Subscriber News: March 2022
Congratulations to Samantha Terrell. Her poem "Just Justice" won First Honorable Mention in the 2021 Anita McAndrews Poetry Award from Poets Without Borders. Read the winners on their website. The most recent deadline was November 30 for this $250 prize for poems about human rights. Visit Samantha's website for her recent poetry books Vision, and Other Things We Hide From (Potter's Grove Press) and Keeping Afloat (JC Studio Press). Her e-book Our Neighbors' Keepers is available exclusively on Barnes & Noble Nook. It is a micro-chapbook of ten poems focused on poverty in America. Proceeds will be donated to charity.
Congratulations to Alice McVeigh. Her dystopian thriller Last Star Standing, published under her pen name Spaulding Taylor, was shortlisted for the 2021 Cygnus Book Awards for Science Fiction. This award series is sponsored by the Chanticleer International Book Awards and Novel Competitions. Meanwhile, Alice's literary novel Susan: A Jane Austen Prequel was a quarter-finalist for Publishers Weekly's 2021 BookLife Prize. It also won First Prize in the 2021 Pencraft Book Awards, an IndieBRAG medallion, and the Gold Medal (historical) in the Global Book Awards. Shelf Unbound magazine chose Susan as one of its 100 "Notable Indies" published in 2021. The second book in this series, Harriet: A Jane Austen Variation, was published in February.
Congratulations to Chris Stark. Her novel Carnival Lights (Modern History Press) was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Awards in the Novel and Short Story category. In a review at Rain Taxi, Shannon Gibney writes, "An impressive work about family, survival, and what one character calls the 'spiral' of all stories, Chris Stark's Carnival Lights is part novel, part Minnesota history, part spiritual tome, and part brutal account of white racial and sexual violence... Even in the midst of endless catastrophe, Carnival Lights offers readers a window into Ojibwe cosmology, values, and ways of being."
Congratulations to James A. Ross. His novel Coldwater Revenge won the Mystery/Thriller category of the MainCrest Media Awards. This novel centers on a struggling bio-research company that has agreed to ship some suspicious materials, leading to murder. Visit his website to learn more.
Winning Writers Editor Jendi Reiter will be reading from their new poetry collection, Made Man (Little Red Tree Publishing), with Steven Riel, launching his new collection, Edgemere (Lily Poetry Review Books), on Saturday, April 9, at 7:00 pm at the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division, 208 W. 13th Street, Room 210, New York City. Sign up on EventBrite. The event will also be livestreamed on the Bureau's YouTube channel and recorded for later viewing.
Mark Scheel's essay about the making of his novel The Potter's Wheel (Clarendon House Publications, 2021) was published in January as a guest post on The Writer's Journey Blog, hosted by Elaine Marie Carnegie-Padgett. The Potter's Wheel tells the story of a Midwestern youth discovering the counterculture in Hollywood in 1967.
Ryan Poirier's graphic novel cartoon miniseries, Farm Freaks, is available in print and e-book formats from his website, Accidental Creations. A group of zany misfit animals discover a big secret at Melancholy Meadows, the drab and no-nonsense farm where they are sent for misbehavior. Ryan's superhero parody comic, The Herd, was the most recent winner of the Graphic Novel category in our North Street Book Prize for self-published books (open now through June 30).
Nancy Shiffrin's poem "Rosh Hashanah for Ruth Bader Ginsburg" was published in Reimagine America: An Anthology for the Future (Vagabond Books, 2022).
Naila Moreira's story "The Stone" was included in Trouble the Waters: Tales from the Deep Blue (Third Man Books, 2022), an anthology of speculative fiction about the mythology and symbolism of water, edited by Sheree Renée Thomas, Pan Morigan, and Troy L. Wiggins. Each contributor created a Spotify playlist for their story. Listen to Naila's soundtrack here.
Published: March 9, 2022