Subscriber News: October 2017
Winning Writers Editor Jendi Reiter won a 2017 Sunshot Finalist Prize for her short story collection An Incomplete List of My Wishes, which will be published by New Millennium Writings in 2018. NMW's Sunshots Prize Series gives awards up to $1,500 and publication for poetry and prose manuscripts; the most recent deadline was May 30. Read a story from this collection, "Memories of the Snow Queen", in Grimoire, Issue #4 (Fall 2017). In other news, Jendi's novel Two Natures was a 2017 Book Excellence Award finalist. Winners and finalists receive prize packages with award seals and book marketing guides, plus promotion on social media. The most recent deadline for this contest for small press and self-published books was June 30.
Congratulations to Terrance Manning Jr. His memoir "The Rotten Ones" won first prize in Narrative Magazine's Spring 2017 Story Contest. The Fall 2017 Story Contest is open now, with a November 30 deadline and prizes up to $2,500 for short fiction and nonfiction.
Congratulations to Scott Winkler. His story "Chicken" won first prize for fiction in the 2017 Hal Prize from Peninsula Pulse, a publication in Door County, Wisconsin with a weekly circulation of 17,000+. This follows his 2016 win for his story "The Hunt", available online in this Issuu version of the magazine. This contest for poetry, fiction, essays, and photography gives cash prizes, publication, and a residency at Write On Door County. The current contest is open through May 1, 2018.
Congratulations to Jim Garrison. His novel QL 4, literary crime fiction set in the Mekong Delta during the Vietnam War, won a silver medal for literary fiction in the 2017 Military Writers Society of America Awards. Read the judge's review here. This award series accepts submissions January 15-June 15 annually. Jim says, "I read the Winning Writers newsletter faithfully and appreciate its extensive writing coverage."
Congratulations to Mike Tuohy. Two of his short stories were finalists in the Winston-Salem Writers competition and appear in the 2017 issue of Flying South Magazine. Mike says, "'The Black Hole of Shady Acres' is a dark humor piece that I would describe as a cautionary tale about loaning freezer space to friends. The other piece, 'Vestiges', is a sort of Larry David type of situational story about how good intentions can backfire. It features Confederate re-enactors, Jim Crow remnants and a pulpwood truck."
Congratulations to Tricia McCallum. Her poetry manuscript Icarus Also Flew was a finalist for the 2017 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize. The next submission period for this $1,000 prize will be December 1-April 30. In other news, Tricia's poems "Til Death Do Us Part", "Hiding Places", and "Equine Therapy" were published at A Quiet Courage, an online literary journal that publishes compelling, poignant, and memorable microfiction and poetry in 100 words or fewer.
Congratulations to Michael Topa. He was one of three runners-up for the 2017 Foley Poetry Prize sponsored by the Jesuit magazine America. His poem "Jerusalem Slim" was published in the June 26 issue. He kindly shares it with us here. The most recent submission period for this free contest with a $1,000 prize was January 1-March 31. The contest received approximately 850 entries.
Congratulations to Angie Gallion. Her novel Intoxic won a Bronze Medal in the Fiction - General category of the 2017 Readers' Favorite Awards. Intoxic is the first book in a coming-of-age trilogy about a young woman with an alcoholic mother. Visit Angie's website for information on her books and her Gallion Picks review column for indie authors.
Congratulations to Ndaba Sibanda. His poetry chapbook Of the Saliva and the Tongue was published by Scarlet Leaf Publishing House and is available from Amazon.com. He kindly shares a sample poem here.
Sofia Kioroglou's poem "On the Death of My Father" was nominated for a Best of the Net Award by Lunaris Review. These awards are given by Sundress Publications for the best creative writing published online each year.
John Smistad's story "But Names Will Never Hurt Me" was selected for the Perceptions: Bullying anthology for middle-grade readers, forthcoming from Inklings Publishing in 2018. His humorous article "The Rejection Letter of Yore" appeared on Submittable's blog. Visit his website The Quick Flick Critic for reviews of mainstream and lesser-known films and actor interviews.
Michael Lee Johnson's poetry was nominated for Best of the Net Awards in 2016 and 2017 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He encourages all interested writers to join his Contemporary Poets group on Facebook, which has published two member anthologies, Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze and Dandelion in a Vase of Roses.
Paul T. Jackson has edited the annual themed anthologies from the Plateau Area Writers Association, a Washington State literary society, since 2010. The latest volume, Contrasts, is available now. His other publications include Letters from Paul, a compilation of 3 years of monthly encouraging letters written, as a deacon, to church members; and the collection I'm not a Poet; poems by Paul T. Jackson. These books can be ordered from him by sending a check for $10 per copy to Trescott Research, 2503 Natalie Lane, Steilacoom, WA 98388. He is also a monthly columnist for Public Libraries Online, an online magazine of the Public Libraries Association.
Jesse James Doty's poems "Journey to Haiti" and "Across from the Mission" were published in Exit 13 Magazine, Issue #23 (2017), and his poem "Chosen Bench" appeared in Issue #22 (2016).
Karin Aurino's short story "Twelve Days" was published in August in the Canadian literary journal Agnes and True. Her story "The Magic Cure" was published in the Spring 2017 issue of r.kv.r.y quarterly literary journal, and she was interviewed on the journal's blog in June.
Published: October 9, 2017