The 2019 SWW Anthology of Award-Winning Short Prose and Poetry is now available!
The 2019 Short Prose and Poetry Contest focused on poetry, non-fiction essays, and genre-driven prose of up to 3,500 words. The contest allowed both budding authors and seasoned writers to sharpen their skills. Sixteen categories were offered, and awards were given for First, Second, and Third Place in each.
Many new authors need a challenge in a supportive environment where they feel comfortable discussing their work. A true success story begins with being courageous enough to put your skills in front of others. Our words are our children, so we need to understand that constructive criticism does not condemn, it helps us mold and grow out talents. Seasoned published writers can fall into a rut. Contests such as this one divert minds and talents in different directions, freshening skills, and pushing boundaries.
In this anthology a reader will enjoy winning entries in each category. At the time of the contest these stories had not been previously published, however, the author had the right to pull their work from this anthology if they chose to retain first publishing rights for use elsewhere. These stories are fun, or sad, or factual, or surprising―many of them are all these things. The genres are randomly mixed throughout the book. Pay attention to the names of the authors―you will probably see them again!
The paperback addition of the anthology is available on Amazon. Members can buy the book for $10.00 at SWW meetings. Revenue from the sale of the Winners Anthology will be used to pay for organizational programs such as high quality speakers and presenters at the meetings, classes, and workshops.
Table of Contents
Red Winter 1945 ♦ Charlene Dietz
Go Time ♦ Sherene Gross
As I Remember Him ♦ Larry Kilham
Straight Flush ♦ Robert Edwards
Looka Here, Chad ♦ Dana Starr
Contingency Plan ♦ Mary Therese Ellingwood
Poems ♦ Frank Stephens
Permission ♦ Brenda Cole
Me, by Myself, Alone ♦ Linda Yen
The Return of the Very Fierce Wolf of Gabbio to Assissi ♦ Alan Bern
Unintended Consequences—Terrorist Turkeys ♦ Vicky Ramakka
Comida ♦ Leeanna Torres
Christmas Eve on the Road ♦ Stan Rhine
But What if the Buddhists got it Wrong? ♦ James Tritten
Roberta and her Luchador ♦ Amara Cudney
Midnight Express ♦ Evelyn M. Neil
Death in the Valley ♦ Ramesh Gopal
Stepping Up to Rehab ♦ Elaine Montague
The Sewing Box ♦ Sharon Rollins
The Leaf ♦ Frank Stephens
The Fishing Guide ♦ George McFall
A Broad Abroad ♦ Dana Starr
The Artist at the End ♦ Nathan McKenzie
Vindicated ♦ Suzanne Byrne
Precious Cargo ♦ Sherene Gross
Race to Promentory ♦ Stan Rhine
Not So Funny ♦ Evelyn M. Neil
Spinach Lasagna ♦ Tammie Lamphere-Alberti
Neal Cochran; His SPPs and the US’s Nerve-Agent Deterrent ♦ Lee Brown
A Sign of My Times ♦ Marilyn Hill
Obsession ♦ Chris Allen
Airmail to Socorro ♦ Judy Nickell
Woven ♦ Patricia Walkow
Wish Upon a Star ♦ Kimberly Rose
For a good read and a great gift for friends and family, consider the 2019 Winners Anthology.