Two Stories Shortlisted for 2023 Word Awards

Two of my recent stories have been shortlisted for 2023 Word Awards by The Word Guild! “The Homely Dreams of a Silly Soul,” published last year in Solum Literary Journal, has been shortlisted in the Short Story–Christian Market category, while “Parking Spots,” published in December 2022 in Blank Spaces, was shortlisted in the Short Story–General Market category. Winners will be announced September 16! Both stories will appear in The Healing Arts, my new collection of Mulder tales. Stay tuned for publication news!

Prairie Fire Digs My Story “Excavations”

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My story “Excavations” has won the 2022 Prairie Fire McNally Robinson Booksellers Short Fiction Contest! What can I say? I’m diggin it! Thanks to the great folks at Prairie Fire and judge David Robertson. “Excavations” will appear in the summer 2023 edition of Prairie Fire. Look for it there or in my next collection of Mulder tales, The Healing Arts.

“Parking Spots” Published in Blank Spaces

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I’ve had a new Mulder tale published in the December issue of Blank Spaces. “Parking Spots” is what the editor describes as a “dark comedy . . . about the dizziness associated with facing a diagnosis.” For $5, you can get a digital copy of the magazine and read “Parking Spots” and so much more! That’s just a couple of cups of coffee at Timmy’s. You shouldn’t be drinking so much coffee anyway, or you’ll end up with a diagnosis.

My Homely Dreams Exposed in Solum Literary Journal

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The Solum Literary Journal summer 2022 edition has published my story “The Homely Dreams of a Silly Soul,” in which Evan faces several fears and decides that a specific nut might save his future (and possibly also his marriage). The journal is free to download if you want to get entangled in Evan’s troubled dream life.

Review of My Moonshine in Pro Rege

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In the September 2022 issue of Pro Rege, Shaun Stiemsma wrote a positive and insightful review of Moonshine Promises. Click here to read the review (and don’t forget to pick up your own copy of a book he describes as having “small delights in store for readers”). Who doesn’t need small delights in life?

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

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“Eggistential Crisis” has won the 2022 Word Award for best short story in the general market category from The Word Guild! This story was originally published in Agnes and True.

Short Stories Short Listed!

My stories “EggsistentialĀ Crisis” and “Nether Lands” have been shortlisted in the Short Story category of the Word Awards from the Word Guild. Click here to see the whole short list. Winners will be announced Sept. 17. šŸ¤žšŸ¼

Faith Today: Small Press Roundup

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Moonshine Promises was recently featured in Faith Today’s small press roundup. Check out the blurb and my fellow authors’ work here. Happy to be rounded-up with them!

Christian Courier Review

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Thanks to Joanne Spoelstra for this five-star review of Moonshine Promises! You can read the review here on the Christian Courier website.

First Published Review

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Moonshine Promises has received its first published review. Sonya VanderVeen Feddema offered this glowing review in the Banner on January 28th, 2022. Check it out if you’re still on the fence about buying your copy of Moonshine Promises!