‘Epitaph’ wins fantasy poem contest for charity.

My poem, ‘Epitaph‘, won a fantasy poem contest – organised by the wonderful L. M. Stull, on behalf of the very talented author M.R. Mathias - being held to raise money for the charity SmileTrain.

I had two excellent reasons for entering this contest: the first was the charity aspect itself.  SmileTrain does one thing, but it does it well – its mission is focused on solving a single problem: cleft lip and palate.  It does this by providing free cleft surgery for millions of poor children in developing countries as well as providing free cleft-related training for doctors and medical professionals.

I think that their copy says it all: ‘changing the world one smile at a time’.

The second reason was a little more biased of me: the contest had to be a fantasy poem, based around dragons. 

They had me at hello :)

M.R. Mathias donated money himself to the charity but, on top of that, he is going to be publishing all the submission to the contest with 100% of the proceeds from that to be donated as well.

When the anthology is published I would urge you all to buy a copy because, by doing so, you will be helping a child to smile!

Powers: A Superhero Anthology now available

Powers: A Superhero Anthology available at Amazon

They are many and varied.

Some fly high above us, soaring on Eagle’s wings; they leave us standing as they run with the speed of Mercury; we watch in awe as they move mountains. They wear costumes of a myriad colors, they answer to names that sound like a clarion call and they hear our cries for help when there is no-one else to save us.

Some say that their abilities come from mutations, others from the Gods themselves. Is it technology that gives them wings and science that lets them fly? Is it genetics or miracles?

Are they even from Earth or somewhere far beyond?

No-one knows. The one thing that we do know – the one thing that brings them all together is simple.

They all have powers!

Table of Contents

Introduction
The Power to Believe – Jay Faulkner (editor)

Foreword
Gods and/or Monsters – Cy Dethan

Crappy Birthday – Gary McKenzie
The Tripwire Trio – T. L. Barrett
The Last Day and Night Of Bill Stevens, Superhero – Jude-Marie Green
Dreaming of Nick Savage – Simon Forster
The Night Ghost Returns – Christopher McKittrick
Seven Years after Midnight (A novella) – John X. Grey
Family Secrets – Rob Rosen
Secret Origin of the Sack Man – Martin Zeigler
Dinner Guest – Frank Byrns
Space Scouts – David Perlmutter
Super Cleaners – Michelle Ruckoldt
Spandex – Alexander Bentley
Maxed – Bradley Descartes
Fanaticism – Gary Buettner
The Dragoon – Lane Kareska
The Stuntman – Matt Adams
The Last Laugh – Luke Johnson

Biographies

Jay Faulkner resides in Northern Ireland with his wife, Carole, and their two boys, Mackenzie and Nathaniel.  He says that while he is a writer, martial artist, sketcher, and dreamer he’s mostly just a husband and father.  
His work has been published widely, both online and in print anthologies, and was short-listed in the 2010 Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition.  He is currently working on his first novel.  
Jay founded, and edits, ‘With Painted Words’ – www.withpaintedwords.com – a creative writing site with inspiration from monthly image prompts.  
For more information visit – www.jayfaulkner.com

Cy Dethan is a British comics writer. He has scripted Starship Troopers series for Mongoose Publishing and Markosia Enterprises, and his creator-owned credits include Cancertown: An Inconvenient Tooth, Slaughterman’s Creed, The Ragged Man, The Indifference Engine: A Holographic Novel and more.
Website: www.cydethan.com
Blog: www.raggedman.com

Gary McKenzie is the author of the children / young adult Gingerbread Kingdom books (conveniently available at Amazon.com) and has also entered the horror market with short stories found on HouseofHorror.org/uk (Issues 9 & 13).  He has been a comic book fan since the age of 4 when he picked up his first Spider-Man comic.

T. L. Barrett lives in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom with his beautiful wife and five children, where he also writes weird fiction. His short fiction has been published in many anthologies and magazines. This year, his Fantasy Trilogy, The Vale of Shade, will see print at the Library of Fantasy. You can learn more about T. L. Barrett and his work by going to tlbarrett.blogspot.com.

Jude-Marie Green has recently sold stories to “Global Warming Aftermaths,” “RetroSpec,” and “Dark Tales Of Terror” (all three anthologies coming out this year.) Also, she is a Clarion West 2010 graduate.

Simon Forster – I have been writing since I was a child, although I would only consider myself to have been writing seriously for the past 13 years. In that time I have written over a million words of fiction, encompassing nine (9) novels & novellas, forty-four (44) short stories, and an illustrated children’s book as a Christmas present for my niece. I have had several short stories published in small magazines, and have self-published two short-story collections that are available from on-line stores (notably on and through Lulu.com).

Christopher McKittrick is an instructor of English at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University, Suffolk County Community College, and Briarcliffe College.  His first published short story, “The Wicked Giant,” appeared in By Mind or Metal: A Fantasy Anthology from Static Movement Press.  His previous creative nonfiction work has appeared in Newsday and Good Times Magazine.  When he is not teaching, he likes to flex his creative writing muscles to find out if they still work.

John X. Grey is the more memorable pen name of Edwin R. Haney, still dwelling hermitlike in the same Southern Ohio hometown he often thinks of as ‘parts unknown’ or ‘terra incognita.’  Writing fiction since August 1999, Grey has completed nine novels (from rough to revised draft form) and fifty-two short stories or novellas, a few of those published by Aurora Wolf Press, Lame Goat Press, Leucrota Press and Static Movement in various anthologies since November 2009.  Currently unemployed between day jobs, the writer still clings to his unrealized dream of professional success as an author, but believes he is coming closer to it with each accepted story for publication.

Rob Rosen, author of the novels “Sparkle” and “Divas Las Vegas”, has had short stories featured in more than 100 anthologies. Please visit him at www.therobrosen.com

Martin Zeigler enjoys writing fiction, dabbling in music, and taking long walks, sometimes off of short piers. His fiction has been published in various small print anthologies. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his sweetheart.

Frank Byrns lives and writes in suburban Maryland. His third collection of superhero short fiction, Things to Come, was published in 2009, joining Requiem and My Father’s Son. He is also the editor of A Thousand Faces, the Quarterly Journal of Superhuman Fiction. Visit him online at www.frankbyrns.com.

David Perlmutter is a freelance writer and university graduate student living in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, where he has lived his whole life. His passions are American television animation (the subject of his forthcoming MA thesis and a projected historical monograph), literature (especially science fiction and fantasy) and music (rhythm& blues, soul, funk and jazz.) This explains why much of his writing is as unconventional and defiant as it is. He is challenged with Asperger’s Syndrome, but considers it an asset more than a disability.

Michelle Ruckoldt, 26, is the mother of three and works in the escalation department for Sprint customer service. She has been writing since kindergarten.
Born in Brownsville, TX she relocated to Pueblo, CO at the age of eight. She attended New Mexico State University for English with an emphasis in creative writing. She has published a number of poems, including one in the independent magazine ‘Iconoclast’ and one in the New Mexico State University newsletter.
She is a member of the Prose Three writers group.

Alexander Bentley is a graduate of Algonquin College’s Scriptwriting program, now delving into the deep dark world of short stories and novels. Currently, he’s studying Web Development as a means not to starve to death while pursuing his literary passion.

Bradley Descartes – I am a twenty seven year old native of Saint Lucia, a country that is part of the Windward Islands, in the Caribbean. I graduated from Sir Arthur Lewis Community College in 2002 and am now employed as a Night Wallet Cashier at G4S Security Services. I’ve always loved to read and have had many ideas bouncing around my mind that I believe would make great stories, and I’ve finally decided to write and share them. I have also dabbled into writing novels, having finished two of them, but have yet to get them published. I am determined to make a career out of writing and will be honored if my story is published in your magazine.

Gary Buettner lives in Indiana with his family.  His fiction will appear in Rotting Tales and Gone With The Dirt: Undead Dixie both from Pill Hill Press.

Lane Kareska was born in Texas and now lives in Chicago. He first visited a comic book store as a fourth grader and hasn’t been able to stop since.

Matt Adams is a TV news producer who lives and writes in Indianapolis, Indiana. His short stories have been selected for publication in the anthology series This Mutant Life and A Thousand Faces. He is currently working on a superhero-themed novel.

Luke Johnson is a common participant in writing competitions on the internet. This should tell you everything you need to know about him. He lives in Vermillion, South Dakota, and does not own a cat.

Powers: A Superhero Anthology available at Amazon

Eyes Wide Open now available in Full Armor Magazine

‘Eyes Wide Open’ – which tells the story of an elderly lady’s birthday surprise leads to a final journey of discovery – is now available in issue 2 of Full Armor Magazine at Amazon.

Full Armor is a quarterly periodical featuring uplifting, spiritual fantasy and poetry, testimonials, book reviews, and more.  – www.fullarmormagazine.com

Buy issue 2 of Full Armor Magazine, featuring ‘Eyes Wide Open’, here.

THE HATING GAME – Talli Roland

Help Talli Roland’s debut novel THE HATING GAME hit the Kindle bestseller list at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk by spreading the word today. Even a few sales in a short period of time on Amazon helps push the book up the rankings, making it more visible to other readers.

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Coming soon in paperback.  Keep up with the latest at www.talliroland.com.

About THE HATING GAME:

When man-eater Mattie Johns agrees to star on a dating game show to save her ailing recruitment business, she’s confident she’ll sail through to the end without letting down the perma-guard she’s perfected from years of her love ‘em and leave ‘em dating strategy. After all, what can go wrong with dating a few losers and hanging out long enough to pick up a juicy £2000,000 prize? Plenty, Mattie discovers, when it’s revealed that the contestants are four of her very unhappy exes. Can Mattie confront her past to get the prize money she so desperately needs, or will her exes finally wreak their long-awaited revenge? And what about the ambitious TV producer whose career depends on stopping her from making it to the end?