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THE 2016 BEST FIRST NOVEL COMPETITION
This Del Sol Press contest is open to "all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence, and is available to published and unpublished authors alike." Genres included in the competition are literary and upmarket fiction, mainstream or general fiction, mystery/thriller or speculative fiction with a literary edge, serious women's fiction, and unique experimental work. Finalist manuscripts will also be considered for publication. The first place winner receives a $1,500 honorarium and book publication by Del Sol Press in fall 2016 (plus 20 copies). Second and third place winners receive free tuition to the Algonkian New York Pitch Conference where they can pitch their novels to editors in the commercial publishing business.
CHRISTINE STEWART - EDITOR CHIEF
Christine Stewart has an M.A. in Creative Writing from Hollins University and an M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Maryland College Park. A former artist-in-residence with the arts and humanities nonprofit Creative Alliance, she is a Pushcart Prize nominee, a recipient of an Individual Artist Award in fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council and a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from The Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine. Some of Chris' publications include Poetry, Ploughshares, Five Points, Smartish Pace, and The Cortland Review. In her hometown of Baltimore, Chris has hosted and participated in readings at the CityLit Festival, the Baltimore Book Festival and has been featured on the NPR station, WYPR. She is a freelance manuscript editor and has taught at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Carver Center for Arts and Technology, and currently teaches writing in the Johns Hopkins Odyssey program. Chris blogs for JMWW and The Writer's Edge. Her current novel was first runner up in fiction for the 2012 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award from Poets & Writers. Her most recent fellowship was from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. www.therealwriter.com.
"The Jewish Mother" by Melanie Bacon
A CHRONICLE OF MARY OF EPHESUS
FORTHCOMING FROM DEL SOL PRESS
Facing danger after the death of Jesus, Mary flees to the great city of Ephesus where she must confront rising belief in her son's divinity, growing hostility from Jewish leaders, and the presence of St. Paul who rejects her close friendship with Artelia, high priestess of Artemis, the Great Goddess of Ephesus. Melanie was a writer for National Lampoon magazine, one of the winners of the Writer's Digest 2009 short fiction prize, and her work has appeared in several literary journals including In Posse Review and The Potomac Journal of Poetry and Politics. Her prior novels include "The Deadest Gun in The West" and "Welcome Home, Major Bearclaw."