Prose Winner

First Book Contest sponsored by  MFA in Creative Writing Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Serving House Books

Genre: Fiction

Sub-genre:  Women’s fiction, Jewish fiction, Contemporary

About the book:

Ida Mae Glick, a critically acclaimed Jewish filmmaker suffers a near fatal heart attack as the result of trying to live under the same conditions as a group of homeless people she is filming. When she winds up in the hospital under the care of a psychiatrist who suspects she’s unstable, the threat to her freedom mounts as her angry, estranged twin heads toward town intent on having her committed, her mother’s ghost appears at her bedside with old gripes, and her doctor’s own neuroses emerge. Framed by classic film images, Shadows and Ghosts is Ida Mae’s tale of artistic passion, fierce sibling rivalry, failed love affairs, substance abuse, and belief in the magical, redemptive power of cinema….


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Cover Art by Lacey Bryant
Cover Art by Lacey Bryant

Genre: Anthology (Flash Fiction and Poetry)

About the book:

“The title we’ve given this anthology, (After)life, indicates the broad range of cultural experiences and encounters with death, whether actual or imagined, that the stories and poems relate. Collectively, the pieces in this anthology pose the question, What does death mean? Death used to be simple. It was the moment when the heart stopped beating. When does death occur now? Does death mean only endings for those left behind? If not, what are the ways in which we live on, after life? The stories and poems in (After)life explore or meditate on answers to these and other questions. The works we selected for (After)life reflect the complexity of our experiences with death.”


“Ghost Nebula” by Deborah Walker — Queensferry Press Best Small Fictions Finalist 2016

“The Beating Heart of the Wristwatch” by Martin Espada — Pushcart Prize Winner 2017

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