Subscriber News: June 2020
Congratulations to Mi West. His prose piece "Big Fat Heat" was a finalist for the 2020 Chautauqua Janus Prize, a $5,000 award for short fiction or nonfiction by authors with no published prose books. The most recent deadline was March 31. His flash piece "By a Single Thread" was a runner-up in the 2019 Dave's Travel Corner Travel Essay Contest. He was also a semi-finalist in the 2019 Boulevard Nonfiction Contest for Emerging Writers.
Congratulations to Carol Dines. Her story "Winning" was a finalist in the Winter 2020 Story Contest from Narrative Magazine. The Spring 2020 contest, with prizes up to $2,500, is now open through July 31, accepting both fiction and nonfiction.
Congratulations to Kathryn Winograd. Her essay collection Slow Arrow: Unearthing the Frail Children (Saddle Road Press, 2020) won the bronze medal for Essay in the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards. The most recent deadline for this award series for small press and self-published books was February 22. This book intertwines Winograd's memoir of caring for her dying mother and her study of the fragile ecology of southwestern Colorado. Visit her website to learn more about her poetry and nonfiction publications.
Congratulations to Joseph Stanton. His poetry collection Things Seen was published by Brick Road Press as a finalist for the Brick Road Poetry Prize. The most recent submission period for this $1,000 award was August 1-November 1. Laverne and Carol Frith, editors of the literary journal Ekphrasis, said: "This richly visual collection turns on Stanton’s masterful transliteration of image after image into the essence of its own perceived light." Stanton's newest collection, Moving Pictures, was published in 2019 by Shanti Arts. He kindly shares a sample poem here.
Congratulations to Thomas Davis. He won the 2019 Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers for his novel In the Unsettled Homeland of Dreams. This historical novel is about escaped slaves from Missouri who established a community in Wisconsin in the 1850s. The award has been in existence since 1965 and honors the best novel by a Wisconsin writer published during the previous year.
Congratulations to Barbara de la Cuesta. Her novel The Mists will be available for pre-order from Finishing Line Press in July. From the book blurb: "Three young Chicagoans flee a war they don't consider theirs, only to encounter a conflict in the mountains of Central America which they must achingly own." Her collection of short stories, The Place Where Judas Lost his Boots, is forthcoming from Brighthorse Books as the winner of the 2018 Brighthorse Prize in the short fiction category. This contest offers $1,000 and publication for unpublished novels, poetry collections, and short fiction collections; the 2020 prize is now open through October 1.
Congratulations to Mike Tuohy. His long short story, "Negotiating the Narrows" (co-authored with Susan Zimmerman), is currently #1 for the month & #3 for the year in the Coverfly Red List dramatic cinematic short story category. Two short sci-fi pieces, "Too Much Experience" and "Fantasy Cabinet", are at 14th and 16th place for the year on the Red List. His short story "The Black Hole of Shady Acres" will be published at fresh.ink on July 31, and his story "Toxic Bijou" will appear there in the fall. Visit his website to read more of his work.
Winning Writers Editor Jendi Reiter's poem "Past Life as a Bear" will be published in Pensive: A Global Journal of Spirituality and the Arts this fall. Their poem "Self-Portrait as Pastry Box" was published in Crosswinds Poetry Journal, Vol. 5 (2020).
Betty M Reeves's Christian children's book Moses: The Story of Glops, Book 5 is now available on Amazon.
Annie Dawid's fine art photography was published in Wild Roof Journal, Issue 2. Her essay "How Came These Things to Pass?" was accepted for the anthology Humans in the Wild: Reactions to a Gun Loving Country, forthcoming from Swallow Publishing. She found this opportunity in the Winning Writers newsletter. Her story "Heraklion" will be published in The Casket of Fictional Delights in 2021.
Janet Garber's story "Stranger on the Plane" was published in Coffin Bell, Vol. 3, #2. Her story "Creation, Inc." was published in May at The Raven's Perch. "How I Became an Instant Grandmother" appeared at Family Story Project. "The Bite" will appear later this year in Jack Walker Press.
Karin Aurino's poems "My Man Stayed with Me" and "My Name is Wife" were published in North Dakota Quarterly, Issue 87.1/2 (Spring 2020). This is her first poetry publication.
Published: June 9, 2020