Subscriber News: June 2019
Congratulations to Charlotte Mandel. Her eleventh poetry collection, Alive and In Use: Poems in the Japanese Form of Haibun, was published in May by Kelsay Books. She kindly shares a sample poem here. Visit her website to learn more about her award-winning writing.
Congratulations to Peter Justin Newall. His story "A Box of Photographs" won the 2019 Lamar York Prize for Fiction and was published in the Chattahoochee Review. The most recent submission period for this contest, with prizes of $1,000 apiece for stories and essays, was November 1-January 31.
Congratulations to Tara Campbell. Her speculative fiction collection Midnight at the Organporium was published this spring by Aqueduct Press. This book was recognized with a starred review from Publishers Weekly, which described the book as "dryly funny, poetic, poignant, dark, and trippy" and "profoundly avant-garde." If you've ever wondered what a homicidal houseplant, an enchanted office picnic, sentient fog, and the perfect piece of toast have in common, this is your chance to find out. Visit her website to learn more.
Congratulations to Jennie MacDonald. Her dark Victorian comedy "A Merry Widow or Two" was the winner of the Screenplay/Stage Play category in the Colorado Authors' League Best of 2018 awards. Read more about her work here. The most recent deadline for this award, with prizes of $100 in various genres, was March 31.
Congratulations to Madeline Sharples. Her historical novel Papa's Shoes was published in April by Aberdeen Bay. This family saga centers on a first-generation Jewish immigrant from Poland who struggles with his daughter's assimilation to American culture.
Congratulations to Diana Anhalt. Her poetry collection Walking Backward was published in May by Kelsay Books. She kindly shares a sample poem here. Poet Karen Paul Holmes says of this book, "These poems walk gracefully together, backward and forward—through the rooms of childhood, motherhood, and widowhood—from a shtetl in Russia and a 1912 steerage class crossing, to homes in the U.S. and Mexico...The collection bursts with humor, history, and heartbreak."
Congratulations to Bernard Mann. His novel David & Avshalom: Life and Death in the Forest of Angels (Amazon Digital Services, 2018) won a First Place Award in the 2018 Chaucer Early/Pre-1750's Historical Fiction Contest from Chanticleer Book Reviews.
Congratulations to Darrell Lindsey. He won an honorable mention in the OtherWordly Intergalactic Haiku Competition from the Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement. Winners of this space-themed contest received prizes up to $150 and web publication, and the top 40 poems will be featured on-screen during pauses in the word game app OtherWordly, an educational puzzle game that seeks to expand the active vocabulary of players ages 12+. This was a one-time contest for 2019.
Trina Porte's poems "Not Their Real Names" and "Elegy Between Middle Age and Death" were published in Queer Voices: Poetry, Prose, and Pride, an anthology from the Minnesota Historical Society Press. She kindly shares the latter poem here.
Rick Lupert's 23rd poetry collection, Hunka Hunka Howdee! Poems written in Memphis, Nashville and Louisville, came out in May from his imprint Ain't Got No Press. Read sample poems online. See his calendar of upcoming readings here.
Mary K. O'Melveny's poetry was published in An Apple in Her Hand: A Collection from the Hudson Valley Women's Writing Group (Codhill Press, 2018). From the book blurb: "The authors of this collection are seven older women from diverse backgrounds who are members of a long-standing Hudson Valley writing group...The sections of the book―Remembrance, Joy, Visibility, Resistance, Resilience, Transformation, Aging, and Bearing Witness―grew from the authors' individual passions and from their collective perspective of being women-of-a-certain-age in a culture that tends to render older women invisible, irrelevant."
Published: June 10, 2019