Subscriber News: September 2019
Winning Writers Editor Jendi Reiter was a finalist for the 2019 Oscar Wilde Award from Gival Press. Their poem "Dreaming of Top Surgery at the Vince Lombardi Rest Stop" will be published in Gival's online journal ArLiJo in March 2020. This $100 prize for poetry on LGBTQ themes has an annual deadline of June 27.
Congratulations to Annie Dawid. Her story "The Closer You Were, the Less You Knew" won the 2019 Editors' Reprint Award from the literary journal Sequestrum and will be published in Spring 2020. This contest gives prizes up to $200 for poetry, stories, and essays that were previously published elsewhere; the most recent deadline was April 30.
Congratulations to Shobana Gomes. Her story "Into the Realms of a Summer's Dream" was published in Enchanted Conversation, a journal of fantasy and fairy-tale writing, as the winning story in their August issue. In other news, her short nonfiction book How to Rise Above Ridicule is available in print and e-book editions from Amazon, and is free for Kindle Unlimited customers.
Congratulations to Paul C. Thornton. His travel guide The Joy of Cruising won a Bronze Medal for Adult Nonfiction at the Florida Authors and Publishers Association President's Book Awards Banquet. The book profiles travelers from all over the world with a passion for cruising and who act on that passion in creative and fascinating ways. Paul's medical memoir White Man's Disease won first prize for nonfiction in our 2017 North Street Book Prize.
Congratulations to Charlotte Mandel. This month, the widely published poet will receive a lifetime achievement award from Brooklyn College, her alma mater. Visit her website to purchase her poetry collections, the most recent of which is Alive & In Use: Poems in the Japanese Form of Haibun (Kelsay Books, 2019).
Congratulations to Abigail Keam. Her novel Death by Stalking, a cozy mystery set in Kentucky Bluegrass country, won an honorable mention in the Murder Mystery category of the 2019 Readers' Favorite Awards for indie and self-published books. Read an excerpt on her website.
Winning Writers contest judge Ellen LaFlèche's new poetry collection Walking into Lightning (Saddle Road Press, 2019) was favorably reviewed in August in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, a Western Massachusetts newspaper. Editor Steve Pfarrer wrote, "These poems run a gamut of emotions—grief and loss, certainly, but also joy and love when recalling better times and memories, as well as acceptance of the future. LaFlèche writes movingly about being loved by another person and loving another person, and she also writes about coming to terms with loss."
The Poet Spiel's album breathing back words, featuring his performances of his poetry, was released on Spotify on September 6.
B.J. Buckley's poems "Dreaming Motherwell: Blue Air", "Microburst, Blowdown, Lightning", and "Magritte on Horseback" were published in Sequestrum.
Jeff Yocum's second mystery novel, Passover, is available from iUniverse. From the book blurb: "Seventy-five unexplainable deaths lead CDC doctor Chris Malone on a search for answers. Her investigation points to Holocaust survivor Jakob Bauer, but why would a good man kill innocent people?"
Anna Scotti's poem "Where Babies Really Come From" was published in The New Yorker.
Latorial Faison's poem "Citizens" was an Editor's Pick in the 2019 Solstice Literary Magazine Contest and appeared in their Summer 2019 issue.
Terry Scott Boykie's book The Forthcoming Jilt is available as an Amazon Kindle e-book. From the cover blurb: "The culture wars collide in The Forthcoming Jilt, the brash, disturbing, satirical, and genuine poetic-prose memoir of Tim Bratkowski, America's oldest and foremost baby boomer." Visit the author's website to learn more.
Charlie Bondhus's poem "Minx, Dad, Dildo" will be published in Poetry magazine's "Queer Bodies" issue.
Published: September 8, 2019