Need help submitting your writing to literary journals or book publishers/literary agents? Click here! →

Writer's Relief Client News

At Writer’s Relief we respect our clients’ privacy and don’t publish any information about them without permission. Whether our clients announce their honors and awards or not, we LOVE cheering for them and are proud of their amazing achievements. Learn more about Writer's Relief author's submission services.

Want to become a client? Submit your writing to our Review Board for consideration today!

Submit to Review Board

Congratulations to Mercedes Lawry, winner of our second annual WaterSedge contest, on the publication of her chapbook! In the Early Garden With Reason was published with the help of Self-Publishing Relief and is available at Amazon.

Congratulations to Ann Harper Reed! Her short story “Bhishma” is published in Tayo.

Please click on this link to read Ann’s story: http://www.tayoliterarymag.com/ann-harper-reed

Abby Caplin will be reading her poetry on Friday, November 10th, 2017 at Catamaran’s Fall Issue Launch and on Friday, November 17th at “At the Inkwell Poetry Night” at Alley Cat Books in San Francisco, sponsored by SF Creative Writing Institute.

Congratulations to Trish Meek! Her collaborative film submission, Ghost Ranch, has been short listed as a selection in the Showcase Matinee of the Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival this year.

Congratulations to King Grossman, whose novel Letters To Alice recently received the Gold Medal for Inspirational/Visionary Fiction in the 2017 Global Ebook Awards! Letters To Alice was also named the Visionary Fiction Distinguished Favorite in the Independent Press Awards, and was a Finalist for Literary Fiction in the National Indie Excellence Awards. For more information about King and his work, please visit his website.

Congratulations to Kerry Campbell! Her manuscript, Dreaming of France, just won the 2017 Blue Light Press Poetry Award. Kerry trusted Writer’s Relief with the proofing of her manuscript, which will be released in September.

Looking for an intriguing summer read? Serenity Books is pleased to announce the release of “Jewels of San Fedele,” a collection of short fiction, memoir, art and photography that our client, D Ferrara is featured in. After a near magical week in Tuscany, a group of writers shared their experiences in this paperback, now available on Amazon. Please click on this link: https://www.amazon.com/Jewels-San-Fedele-D-Ferrara/dp/0996699236/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493940544&sr=8-1&keywords=d+ferrara+jewels to learn more about this collaboration and order a copy!

Congratulations to Kendra Tanacea! Her second book, garbage heart, was chosen as a semifinalist for the Elixir Press 17th Annual Poetry Awards.

Leisha Douglas will be giving a poetry reading at the Desta Gallery in San Anselmo, CA on Feb. 11th.

Congratulations to Marcia B. Loughran, winner of our WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook Contest! Her chapbook, Still Life With Weather (recently published with the help of Self-Publishing Relief), is available at Amazon.

Congratulations to Kerry Campbell, who just won The New Millennium Writer’s 42nd poetry prize! Check out her winning piece here!

Congratulations to Loren Stephens! Her book, “Paris Nights: My Year at the Moulin Rouge,” (with Cliff Simon) was published in July by Waldorf Publishing. Loren will be signing copies of her book at The Corner Bookstore on Madison Avenue, New York, NY on October 4, 2016.

Congratulations to Richard Key, who won second place in the Gulf Coast Writers Association 2016 contest! You can check out his winning story here: Do-Gooders Gotta Eat Too

Richard also was accepted into Crack the Spine’s upcoming print anthology! You can read the essay that will appear in the anthology here.

Congratulations to Lucinda B. Watson, who received two acceptances in one week! Lucinda’s poem, “Barnstorming”, was accepted by Stickman Review and her poem, “Getting Around Town”, was accepted by The Healing Muse.

Congratulations to Pamela Davis, who is a semi-finalist in The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry! Her poem, “Still//Life” will be published in Nimrod‘s Awards 38 issue due out in October 2016.

Congratulations to Yvonne Leach, whose poem “A Letter to Charlotte” will be featured in the anthology All We Can Hold! Her poem “For the Greater Good” will also appear in the anthology Marry a Monster. 


96675_McCord_cvr_PB.inddCongratulations to John McCord who will be signing his newest novel The Sun in the Eastern Sky, as well as his first book in this series, Sneak Attack, at Barnes & Noble on Saturday, April 16. If you love thrillers and espionage, this is an event you can’t miss!

Where: Barnes & Noble at the Arboretum in Charlotte, NC

When: Saturday, April 16, 2:00 p.m.

For more info about the event, click here!

Visit John McCord’s Author Website

letting-goCongratulations to Jhon Sanchez, whose essay “Album for a Poem” was featured in Letting Go: An Anthology of Attempts. You can read Jhon’s interview about the essay here.

Letting Go: An Anthology of Attempts was also featured on BuzzFeed as one of the 6 most compelling spring 2016 anthologies! You can view the complete list here.

Congratulations to Alison Hicks, whose poem, “Detail, Olive Orchard, Saint-Rémy,” will be included in the Crack the Spine Fall 2015 anthology, and her poem “The Mother as Persephone,” in 50 Over 50: Celebrating Experiencing and Emerging Women Writers, to be launched at the AWP conference in LA at the end of March.

Alison’s second book of poems, You Who Took the Boat Out, has been offered publication by Unsolicited Press.

Visit Alison on Facebook

Visit Alison’s author website

Congratulations to Hananah Zaheer for receiving a 2016 Pushcart nomination for her short story “A Video Store Called Desire,” published in Moon City Review!

Visit Hananah Zaheer’s website.

Congratulations to Jed Myers, whose poem “After Parking at Starbucks” won fifth place in the Writer’s Digest Poetry Contest. Jed also received an honorable mention for his poem “One Small Scratch” from the Ruben Rose Poetry Competition.

Jhon Sanchez received a 2016 Pushcart Prize nomination from New Lit Saloon Press for his short Story, “The Japanese Rice Cooker,” which has been published in the anthology Startling Sci-Fi, Tales from the Beyond.

Congratulations to Suzanne O’Connell on the nomination for 2016 The Pushcart Prize she received from Knot Literary Magazine!

Suzanne O’Connell’s recently published work can be found in Forge, Atlanta Review, Crack The Spine, The Louisville Review, Found Poetry Review, and Burningword Literary Journal among others. She lives in Los Angeles. O’Connell was nominated for The Pushcart Prize and for a Best Of The Net Award.

Visit Suzanne’s Author Website

BoneBridgeWe all wonder if we would do the right thing if called upon…even if it meant risking our own lives and sense of self. In THE BONE BRIDGE: A Brother’s Story, author Yarrott Benz is forced to deal with extraordinary self-sacrifice. This is the harrowing account of teenage brothers, as different as night and day, trapped together in a dramatic medical dilemma—a modern miracle and a modern nightmare.
Learn more
Buy the Book

NakedsDonnelle McGee’s book of poems, “NAKED,” is now available on Amazon!

“Part elegy, part memoir, part early-stage movie script, Naked takes the reader into a specific time and place from Donnelle McGee’s life and connects us to his origins. McGee is a confessional poet for today, unflinching but not distant, self-aware but not self-absorbed. He doesn’t shy away from hard terrain; instead, he forces the reader to see what he’s seen, feel what he’s felt, and mourn what he’s lost. Along the way, we all experience the singular exhilaration that stems from beating the odds. McGee’s voice is distinctive, his poems are engaging, his story is riveting.”

Sign me up for
FREE Publishing Leads & Tips
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

WHY? Because our insider
know-how has helped
writers get over 18,000+ acceptances.

FREE Publishing Leads and Tips! Our e-publication, Submit Write Now!, delivered weekly to your inbox.
  • BEST (and proven) submission tips
  • Hot publishing leads
  • Calls to submit
  • Contest alerts
  • Notification of industry changes
  • And much more!
Live Chat Software