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The past two months have been incredible ones for poetry and writing in Alabama. We are so excited to welcome new members from the Magic City Poetry Festival, as well as opportunities at the Alabama Book Festival and Alabama Writer's Symposium. As summer begins her small swelters, we prepare for the annual conference and life slows down to keep pace with the weather. 

What can you do to be an active literary citizen in the AWC community? A few suggestions:
  1. Make sure you've registered for the AWC Conference scheduled to take place from June 15-17, 2018 in Orange Beach, Alabama. 
  2. Email a link to any books you've published from 2016-2018 so that I can add you to the Bookshelf page. Also, if you know of a book published by an AWC member that is missing from the Bookshelf pages for the designated time periods, please email me at
  3. Don't forget to check our web calendar for other events near you and send an email to me with information or events that if you'd like to be added. 

In the meantime, please keep sending your wonderful publications, writings, inspirations, and current activities to me at Be sure to send any links to recent journal publications, especially those online publications that we can all enjoy for free. And thank you so much for making Alabama a more writerly place.

Best wishes,
Alina Stefanescu, Newsletter Editor & Publicity Chair
Renew Your AWC Membership
Claire Datnow and Ramey Channell at Southern Breeze Show Mo earlier this month.
  1. New member Kwoya Fagin Maples spoke to us about her forthcoming poetry collection, Mend. We are so excited to welcome her and support her incredible poetry.
  2. Stephen Edmondson won First Prize for his short story, "Climbing Jacob's Ladder", in the Hackney Literary Awards.  
  3. Joe Taylor has a lively & wonderful short story up in the first issue of Red Dirt Forum, a press we profiled in this newsletter a few months ago. Purchase a copy and learn more.   
  4. Ashley M. Jones has three new poems up in Scoundrel Time.  
  5. Carolyn Breckenridge's short fiction collection, Kaleidoscope Jane, is available for purchase online and at local booksellers, including Tuscaloosa's Ernest and Hadley.
  6. Bill W. King's humorous story, My Dog Harry Wants to Get Married, is available for purchase online.
  7. Jeanette Cale Willert won the Alabama State Poetry Society Poet of the Year award at the Orange Beach convention. Her 2017 prize-winning chapbook, Appalachia, Mon Amour, is currently available from New Dawn Unlimited.
  8. The Daring Egg, an inspiring children's book by Anne Markham Bailey, is available for purchase from Green Bucket Press.
  9. New member Mike Burrell has a novel, The Land of Grace, forthcoming from Livingston Press (which is where all the cool people get their books published). 
  10. Alina Stefanescu's debut fiction collection got noticed in Iron City Ink.
  11. We're currently assembling an online Bookshelf page featuring book publications by AWC authors so please email a link to your book to our webmaster at
  12. Don't forget to check our web calendar for other events near you. And email to let us know if there is something to add. We can't share cool things if we don't know about them.


Pre-registration is encouraged and appreciated. If you have a personal, health, and/or travel emergency which prevents you from attending, we ask that you contact us in writing seven days prior to the on-site registration of the AWC conference. The best way to reach us is by email. We will not be able to grant refunds unless requested in writing on or before seven days prior to on-site registration. Thank you so much for helping us to honor our hardworking volunteers and staff. 

As an all-volunteer board, we prefer that you register and pay online. However, if you prefer to pay by check, please address your check to AWC and mail our Treasurer Hank Henley, 7296 Bayberry Road, Helena AL 35022.

After registering, click on the shopping cart icon at the top right of the screen for your shopping cart and check-out.

“Make a point of showing up for others,” Taeckens says. “You must build your ecosphere.” (And other advice on how to manage publicity as a writer.)


Orison Books invites submissions of work that engages the life and writing of Simone Weil, 20th-century French mystic, social activist, and theologian, for a forthcoming anthology.

We are interested in literary work in all genres, including poetry, essay, drama, and hybrid-genre work. Authors or publishers may submit previously published or unpublished work. The anthology will be co-edited by George David Clark, Luke Hankins, Susan L. Miller, and Jessie van Eerden. Contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the anthology upon publication.

Send submissions as a Word, RTF, or PDF document along with author information to: weilanthology@gmail.comDeadline is August 1, 2018.

Ink in Thirds Accepting Free Submissions

Editor Grace Black is currently seeking submissions to Ink In Thirds, a "magazine of poised prose, precarious poetry, and photography to pilot our own realms again."

In return for accepting free submissions of photography, prose and poetry, Ink In Thirds will be submitting nominations for The Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and The Best Small Fictions.

Learn more about past contributors and take the time to submit your own pieces.  
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