Subscriber News: September 2017
Winning Writers contest judge Ellen LaFleche won the Moon Prize for the full moon of June 9 from Beate Sigriddaughter's blog Writing in a Woman's Voice, for her poem “After”. The Moon Prize ($91) is awarded once a month on the full moon for a story or poem posted at Writing in a Woman's Voice during the moon cycle period preceding a full moon.
Congratulations to Ellen Girardeau Kempler. Her illustrated poetry chapbook Thirty Views of a Changing World: Haiku + Photos will be published by Finishing Line Press on November 17 and is now available for pre-order. Ellen says, “Filled with original photos from daily walks around my home in Laguna Beach, California, as well as trips to Yosemite National Park and other parts of California, Japan and Iceland, this book is my attempt to create a sense of urgency about appreciating and protecting the world's fragile landscapes and cultures. When my book is published, I hope to partner with nonprofit organizations on book signings and writing workshops that will help raise money for environmental causes.”
Congratulations to Terry Severhill. His first poetry collection, Beneath the Shadow of the Sun, will be released later this year by West Vine Press, a Michigan-based independent publisher. The collection focuses on his experiences fighting the Vietnam War and its aftermath. He kindly shares a sample poem here. Terry tells Winning Writers: “As a member of the Veterans Writing Group of San Diego County I am constantly telling others about your newsletter and not only the great resources you link to, but your advice and critiques of contests and scams. Keep up the good work!”
Congratulations to Kathleen McCoy. Her poetry collection Green and Burning was published by WordTech Communications, an independent poetry press in Cincinnati. Nancy White, director of The Word Works, says of this book: “The female body, the mind and mortality of man, the unnamable-but-named God: these are her touch-stones, but she never presumes to know all the answers…This book is cleansing, and full of clemency for us all.” Read sample poems here. Her chapbook More Water than Words was published by Finishing Line Press. She kindly shares a poem from this collection here. Her poem “Amish Quilt” appeared in Mom Egg Review, Issue #15.
Congratulations to Bruce Golden. His horror novella Monster Town was published by PS Publishing. The author calls it “a satirical take on the world of the hard-boiled detective—one populated by the monsters of old black and white horror movies.”
Congratulations to Jessica Ellis Laine. She won the 2017 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award from Sisters in Crime. This free contest gives a $1,500 grant to an emerging writer of color, male or female, who has not yet published a full-length work; the most recent submission period was April 15-June 15.
Congratulations to Robert Walton. His story “Tag Team” won an honorable mention in the 2017 Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story Award and will be published in the anthology Untethered: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Tales of the Paranormal. The most recent deadline for this $200 prize was April 30. Visit his website for sample writings and information on his books for children and young adults.
Congratulations to Laine Cunningham. Her story “Eating Words”, historical fiction set in post-Emancipation America, won first prize in the National Story category of the 2016 Hackney Literary Awards and was published in Birmingham Arts Journal. This contest gives prizes up to $600 for poetry and stories in national and state (Alabama) categories; the next deadline is November 30. “Eating Words” was also accepted by Reed Magazine for their 150th anniversary issue, published in May. Reed is California's oldest literary journal. She will be reading at the launch party for this special issue at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 22, at the San Jose City Hall Rotunda, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA.
Congratulations to Tish Davidson. Academic reference publisher ABC-CLIO published her first nonfiction book, Vaccines: History, Science, and Issues. Use Promo Code Q21720 for a 20% discount when ordering direct from publisher. It is also available from Amazon.
Congratulations to David R. Altman. His debut poetry chapbook, Death in the Foyer, was published by Finishing Line Press. He kindly shares a sample poem here. His poem “Picking Up My Crying Father at the Airport” was accepted for the July 2017 issue of The American Journal of Poetry, a biannual online review edited by Robert Nazarene (formerly the print journal MARGIE). David found this opportunity on the Winning Writers website. It is his first literary journal publication. He writes, “Winning Writers provides a great service (and boundless encouragement) for all writers, but particularly those of us that have a long list of 'declined' messages on Submittable. For those writers that are still trying, don't give up! As a 65-year-old grandfather of five, I'm living proof that your work will one day find a home.”
Charlie Bondhus, Tony Leuzzi, Kathleen Ossip, and Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie will give a poetry reading at The Reading Room, Bryant Park, New York, NY, at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19. See the Facebook event page for details.
Jesse James Doty's poem “Moving” appeared in California Quarterly, the journal of the California State Poetry Society. Jesse writes, “I have been published a total of 340 times in poetry journals such as EXIT 13, Backstreet Review, California Quarterly, and Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, to name a few.”
Annie Dawid's flash fiction “Three-Shot Induction” was published at Reflex Fiction in July. Her story “Not Exactly in Hiding 1944: Bucharest” was published by the UK-based online journal The Casket. Her essay “Singing Ourselves: One Writer's Choice” was published in Retreat West. Her story “On Sundays” was published in Windmill: The Hofstra Journal of Literature and Art.
R.T. Castleberry was interviewed about his artistic process in Roanoke Review in August. He says: “My approach to poetry is similar to a method actor approaching a script: Invest real emotion or memory into a (usually) fictional situation to lend it power and credibility.” His poems “Fuse” and “Salvation Days” appeared in Unlikely Stories.
Ann Christine Tabaka has had over a hundred poems published since March 2017, in 34 journals including: “Everlasting” and “My Two Lovers” in the Indiana Voice Journal; “A Lifetime” and “The Night Beckons” at The Society of Classical Poets; “Underworld” and “Dance of the Sanderlings” in The Paragon; “Living Gems” in The Dual Coast magazine; “It Is Still Morning” in The Ginger Collect; “Anticipation”, “He Can No Longer See”, and “Rejection Letters” in Longshot Island. Ten poems of hers were selected as the featured poet for The Basil O'Flaherty. Her work also appeared this year in the following anthologies: “The Cat”, “Nonsense Rhyme”, “Winter Daybreak”, and “Exposed” were published in The Contemporary Poet's Dandelion in a Vase of Roses; “All Smiles” was published in the CTU Down The Rabbit Hole Anthology; “Ode to a Cat”, “Victim”, “Illusion”, and “Forgotten” were published in the Contemporary Women's Anthology; “Sleepless” and “Combustion” published in the CTU I Have a Name Anthology; “End of Days” was published in The Wayward Sword's Resist Anthology; and “Summer Morn” and “The Sweet Scent” were published in These Fragile Violets Press's Women's Voices Anthology.
Published: September 8, 2017