektomorphic, was recently published by Presa Press. Read two poems from the book, inspired by Edward Hopper's painting “Steps in Paris”, at the Ekphrastic Review.
Congratulations to Ruth Hill. Her poem “Rainforest Matrix” won Honorable Mention in the Royal City Literary Arts Society “Write On!” Poetry Contest. Her poem “Be a Self-Righting Ship” was published online in Voices Israel Voices from Overseas in June 2018. “Remodeling the Kitchen” and “Resilience” were published online in the RCLAS e-zine Wordplay at Work in May 2018. She was the September featured writer with 10 of her poems in Caught in the Net, a feature of Jim Bennett's writing resource site The Poetry Kit. “Media” was published in the Spring 2018 Lucidity Journal Bonus Issue. “Hideaway” was published in Lucidity Poetry Journal Winter 2018. “Fallen Tree” was published online in RCLAS e-zine November 2018, and “Wild Celery” will be published there in December.
Congratulations to Gary Beck. His collection of political essays, The Republic of Dreams, was published in November by Gnome On Pig Productions.
Winning Writers Editor Jendi Reiter's poem “50 Years Later, a Poetry Critic Blogs About Fingering His Girlfriend” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Poetry Hotel. Their poem “Rags and Chains” appeared in Issue #1 of Name and None, a new journal for transgender and nonbinary writers.
Winning Writers contest judge Dennis Norris II's story “Among Shadows, Passing” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Awst Press. The story is included in their self-titled chapbook, which was named a Staff Pick at Powell's bookstore.
Sarah Kornfeld and Dr. Wallace J. Nichols will be reading and discussing their new books at an event titled “Water Is Medicine” on Monday, January 21, at 7:30 pm, at The Bindery, 1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA. On this auspicious celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., both authors will explore the great legacy of the impact of water, our access to it, and Dr. King's belief in using our open mind—not red mind—as expressed in his nonviolent call to justice. Nichols is the author of Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do (Back Bay Books, 2015). Kornfeld's debut novel, What Stella Sees (Cove International, 2018), is an adventure in magical realism in which all characters are forced to face creatures from their own depths.
Warwick Newnham's story “Eddie-Spaghetti-Oh!” is on sale now from Write Out Publishing. The author describes it as “a tale of the peculiarity of male friendship examined through the narration of the last hurrah.”
Brian T. Sluga's poetry collection Not Just My Poetry…It's Your Life, Too is available on Amazon. Brian says, “My poetry invokes the diversity and relates to the similarities that I have experienced across the world. People feel, love, and remember life in many similar ways. Celebrate your life and loves!”
Published: December 9, 2018