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Special Series

Special Series

Dept. of Congrats: March 2024 Community Successes

Join us in celebrating the commendable community success stories this March! Grubbies were published in literary journals across the country, won awards and prizes, secured book deals, and so much more. Our community is closing March 2024 with thirty-three publications, eight awards and prizes, three book deals, and three book publications! Let us celebrate you: submit your good news to GrubStreet’s Department of Congratulations.

Ash Trebisacci's flash piece "8:45 p.m. at 26 Elmwood Road" was published in Off Assignment's "The Witching Hour" series. They'd like to thank E.B. Bartels for helping to bring this confession to the page. BWOC member and Muse Attendee Federico Erebia will be a featured speaker and discuss his debut novel, Pedro & Daniel, at the Young Adult Literature Summit. NmaHassan Muhammad’s short story has been longlisted for the winter 2024 Oxford Flash Fiction Prize. Essay Incubator instructor Ethan Gilsdorf published his essay "It's AT&T, We Apologize for Thursday's Outage and Also Why Won’t You Talk to Me!?" in Points In Case.

Instructor Carolyn Zaikowski's short story "Unsuitable Things" was published in the new spring issue of the Alaska Quarterly Review. Robin Reed had her op-ed "Student Protests Matter" published in Northeastern University's Huntington News. She credits GrubStreet classes on storytelling and essay writing with helping her become confident in her writing and willing to share her viewpoint with others. Brandon Clippinger’s short story "Aunt Barbara's Boyfriends" was published by the North American Review. He wrote the first draft of this story in Maggie Cooper's "6 Weeks, 6 Stories" class, and he is grateful to Maggie and the rest of the class for their invaluable feedback.

BWOC member Margo Gabriel was selected to be a judge for Black Women in Food 2024, and her essay about her month-long fellowship experience in Spain was published by Uncorked & Cultured. Viktoria Shulevich’s humor pieces “How to Buy a Wood Cutting Board and a Knife in 41 Simple Steps” and “Spotting Singles in Their Natural Habitat” were published in The Belladonna Comedy. She has an additional humor piece, “Notes From My (Chronic Lack of) Sleep Journal,” in Slackjaw Humor. She also had another essay published in Cognoscenti'sLove Letters to Boston” along with a few other GrubStreet affiliated contributors. Amit Shah's essay "Samba to the Reckoning" was published in the March issue of Monograph Magazine in Kolkata, India. He thanks BWOC for their support as well as instructor Samantha Shanley for her continuous encouragement.

BWOC member Annie Tan has joined the 2023-4 Changemaker Authors Cohort. Annie's memoir project was chosen from a pool of over 200 applicants, and she is very excited to finish her third draft with the support of the Unicorn Authors Club & Narrative Initiative. Instructor Steve Macone published a cartoon in The New Yorker. NmaHassan Muhammad’s flash fiction has been shortlisted for the winter Oxford Flash Fiction Prize 2024. He’s also a finalist for the 2024 Oxbelly Writers Retreat. Amy Johnson's short story "The Fake Birdhouses of Springville" appears in the March issue of GigaNotoSaurus. She is thankful for the feedback from her workshop group that grew from a GrubStreet class.

Instructor Clara Silverstein published an essay, "My Year of Swimming," about wearing her mother's bathing suit, in Pink Panther Magazine. The essay grew from an exercise in her Mosaic Memoir class that asked students to respond to Margaret Renkl's essay, "What I Saved." Christine Murphy, a Novel Incubator graduate, is thrilled to announce the sale of her novel Notes on Surviving the Fire to Knopf/Penguin (North America) and Wildfire/Headline Press (UK/Commonwealth). She would love to thank her wonderful Novel Generator class with Henriette Lazaridis and her amazing Novel Incubator class with Michelle Hoover. BWOC member Melissa A Watkins's short story “The Hundred Loves,” about body-snatching and chattel slavery, was published in the January issue of Haven Speculative.

​​Andi Pollinger’s personal essay about dating after 60 was published in The Huffington Post. She is thankful to instructor Ethan Gilsdorf who encouraged her to pitch her work to publications. Jeffrey M. Feingold's second short story collection, There Is No Death in Finding Nemo, has been shortlisted for the Wishing Shelf Awards. And his debut short story collection, The Black Hole Pastrami, was reviewed by the editor of Jewish Book World. Memoir Incubator graduate Tamara MC published an article in Ride Texas about Texas barbecue for Arizona Bike Week.

Memoir Incubator graduate Anne Falkowski's short creative nonfiction piece "At The One Month Visit" was shortlisted in Hippocampus's flash contest. It will be published in the Fall of 2024. She'd like to thank Alysia Abbott and her memoir cohort for their support. Additionally, Anne's flash fiction piece “As The Deer Watched” won first place in the Oxford Flash Fiction contest. Matthew Borushko published an essay entitled "Levon's Blues" in First of the Month.

Instructor Deborah Sosin published "Thinking About Sober Spring? Don't Just Keep Score. Dig Deeper!" on the New Harbinger Publications blog site in conjunction with the release of her new book, Sober Starting Today Workbook: Powerful Mindfulness & CBT Tools to Help You Break Free from Addiction. Catherine Parnell's short story “Oranges and Lemons” appeared in Funicular (print only), and a Canadian musician, Alex Vissia, wrote a song based on the story. Kristina Olson's short fiction piece “Gunnlod's Tale” was published in The Corvid Queen. She would like to thank Marcella Haddad and all the members of the "Fairy Tale & Myth: Retelling and Re-imagination" class for their invaluable feedback and support.

Memoir Incubator graduate Anne Falkowski had two flash creative nonfiction pieces long-listed in SmokeLong Quarterly's March Micro Marathon Contest. Winners will be announced in April. Tina Morris is happy to announce the sale of her hybrid memoir Return to the Sky, the story of the reintroduction of the Bald Eagle, to Chelsea Green Publishing for release this fall. She would like to thank Ethan Gilsdorf, Dorian Fox and E.B. Bartels for all their support and encouragement. Sohana Manzoor's short story "The Miscarriage" was published in the Suspect Journal of Singapore Unbound. The first draft of the story was written in Stacy Mattingly's "6 Weeks, 6 Stories" class.

Ashley D’Souza wrote an essay that was published in Pride Source this March about their queer identity, finding community through birdwatching, and diversity and inclusion in outdoor spaces. They were encouraged by Ethan Gilsdorf’s "Writing Climate Essays and Op-Eds" class. Diane Forman's essay "My Mother's Family Survived the Holocaust. Now I’m Finding Faith on my Own Terms" was published by WBUR Cognoscenti. Instructor Derek JG Williams's debut collection of poems, Reading Water, has been selected by Eduardo Corral as the winner of the 2023 Lightscatter Press Prize; the collection is forthcoming in 2025.

Gerard J Waggett's piece "He Loved His Mama and His Mayonnaise" won The Winter 2024 Screw Turn Flash Fiction Competition hosted by The Ghost Story website. The judge told Waggett that humor helped his story stand out. Instructor Lesléa Newman's poems, "Hellbent in High School, 1973" and "The Reading of My Life," were recently published by Pangyrus. Additionally, Lesléa's poem "Little Bird" was published by SWWIM Every Day. Norman Belanger is currently working on a series titled Two Old Queers/Three Little Murders, a collection of short stories involving two older gay men who are considering their next chapter in life when fate steps in and throws the occasional murder in their way. The first of the series is published in the Spring 2024 issue of The Writing Disorder.

Eryn Johnson Sunnolia was accepted to the MFA program at Rutgers Camden. She is grateful to instructor Laura Kiesel, who wrote one of her recommendation letters, and all of her classmates and instructors at Grub who have helped make her work stronger. Ruth Myra Bayer’s essay “Her Small Sea'' was published this week in the online magazine Dorothy Parker's Ashes. She is currently enrolled in the Essay Incubator. Delia Kostner's essay “Second Chances” was published in the recent edition of Room: A Sketchbook for Analytic Action.

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