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A literary agent with the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, Katharine Sands has worked with a varied list of authors who publish a diverse array of books. Highlights include Spiritual Pregnancy: Nine Months that Change Your Life Before You Give Birth by Dr. Shawn Tassone and Dr. Kathryn Landherr; Talk to Strangers: How Everyday Random Encounters Can Expand Your Business, Career, Income and Life by David Topus; The New Rules of Attraction: How to Get Him, Keep Him and Make Him Beg for More by Arden Leigh; Stand Up for Yourself: Resolve Workplace Crises Before You Quit, Get Axed or Sue the Bastards by Donna Ballman; Making Healthy EZ with Dr. Oz guest, Dr. Julie Chen; Dating the Devil (producer: Vast Entertainment) by Lia Romeo; XTC: SongStories; Chasing Zebras: THE Unofficial Guide to House, MD by Barbara Barnett of Let’s Talk TV; CityTripping: a Guide for Foodies, Fashionistas and the Generally Style-Obsessed; Writers on Directors; Ford model Helen Lee’s The Tao of Beauty; Elvis and You: Your Guide to the Pleasures of Being an Elvis Fan; New York: Songs of the City; Taxpertise: Dirty Little Secrets the IRS Doesn’t Want You to Know; The SAT Word Slam, Divorce After 50; Trust Your Gut; Make Up, Don’t Break Up with Oprah guest Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil to name a few.
She is the agent provocateur of Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye, a collection of pitching wisdom from leading literary agents. Recently contributed “Grey is the New Black” to Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey, a nonfiction look at the cultural phenom of the bestselling novel.
Actively building her client list, she likes books that have a clear benefit for readers’ lives in categories of food, travel, lifestyle, home arts, beauty, wisdom, relationships, parenting, and fresh looks, which might be at issues, life challenges or popular culture. When reading fiction she wants to be compelled and propelled by urgent storytelling, and hooked by characters. For memoir and femoir, she likes to be transported to a world rarely or newly observed. firstname.lastname@example.org
Vivian Shipley (Connecticut)—Poetry|
Published five chapbooks and nine books of poetry, most recently, All of Your Messages Have Been Erased (Southeastern Louisiana University Press, 2010). Two-time recipient of the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. Two books—Gleanings: Old Poems, New Poems and When There Is No Shore—were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Recipient of the Library of Congress’s Connecticut Lifetime Achievement Award. Connecticut State University Distinguished Professor.
Katy Yocom (Kentucky)—Flash Fiction
Charlotte Rains Dixon (Oregon)—Novel (First Chapters)
Roy Burkhead (Tennessee)—Short Story
Kaylene Johnson (Alaska)—Nonfiction
Albert (Watt) Key, Jr.(Alabama)—Juvenile Fiction
Jeanie Thompson has published four collections of poetry, The Seasons Bear Us (River City Publishing, 2009), White for Harvest: New and Selected Poems (River City Publishing, 2001), Witness (Black Belt Press, 1995), and How to Enter the River (Holy Cow! Press, 1985), three chapbooks and has co-edited The Remembered Gate: Memoirs by Alabama Writers, (University of Alabama Press, 2002) with Jay Lamar. Her latest project is a collection of historical person poems, The Myth of Water, which explores the adult life of Alabama author and activist Helen Keller. She holds the MFA from the University of Alabama, where she was founding editor of the literary journal Black Warrior Review, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2013-2014. Jeanie has been director of the award-winning Alabama Writers’ Forum, a statewide literary arts organization in Montgomery, since 1993.
T.K. Thorne retired as a captain of the Birmingham Police Department and currently serves as executive director of a business improvement district. Both careers provided fodder for her writing, which has been published in various venues and garnered awards, including "Book of the Year for Historical Fiction" (ForeWord Reviews) for her debut novel Noah’s Wife. The New York Post featured her non-fiction book, Last Chance for Justice: How Relentless Investigators Uncovered New Evidence Convicting the Birmingham Church Bombers on their "Books You Should Be Reading" list. A short film from her screenplay Six Blocks Wide was a semi-finalist at the international “A Film for Peace Festival” in Italy. Thorne has served as faculty at several writers’ conferences. Her next historical novel, Angels at the Gate: the Story of Lot’s Wife, is scheduled to be released summer, 2014. She writes on a mountaintop, often with two dogs and a cat or two in her lap.
1st Glenda Slater
2nd Barbara Gold
3rd Kate Celauro
First Novel Chapter
1st Peggy Wilkins
2nd Jackie Romine Walburn
3rd Frances D. Roberts
4th Linda S. Safford
1st Linda F. Willing
2nd Elizabeth Bloom Albert
3rd Jackie Romine Walburn
4th Jane Sasser
1st Sylvia Williams Dodgen
2nd Mickey Cleverdon
3rd Susan Martinello
4th Betty Spence
1st Vivian W. Newkirk
2nd Margie Tubbs
3rd Linda Hudson Hoagland
4th Ruth C. White
Short Story Winners
1st Mahala Church
2nd Larry Wilson
3rd Richard Perreault
4th Linda Hudson Hoagland