News from Past Glass Woman Prize winners and top contenders:
Tawnysha Greene's novel A House Made of Stars is available for pre-order from Burlesque Press (2015). Tawnysha Greene's story "Tongues" was a finalist of the Thirteenth Glass Woman Prize.
Joani Reese is the March 2014 winner of the Glass Woman Prize. Night Chorus, a 2015 collection of her amazing poems, is available on Amazon.com.
Nonnie Augustine is the winner of the 16th Glass Woman Prize. Her beautiful book of poems One Day Tells its Tale to Another, is available on Amazon.com.
PJ Devlin, a runner up for the March 2009 Glass Woman Prize, recently published her first novel with Possibilities Publishing Company. Wissahickon Souls, a story of love, race, regret and reconciliation set in Philadelphia and Haiti in the early 19th century, is available on Amazon. PJ has published a number of short stories, including “The Witch” online at Rose Red Review and “The Decline and Fall,” a runner up in the 2013 Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest.
Heretics: A Love Story a new novel by Mary Saracino was published in 2014 by Pearlsong Press. For more information about the novel and to listen to an audio clip of the author reading an excerpt from the first chapter, visit her website at: http://www.marysaracino.com/#!latest-book/mainPage. Mary Saracino's story "Vicky's Secret" won the Second Glass Woman Prize, September 2007.
The Rental Heart and Other Fairy Tales by Kirsty Logan (Salt, March 2014) includes previous Glass Woman Prize runner-up winner "The Man from the Circus" and previous finalist "Tiger Palace."
Congratulations to Mercy Adhiambo who graduated from college in August 2012. She was a top contender for the Glass Woman Prize with her stories "The Untold Story" (2007) and “The Rich River” (March 2008).
Congratulations also to Kim Robinson who, upon reading Mercy Adhiambo's above-mentioned stories, inspired her own students, her school, and her friends to collect the funds for Mercy Adhiambo's college education.
"You Don't Even Have To Win," written in 2008, tells how it came about.
Three Squares a Day with Occasional Torture, a collection of stories by Julie Innis, was published in May 2012 by Foxhead Books. Julie Innis is the author of "Sanctuary," the winning story of the Seventh Glass Woman Prize.
Here is a Writers' checklist interview with Myra King, author of "The Black Horse," a finalist for the Seventh Glass Woman Prize, regarding her novel Cyber Rules. Cyber Rules is also the subject of the following Press Release (April 30, 2012):
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Beverly Akerman, author of two top contending stories for the Third and Seventh Glass Woman Prize, March 2008 and March 2010, respectively, reports:
The Meaning of Children, was
published in Canada in 2011 by Exile Editions. The book won the David Adams
Richards Prize and was a Top 10 for the CBC-Scotiabank Giller Prize Readers’
Choice Contest. It contains both of my Glass Woman Prize “Top Contender”
stories: “Pie” (http://beverlyakerman.
And here are some press comments and links to interviews:
“Akerman holds up our greatest fears, not to dwell on them, but to marvel at our commitment to life, especially to passing it on to others.”
~Anne Chudobiak, The Montreal Gazette
“This isn’t the invented childhood of imagination and wonderment…[here] children both corrupt and redeem: each other, family relationships and the female body.”
~Katie Hewitt, The Globe & Mail
FROM A SEVENTH GLASS WOMAN PRIZE TOP CONTENDER (2010): Myra King's
story collection, CITY PADDOCK, was published in June 2010 by Gininderra Press
from this book will be donated to the Creswick Light Horse Troop. This
organization keeps the Light Horse memory alive and helps to save unwanted
PS: I read the book. It's excellent! Beate Sigriddaughter
GOOD NEWS FROM THE FIRST GLASS WOMAN PRIZE WINNER (2007): Nanette Rayman Rivera's memoir, to live on the wind, was just published by Scattered Light Publications. It includes a revised version of the Only The Homeless Find The Divine which won the first Glass Woman Prize in 2007.
Mercy Adhiambo, top contender with her stories "The Untold Story" (2007) and “The Rich River” (March 2008) continues her journalism studies in Nairobi. Read about her road to her studies, and how it relates to the Glass Woman Prize, in my essay "You Don't Even Have To Win."