Here’s a little story I published in 2011 in Birkensnake. About an ocean robot. Read it here.
At long last, there’s an ebook edition of my 2014 flash fiction collection, I Am Currently Working On a Novel. There’s 75 odd, dark and funny stories in this book, many of which were first published in magazines like Geist, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Birkensnake and others.
A story with a story. Inspired by a painting (I don’t remember which), “Cherries” was first published in Hayden’s Ferry Review back in 2011, reprinted in Punchnel’s in 2012, and printed a third and final time in my 2014 collection I Am Currently Working on a Novel. The best of us wind up loathing so much of what we’ve written… But I still like this one. Read it here.
A few years back, I wrote a short story, and a true story, about a chain-smoking old lady and her teenage chauffeur. I called it “The Ashtray.” Though I liked that story quite a bit, I had more difficulty selling it, I think, that any of my stories, and it was rejected at least 60 times before being accepted by Geist. You can still read it on their website, right here. It’s also in my most recent story collection, I Am Currently Working On a Novel.
Both of my 2014 titles – I Am Currently Working on a Novel and Mavor’s Bones – have been shortlisted for the 2015 ReLit Award in the Short Fiction and Poetry categories, respectively. Even check for yourself.
… aka a new review of I Am Currently Working on a Novel, courtesy of the Billings Gazette. Peruse it here.
Eight Canadian authors have been named finalists for the 2015 High Plains Book Awards, based in Montana.
The awards were established in 2006 by the Billings Public Library Board to recognize titles published the year prior and written by authors from and/or that reflect life on the High Plains, which include the north-central U.S. states (Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas), as well as the Canadian prairie provinces (Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan).
Out of 200 nominated titles in 10 categories, the following Canadian titles were shortlisted in the following five categories:
Art & photography award
- Timothy Long, Dave Margoshes, and Wilf Perreault, eds.; Wilf Perreault; In the Alley/Dans la Ruelle (Coteau Books)
- Cheryl Chad, Back to Batoche (Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing)
- Jean Freeman, Do Trees Sneeze? (Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing)
- Amy Jo Ehman, Out of Old: Saskatchewan Kitchens (MacIntyre Purcell Publishing)
Short fiction award
- Dave Margoshes, God Telling a Joke and Other Stories (Oolichan Books)
- Rolli, I Am Currently Working on a Novel (Tightrope Books)
- Brenda Baker, Camp Outlook (Second Story Press)
- Regine Haensel, Queen of Fire (Serimuse Books)
The winners will each be honoured with a $500 prize at an awards banquet on Oct. 3 at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Montana.
From Quill and Quire.