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Contributors Announced for Being Home Anthology

Being Home Front Cover

Editors Sam Pickering and Bob Kunzinger have announced their final choices for inclusion in Madville Publishing’s 2021 essay anthology, Being Home.

And here they are:

CONTRIBUTORS:

• Johnnie Bernhard “Ignorance or Innocence” • Rick Campbell “Celibacy and Ancestry” • Maryah Converse “Becoming Bedouin” • Susan Delgado Watts “Being Home” • John Flynn “Living Between the Leaves” • Debra Frank “The Accident House” • Karin Hedetniemi “Inheritance” • Anndee Hochman “2 Rms, Family View: The Ones We Call Home” • Richard Holinger “Cornwall Village” • Jamie Hughes “Making Room” • Robert Iulo “The Neighborhood”* • Kyle Ingrid Johnson “The House and Its Moments”* • Judy Johnson “My Brothers” • Deb Liggett “Marking Our Place” • Mel Livatino “Going Home Again” • Geoffrey Martin “Birdland” • Robert Miltner “Into the Bargain” • Vicky Oliver “Alice in Motherland” • Lea Page “Everything and the Kitchen Sink” • Rhonda Ray “My Rock” • Claude Clayton Smith “Blue Heaven” • Marsha Lynn Smith “4 Generations of Black Hair Matters” • Bill Stifler “Not From Around Here” • Elizabeth Templeman “In Place” • Elaine Terranova “Being Home” • Lee Zacharias “On a Rocky Inland Coast” • Madelaine Zadik “Triumph”

* asterisks indicate the judge’s favorites.

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Taboos & Transgressions Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions for the Taboos and Transgressions Anthology

Call for Submissions for the Taboos and Transgressions Anthology

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Fee: $9 per submission
Deadline: August 1, 2020
https://madville.wpengine.com/submit/

For this anthology, we are looking for stories about breaking taboos, about transgressions and wrongdoings–rule-breaking, whether personal or imposed by family or society. Tell us about consequences, whether terrible or uplifting.

Editors Luanne Smith, Kerry Beth Neville, and Devi Laskar want to see your characters behaving badly, for whatever reasons. Maurice Carlos Ruffin will select a winning story and a runner-up for cash prizes.

 

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Runaway Anthology Results!

Runaway Stories

Runaway Stories: An Anthology edited by Luanne Smith, Michael Gills, and Lee ZachariasThe Runaway Anthology results are in at long, long, last. We had hoped to make this announcement three weeks ago. However, the universe conspired to slow us down with dreadful things like illness, injury, surgery and several deaths in our families, but we are gathering our wits at last. We are ready to announce the stories our judges have chosen to include in our 2020 short fiction anthology, Runaway Stories: An Anthology [working title]. *

Here are the judges’ choices:

  • “The Stones” by Richard Shelton
  • “Neighbor Boys and Cousins” by Jodi Angel* honorable mention $100
  • “Kansas” by Emily Chiles
  • “Ritual” by Albert Aden* #1 $200
  • “Running Toward Away” by Richard Jay Goldstein
  • “If That Isn’t a Sign From God, Then I Don’t Know What Is” by Philen Bradford
  • “Sugar” by Misty Skaggs
  • “The Whiskey Monkey” by Maureen O’Brien
  • “Vivian Delmar” by Louise Marberg
  • “Nothing to Light Our Way” by Emily Hoover* honorable mention $100
  • “Daphne: The Aspen Version” by Erica Olsen
  • “Reapers” by Jeffrey Byrem
  • “Reading Herzog” by Michael Simpson
  • “Iris with Mermaids” by Deborah Johnstone
  • “Sioux Falls, South Dakota” by Marisol Cortez
  • “Sever” by Kellie Carle
  • “Lubbock 1974” by Bobby Horecka
  • “Running in Circles” by Merrill Gray
  • “Under the Grapefruit Tree” by Shelbi Carpenter
  • “Willie’s Crucifixion” by Rick Campbell* #2 $200
  • “The Thing” by Lou Morrison
  • “The Anchor Song” by Maurice Ruffin
  • “After We’re Gone” by Brett Riley
  • “Xmas, Jamaica Plain” by Melanie Rae Thon
  • “The House of Unintelligible Omens” by Randall Watson
  • “Lost Her Way” by Jen Knox
  • “The Fishing Dog” by Bonnie Jo Campbell

Congratulations each of these fine authors. All of us at Madville along with our judges, Luanne Smith, Michael Gills, and Lee Zacharias wish you all the best!

* We are doing our best to have it ready in time for AWP 2020 in San Antonio! Come see us at booth number 1658.
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Call for Submissions! Mother Mary Anthology

Mother Mary Comes to Me edited by Karen Head and Collin Kelley Book Cover

Mother Mary Comes to Me edited by Karen Head and Collin Kelley Book CoverCall For Submissions 

Mother Mary Comes To Me: A Pop Culture Poetry Anthology

Edited by Karen Head and Collin Kelley

(Madville Publishing, 2020)

The Virgin Mary long ago transcended her religious origins to become an instantly recognizable icon. From pop art to pop music, Mary’s status as the Mother of God continues to inspire the faithful and the secular. A statue of Mary weeping blood or appearing in a piece of toast still has the power to make front page news and bring the devoted running with candles and eBay bids. In “Mother Mary Comes To Me,” poets will  explore the intersection of the sacred and the larger than life persona that Mary has become throughout the ages and how she still holds sway in the 21st century as a figure to be praised, feared and mined for pathos and humor.

Submit 1 to 3 poems on the anthology’s theme along with a 100 word bio in a Microsoft Word document by January 1, 2020 to mothermaryanthology@gmail.com.  Poems may be previously published, but you must have permission to republish the work and please acknowledge the originating publication. Poets selected for the anthology will receive one free copy.

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By the Light of a Neon Moon

By the Light of a Neon Moon, edited by Janet Lowery

By the Light of a Neon Moon, edited by Janet LoweryOur first poetry anthology is at the printer!

If you’ve been following us for a while, you will have seen our calls for submissions to the Dancehall Poetry Anthology. We are happy to announce that it has gone to press, and we hope to have copies available at AWP! Editor Janet Lowery named the collection By the Light of a Neon Moon and Jacqui Davis created this eye-catching cover for it. We are humbled by the quality of the poetry we received, and we cannot wait to share it with everyone. The contributors are already discussing the fact that the launch party should include a dance. We aren’t sure how we’ll pull that off, but we love the idea!

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A sneak-peek at the Table of Contents:

We had several poets laureate contribute to the collection as well as many other award-winning poets from around the country. Have a look at the Table of Contents.

Contents

Introduction by Janet Lowery

I—Neon Light

Beloved, After These Things by Alan Birkelbach
Like People in Love by Kimberly Parish Davis
A Thing About Rhumba by Gianna Russo
Pretty Woman by Luanne Smith
Not That Sally by George Drew
Dear Will’s Pub by Pj Metz
Rose-Colored by Janet Lowery
Old Flame by Winston Derden
Music for Arms Like Ours by Mike Schneider
Oh, That Buckskin by Christine Cock
Dancing Fool by John Grey
Always Open by Karen Head
Words from My Father by karla k. morton
One Way Traffic by Alan Birkelbach
Dancing at Dirty Frank’s by Lisa Naomi Konigsberg

II—Neon Signs

The Bull Rider by Katherine Hoerth
The Archaeologist Dreams of Sleep by Kimberly Parish Davis
Chevy Pick-Up, Loaded by Ed Ruzicka
Integration 1964 by Dave Parsons
Dalliance by Ruth I. Healy
Triple-Two at the Dance by Janet Lowery
Prickly Pear by Katherine Hoerth
Partner by Sarah Cortez
You Ain’t the First Singed Hash Browns on My Plate by R. Gerry Fabian
Just Believe Her! by Alan Birkelbach
Rodeo Exchange by karla k. morton
Back by Juleigh Howard-Hobson
I May Not Be Drunk, But I’ll Get There by Herman Sutter
Your Dancing Lessons Didn’t Pay Off by J. J. Steinfeld
Little Heretic by Gerry LaFemina
Waiting for Resurrection by Leah Mueller
Always by Anusha VR
The Way We Danced Before I Became Another Ex in Texas by Laurie Kolp
Dancing with a Cue Stick by George Drew
Death at the Dancehall by Janet Lowery
Two Dogs Howling at the Moon by Dave Parsons
Resurrection Mary by Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda

III—Neon Hearts

Standing on the Edge of the Roadhouse Charybdis by Alan Birkelbach
Dancing Before by Lesley Clinton
Zydeco Shindig by Dolores Comeaux
Friday’s Dance by Mike Schneider
Road House on the Way to Cheyenne by Rick Campbell
Guitar and Mandolin by Gerry LaFemina
Dress Code at the Dance Hall by Alan Birkelbach
Here at Ransom’s Saloon by George Drew
Hard Wood by Jerry Bradley
Bootstrap by Winston Derden
6 a.m. Outside the Dance Hall by John Grey
Empties by Gerry LaFemina