Subscriber News: October 2018
Congratulations to Jessica Brody. The author of over 20 books of fiction and nonfiction for teens and adults, she shares tips for successful fiction plotting in her new book Save the Cat! Writes a Novel, released October 9 by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House. “Save the cat!” is a famous screenwriting template of fifteen beats (or plot points) that promises to be the formula that every great movie Hollywood ever made was structured around. Visit her website to find out more.
Congratulations to George Harrar and Evelyn Krieger. His story “Bedlam” won first prize, and her story “Her Last Dance” won second prize, in the 2018 Gemini Magazine Short Story Prize. Both pieces were published in their August issue. This contest, with a top award of $1,000, opens in late December, with a deadline of March 31. See the journal's full schedule of contests here.
Congratulations to John Reinhart. His micro-fiction “High Noon Protocol” won first place in the 12th Alban Lake Drabble Contest, and his micro-fiction “Letters to the Sagebrush” won an honorable mention in the same contest. The theme for this contest, which closed July 31, was “Space Western”. John also recently won honorable mentions for “What We Hide” and “Where There Be Dragons” in the Zathom “Inspirations” micro-fiction contest.
Congratulations to Harry Bauld. His poetry collection The Uncorrected Eye was published in September by Passager Books. He kindly shares a sample poem here. Other poems in this collection placed in the Winning Writers Sports Literary Contest in 2012 and our Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest in 2014. Poet and writing teacher Fred Marchant says, “From his jazz-like improvisations to the whip-like turns in his sonnets, from his 'magic cloud of memory' to the 'limping lion of history,' Bauld presents us with a world we thought we knew well. Now, in these beautifully crafted poems, we feel as though we are meeting it for the first time.”
Congratulations to R. Bremner. His poetry book Hungry Words was published in August by Alien Buddha Press. Absurd, a collection of his absurdist poetry, was published by Cajun Mutt Press in September.
Congratulations to Lesléa Newman. The Matthew Shepard Foundation will present her with its Making a Difference Award at its 20th anniversary Bear to Make a Difference Gala on October 20 at Hilton Denver City Center in Colorado. This annual honor is given to a person or persons who, at a national or international level, has produced substantive social, legal, and/or economic progress for members of the LGBTQ+ community by being out and proud, or influential in support of equality. Lesléa's poetry collection October Mourning (Candlewick Press, 2012), winner of an American Library Association Stonewall Award, commemorated the hate crime murder victim through poems in the voices of various protagonists.
Congratulations to Audrey Andujar Wright. Her Christian book Microchip, Tribulation and VICTORY Over the “Mark of the Beast” was a finalist in the Religion/Inspirational category of the 2018 Book Excellence Awards.
Dennis Herrell's fourth poetry collection, Peering Around the Corner, is now available from BookLocker and Amazon.
David Kherdian's biography Blackfoot Whitefoot: The Life of James Willard Schultz is available on Amazon. Schultz, a writer who influenced Kherdian's career as a poet and memoirist, was the first white man to be accepted into the life of the Blackfeet Native American tribe, and wrote several books of fiction and nonfiction about their culture. Kherdian's recent memoir Starting from San Francisco: A Life in Writing, about his formative years in the company of Saroyan, Ferlinghetti, Snyder, and other figures of the 1960s West Coast poetry renaissance, was favorably reviewed by Gerald Hausman at Stay Thirsty Magazine.
Helen Leslie Sokolsky's poem “Reflections on Andrew Wyeth's Christina's World” was published on August 24 in The Ekphrastic Review, an online journal of poetry inspired by works of art. Her poem “Field of Heroes” was published in Poetry Quarterly (Spring/Summer 2018). Two more poems are forthcoming in the Fall/Winter 2018 issue of Circle Show, the literary journal of Seven CirclePress.
Vivi Zografou's Greek travelogue Dark Attica: A Guide to Ancient and Modern Sites of Human Tragedy is available on Amazon.
Robert Walton's science fiction story “Starbuck Billy” was published in Alien Dimensions #16, an anthology series from Australian publisher Maldek House.
Lorna Wood's flash horror story “Birds of a Feather” will be published in Tales from the Canyons of the Damned, Issue #27.
Lance Johnson's 10-minute play “Taming the Male Chauvinist” was chosen by the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights to be staged at their 2018 Play Reading Festival in September. ALAP will also stage a reading of the play on Monday, October 15 at Lucky Jack's Bar & Lounge, 129 Orchard Street, New York City. Read more about the playwright here.
Published: October 7, 2018