Subscriber News: July 2014
Congratulations to J.S. Kierland. His debut short fiction collection, 15 Stories by J.S. Kierland, will be published this month by Underground Voices Press. Read a sample story on their website.
Congratulations to Rod Walford. His poem "Late for Supper" won a Highly Commended award in the Rhyming Poetry category of the 2014 FreeXpression Literary Competition. The most recent deadline for this contest, with prizes up to A$250, was February 28.
Congratulations to Rebecca Foust and Patricia Schultheis, finalists for the 49th Parallel Poetry Award and the Tobias Wolff Fiction Award, respectively, in the 2014 Bellingham Review Literary Contests. Foust's poetry will be published in the 2015 issue. Schultheis received recognition for her story "Apple, Key, Cross". The next submission period for these $1,000 prizes for poetry, fiction, and nonfiction will be December 1-March 15.
Congratulations to Elaine Abramson. The National League of American Pen Women nominated her book From Fat to Fabulous: A Diet Guide for Restaurant Lovers for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize. The book has been endorsed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry. In May, Elaine was inducted into the Cleveland Heights High School Hall of Fame. She will be presenting her workshop "How to write and submit a press release" at the Romance Writers of America annual conference, July 23-26 in San Antonio, Texas.
Congratulations to Sally Stewart Mohney. Her poetry chapbook A Piece of Calm was recently published by Finishing Line Press. She kindly shares a sample poem here. Bestselling author Ron Rash has praised the "superb soundplay" and "vivid insights into nature and family" in this collection. Two poems from A Piece of Calm will be reprinted in The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VII: North Carolina, forthcoming from Texas Review Press in November.
Congratulations to Beebe Barksdale-Bruner. She won the monthly "50 Words for $50" contest sponsored by the online journal Blotterature, for the June 2014 contest cycle. Winners are published on the journal's Facebook page on the first day of each month. Visit her website to learn more about her writing and artwork.
Congratulations to Robert Walton. His story "The Dark Monster" was a winner in the monthly themed contest at Kids' Book Review and was published on the site in July.
Congratulations to Darrell Lindsey. His poem "The Detour" won first prize in the 2014 Balticon SF Poetry Contest. This free contest gives prizes up to $100 for poems with science fiction, fantasy, or horror themes; the most recent deadline was April 1. In other news, Darrell received a 2014 Rhysling Award nomination from the Science Fiction Poetry Association, a Commended placement in the Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award, and first prize in the 2014 Betty Drevniok Awards from Haiku Canada. He kindly shares his winning poem from the latter contest below:
snow in the treetops—
a lullaby too heavy
for her to sing
A.M. Thompson's poems "Nullipara" and "El Dia de los Muertes" were published in the British literary magazine The Journal. She kindly shares the former poem here. The author writes, "I wrote 'Nullipara' nearly 15 years ago, long before we adopted Jess." Read her essay about the unique challenges of adoptive parenthood, "What You Cannot Give Them", in the inaugural issue of The Leopard Seal (Winter 2013). Visit her website at www.wellspringofwords.net/.
Susan Stinson's book Spider in a Tree (Small Beer Press, 2013), a historical novel about Puritan theologian Jonathan Edwards and the First Great Awakening, was favorably reviewed by Richard A. Bailey in the July/August 2014 issue of Books & Culture: A Christian Review. Bailey writes, "Stinson's masterful use of historical texts to imagine 18th-century Northampton and its inhabitants makes this volume stand on its own as a work of art...Her portrayals of the realities, complexities, and contradictions of race-based slavery in New England situates Spider in a Tree as one of the more useful treatments of the subject available—either fiction or nonfiction." The full review is available online for B&C subscribers only.
Published: July 12, 2014