An update on my short stories with PhoneFiction: voting for the contest will close on Oct. 15, 2013, NOT Sept. 15 as I previously announced. So you still have time to read and vote for my work! Later in October they’ll announce the winners for the Reader’s Choice Award ($500), the Editor’s Choice Award ($500), and the PhoneFiction Journal Prize ($1,000).
They have a number of other cool projects moving forward as well:
Audio Content: Eventually they hope to produce a high-quality radio station for short literature. In the meantime, authors will have the choice to record their own stories and post the audio files on the PhoneFiction site.
Education: The PhoneFiction team is currently running a pilot program in a local (Columbus, OH) high school’s AP Literature program and working with faculty from The Ohio State University’s English Department and English as a Second Language division. The primary goals of this are to provide new short literature to engaged young people and to facilitate relationships between classrooms and authors. Authors interested in visiting classrooms (including via Skype) to discuss their work with students—which I am interested in—will receive a “Class Friendly” designation.
Author Pages: Each PhoneFiction author will have a unique page built for them on the site as soon as the design is finished, allowing readers to follow authors, find links to their work online, and more.
I’ll post additional announcements on all of these developments as I learn about them.
I also have a number of older announcements to catch up on:
Earlier this month, I learned that I’ve won a full scholarship to attend The Sun’s upcoming writing retreat at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA!
My sonnet “Germinate” was named a finalist in the sixth Great River Shakespeare Festival Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest. It will also be considered for inclusion in a possible upcoming anthology.
My writing workshop “The Golden Road to Samarkand (or Any Other Destination, Including Home): Writing About Place” has been selected for inclusion in the upcoming Wordstock Festival in Portland! It will run on Sunday, Oct. 6, beginning at noon. This from their website:
“Wordstock began in 2005 and is already the largest celebration of literature and literacy in the Pacific Northwest. Each year, during the festival, we bring together hundreds of small presses, independent publishers, non-profits, and independent booksellers along with 150+ authors. Because Wordstock is dedicated to connecting you to contemporary writers, the festival includes a series of knowledge and skill workshops for practicing writers called Wordstock for Writers.”
High-school and college teachers seeking a compelling, contemporary, cross-cultural reader for their classes may consider adopting The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays, which Foreword Reviews recently awarded a Silver Medal in the Foreword Book of the Year Awards.
Included are extensive, in-depth discussion questions for book clubs and instructors, and fun, challenging “NET assignments” for high-school and college students. Instructors may request a digital desk copy from the publisher. For more information, please visit the listing on the publisher’s website.
Finally, a letter/“essay” I wrote to my brother while I was overseas has been published online by the journal Ontologica. Titled “A Dacha in Kazakhstan,” it can be found in their latest issue. Clicking on the cover under “Issue 5.1—Summer 2013” will take you to a PDF of that issue.