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A Prize for Crescent Moon

My poem Crescent Moon was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Saturday Writers winter poetry contest. I look forward to its eventual publication sometime next year!

“Saturday Writers  February, March and April Poetry Contest Winners:

First Place: Cathleen Callahan for Ripples

Second Place: Cathleen Callahan for High Place

Third Place: Cathleen Callahan for Echoic Spheres

Honorable Mention: Jeanne Felfe for The Gulf

Honorable Mention: Kenneth Lee for The Hatchling

Honorable Mention: Robert Walton for Crescent Moon

Congratulations!”

Heather Hartmann

2021 Contest Chair

Saturday Writers

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All Black Lives Matter – Duck Plucking Time

The new anthology published by Saturday Writers

The centuries long struggle for racial justice and equality continues. I am honored to have two stories about this struggle included in the Saturday Writers’ new anthology, “Duck Plucking Time” and “Sockdologizer”. 

         Some decades ago, I recall sharing a campfire with an old friend. Campfire talk led us to recalling childhood experiences, his in a Jim Crow borderland state, mine in deep South Alabama. This conversation eventually sparked a fictional exploration of our shared history – “Duck Plucking Time”.

         Historian Jim Bishop did a stellar job of detailing the traumatic events surrounding Lincoln’s assassination in his book The Day Lincoln was Shot.

I saw a chance to employ his work in a fictional treatment of those events. By creating characters, adding dialog and basing my story on Mr. Bishop’s sequence of events I hoped to pull young readers into the history by putting them next to the characters, both historical and fictional. “Sockdologizer” is the result. It won first place in the Saturday Writers contest for youth fiction.

Please view the teaching materials I’ve prepared for Sockdologizer on TPT. I’ve made both scripts for the story and classroom activities:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Assassination-Part-1-Common-Core-for-the-Civil-War-4478213

Here are the classroom activities: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Assassination-teaching-activities-for-part-1-of-the-RT-script-4923109

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Sockdologizer takes 1st place

I just received the official award certificate for “Sockdologizer”. It won first place in a most competitive contest and I’m proud of the result. You teachers out there, please take a look at the activities I’ve prepared for this story on TPT. They include a scripted reading of the story – a most powerful teaching tool!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Assassination-teaching-activities-for-part-1-of-the-RT-script-4923109

And Part 2

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Assassination-Part-2-Common-Core-for-the-Civil-War-4929607#show-price-update

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“Sockdologizer” takes first place!

Abraham Lincoln entered Ford Theater on April 14th, 1865 and walked down the dress circle’s aisle to his doom.Historian Jim Bishop did a stellar job of detailing the events surrounding Lincoln’s assassination in his The Day Lincoln was Shot.

I created characters, added dialog and based my story on Mr. Bishop’s sequence of events. I hoped to pull readers into the history by putting them next to the characters, both historical and fictional. I was a great fan of Walter Chronkyte’s show “You are There” and tried for the immediacy that was one of its most powerful elements.

I’m most pleased to tell you that this story just won first place in the Saturday Writers “Everything Children Contest”. I hope this story, once published, will find a YA readership.

 

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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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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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