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We're proud of the achievements of our members, and want to pass on the good news. So let us know if your work is accepted for publication and we'll announce it here.

Here are the latest achievements by our members:

      • John Flynn has a new essay, "Without Papers: Family, Identity and Immigration," in the summer 2012 issue of Redwood Coast Review, in print and online.
      • Sharon Harrigan profiled Kristen-Paige Madonia for The Nervous Breakdown. The interview includes Madonia's thoughts on banned books, contemporary YA literature, and her journey to publication.
      • George Kamide recently interviewed Kristen-Paige Madonia for Streetlight Magazine about the upcoming release of her debut novel Fingerprints of You, her initial inspiration for the book, and the risks of publishing in more than one genre.
      • Jody Hobbs Hesler's short story, "The Nature of the Sun," won first place in the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Virginia Writers' Club annual contest.
      • Kristen-Paige Madonia has been awarded a fellowship to work on her new novel at The Hambidge Center this winter as a writing resident.
      • Marvin Welborn has published a new book titled Union Station and Paradigm Shift.
      • Amelia L. Williams's poem, "Well-Defensed," appears in the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Centrifugal Eye.
      • Sarah Collins Honenberger has been invited by The Pen Faulkner Foundation to join its Writers in Schools (WinS) program in Washington, D.C.
      • Robert Boucheron has had two stories accepted for publication: "Jemima Wilkinson" in the premier issue of Streetlight, and "Some People" in Forty Ounce Bachelors.
      • Kristen-Paige Madonia is the recipient of the D.H. Lawrence Fellowship at the Taos Summer Writers' Conference.
      • Polly Lazaron will be the featured guest poet reading at art6 Gallery, Richmond, VA. Friday, June 8 at 7 PM.
      • Congratulations to Sara Robinson on the publication of her book of poetry, Two Little Girls in a Wading Pool (Cedar Creek Publishing).
      • Sean McCord's play was selected for the Live Arts Summer Shorts program to be produced in August.
      • Congratulations to Ginny Pye for her story which will be published in the Tampa Review.
      • Cora Schenberg's play, "St. Anthony's Junkyard," was among those selected for presentation in this year's Playwrights' Lab's Summer Shorts, to be performed at Live Arts August 16-19.
      • Robert Bucheron's article about his years in New York has been published in Talking Writing.
      • Katherine Erskine's Mockingbird won the Dolly Gray Award Children's Literature Award. Her book The Absolute Value of Mike is a Crystal Kite Award finalist.
      • Amelia L. Williams is a featured poet in the most recent issue of the journal TheRightEyedDeer.
      • Sara Robinson has published her debut collection, Two Little Girls in a Wading Pool.
      • Leone Ciporin place third in the 2012 Hook short fiction contest.
      • Polly Lazaron has received an Honorable Mention in the James River Writers-Richmond Magazine Best Poetry 2012 contest.
      • John Flynn, writing as Basil Rosa, has new short stories in Blue Lake Review, Issue #2 of Conjectural Figments, and the print issue #2 of Ginger Piglet.
      • Robert Boucheron's article on Highland County, VA appeared in the February 2012 issue of Virginia Business.
      • Beth Stombock has been named a winner of the Bus Lines Community Poetry Contest.
      • Gail South's manuscript has been chosen as a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize.
      • Bob Putnam's story Skins will be published in the June issue of Epiphany.
      • The Bellevue Literary Review will be publishing Stacey Gill Jacobs' essay "Baked Goods" in its upcoming spring issue.
      • In December 2011 Christopher Read and Sheila Dane collaborated to create an audio book of Dane's Fairy Hunters, Inc., narrated by the author.
      • Bob Putnam's recent publications include short stories, "Looking for Elvis" and "Run of Jacks" in Salt. His poem "Superman Proposes" is in the first issue of Emerge Literary Journal, and the poem "Oracle" is forthcoming in Bare Hands.
      • Daniel Cox has been accepted to University of Tampa Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing program. He just finished the 10-day January residency and is currently working one-on-one with his faculty mentor, Josip Novakovich.
      • Meg Medina's book Tia Isa Wants a Car won a spot on the 2012 Amelia Bloomer List of Recommended Feminist Literature for Birth through 18.
      • Christy Strick is the recipient of the 2012 Marianne Russo Award from the Key West Literary Seminar. The award included full tuition to the seminar and workshops, just concluding this week, and a reading of the winning short story at the final session of the conference.
      • Rachel Unkefer's story "Turbulence" appeared in Prime Number Magazine's Prime Decimals Update 13.7 in December.
      • Christy Strick's short story, Mating Habits of the Carolina Wren, has been published in Prime Number Magazine.
      • Samar Fitzgerald and Marie Potoczny have won Artists' Fellowships from the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
      • Kristen-Paige Madonia was selected as a Virginia Commission for the Arts Fiction Fellowship finalist.
      • Carol Carr's "Rising to the Challenge," which she wrote for Jay Varner's creative non-fiction class earlier this year, has been published by Airplane Reading.
      • Mary Alice Hostetter recently had an essay accepted for publication by the The Gettysburg Review.
      • Jody Hesler's short story, "Far Away," won first place in the Virginia Writers Club annual Golden Nib contest.
      • Charlotte Crystal's radio essay "Memories from the Kitchen" was broadcast on the WVTF NPR station last week. Charlotte was a student in Janis Jaquith's seminar "The Art of the Radio Essay" in September.
      • Rachel Unkefer's short story "No Harm Done" has been included in Shaking Intensified, a recently published print anthology of the best of Shaking Like a Mountain, an online literary journal.
      • Guadalupe Shields' essay, "The Biographer's Wife: My Life with Kurt Vonnegut," has been published in Traces Magazine, a publication of the Indiana Historical Society.
      • Polly Lazaron's "Soil" (a stanza of her poem "Transplanting") appeared Saturday on a Richmond sidewalk as part of the 100,000 Poets for Change project.
      • Rachel Unkefer's short story "The Ninth of Av" appears in the current issue of Crab Orchard Review.
      • Laura Long's short-short story "Dark Early" was published in Still: The Journal, an online journal of contemporary work set in or connected to Appalachia.
      • Robert Boucheron has recently had articles published in C-Ville Weekly, Echo, CAAR Real Estate Weekly, and Piedmont Virginian magazine.
      • Claire Cameron has had three pieces of flash fiction and poetry selected in the latest round of the CTS 'Bus Lines' program.
      • Kristen-Paige Madonia has received a month-long fellowship to attend The Vermont Studio Center as a writer in residence this fall to continue work on her second novel.
      • Rachel Unkefer and Sharon Harrigan have been accepted for residency at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts this fall.
      • Jody Hobbs Hesler's story "Far Away" has won the 2011 Writing Contest for the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club. It now goes on to compete in the statewide VWC contest.
      • Louise Ball's poem "Friends Next Door" has been selected as one of the winning entries in this summer's CAT "Buslines" competition.
      • Sharon Harrigan and Jody Hobbs Hesler both have pieces appearing in the current issue of Pearl Magazine.
      • John Flynn has poems published and upcoming in Paterson Review, The Iconoclast, Word Riot, and Naugatuck Review.
      • Christy Strick has been awarded a one-month writing residency at the Hambridge Center in northern Georgia.
      • Sharon Harrigan's review of Jennifer Egan's A Visit From the Goon Squad is in the current issue of the Rain Taxi Review of Books.
      • Kristen-Paige Madonia's most recent work of fiction can be found in Upstreet Number 7.
      • Roselyn Elliott is celebrating the release of her third poetry chapbook, Animals Usher Us to Grace, from Finishing Line Press.
      • Susan Gregg Gilmore's second novel, The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove, will be an emerging authors selection at Target stores nationwide in August.
      • Robert Boucheron and Carol Carr each have poems appearing in the current issue of Piedmont Virginian magazine.
      • Meg Medina's new children's picture book Tia Isa Wants a Car has just been published by Candlewick Press.
      • Rachel Unkefer's short story "The Ninth of Av" will be published in the fall issue of Crab Orchard Review. Rachel was also recently selected for a residency with Writers in the Heartland.
      • Fast Forward: The Mix Tape, an anthology of flash fiction including work by Christy Strick, is one of three finalists for the Colorado Book Award in Literary Fiction. The winner will be announced at the Aspen Literary Festival on June 24th.
      • A sestina by Carol Carr has been accepted by the Piedmont Virginian Magazine for the summer edition.
      • Kristen-Paige Madonia has received a scholarship to this year's Juniper Summer Writing Institute. She is also the recipient of a Tennessee Williams Scholarship to attend this summer's Sewanee Writers' Conference.
      • Nica Waters took first place in the "Boating Lifestyles" category of the Boating Writers International Contest for her article "There and Back Again."
      • Rachel Unkefer's story "No Harm Done" took third place in the 2010 Shaking Like A Mountain Fiction Open.
      • Jody Hobbs Hesler took top honors for her story "The Model Speaks," and Sharon Harrigan took second place for her story "Georgia O'Keefe," in the University of Virginia Art Museum's 2010 Writers Eye Competition.
      • Kathryn Erskine has won the 2010 National Book Award in young people's literature for her novel Mockingbird.
      • Kathy Erskine has published an essay with National Public Radio for their "Three Books" series.
      • Jody Hobbs Hesler's short story, "Used To Be Famous," has won first place in the Blue Ridge Chapter Golden Nib Writing Contest, and third place in the statewide Virginia Writers Club contest. Her short story "Salty" will appear in Issue #11 of Leaf Garden Press.
      • George Kamide has won the Joyce Horton Johnson Fiction Award, which includes a full scholarship to the Key West Literary Seminar in January 2011.
      • Christy Strick's short story "How to Get the Life You Think You Want" will appear in the Winter 2011 issue of New South: Georgia State Univerity's Journal of Art and Literature.
      • Sarah Honenberger has won third place in the F. Scott FItzgerald Literary Conference writing contest for a excerpt from her novel, Catcher, Caught.
      • Linda Levokove's poetry collection, Walk on the Heart Side, has just been released by Cedar Creek Publishing.
      • Christy Strick and Kristen-Paige Madonia have each received one-month fellowships at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts.
      • Christy Strick has also been awarded a residency at The Studios at Key West.
      • Lena Cantrell McNicholas was a presenter at the Appalachian Writer's Project.
      • Sheila Dane has won a silver medal from the Nautilus Awards for her children's book Fairy Tales, Ink.
      • Cora Schenberg's one-act play "Sweethearts With a Soul by Patsy Faye" will be among the short pieces and monologues presented at LiveArts' Upstage Theater.
      • Cliff Garstang has won the Peace Corps Writers 2010 Maria Thomas Award for Fiction for In An Uncharted Country.
      • Linda Kolbert has gotten her "dream job" -- sailing around the world, teaching writing, for UVA's next Semester at Sea.
      • Sarah Collins Honenberger just received her first advance review for her upcoming novel, Catcher, Caught. Read the review here.
      • Janice Bowen has had two poems accepted in the Charlottesville Transit System's "Bus Lines" program.
      • Kristen Swenson was a Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Fellow this spring. Her project was: "Serpents of Fire and the Winged Cherubim, Biblical Images of the Supernatural."
      • Linda Levokove's poetry collection, "Walk on the Heart Side" is scheduled for release this fall.
      • Mary Alice Hostetter and Sharon Harrigan have both had two poems chosen for the Charlottesville Transit Service's "Bus Lines" program. They should be posted sometime this summer.
      • Laurel Moore's essay "Riding Through Time: History on Horseback" is now available on the Virginia Quarter Horse Association website, and was also published in the Orange County Review.
      • Cliff Garstang was recently interviewed by the Subversive Copy Editor blog about his new online literary magazine Prime Number.
      • WriterHouse instructor and member Charles Shields was quoted extensively in a Daily Mail (UK) article about author Harper Lee, subject of his bestselling biography, Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee.
      • A short story by Kristen-Paige Madonia will appear in American Fiction, Volume 11: The Best Previously Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Authors.
      • Sheila Dane and Rose Csorba have won a silver medal in the Nautilus Awards contest for their children's book, FAIRY HUNTERS, INK. A Book of Fairies for Children and (Not So) Grown Ups.
      • Barbara Stremikis has recently published a new young-adult novel, March Misfit.
      • Charles Shields gave an interview to James River Writers on his New York Times bestselling biography Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee.
      • Sam Witt was a finalist for the The Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize judged by Larissa Szporluk.
      • Clifford Garstang was a finalist for the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize judged by Aimee Bender. His book of short stories, In an Uncharted Country, has been awarded an "IPPY" (Independent Publisher Book Awards) Gold Medal for best fiction in the Mid-Atlantic Region. He has also been named as a semi-finalist for Black Lawrence Press's Hudson Prize for "What the Zhang Boys Know."
      • Sam Witt was a finalist for the The Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize judged by Larissa Szporluk.
      • John Flynn's fifth poetry chapbook, Wave And Metronome is now out. Available from Pudding House Publications or from John.
      • Heidi Johannesen Poon was a finalist in the James River Writers/Richmond Magazine Poetry Contest.
      • Sarah Collins Honenberger's second novel Waltzing Cowboys received second place in the VA Press Women's Communications Contest, Novel category.
      • Lisa Ryan's poem "Lullaby of My Youth" has been selected for publication on a city bus near you as part of the CTS Bus Lines Poetry in Motion contest. Poems by members Heidi Poon and Kristen Rembold were also selected.
      • Kristen-Paige Madonia, WriterHouse member, board member, and instructor, is the 2010 winner of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival contest for her story, “Polaroid.”
      • “Feeders,” a poem by Lena Cantrell McNicholas, has been selected for inclusion in the 2010 Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Silas House Volume.
      • Sheila Dane’s self-published book, Fairy Hunters, Ink, was given a Family Choice Award for 2009 by Family Magazine Group.
      • March Misfit, a young adult book by Barbara Stremikis is being launched by Wild Rose Press in February 2010.
      • Sally Honenberger and Clifford Garstang have been nominated for the Library of Virginia Literary Awards for books published in 2009.
      • Sarah Estes Graham's essay, "Women and Work: Identity in a Time of Contraction" was accepted by Drunken Boat and will appear in a forthcoming issue on the recession. Her poem, "Meditations on my Grandfather" was accepted by The Southern Review and will appear in the Spring 2010 issue.
      • Lena McNicholas won second place in the 2009 Blue Ridge Chapter Writing Contest for her poem "Decisions." The poem will be published in the 2010 Blue Ridge anthology.
      • Judy Longley's manuscript, An Answering Music, was a finalist in the Many Mountains Moving Press poetry contest.
      • Congratulations to Laura Long (pen name Laura Longsong) on the publication of her first book of poetry, Imagine a Door: Poems (Turning Point/WordTech).
      • Sharron Singleton took First Place in the James River Writers Poetry Contest. Her four winning poems can be read online at Richmond Magazine's site.
      • Sharon Harrigan's story "World Series" appears in the new issue of Slice Magazine. Look for a copy in the member library after March 23rd.
      • Rachel Unkefer took first prize and Christy Strick, third prize, in the Hook's annual Short Story Contest.

Also, remember to bring in a copy of your published work and we'll display it on our member publication shelf for others to enjoy.


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Congratulations to Beth Stombock, one of the winners of the Bus Lines Community Poetry Contest. She'll be reading tonight at the Transit Center, so go out and support her! For more information: Virginia Festival of the Book

Congratulations to Gail South, who just found out her manuscript was chosen as a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize.

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