With the confluence of Veterans Day (U.S.) and Remembrance Day, as well as the traditional start to the winter holiday shopping season, November is nearly always chock-full of military-related goodies. Here's a quick round-up of news, announcements, and products:
IOWA REVIEW ANNOUNCES JEFF SHARLET CONTEST WINNERS
Editors at The Iowa Review announced the winner and finalists for the fifth iteration of its biennial Jeff Sharlet Memorial Writing Award for Veterans.
The Aiming Circle regards this contest—along with the Line of Advance journal's Col. Darron L. Wright Memorial Writing Awards, and the annual Proud to Be anthology contest administered by Southeast Missouri State University Press—as one of the premier events on the military-writing calendar.
Winning entries will be published in the Spring 2021 issue of the quarterly journal. This year's list of winners notably leans toward short fiction:
- James Janko, “Fallujah in a Mirror”
- Jerri Bell, “He Said, She Said”
The next opportunity to submit work to the contest begins with a May 2022 submissions window.
MILITARY EXPERIENCE & THE ARTS RELEASES NEW ISSUE OF "AS YOU WERE"
The non-profit Military Experience & the Arts launched the 13th issue of its literary journal As You Were.
The FREE on-line issue features work by military veterans, service members, and adjacent writers:
- 8 short-fiction stories
- 11 non-fiction works
- 17 poems
Check out the full issue here!
'DOD READS' PUBLISHES Q&A INTERVIEW WITH 'LINE OF ADVANCE' EDITOR
"[W]hat I found is that there is a group of us around the country, doing similar things, writing about our experiences, networking, helping one another, etc. There’s an actual scene, I think, and it’s generous and it’s full of talented people.
What I hope a reader takes away from this anthology is that these veteran writers have a voice and that they are out there, working and creating. No matter the age, or gender, or any other immutable factor, it is possible for every individual to make their voice heard."
—Christopher Lyke, editor the anthology Our Best War Stories, and the literary journal Line of Advance
Check out the rest of the interview here!
(The print book recently "published wide," and is now available not only via Amazon, but via Barnes & Noble and other booksellers. Your favorite local independent bookstore should be able to order as well!)
MISSOURI HUMANITIES ANNOUNCES 2020 'PROUD TO BE' AWARDEES
The ninth volume of Southeast Missouri State University Press' annual anthology series Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors is now available for sale via the Missouri Humanities website for $10 (plus $4.95 shipping & handing); as well as Amazon ($15); and other booksellers.
- “What Wouldn’t Stay Buried” by Bill Glose
Fiction Honorable Mention:
- "Over the Rainbow" by Paul Hellweg
- "What Was Taken" by Ryan Stovall
- "Roasting Hatch Chilis" by Sarah Colby
Poetry Honorable Mention
- "Tripped Up By Mefloquine" by Ryan Stovall
- "Gun Trucking" by Charity Winters
- "CH-53D Ramp Gunner" by Anne Boaden
Photography Honorable Mention
- "A Rush to Treatment" by Felicitus Ferington
- "Play" by Bree Pye
- "Hometown Hero: Master Gunnery Sergeant Carroll W. Braxton" by Charleetah Lankford
Interviews Honorable Mention:
- "Feet of the Messenger & Beyond: A Conversation with Vietnam War Veteran, Poet, and Kansas Native H.C. Palmer" by Thomas G. McGuire
- "Will I Ever Sing Again?" by John Hornbeck
- "Going to War" by Troy D. Allan
Essays Honorable Mention:
- "A War Zone Question" by Rick Fahr Jr.
- "Ghosts" by Cody Mower
A full line-up of the new volume's contributors and contents is here.
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PHOTO: NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Nov. 9, 2018)—Capt. Daryle Cardone, the executive officer aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), along with Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) leaders, prepares to serve food at the Thanksgiving by the Water lunch at the American Legion Post 25. George Washington is undergoing a refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipyard. RCOH is a nearly 4-year project performed only once during a carrier's 50-year service life that includes refueling of the ship's two nuclear reactors, as well as significant repair, upgrades and modernization. U.S. Navy photo by Jamin A. Gordon