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, has lived and taught in the small town of Willow Bend, New York for five years without drawing attention to her troubled past. But when she suffers a near fatal heart attack, the result of trying to live on the same meager rations as a group of homeless people she is filming, she winds up in intensive care under the scrutiny of a neurotic psychiatrist who believes she’s unstable. To make matters worse, her mother’s ghost has appeared at her bedside with old gripes, and her angry, estranged identical twin, Lisa, is heading toward town intent on having her committed. Ida Mae is desperate to escape with her freedom intact, but knows she’ll have to get past her psychiatrist first. The only question is, can she? Shadows and Ghosts is Ida Mae’s tale of artistic passion, fierce sibling rivalry, failed love affairs, substance abuse, and 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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