2016 Anthology Contest Winners Announced!


We are thrilled to announce the roster of authors who will make up our second annual anthology, Besties, Bromances & Soulmates: Stories About Pivotal Relationships. We received many interesting and engaging submissions with a variety of approaches to the theme. Unfortunately, we were not able to accept them all and so we sought to create a collection of high-quality writing that represented a range of views on this theme.

Besties, Bromances & Soulmates will be on sale by early November 2016.

besties-coverFINALJ.D. Blackrose works in corporate communications and lives with her husband, three children, and an enormous orange cat. She’s fearful that so-called normal people will discover exactly how often she thinks about wicked fairies, nasty wizards, homicidal elevators, treacherous forests, and the odd murder, even when she is supposed to be having coffee with a friend or cheering her daughter on during a soccer game. As a survival tactic, she has mastered the art of looking interested.

Herta B. Feely’s novel, Saving Phoebe Murrow, will be released in print and e-book form in September 2016 in the U.S. by Upper Hand Press and in October in the U.K. by Twenty7 Books. She has been awarded the James Jones First Novel Fellowship, an Artist Fellowship in Literature from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the American Independent Writers’ award for best personal essay in 2010. She is also a reviewer for the Washington Independent Review of Books and owner of Chrysalis Editorial, which serves writers in a variety of capacities—from evaluating manuscripts to ghostwriting to working as a writing coach.

Dakota James is originally from Texas and now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. His short stories have been published in Pilcrow & Dagger, Scarborough Fair Magazine, the Saturday Evening Post, and Headland. James is also the personal assistant and devoted errand-boy to playwright and novelist Theresa Rebeck.

Troy D. Kurz is a writer of horror, dark fantasy, and weird fiction tales. He lives in the Fredericksburg, Va., area and is at work on many other stories with the help of his girlfriend and personal editor Shannon Christopher.

Joani Peacock is an Episcopal priest and associate for “Liturgy & Hilarity” at Emmanuel on High in Alexandria, Va. She is also a blogger, storyteller, and mental health evangelist @Unorthodox & Unhinged and @Sex & The Single Vicar. In addition, she is a cheerleader for and veteran of the Story District stage, bibliomaniac volunteer at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., born and bred, half-marathoner and avid pedestrian, friend to many and mother of three.

Jim Ryan is from Avon, N.Y.—home to countless stars, cows, and old pickups. When he isn’t writing or working, he enjoys fishing, playing games, and making or listening to music. He is a graduate of SUNY Geneseo’s creative writing program, where he helped found and later contributed to the literary journal Gandy Dancer. His stories “How to Walk in the Dark” and “Window Seat” can be found there.

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