Wednesday, March 22, 2017

NYC Midnight Challenge - First Round

My short story My Burka Girl placed fifth in the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge 2017. This is an exciting contest with interesting themes and challenging rules. Perfect for a pantser! Judges provide feedback via email, which can be quite useful for aspiring writers.

First 5 stories from all heats advance to the second round, so My Burka Girl got me over the threshold.

My story Snow Angels earned a honorable mention last year but didn't make it into the second round (it did, however earn a honorable mentioning from the Glimmer Train, and was selected for publishing in the American Fiction Anthology). This shows how writing done for one contest may do well in another, so it's well worth the effort. 

I am looking forward to participating in the second round of the NYC challenge!

Winner - Federation of BC Writers Contest

I was thrilled to learn that I won the Federation of BC Writers postcards section of the Literary Writes 2017 contest with the Canada’s 150th Anniversary theme, with my piece Bench Canoes of the Salish Sea.

The story will be published in the Spring edition of the quarterly literary magazine, WordWorks.

Womanthology Anthology - Iowa Workshop

cover art by John  Sevigny

In  March 2017 I participated in “Womanthology: writings on women worldwide by Various Authors” inspired by “Writings on women by women”- MOOC course held by the University of Iowa in 2016. With a “Forward” by author Margot Livesey:

“When various authors get together to write Womanthology, a project involving authors from different nationalities and focusing on women as their central topic through poetry and prose, you can´t expect nothing less than a briliant gathering of voices and approaches towards women´s world. A must read for all those who aim to understand their complexity and history and enjoy the complexity of their beings.”

This book is available as a free download and for sale as a paperback.

Whitmanology Anthology - Iowa Workshop

cover art by Elsa Oroizca

In  October 2016 I participated in Whitmanology: a collection of writings with authors from all over the world, inspired by “Whitman’s Civil War: Writing and Imaging Loss, Death, and Disaster”- MOOC course held by the University of Iowa in 2016. With a “Forward” by Professor Christopher Merrill:

"The Anthology aims to bring peace and hope in a world filled with war and pain."

This book is available as a free download and for sale as a paperback.

Snow Angels - American Fiction Anthology

The New River Press of Moorhead, Minnesota, US, selected my story Snow Angels as one of the twenty finalist stories in the 2016 American Fiction Award contest. The story will be published in the 2017 American Fiction anthology.

Snow Angels - Glimmer Train Honorable Mention

In 2016 my short story Snow Angels earned a Honorable Mention in the January New York Midnight Challenge and in the Glimmer Train March/April Very Short Fiction contest.

MAR/APR 2016

Cover Art for book - A Familiar Shore

cover art by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

In 2014 Tatjana’s painting Long Beach appears as the cover art on A Familiar Shore, a book of Poetry by Emily Isaacson