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Arthur Smith Poetry Prize – Winners

The Parting Glass by Lisa Parker

Winner of The 2021 Arthur Smith Poetry Prize
Look for it September 2022

Jesse Graves, the judge for the 2021 Arthur Smith Poetry Prize, said:

“… moving and memorable in terms of subject matter… accomplished in form and technique. The individual poems are brilliantly expressed, and they add up to sustained and coherent whole. The poet … captures the experiences living [in Appalachia] and moving away and the feelings about the language, beautifully.”

Lisa Parker is a native Virginian, a poet, musician, and photographer. Her book, This Gone Place, won the 2010 Appalachian Studies Association Weatherford Award and her work is widely published in literary journals and anthologies. Her photography has been on exhibit in NYC and published in several arts journals and anthologies.

Splinter by Susan O’Dell Underwood

Finalist for the 2022 Arthur Smith Poetry Prize
Look for it May 2023

Jesse Graves, the judge for the 2021 Arthur Smith Poetry Prize said:

“These poems are wise and generous throughout, and witty at times to provide a balance to the elegiac tone.”

Susan O'Dell Underwood is a native of East Tennessee, where she has lived most of her life. She's the director of creative writing at Carson-Newman University. Besides two chapbooks, she has one full-length collection of poetry, The Book of Awe (Iris, 2018). Her novel Genesis Road is forthcoming from Madville Publishing (June 2022). Her poems and fiction are published and forthcoming in a variety of journals and anthologies, including A Southern Poetry Anthology: Tennessee, Oxford American, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Still: The Journal.
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Happy 2022 from Madville Publishing

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We wish you Happy New Year 2022, but first, here is a quick recap of 2021.

We know that many among our subscribers, authors, and staff went back to teaching face-to-face amid Covid fears in 2021. We applaud you all for your hard work and dedication. What you do is a calling.

Lee Zacharias, Wondra Chang, and Francine Rodriguez read from their 2021 Madville Novels.
Lee Zacharias reading from What a Wonderful World This Could Be, Wondra Chang answering questions about Sonju, and Francine Rodriguez reading from A Woman’s Story.

We didn’t get to see one another in person as much as we like in 2021, but we attended a few virtual events, like AWP in March, and there were a few bright pockets of time when the likes of Lee Zacharias, Wondra Chang, and Francine Rodriguez braved the scary world outside between Covid mutations and booster shots to sign books and read their stories in front of live people.

Our 2021 authors have been fabulous. They affirm that despite the daunting nature of the search for one’s audience, worthwhile literature can still find an audience. (All praises to the Indie bookstores that have hosted our authors this year.) While the pandemic has seen book sales industry-wide increase due to the increased demand for children’s books and textbooks, that increase in sales has been more modest for authors of poetry, literary fiction and nonfiction. That said, Madville increased production a little bit this year, to an official 13, with one 2022 title coming out a little early, (All I See Is Your Glinting: 90 Days in the Pandemic Gianna Russo and Jenny Carey.) We also added 8 hardback editions of existing titles in our catalog. You can find those here.

We added two audiobooksWhat a Wonderful World This Could Be, and Sonju, both read by the wonderful Laurie Carter Rose, and of course, every book we publish is available in multiple ebook formats either here on our website, or at most online ebook vendors.

We’re finally a 501(c)(3) nonprofit

We had some good news in February after two long years of going backward and forward with the IRS, we were granted our official 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. That’s huge for a little press like Madville. It allows us to apply for grants and makes any donations we receive tax deductible (retroactive to June 2020). If anyone needs a receipt for a donation, please get in touch. And, of course, we are always able to put donations to good use, producing and promoting quality literature.

Many thanks to all who donated during our recent online fundraiser. And we have to say, it isn’t too late to make a 2021 donation!


Madville Publishing's 2021 book covers.

We accomplished a lot in 2021

We published 13 titles this year, and we couldn’t be prouder of them. 

Note the badges on the award winners… We had some of our 2020 titles winning awards this year as well. We created a new section of the website for Award Winners so you can see them all in one place.


Ron and Alice Kenney
Ron and Alice Kenney.

On a sad note, we lost one of our Madville family this year. Ron Kenney, our beloved English jockey friend, and author of An Englishman in Texas passed away. We hope you will join us in sending love and condolences to his wife Alice. Ron was 91 years old, and one of the most uplifting people you could ever hope to know. He’s bound to be singing and dancing in heaven. 



From Madville Publishing to you,

Happy New Year and all the very best wishes for 2022! 

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iBooks moving to iTunes

iBooks moves to iTunes: Does anyone read books using Apple’s iTunes store?

A selection of the Madville Publishing titles available through iTunes book store. If you read on an Apple device, you can find our titles there.

It used to be called iBooks, but as of July, Apple iBooks is now built into the iTunes store. And yes, Madville has books for sale there. The following list is incomplete and out of order, but we have books for sale there. We even have a few audio books for sale there, since ACX serves both audible and the iTunes store!

In the iTunes Store

The Autobiography of Francis N. Stein (AppleID: 1578974900) is now available on Apple Books. 
https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-autobiography-of-francis-n-stein/id1578974900?ls=1
Baby Steps in Doomsday Prepping (AppleID: 1571912307) is now available on Apple Books. 
https://books.apple.com/us/book/baby-steps-in-doomsday-prepping/id1571912307?ls=1
A Clearing Space in the Middle of Being (AppleID: 1571920670) is now available on Apple Books. 
https://books.apple.com/us/book/a-clearing-space-in-the-middle-of-being/id1571920670?ls=1
Daughters of Bone (AppleID: 1571564801) is now available on Apple Books. 
https://books.apple.com/us/book/daughters-of-bone/id1571564801?ls=1
Drumming Armageddon (AppleID: 1572381408) is now available on Apple Books. 
https://books.apple.com/us/book/drumming-armageddon/id1572381408?ls=1
An Englishman in Texas (AppleID: 1571906701) is now available on Apple Books. 
https://books.apple.com/us/book/an-englishman-in-texas/id1571906701?ls=1
Gunshot, Peacock, Dog (AppleID: 1572371776) is now available on Apple Books. 
https://books.apple.com/us/book/gunshot-peacock-dog/id1572371776?ls=1
Heirloom Language (AppleID: 1571915394) is now available on Apple Books. 
https://books.apple.com/us/book/heirloom-language/id1571915394?ls=1
Long Gone & Lost (AppleID: 1572365761) is now available on Apple Books. 
https://books.apple.com/us/book/long-gone-lost/id1572365761?ls=1
The Memoir of the Minotaur (AppleID: 1572739050) is now available on Apple Books. 
https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-memoir-of-the-minotaur/id1572739050?ls=1
Mistakes by the Lake (AppleID: 1572743991) is now available on Apple Books. 
https://books.apple.com/us/book/mistakes-by-the-lake/id1572743991?ls=1
Mother Mary Comes to Me (AppleID: 1573069745) is now available on Apple Books. 
https://books.apple.com/us/book/mother-mary-comes-to-me/id1573069745?ls=1
No Evil is Wide (AppleID: 1578972543) is now available on Apple Books. 
https://books.apple.com/us/book/no-evil-is-wide/id1578972543?ls=1
One House Down (AppleID: 1578939401) is now available on Apple Books. 
https://books.apple.com/us/book/one-house-down/id1578939401?ls=1
Runaway (AppleID: 1578941480) is now available on Apple Books. 
https://books.apple.com/us/book/runaway/id1578941480?ls=1
Some Notes You Hold (AppleID: 1578980933) is now available on Apple Books. 
https://books.apple.com/us/book/some-notes-you-hold/id1578980933?ls=1
Sonju (AppleID: 1579427723) is now available on Apple Books. 
https://books.apple.com/us/book/sonju/id1579427723?ls=1
Stand in the Traffic (AppleID: 1579126245) is now available on Apple Books. 
https://books.apple.com/us/book/stand-in-the-traffic/id1579126245?ls=1
Terrible Sanity (AppleID: 1578980071) is now available on Apple Books. 
https://books.apple.com/us/book/terrible-sanity/id1578980071?ls=1
This Fierce Afterglow (AppleID: 1583091944) is now available on Apple Books. 
https://books.apple.com/us/book/this-fierce-afterglow/id1583091944?ls=1
What Magick May Not Alter (AppleID: 1578944485) is now available on Apple Books. 
https://books.apple.com/us/book/what-magick-may-not-alter/id1578944485?ls=1
A Woman’s Story (AppleID: 1572376636) is now available on Apple Books. 
https://books.apple.com/us/book/a-womans-story/id1572376636?ls=1
The World Out There (AppleID: 1578940178) is now available on Apple Books. 
https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-world-out-there/id1578940178?ls=1
The World Was My Garden, Too (AppleID: 1578940897) is now available on Apple Books. 
https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-world-was-my-garden-too/id1578940897?ls=1
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Valentine’s Day Special: The Autobiography of Francis N. Stein

This Valentine’s Day, we are offering The Autobiography of Francis N. Stein at a special price!

The Autobiography of Francis N. Stein: The Last Promethean

Francis N. Stein is the last descendant of Dr. Frankenstein’s wretch. I bet you didn’t know that the “monster” procreated, did you? This current generation Stein (the family shortened the name for obvious reasons) is a big hearted guy, and he really wants to do good, for all the right reasons. He’s just too trusting, and others take advantage of him, leaving him with trouble always nipping at his heels.

$12.95 for the regular edition

$15.95 for a signed copy

Set in contemporary Colorado, The Autobiography of Francis N. Stein: The Last Promethean is a hell of a story about the last imagined descendant of Dr. Frankenstein’s wretch—the spurned monster. It offers struggle and pathos, pain and absolution, deception and deliverance. Reminiscent of Neil Gaiman’s Shadow Moon from American Gods, Francis Stein is a slow thinking giant of a man who attracts attention wherever he goes. Stein seems cursed with bad luck, and trouble waits for him around every turn in spite of his good intentions.

A. Rooney, author of The Autobiography of Francis N. Stein

A. Rooney is an associate professor who teaches writing at Jindal Global University in Sonipat, India when not in Denver, Colorado. He has published a collection of stories, The Colorado Motet (Ghost Road Press) and a novella, Fall of the Rock Dove (Main Street Rag). His stories and poems have appeared in journals, magazines and websites all over the world. 


Mix Blue Velvet with a dash of True Romance, add some gothic and some noir, flavor with firebear and Pho—and enter the engaging, shifting, transforming, surreal vision of Francis, offspring of one of literature’s most famous creations . . .

Randall Watson, author of No Evil is Wide and The Geometry of Wishes


Rooney’s title character is a superb creation and, like Mary Shelley’s original, a compelling chronicler of life as a monstrous outsider, as terminally unique, “dependent on none and related to none” (to borrow Shelley’s phrase). Yet, driven by the police and other would-be destroyers high into the Colorado Rockies, Francis Stein manages to forge tenuous friendships: fragile connections with others that offer the possibility of redemption, of a second chance, of learning what it means to be genuinely human. Sharply written, with flashes of dark comedy and lyric evocations of the 21st-century American West, 
The Autobiography of Francis N. Stein gives us a beautiful monster for our time and place—as Shelley did for hers.

—Thomas H. Schmid, author of Fools of Time

The Autobiography of Francis N. Stein: The Last Promethean is a story of struggle and pathos, pain and absolution, deception and deliverance.  . . . [It] is an inherently fascinating novel about the last descendant of Dr. Frankenstein’s wretched creature, the spurned monster who ultimately turned upon his creator. [This is] An inherently riveting read from cover to cover, . . . a compelling novel that reflects the author’s genuine flair for originality and narrative driven storytelling. Doing full justice to the literary legacy of Mary Shelley’s FrankensteinThe Autobiography of Francis N. Stein: The Last Promethean is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to community library collections and the personal reading lists of all dedicated Frankenstein fans.

—Micah Andrew, The Midwest Book Review

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Amazon Best Sellers Rank

a "loading" graphic showing 2020 on the left and 2021 on the right

How did our books do in 2020? We looked at Amazon’s best seller’s rank for each of our titles.

We’ve been reviewing how our books fared in 2020, a different sort of difficult year. We were pleasantly surprised when we reviewed the different books’ Amazon rankings. We have some standouts:

Sisypha Larvata Prodeat by Jan Cole, translated by Angela Liu, and edited by Lorrie Lo

Read more about Sisypha Larvata Prodeat

A Clearing Space in the Middle of Being by Jeff Hardin

Screen capture of the Amazon.com bestsellers ranking for Jeff Hardin's A Clearing Space in the Middle of Being
read more about A Clearing Space in the Middle of Being

Some Notes You Hold by Rita Sims Quillen

Amazon.com's best sellers rank for Rita Sims Quillen's Some Notes You Hold taken at the end of 2020
Read more about Some Notes You Hold

The Memoir of the Minotaur by Tom Shachtman

Amazon's best sellers rank for Tom Shachtmas's The Memoir of the Minotaur. Image captured end of 2020
Read more about The Memoir of the Minotaur

Congratulations to all our authors on this list. Keep up the good work!