I am elated to announce that my flash fiction story, “Phoenix Fire Fight,” was chosen as the winner of the Apparition Lit April Flash Fiction Contest. I hope you’ll check it out! Many thanks to Tacoma and the editors at Apparition Literary Magazine for selecting my work.

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Judging for the 2016 Art Young Memorial Award for Poetry

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I’m grateful to Marc and Ava (Mr & Mrs Garbanzo) for a great many things. They were the ones who allowed my writing to appear in Garbanzo Literary Journal and then again in Good Morning. So when they asked me to help judge the 2016 Art Young Memorial Award for Poetry, I felt honored.

When I received the poetry packet, however, I found the task to be rather difficult.

I had stumbled upon a pool of talented poets and now had the monumental task of voting for the entry that seemed to “deserve” the prize. I read each poem carefully—studying each word, each punctuation mark, each space, each sensory detail, etc. I was very impressed with the entries. After much painstaking effort and consideration, I offered my votes, which would be added to the votes of the other judges.

I have been on the other end of this process too. I have been the writer submitting work to contests, winning few and losing many. That’s why I so meticulously read and analyzed each poem—because I would want any judge in a writing contest to do the same for me.

January 15, Marc and Ava announced the winners:

The 2016 Art Young Memorial Award for Poetry goes to Terry Severhill for “Beneath the Shadow of the Sun”. An honorable mention goes to Emily Vieweg for “Shadows”. Thanks to all the storytellers who were a part of this event.

Both pieces will appear in the March 1st 2016 issue of Art Young’s Good Morning.

Congratulations to Terry and Emily, and thanks to those who allowed me to read their wonderful poetry submissions.

How to Help an Artist: 6 Ways to Support Artistic Innovators

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I try to practice what I preach. I posted this photo on Twitter to draw attention to Other Press and John Boyne when they so generously gave me a free copy of This House is Haunted to read and enjoy.

[Photo caption: I try to practice what I preach. I posted this photo on Twitter to draw attention to Other Press and John Boyne when they so generously gave me a free copy of This House is Haunted to read and enjoy.]

Let’s say you find a book, painting, photograph, set of earrings, etc. that you really like. Let’s say you have the privilege to meet the artist behind the work and you think they’re a pretty swell person. You’d like to support said swell person, if possible, but you are unsure how to do that outside of saying on social media “hey guys, this person is swell.”

This post is dedicated to you.

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