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Dorothy Allison to Select Winner of Twisted Road Publications Short Fiction Contest

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. —(April 8, 2015) Are you twisted? Twisted Road Publications announced on the first day of the Association of Writing Programs (AWP) Conference that it is celebrating the great storytelling tradition of the American South with a contest aimed at finding the next William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, Carson McCullers, or Tennessee Williams. Winners will receive cash prizes and publication in a Southern Gothic short story anthology to publish in 2016.

For Twisted Road Publications, “Southern Gothic” refers to the southern literary tradition of gritty and sometimes disturbing tales examining the lives of flawed or marginalized characters that point out the conflicts and contradictions of society. Call it Southern Gothic, Grit-Lit, Rough South, or simply weird. Entries do not necessarily have to be set in the south, nor do authors need to be of southern origin or residence. Salem, Mass., author Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, for example, set in New England, certainly fits the bill.

allison1-133x180Bestselling author Dorothy Allison will select the final winners of the Twisted Road Publications Southern Gothic Fiction Short Story Anthology Contest.

Allison’s first novel “Bastard out of Carolina” was a finalist for a National Book Award, won an ALA Award and became an award-winning movie. She has won numerous other awards and was described by the Boston Globe as “one of the finest writers of her generation”.

In 1998, Allison founded The Independent Spirit Award, a prize given each year to an individual whose work with small presses and independent bookstores has helped to sustain that enterprise. She also serves on the Advisory board of the National Coalition Against Censorship and Feminists for Free Expression, and the advisory board of the James Tiptree Jr. Memorial Award, a prize that is presented annually to a science fiction or fantasy work that explores and expands on contemporary ideas of gender.

For contest rules and submission guidelines visit our Contests page.

New Addition to the Family

We are proud and excited to announce our next “Coming Attraction,” due out in Spring 2015: Sewing Holes by Darlyn Finch Kuhn.

darlyn_pic_lowresA poet known for her saucy style and engaging readings, Darlyn Finch Kuhn is also a gifted storyteller. Her work has appeared in literary journals, newspapers, and online. Her poems have been featured on Poetic Logic on WMFE-FM, and been read by Garrison Keillor on the Writers Almanac. She was interviewed on World Radio Paris. She has been a repeat winner of the Mt. Dora Festival of Art and Literature, Cultural Liaison for the Society of American Travel Writers Institute, and the eponymous “Scribbler,” of the Scribbles lit-newsletter.

Darlyn’s novel, Sewing Holes, tells the story a girl growing up in the 1960s and 70s in a family with a volatile mother, a loving but very ill father, a brother who flees the country to evade the draft, a foster sister whose life is consumed by waiting for her “real” parents to return, and a best friend who likes to beat her up.  She survives on stories and games she shares with father, particularly the one about “sewing holes” – creating beauty out of what seems to be nothing.

Release Date Set for Ever Yrs

cvrOn November 7, 2014, Twisted Road will release Ever Yrs by Nance Van Winckel, in which a 99 year-old woman tells the story of her family through a series of photographs and family memorabilia.  With the Y2K bug looming and rumors of an impending virgin birth, “Grandy”, the family matriarch, seeks to divest herself of the family secrets before it is too late.

Inspired by an old, unclaimed photograph album that found its way into a Butte, Montana antique store, this wonderful book tells the story of a family residing in Butte, surrounded by the great copper mines of the early 20th century, and later, by the environmental ruin left behind when the mines shut down.

Here is the complete Summer/Fall Release Schedule:
The River’s Memory by Sandra Gail Lambert – July 28th
Dream Chaser by Pat Spears – August 25th
Eve’s Garden by Glenda Bailey-Mershon – September 22nd
Ever Yrs by Nance Van Winckel – November 7th