Contributor News

June 2020

Dina Greenberg has signed a contract with Propertius Press for the publication of her novel NERMINA’S CHANCE (first featured in Embark, January 2019). The novel, about a Bosnian refugee who flees from her homeland during the Balkan War in 1992, will be released in 2021. Dina has also had a poem entitled “All That We Hear en Los Estados Unidos” published in the June 2020 issue of Chronogram Magazine and another poem, “Prayer for a Pandemic,” accepted by Please See Me, an online journal sponsored by the Center for Healthcare Narratives, for publication in July 2020. Congratulations on all this wonderful news, Dina!

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Steven Smith has now published his novel The Great Disruption (first featured in EmbarkJuly 2019), which describes the apocalyptic aftermath of a plague that kills 99.99% of humanity. You can find it here, on Amazon. Fantastic news, Steven!

May 2020

Devin Thomas O’Shea—author of VP (featured in Embark, January 2020)—has had a short story called “Trillion-Dollar Guillotine” published in the latest issue of Boulevard. Congratulations, Devin!

April 2020

Anna Scotti—author of L.A. WINTER (featured in Embark, January 2018)—will have a poem called “Whisk” published in an upcoming issue of The New Yorker. Congratulations, Anna!

Cathy Cruise—author of TRACE MOUNTAIN (featured in Embark, January 2020)—has had a short story called “Gently Used” published in Wordrunner’s Onward anthologyCongratulations, Cathy!

Marylee MacDonald—author of THE VERMILION SEA (featured in Embark, January 2019)—has had a short-story collection called Body Language published by Grand Canyon Press. These twelve stories present characters in the grip of love, guardedness, regret, anxiety, and fear. Grand Canyon Press has also published her nonfiction book Small Presses & Independent Publishersdesigned to help unagented writers find more ways to publish their books. Congratulations and thank you, Marylee!

ScrappleSiân Griffiths’ novel Scrapple (featured in Embark, January 2018) is being published by Braddock Avenue Books! The novel tells the story of a fifteen-year-old boy from Oregon trying to find a place for himself in his family’s new home of Philadelphia. You can pre-order a copy here. In addition, Siân’s short fiction chapbook, The Heart Keeps Faulty Time, is now available from Bull City Press. This is all wonderful news, Siân!

Sandra Miller’s trilogy of novels about a woman working as a physician at the Grand Canyon, published by the University of Nevada Press and beginning with The Color of Rock (released in November 2019), will continue with a second novel (forthcoming in September 2020) and concluding with The Journey Itself (forthcoming in Spring 2021 and first featured in Embark, April 2018). Congratulations, Sandra!

Hunting Teddy RooseveltJim Ross has just signed a three-book contract with Level Best Publishing for a mystery series. The first book in the series, Coldwater Revenge, was first featured in Embark, October 2017, and will be released in April 2021. The next two books will be published in April 2022 and 2023 respectively. Moreover, his historical novel Hunting Teddy Roosevelt, about an attempted assassination of Teddy Roosevelt while he was on safari in Africa, is due out from Regal House Publishing on June 12, 2020; pre-ordering is available here. Congratulations on all counts, Jim!

Michael Gaspeny—author of A POSTCARD FROM THE DELTA (featured in Embark, April 2019)—had a short story called “The God Box” published in the online journal storySouth last fall. In addition, his poem “The Street Where You Lived” won second place in the 2019 Flyleaf Books Poetry Contest, leading to a reading in Chapel Hill. Finally, his third chapbook, The Tyranny of Questions, is now available from Unicorn Press. Fantastic news, Michael!

ASTEROIDEA_COVER_2-1Stephanie Smith—author of STILL ICE (featured in Embark, October 2018)—is expecting her novel Asteroidea to be released by Adelaide Books on October 1, 2020. Congratulations, Stephanie!

Cathy Adams—author of WOODY (featured in Embark, July 2018)—has had two stories published recently: “Hannah’s Habit” (April 7, 2020) in Litro and “All the Wrong Things” in The Saturday Evening Post (February 15, 2020). Congratulations, Cathy!

Claire Ibarra’s novel Fragile Saints, featured in Embark in July 2018, will be published in early 2021 by Adelaide Books. Excellent news, Claire!

Rebecca Wurtz—author of THE MAPMAKER’S BODY (featured in Embark, January 2019)—is having a short story called “The Third Story” published in the Bellevue Literary Review (Issue, 38, Spring 2020). She was also a finalist in the 2020 Mighty River Short Story Contest held by the Big Muddy Literary Review, with “The River and the Change It Brings.” Congratulations, Rebecca!

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Anna Scotti—author of L.A. WINTER (featured in Embark, January 2018)—has had her first young-adult novel published by Texas Review Press! The novel is called Big and Bad and is available from Barnes & Noble and many other sellers. Many congratulations, Anna!

February 2020

Kathleen Tyler—author of PEACE RIVER (featured in Embark, July 2018)—has won the 2019 Cypress & Pine Fiction Prize awarded by Yellow Flag Press with her collection of short stories What Shadows Eat. Congratulations, Kathleen!

January 2020

Beth Ford—author of HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN (featured in Embark, October 2019)—has had a short story called “Matryoshka Dolls” published in the new issue of The Scores. Congratulations, Beth!

Cathy Cruise—author of TRACE MOUNTAIN (featured in Embark, January 2020)—has had a flash-fiction story called “Bring It published in the Vestal Review. Wonderful news, Cathy!

Lost-Saints-EbookElizabeth Bell—author of Necessary Sins (released last year and featured in EmbarkJuly 2017)—has now released the second novel in the Lazare Family Saga, Lost Saints. You can learn more about the book and purchase a copy here. Many congratulations, Elizabeth!

Marylee MacDonald—author of THE VERMILION SEA (featured in Embark, January 2019)—has won the Tallahassee Writers’ Seven Hills fiction prize, and the story will be featured in their forthcoming anthology. She has also had a story accepted by an anthology in Great Britain published by the Willesden Herald, and on April 17 her new short story collection, Body Language, will be coming out. Congratulations on all this good news, Marylee!

Maury Zeff—author of OFF MAHATMA GANDHI ROAD (featured in Embark, July 2018)—had a story entitled “Violeta, Violeta” published in bosque last month. The story was nominated for a 2020 Pushcart Prize by the editors. Congratulations, Maury!

B. B. Garin—author of CHEMICAL CITY (featured in Embark, October 2018)—has had an echapbook, New Songs for Old Radios, published by Wordrunner Press; it is available on Kindle and Smashwords.  One of the stories from the collection, “Ashes Hit the Floor,” is a 2020 Pushcart nominee. Congratulations, B. B.!

Sarah Warburton’s novel Once Two Sisters (featured in Embark, January 2019) has been sold in a two-book deal to Crooked Lane, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Wonderful news, Sarah!

Siân Griffiths—author of SCRAPPLE (featured in Embark, January 2018)—recently learned that her story “An Imaginary Number,” first published in Monkeybicycle, has been selected for Best Microfiction 2020. She has also had several other recent publications: “California, or Something to Do with the West” (poetry) in the Fall 2019 issue of Epoch; “Ankle” (creative nonfiction) in Pithead Chapel; and “Idaho, 1994” (creative nonfiction) in 7×7’s special issue Legislating Bodies. Congratulations on all of these achievements, Siân!

Ross West—author of THE iCON (featured in Embark, October 2018)—has had two essays recently published: “Out with the Old, In with the Newspeak” appeared in The Satirist, while “Elephant Man: Notes on Science, Salvation, and the End of the World” was in Unearthed, the literary journal from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Congratulations on both publications, Ross!

Jo-Anne Rosen—author of A MAP OF THE MIND (featured in Embark, July 2017)—has had a short piece of historical fiction, “The Emperor’s Cloak,” published in The Copperfield Review (November 2019). Congratulations, Jo-Anne!

John Califano—author of JOHNNY BOY (featured in Embark, April 2019)—has had another excerpt from the same novel, “Treasure Map to Success,” published in Adelaide Literary Magazine. Congratulations, John!

Derek Heckman—author of A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO COMING BACK FROM THE DEAD (featured in Embark, July 2017)—has had a story published in Teacher Voice, an anthology of writing by teachers recently released by Malarkey Books. Excellent news, Derek!

Kenneth Robbins—author of SKUNK: AN AMERICAN LIFE FROM CONCEPTION TO COMMENCEMENT (featured in Embark, April 2018)—has a one-act play, In Silence, scheduled for a two-performance run at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls,
Texas, in April, 2020. Congratulations, Kenneth!

Bill Mesce’s novel Median Gray (featured in Embark, July 2017) is scheduled for publication this summer by Between the Lines Books. He also has a collection of essays, entitled The Screenwriter’s Notebook: Reflections, Analyses, and Chalk Talks on the Craft and Business of Writing for the Movies, scheduled for a March release from Serving House Books. Congratulations on both of these upcoming publications, Bill!

Arthur Powers—author of SHADOW COMPANION (featured in Embark, July 2019)—has had a volume of poems set in Brazil, entitled Sketches / Rio de Janeiro, published by Finishing Line Press. Congratulations, Arthur!

Dina Greenberg—author of NERMINA’S CHANCE (featured in Embark, January 2019)—has a hybrid flash-fiction piece entitled “Something Carried” forthcoming in Crack the Spine. This story is part of a novella in flash. Congratulations, Dina!

November 2019

P. K. Adams has sold the audiobook rights for her historical novel The Greenest Branch (featured in Embark, October 2017) to Tantor Media! The audiobook will come out in the spring of 2020. Wonderful news, P. K.!

Jill Yonit Goldberg—author of AFTER WE DROWNED (featured in Embark, July 2019)—has written and produced a short film called Homeland with animator and director Farzin Farzaneh. The film will soon be shown in the Festival Fotogenia in Mexico City and recently had its world premiere at the Film Miami Festival. Congratulations, Jill!

October 2019

Wortman-Wunder coverEmily Wortman-Wunder—author of TERRAIN VAGUE (featured in Embark, April 2018)—has had a book of short stories, Not a Thing to Comfort You, published by the University of Iowa Press. The collection won this year’s Iowa Short Fiction Award. Many congratulations, Emily!

T. M. De Vos—author of YEAR OF WOMEN (featured in Embark, October 2017)—received the 2019 Pigeon Pages fiction prize, judged by Laura Sims, for her story “Dead Girl, Developing.” Congratulations, T. M.!

Elizabeth Gonzalez James’s novel Mona at Sea (featured in Embark, April 2019) has been shortlisted for this year’s SFWP Book Award, judged by Carmen Maria Machado! The novel will be published in the Spring of 2021 by the Santa Fe Writers Project. Congratulations, Elizabeth!

Kenneth Robbins—author of SKUNK: AN AMERICAN LIFE FROM CONCEPTION TO COMMENCEMENT (featured in Embark, April 2018)—had a new play, “The Tragedy of King Robert the First, a Comedy in one act,” included in the 12th Annual Shakespeare  Birthday Festival at Louisiana Tech University, as a staged reading. His one-person drama “The Audition” was performed at the Etcetera Theatre, London, by Iustina Nevel in July, 2018. Wonderful news, Kenneth!

Madelyn Bennett Edwards—author of Catfish (featured in Embark, October 2017)—published her third book, Sissy, in September. She will be going on book tours through Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida in November and January. Her second book, Lilly, was published in 2018. You can find out more about all of her novels on her website. Congratulations on these publications, Madelyn!

Robert Garner McBrearty—author of THE WILD CHILD (featured in Embark, April 2019)—has had a collection of flash fiction entitled When I Can’t Sleep published by Matter Press; you can purchase it on Amazon here. Congratulations, Robert!

September 2019

Derek Heckman—author of A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO COMING BACK FROM THE DEAD (featured in Embark, July 2017)—has had a piece of flash fiction entitled “Bread Crumbs” published in Ellipsis Zine. Congratulations, Derek!

Necessary-Sins-Web-Medium-v3Elizabeth Bell’s novel Necessary Sins (featured in EmbarkJuly 2017), about a young man who becomes a conflicted priest in ante-bellum South Carolina, has now been released! You can learn more about the author at her website here and purchase a copy here. Congratulations, Elizabeth!

August 2019

Dina Greenberg will have a chapter of her novel NERMINA’S CHANCE (featured in Embark, January 2019) published in September in Halfway Down the StairsCongratulations, Dina!

Stephanie Smith—author of STILL ICE (featured in Embark, October 2018)—has signed a contract with Adelaide Books, which will be publishing her novel Asteroidea in the fall of 2020. Wonderful news, Stephanie!

Anna Scotti—author of L.A. WINTER (featured in Embark, January 2018)—has had a poem entitled “Where Babies Really Come From” published in The New Yorker.  Congratulations, Anna!

July 2019

Siân Griffiths—author of SCRAPPLE (featured in Embark, January 2018)—has had an essay entitled “Evening: Super Bowl XLVIII” published in Hobart, a piece of flash fiction entitled “An Imaginary Number” published in Monkeybicycle, and another piece of flash fiction, entitled “You Were Raised By a Dragon,” published in the Winter 2019 issue of Mid-American Review. Congratulations, Siân!

Andrea Caswell—author of ESCAPE FROM PROVIDENCE (featured in Embark, October 2018)—had an essay entitled “Lost and Found” published by New Mexico Review in May. Her essay “Revolution in the Making,” about fiber arts and resistance, was published this month by Atticus Review. She has also been accepted to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference 2019 for fiction. Congratulations, Andrea!

Miller Color of Rock.jpgSandra Miller’s novel The Color of Rock is being published by the University of Nevada Press; it will be released in November 2019. The novel is the first in a series set in the American Southwest, of which THE JOURNEY ITSELF (featured in Embark, April 2018) is the third. Fantastic news, Sandra!

Grace Marcus—author of VISIBLE SIGNS (featured in Embark, January 2019)—has signed with agent Tracy Crow of the Tracy Crow Literary Agency. Wonderful news, Grace!

Tom Hearron—author of THE SERPENTS OF PARADISE (featured in Embark, January 2019)—has an essay called “Home” coming out in Issue 15 of the literary magazine upstreet. Congratulations, Tom!

Elizabeth Gonzalez James—author of MONA AT SEA (featured in Embark, April 2019)—has a short story called “Children of a Careless God” coming out this December in the 2019 issue of The Idaho Review. Congratulations, Elizabeth!

Michael Gaspeny has had another chapter of A POSTCARD FROM THE DELTA (featured in Embark, April 2019) published, in the Summer 2019 issue of Brilliant Corners: A Journal of Jazz and Literature. It follows the protagonist Johnny Spink’s trip from the Ozarks to the Mississippi in pursuit of the Blues. Michael was also named as a finalist in this spring’s Thomas Wolfe Fiction Contest for his short story “The God Box.” Lastly, his chapbook Tyranny of Questions, a novel in verse, will be published by Unicorn Press next spring. Congratulations on all of these accomplishments, Michael!

Jo-Anne Rosen—author of A MAP OF THE MIND (featured in Embark, July 2017)—has had an array of short fiction published in the last few months. “Our Happiness,” a short story, was included in The Write Spot, a print anthology, in May 2019. Her short story “I Found Your Leg” was featured in Spank the Carp, Pond 51 (June 1, 2019). A long short story, “The Good Samaritan,” was included in Issue 27 of The Write Launch in July 2019. And finally, “Liberating,” a piece of flash fiction, was reprinted on FlashFiction.net, on July 9, 2019. Many congratulations, Jo-Anne!

Ross West—author of THE iCON (featured in Embark, October 2018)—has had a satirical essay entitled “Make a Splash! Career Advantages of Taking a Dump on Joan Didion” published in Brevity’s Nonfiction Blog. Congratulations, Ross!

Robert Garner McBrearty—author of THE WILD CHILD (featured in Embark, April 2019)—has had a collection of flash fiction entitled When I Can’t Sleep accepted by Matter Press; it will be published later this year. He also has a new story called “Sarge and Hollings” in the Spring 2019 issue of Witness, a literary magazine published by the Black Mountain Institute at UNLV. Congratulations, Robert!

June 2019

Therese Doucet has sold her novel The Prisoner of the Castle of Enlightenment (featured in Embark, April 2019) to the publisher D. X. Varos. The book is scheduled to be released in February 2020. Congratulations, Therese!

May 2019

Karen Wilfrid—author of WAITING FOR THE REAL JAMES (featured in Embark, April 2018)—has had an essay called “Book Expo 2019: How I Met My Favorite Author” published in Publishers Weekly. Congratulations, Karen!

April 2019

Sarah Warburton—author of ONCE TWO SISTERS (featured in Embark, January 2019)—has signed with literary agent Melissa Jeglinski of The Knight Agency! In addition, she has had a short story called “Survival English” accepted for publication in the August 2019 issue of Oyster River Pages. Congratulations on finding representation, Sarah, as well as on the publication of your short story!

SONGBIRDSMeagan Lucas’s novel Song Birds and Stray Dogsfeatured in Embark, July 2018—is being published by Main Street Rag in August and is now in pre-sales. You can order a discounted copy here. Congratulations, Meagan!

Janet Garber—author of THE PARIS NOVEL (featured in Embark, July 2018)—has had an essay published in The New York Times called “Filling in the Blanks.” Congratulations, Janet!

Emily Wortman-Wunder—author of TERRAIN VAGUE (featured in Embark, April 2018)—has work coming out soon in The Kenyon Review Online and Creative Nonfiction. In addition, her collection of short stories, Not a Thing to Comfort You, won the Iowa Short Fiction Award and will be coming out in the Fall of 2019. Wonderful news, Emily!

Robert Garner McBrearty—author of THE WILD CHILD (featured in Embark, April 2019)—has had a story called “In the Bar” read on stage by actor Brad Leland (whose film and TV credits include Friday Night Lights and Deepwater Horizon) at the Arts & Letters Live “Texas Bound” show at the Dallas Museum of Art on April 1, 2019. In addition, his short story “Sarge and Hollings” appears in the new issue of WitnessCongratulations on both accomplishments, Robert!

Sharon LaCour—author of DOLORES COUVILLON (featured in Embark, April 2018)—has had a story called “Sugar Cane” accepted for publication by Propertius Press in an anthology to come out in June. Congratulations, Sharon!

Minotaur cover websiteSalvatore Difalco’s new collection of short fiction, Minotaur and Other Storiespublished by Truth Serum Press, is due out on May 3 and includes a version of the opening of ENTER NIGHT, which was featured in Embark, January 2019. Congratulations, Salvatore!

March 2019

Judith Haranauthor of THE ICE-MAKER’S DAUGHTER (featured in Embark, July 2017)—has had a story called “Forbidden Elegy” published in Persimmon Tree. Congratulations, Judith!

Janet Garber—author of THE PARIS NOVEL (featured in Embark, July 2018)—has had several stories published recently: “The Flap of a Single Wing” was Story of the Week (for February 12) in The TulipTree Review; “Memory Box” appears in the latest issue of The Neworld Review; and finally “O’ Brave New World” can be found in The RavensPerch. Congratulations on all of these achievements, Janet!

Grace Marcus—author of VISIBLE SIGNS (featured in Embark, January 2019)—has had a short story called “Grove of the Patriarchs” published in Me First Magazine. Congratulations, Grace!

February 2019

Ross West—author of THE iCON (featured in Embark, October 2018)—has had a short story called “A Leader of Men” published in Issue 47 of Spank the Carp. Congratulations, Ross!

January 2019

Mahmud Rahman—author of THE FICTION FACTORY (featured in Embark, October 2017)—has had a short story called “Dear Honourable Commissioner” published in Himal Southasian; the story focuses on a regulation imposed by the Dhaka Metropolitan Police requiring screenwriters to seek permission before depicting police characters. In addition, Mahmud’s personal essay “Crossing Borders, Mapping Tongues,” about his journey through languages, writing, and translation, has been featured in Papercuts, a publication of Desi Writers’ Lounge. Congratulations on both of these achievements, Mahmud!

 Dina Greenberg—author of NERMINA’S CHANCE (featured in Embark, January 2019)—has had a prose poem called “Boy, Bearing” published in the Fall/Winter 2018 issue of the Medical Literary Messenger (Virginia Commonwealth University). Her creative non-fiction piece “Once, I Used to Care About Lost Boys” will appear in the Spring 2019 Issue of Pembroke Magazine. Finally, her prose poem “Rooftop Stigmata” will appear in the Spring 2019 issue of Split Rock Review. Congratulations on all these accomplishments, Dina!

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Jeffrey Perso’s novel Water Bodies (featured in Embark, July 2017) is being published by Black Rose Writing and will be released on March 7. Copies are available for pre-order through the publisher and on Amazon. Wonderful news, Jeffrey!

Mary Portser has signed with literary agent Chris Kepner of The Kepner Agency, who contacted her after reading the opening of her novel Squawk in the April 2018 issue of Embark. Congratulations to both Mary and Chris on this excellent news!

Bill Mesce’s novel MEDIAN GRAY (featured in Embark, July 2017) has been named a quarterfinalist in the ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition. In addition, the Nov/Dec 2018 issue of Ragazine published his essay “The Magician’s Trick,” on John LeCarré and Sebastian Junger. The anthology Gateways: A Collection of New Writing from Alumni of the Fairleigh Dickinson University MFA in Creative Writing came out in December and included an excerpt from Bill’s 2015 novel A Cold and Distant Place. The anthology Triumph: Stories of Victories Great and Small comes out this month and includes Bill’s short story “Ante Meridiem.” Finally, his short story “10-11” will appear this spring on The Broken PlateCongratulations on all this good news, Bill!

December 2018

Derek Heckman—author of A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO COMING BACK FROM THE DEAD (featured in Embark, July 2017)—has had a story entitled “Eight Tips for Living with the Monster Under Your Bed” published by Wigleaf. Congratulations, Derek!

Andrea Caswell—author of ESCAPE FROM PROVIDENCE (featured in Embark, October 2018)—had a short story called “The House on Hemlock Lane” published in Issue 35.2 of Louisiana Literature in November 2018. Congratulations, Andrea!

November 2018

Judith Haranauthor of THE ICE-MAKER’S DAUGHTER (featured in Embark, July 2017)—has had an essay called “De-composure: A Meditation on Burial” published by The Dark Mountain Project. Congratulations, Judith!

Meagan Lucas has sold her novel Song Birds and Stray Dogs (featured in Embark, July 2018) to the Main Street Rag Publishing Company, which will publish the book this coming Spring. In addition, her short story “Voluntary Action” was chosen by Wiley Cash as a Judges Choice finalist in the 2018 fiction competition hosted by Still: The Journal and was published in their 28th issue. Wonderful news on both counts, Meagan!

Jo-Anne Rosen—author of A MAP OF THE MIND (featured in Embark, July 2017)—had a story called “Family Again” published in the Amsterdam Quarterly in September. In December, her story “Crossing Borders” will be published in the Winter 2018 issue of the Valparaiso Fiction Review. Congratulations, Jo-Anne!

October 2018

Sarah Pascarella—author of BENEFICIARIES (featured in Embark, October 2017—has had a short story called “Patty” published in the journal Booth. The story is an excerpt from a graphic novel that she is collaborating on with her uncle, Rick Stromoski. Congratulations, Sarah!

Emily Wortman-Wunder—author of TERRAIN VAGUE (featured in Embark, April 2018)—wrote a story called “Endangered Fish of the Colorado River” that has won the Conium Review’s Innovative Short Fiction Contest. It will be published in Volume 7 of the Review. She has also had essays accepted by the Cold Mountain Review and the Kenyon Review Online. Congratulations, Emily!

Siân Griffiths—author of SCRAPPLE (featured in Embark, January 2018)—has had a collection of short fiction entitled The Drum, Like the Heart, Keeps Faulty Time selected for publication by Bull City Press. The volume will be forthcoming in Spring 2020. Her essay “The Gun That Won the West” is featured in the current issue of Prairie Schooner. Lastly, one of her flash fictions, “Everyone Fails,” is forthcoming in Lost Balloon and will be released on October 24. Congratulations on all this good news, Siân!

Dallas Woodburn—author of GHOST FINGERS (featured in Embark, January 2018)—signed earlier this year with literary agent Mark Gottlieb at Trident Media Group, who then sold her debut YA novel, The Best Week That Never Happened, to Month9Books! The novel is scheduled to be released in 2020. Congratulations on this wonderful news, Dallas!

Bill Mesce—author of MEDIAN GRAY (featured in Embark, July 2017)—has sold a collection of his short works, Tides, to Unsolicited Press. It will be published next year. Congratulations, Bill!

Jim Ross—author of COLDWATER REVENGE (featured in Embark, October 2017)—has just signed a contract with Regal House Publishing, which will be publishing his debut novel, a historical thriller titled Hunting Teddy Roosevelt. Congratulations on this achievement, Jim!

Carl Wooton—author of JULES AND MATTHEW (featured in Embark, October 2018)—has had a busy year. In August, he self-published Harmony’s Song and Other Stories, a collection of previously published pieces, two of which were recognized among the 100 Best Stories in American Magazines at the time of their publication. He also had three short stories published: “Across the Bed” and “Status Update” in Blue Lake Review, and “A Boy in the Woods” in the Scribes Valley Publishing anthology of new fiction, Take a Mind Trip. This month, a second chapter from his novel, entitled “Something Awful,” was accepted for publication by 34th Parallel Magazine. You can find out more about all of his publications on his website, carlwooton.com. Congratulations on these many accomplishments, Carl!

September 2018

Sharon LaCour—author of DOLORES COUVILLON (featured in Embark, April 2018)—has had a story called “The Hermit Crab” published in the August 2018 issue of the Arkansas Review. Congratulations, Sharon!

Janet Garber—author of THE PARIS NOVEL (featured in Embark, July 2018)—has had a comedic science-fiction story called “Shishkosh” published in Space Squid. Her essay on tackling New York Times crossword puzzles, “Puzzling,” will appear in the New York Times in March 2019. And her essay “Exiled in Paris” will appear in the Fall 2018 issue of Colere, a publication of Coe College. Congratulations, Janet!

August 2018

Judith Haranauthor of THE ICE-MAKER’S DAUGHTER (featured in Embark, July 2017)—has had a scholarly article published in the Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies called “The Nuremberg Trials Project at Harvard Law School: Making History Accessible to All.” Congratulations, Judith!

July 2018

Jonathan Freeman-Coppadge has signed with literary agent Chris Kepner of The Kepner Agency, who will be representing Jonathan’s novel The World Is Mine (featured in Embark, April 2018). Chris first encountered Jonathan’s pitches in #DVpit and then read the first chapter in Embark before requesting the full manuscript and eventually making an offer. Congratulations to both Jonathan and Chris on this wonderful news!

Four Days to TrinityBill Mesce—author of MEDIAN GRAY (featured in Embark, July 2017)—is in the process of signing with the academic publisher McFarland Books for a book celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the release of Sam Peckinpah’s controversial Western The Wild Bunch. Bill’s novel Four Days to Trinity was published this month by Endeavour Press. He also recently signed with Unsolicited Press for Collected Works by the late playwright, poet, and fiction writer Sean Michael Rice; the book will come out this September. Congratulations on all counts, Bill!

T. M. De Vos—author of YEAR OF WOMEN (featured in Embark, October 2017)—has received the Paper Darts short fiction award, judged by the writer Carmen Maria Machado, for her story “The Wrong Sort of Woman.” She has also had a short story called “Blue Whale” published in Tinge Magazine and was a semifinalist in The Same’s fiction contest, with publication pending. Congratulations on these accomplishments, T. M.!

Anna Scotti—author of L.A. WINTER (featured in Embark, January 2018)—has had a poem called “Tanager” reprinted recently in Lunch Ticket. A selection of her poems has been awarded an Honorable Mention by judge Patricia Smith for the Pablo Neruda prize; these poems will appear in the Fall 2018 issue of Nimrod International Journal. Anna’s unpublished collection, Bewildered by All This Broken Sky, was named a finalist for the 2018 Louise Bogan Award offered by Trio House Press. Two of her poems, originally published in The Comstock Review, appear currently at isacoustic*Her poem “Then Fall Again” will appear in an upcoming issue of The New Yorker. Several of her stories will appear in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, beginning with the November/December issue, on sale in October. Congratulations on all this good news, Anna!

June 2018

Greenest Branch eBook Cover LargeP. K. Adams is releasing her historical novel The Greenest Branch this month! The opening of this novel, which is set in the 12th century and tells the story of Hildegard of Bingen, Germany’s first female physician, was featured in Embark in October 2017. Congratulations, P. K.!

 May 2018

Derek Heckman—author of A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO COMING BACK FROM THE DEAD (featured in Embark, July 2017)—has had a story called “On Ethics in Monster-Making” published by The Furious Gazelle. Congratulations, Derek!

Judith Haranauthor of THE ICE-MAKER’S DAUGHTER (featured in Embark, July 2017)—has written a blog post for Harvard Law School called “Voting with Your Feet? Better Check Protocol First,” an addendum to the HLS Scanning Nuremberg series. Congratulations, Judith!

Jane Deon—author of FIERCE COUNTRY (featured in Embark, January 2018)—has had a story called “Goodbye July” published in the second issue of Manzano Mountain Review. Congratulations, Jane!

April 2018

Jo-Anne Rosen—author of A MAP OF THE MIND (featured in Embark, July 2017)—has had a story called “The Nymphs at the Vagabond Motel” published in the Poydras Review. Congratulations, Jo-Anne!

Sandra Miller—author of THE JOURNEY ITSELF (featured in Embark, April 2018)—has had one of her blog posts, entitled “How Writing Fiction Can Free Physicians,” reposted on the popular medical-social site KevinMD.com. Congratulations, Sandra!

William Reichard—author of SUN, MOON, STARS (featured in Embark, January 2018)—is having a book of poetry published by Brighthorse Books later in 2018. The collection, entitled The Night Horse: New and Selected Poems, will include selections from his first five books of poetry as well as new work. Congratulations, William!

Peter Selgin—author of THE WATER MASTER (featured in Embark, April 2018)—has recently published a book on the art of writing first pages, entitled Your First Page (Serving House Books, 2017), which has also been the subject of a weekly column on the writer Jane Friedman’s website. It will certainly be of interest to novelists submitting to Embark!

Kenneth Robbins—author of SKUNK: AN AMERICAN LIFE FROM CONCEPTION TO COMMENCEMENT (featured in Embark, April 2018)—will have his one-character play, The Audition, produced in London in July 2018. This will be the first time his play has been performed in the UK. Congratulations, Ken!

Jeff Perso—author of WATER BODIES (featured in Embark, July 2017)—has had another chapter of that novel accepted by the Twisted Vine Literary Arts Journal. The chapter, entitled “Now, Lend Me Your Horse,” will appear in Twisted Vine‘s forthcoming issue. Congratulations, Jeff!

Derek Heckman—author of A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO COMING BACK FROM THE DEAD (featured in Embark, July 2017)—has had a story, titled “Accidents,” published in the latest issue of The Collapsar. Congratulations, Derek!

January 2018

Dallas Woodburn—author of GHOST FINGERS (featured in Embark, January 2018)—has won Yellow Flag Press’s Cypress & Pine Fiction Award for 2018 with her debut short-story collection, Woman, Running Late, in a Dress. The collection will be released in March. Congratulations, Dallas!

Siân Griffiths—author of SCRAPPLE (featured in Embark, January 2018)—has a story called “Wooden Spoons” in the current Cincinnati Review, as well as an essay in the current Indiana Review. Congratulations on these accomplishments, Siân!

Bill Mesce—author of MEDIAN GRAY (featured in Embark, July 2017)—recently signed with the UK e-publisher Endeavour Press for his novel Four Days to Trinity, a suspense thriller touching on themes of race, intolerance, and the cultural divide currently plaguing the U.S.  Additionally, his short story “The Drowned Man” was just accepted by The Valparaiso Fiction Review for publication this summer. Congratulations, Bill!

Mahmud Rahman has had a chapter of his novel THE FICTION FACTORY published at The Write Launch. The opening of this novel was featured in Embark in October 2017. Congratulations, Mahmud!

November 2017

Jo-Anne Rosenauthor of A MAP OF THE MIND (featured in Embark, July 2017)—has had a story called “The Dude Who Stole Her New Shoes” published by the online literary magazine Five on the Fifth. Congratulations, Jo-Anne!

October 2017

Karla Stover has sold her book Wynters Way to BWL Publishing, Inc., a Canadian publishing house. The opening of this novel was featured in Embark in October 2017. Congratulations, Karla!

Jeff Perso has been named a Finalist for the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Novel Prize, for his book WATER BODIES. The opening of this novel was featured in Embark in July 2017. Congratulations, Jeff!

Catfish CoverMadelyn Bennett Edwards has released her debut novel, Catfish, about a young girl growing up in Louisiana in the 1960s. The opening of this novel was featured in Embark in October 2017, and you can find out more about where to buy the book on Madelyn’s website. Congratulations, Maddy!

Bill Mesce—author of MEDIAN GRAY (featured in Embark, July 2017)—has recently had two books published: a novel, Legacy, released by Impress Books, and a nonfiction book called The Rules of Screenwriting and Why You Should Break Them (McFarland). Next month, the online literary magazine Ovunque Siamo, which publishes fiction and essays relevant to the Italian/American, will be running his short story “Furlough, November 1944.” Lastly, the site Shore Scripts, dedicated to the craft of screenwriting, has run three of his essays. Congratulations on all of these accomplishments, Bill!