Subscriber News: May 2019
Congratulations to Cyrée Jarelle Johnson. His debut poetry collection, Slingshot, will be published in September by Nightboat Books and is now available for pre-order. From the book blurb: “Slingshot begins with the author ensconced in the menacing isolation of the pastoral, but once the work migrates to the City, monstrum grows form and fangs. In these messy, horny, desperate poems spun from dream logic, Cyrée Jarelle Johnson considers the consequences of black sexual and gender deviance, as well as the emotional burden of being forced to the rim of society, then punished for what keeps you alive.”
Congratulations to David R. Yale. His novel Becoming JiJi won First Place in the Contemporary Fiction category of the 2018 Writer's Digest Self-Published eBook Awards. The judges' report praised its “beautiful natural writing style”. This contest gives prizes up to $5,000; the most recent deadline was September 24 (discount early bird deadline August 1). Becoming JiJi is the inspirational coming-of-age story of a working-class teenager in the 1970s who discovers her musical talents. Visit David's website for more information.
Congratulations to Mike Tuohy. His story “Confetti Girl” won first prize in the 2018 Scribes Valley Publishing Contest and was published in the winners' anthology Beyond the Norm: Feed Your Imagination. Mike describes his story as “a riveting tale of lust, jealousy, questionable intentions and locomotives.” The 2019 contest is now open through November 30. Prize amounts will depend on the number of entries received; the top prize in 2018 was $90.
Congratulations to Sofia Kioroglou. Her book Mystical Experiences in the Holy Land is available now in Greek from Politeia and will soon have an English-language edition.
Congratulations to Gary Beck. His new book Contusions, a poetry collection that “explores some of our deepest daily challenges such as safety, violence, and today's political climate,” is now available from Winter Goose Publishing. His poetry collection Transitions was also released this month by Wordcatcher Publishing.
Congratulations to Ian M. Evans. His historical novel The First Village, set in Roman-occupied Wales in the fourth century, was published in March by Vanguard Press.
Winning Writers Editor Jendi Reiter's poem “Wolf Whistles”, originally published in their chapbook Swallow (Amsterdam Press, 2009), was accepted for the anthology The Impossible Beast: Poems of Queer Eroticism, forthcoming in 2020 from Damaged Goods Press. The anthology is still open to submissions through December 31.
Emily Bracale's graphic memoir Our Last Six Months was profiled in the Maine newspaper The Ellsworth American on April 19, in an Arts & Leisure feature titled “Graphic book captures caring for loved one in dying days”. This book won the Grand Prize in the 2018 Winning Writers North Street Book Prize.
Thea Biesheuvel's poem “Reformation” was published in the 2018 poetry contest anthology from Proverse Hong Kong. The current contest, with a top prize of HK$10,000 (about US$1,200), is open through June 30. She kindly shares it with us here.
Fern G. Z. Carr's poetry collection Shards of Crystal (Silver Bow Publishing, 2018) was the featured bookstore selection in April at Poetry Super Highway. She was the subject of a series of six online weekly interviews (April 4-May 9) at poetry mini interviews, curated by Thomas Whyte. Read more about her on Wikipedia and her website.
Published: May 8, 2019