Subscriber News: November 2014
Congratulations to Annie Dawid. Her story "Jonestown: Thirty Years On" was a finalist for the 2014 Eric Hoffer Award for Short Prose and was published in Best New Writing 2015 from Hopewell Publications. The next deadline for this $250 award for short fiction and essays is December 31.
Congratulations to Mary Lou Taylor. Her poetry book The Fringes of Hollywood won an honorable mention at the 2014 Hollywood Book Fair and was featured in the San Jose Mercury News, the Saratoga News, and the Los Gatos Weekly newspapers. Find out more and read sample poems on her website.
Congratulations to Dianne Alvine. Her poem "Oranges" won the Judges' Choice Award in the "Food for Thought" contest from the Ontario Poetry Society and will be published in their anthology. The Ontario Poetry Society hosts several themed contests throughout the year. The most recent deadline for this contest, with a top prize of $200, was September 15. The next deadline is December 25 for "Open Heart", $100 prize.
Congratulations to Robert Walton. His novel Dawn Drums (Moonlight Mesa Associates, 2013) won first prize in the Published Fiction category in the 2014 Arizona Authors Association Literary Contest. Dawn Drums takes place in 1864, the bloodiest year of the American Civil War, bringing the period to life through multiple narrators including battlefield nurses, escaped slaves, Union and Confederate soldiers, and President Abraham Lincoln. Submissions to this contest are accepted January 1-July 1; top prizes are $100 in each genre.
Sari Sikstrom's book Watermark: The truth beneath the surface is now available from Amazon.com. In this debut novel, a rare-book researcher discovers a cache of letters from India that could solve the mystery of her father's absence.
A.M. Thompson's poem "My Mother's Garden" was published in here/there, a British poetry journal. Her flash prose piece "Vincent in Love" was published in KYSO Flash, a new webzine of "knock-your-socks-off art and literature".
Trish Hopkinson's poems "Pressed" and "Railroad About the Truth" appeared in the anthology In Transit: Poetry of People on the Move (Border Town Press, 2014). Her poem "My Monkey Grammarian" was included in Desde Hong Kong: Poets in Conversation with Octavio Paz (Chameleon Press, 2014). Visit her website for more poems, writing resources, and articles on the literary life.
Helen Leslie Sokolsky's poems "Runner-Up" and "Pas de Deux" were published in the 2014 Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry. These poems also appear in her chapbook Two Sides of a Ticket, released this year by Finishing Line Press.
Lesléa Newman's personal essay "Dear Professor H." was published by the literary journal Passages North in their "Writers on Writing" blog series. The essay explores how the author turned an unkind remark from a creative writing teacher into a motivating mantra for her successful writing career.
Judy Juanita will be reading from her novel Virgin Soul (Viking/Penguin, 2013) on Tuesday, November 18, at 6:00 PM, at Oakland Public Library, Elmhurst Branch, 1427 88th Avenue, Oakland, CA. This novel presents a young woman's "coming of age" with the Black Panther Party. Set in Oakland where the author was raised, Berkeley where she was born, and San Francisco where she attended college, Virgin Soul gives the reader a cultural tour of the Bay Area during the turbulent 1960s.
Published: November 9, 2014