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A First Place Award to share

Saturday Writers awarded first place to my “Duck Plucking Time”, a story based on incidents in the Jim Crow South. I thought I’d share it with you all.

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Duck Plucking Time recognized

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My short story Duck Plucking Time was awarded first place in the Saturday Writers March contest. I’m most honored and also pleased that it received a nice writeup in their current newsletter. Look in the “Decades Ago” article if you wish to read what they had to say. Here’s the link:

http://saturdaywriters.org/newsletter.html

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Saturday Writers awards “Duck Plucking Time” first place!

Mallard duck, Anas platyrhynchos, at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park.

I’m pleased and most honored that “Duck Plucking Time” was awarded first place in Saturday Writers’ March short fiction contest. I’m looking forward to the autumn publication of the contest anthology and will let all know when it comes out. I should add that this story was based on a true incident. Old friend Ed McKean  spent his childhood in the Jim Crow South and a campfire reminiscence of his planted the seeds of the story in my mind. The ghosts of Jim Crow that now stride openly across our land impelled me to write it. I’m ashamed of what happened before and fear what may happen again. The contest judge’s comments:

“This story flowed well from beginning to end. The voices of Jessie and Emma mirrored the voices of black people during that era perfectly. The reality of how they lived and what they lived withand through is real in every sense of the word based on past historical references.”

Here’s a link to Saturday Writers in case you wish to support their worthy efforts:

http://saturdaywriters.org/index.html

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Have a couple or drinks first!

My “Dogwood Dream” and “Black Maggie’s Secret” are to be dramatized and presented at a literary evening in Hollywood on October 8th. If you’re in Southern California and are interested, I’ve put the official announcement containing pertinent details above. I won’t be able to make it, but I’m most interested in how this turns out. Both stories are personal favorites of mine.

P.S. If you know somebody in L.A. who might like to attend, please send this link to them!

 

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Dogwood Dream, Charlottesville and Statues

 

Should the Confederate statues go? That’s an easy one for me. I visited Northern Alabama in 1964 when still a teen and learned a great many things. Among them was the fact that the Civil War had not ended when I thought it did. It still hasn’t. Dogwood Dream  is fiction, but its facts are true.

http://www.quailbellmagazine.com/the-unreal/short-story-dogwood-dream

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Alabama Apples wins Writers’ Drawer Prize

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My short story Alabama Apples was just awarded first place in the 2016 Writers’ Drawer short story competition. I thank editor Beryl Belsky for offering international writers both her forum and this specific contest.  I spent considerable time in Birmingham when I was a kid and Harper Lee still makes me poke around in my memories for stories that only got whispered in 1956. I put a few of them together – including one from my grandmother’s turn of the 20th Century childhood – to offer a glimpse of life in the Jim Crow South. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

http://www.thewritersdrawer.net/alabama-apples.html

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Dogwood Dream finds a new venue

 My very short story “Dogwood Dream” was just republished on the Quail Bell site.  I’ve put a link below, though many of you have read it before.  It’s based on my childhood experiences in Alabama and on stories told by my Grandmother Carrie Martin.  This story is very special to me.  I don’t think I can write any better and I’m grateful to have it on a new venue.

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