It was announced last night that I have won the First Place Award in Carpe Articulum's International Short Fiction Competition for my story "Mater Amabilis". Although Mater Amabilis was published before (and won First Place in another International Competition), this competition was much bigger and included previously published material if that material appeared in a literary journal with a circulation of less than 1000. It also carries a monetary prize. In case you are unfamiliar with it, Carpe Articulum is a large (in every sense of the word) literary review and is well regarded. Their recent issues have included work and interviews with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ray Harryhausen, Jodi Picoult, Nicholas Sparks, Connie May Fowler, Chitra Divakaruni, Ray Bradbury, George Lucas and many others. Here is some information from a neutral source ( magazine agent ):
"Carpe Articulum Literary Review is published for readers interested in all aspects of the literary arts. Published quarterly, each thick, glossy issue is filled with some of the most exquisite, timeless literary pieces that have been hand-selected by the Carpe Articulum editors. As a publication that embraces the art of expression, the magazine does not limit its contents to the written language as it also allows up-and-coming photographers and painters to display their work in its pages. Carpe Articulum Literary Review provides emerging writers with a platform to get recognized, featuring fresh voices in poetry, non-fiction, screenwriting, novellas, short fiction and scientific papers. Readers will also find insightful essays, intriguing interviews with renowned writers and informative articles in the pages of this literary review. Serving a global readership that embraces an innovative take on the traditional literary review, Carpe Articulum demonstrates that nothing contends with the serene, tactile experience of reading the printed word in book or magazine form. Encouraging readers to test unexplored literary waters, this beautiful publication serves as the perfect coffee table addition."
It is translated into French, Hebrew, Russian, Spanish and Hindi and is actually a very beautifully produced publication. I attach some photos of their covers.
My story will be featured in the next issue which also features Jodi Picoult, David Hoffman and Jeff Goldblum. Coincidentally, my husband Herb, when he was head of MGM once recommended Jeff to one of his (Herb's) directors for athe lead a in movie, quite unbeknownst to Jeff - and of course, he got the part!) The next issue is due out on June 1st which coincides nicely with the launch of Feclity and Barbara Pym. I had actually forgotten that I submitted that piece to Carpe Articulum, but I do remember posting a very small excerpt on The Red Room as a blog entry, entitled, not surprisingly, Mater Amabilis.
A very sweet postscript to this is that with 4.3 seconds of my putting it on my Facebook page, Ryoma, in his customary and very endearing manner, announced it with great fanfare on his page, an act of random kindness and infectious enthusiasm that eventuated not only in lighting up the day for me, but also new Facebook Friends! Elizabeth Eslami was also very supportive for which I thank her given that she is in the middle of her own book tour for Bone Worship (which I have just bought)!
A second postscript! I have just seen the illustrations and the layout of my story and the visuals, which include part of the Sistine Chapel and the hand of (Michelangelo's) David, are breathtaking. I am absolutely captivated by this perfect marriage of words and images and grateful to the magazine for taking such care to find such stunning illustrations.
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