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Our latest piece of excellent news is that our newest author, Orla McAlinden, winner of our third annual Eludia Award for The Accidental Wife, has been honored by the prestigious Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards, winning the Writing.ie Short Story of the Year Award for her story, "The Visit", which is included in The Accidental Wife. It has been a wonderful season for Orla, who has received truly wonderful praise from all quarters for this beautiful book.
Hidden River has introduced Cheryl Romo, winner of our fourth Eludia Award, for her novel Ruby Hands. Please read the full article here.
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What big news do we want to share right now? Hidden River Arts wants to share news about our winning writers. We want to congratulate the most recent winners of our three writing competitions.
Orla McAlinden, of Kildare, Ireland,is our third Eludia Award winner, for her collection of short stories, The Accidental Wife and Other Stories. We'll be interviewing Orla soon, and will post information about that interview, including more information about her writing, here. So be sure to check back! Her collection is next in the pipeline for publication on our Sowilo Press imprint at Hidden River Publishing.
Our previous Eludia winners: Christine Whittemore, for her novel, Inscription. Born in the UK, Christine has also spent a significant amount of time in the U.S. and in France. She has currently returned to her native England, and resides in Gloucestershire. Tree Riesener, for her collection of short stories, Sleepers Awake. The Eludia Award is offered to a woman writer, age forty or older, who has not yet had a book-length work of fiction published. The prize offers $1000 and publication on our Sowilo Press imprint, and is open to women writers in English from anywhere in the world. Learn more about Christine at her website. Please stay tuned for more updates.
Lee Edward Colston, II, is our most recent winner of the Hidden River Arts Playwrighting Award, for his play, "Solitary". Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Lee tells us that he is a prison guard turned actor, playwrighting, acting teacher and author. He received is BFA in Theatre from the Brind School of Theatre at the University of the Arts, and is currently in the MFA Acting Program at The Juilliard School. The Hidden River Arts Playwrighting Award offers $1000 and a public reading to the winning play.
Our congratulations also goes to Mark Wagstaff, winner of the most recent William Van Wert Fiction Competition, for his story, "Some Secret Space". Mark's stories have appeared in literary magazines and journals in both the US and the UK. He has published four novels so far, and a short story collection. His second collection is forthcoming with InkTears. Mark lives in London. Mark receives a $1000 monetary award for his winning manuscript. You can read our interview with Mark here.
Please check our guidelines for the writing competitions. The submission deadline for both the William Van Wert Award in Fiction and the Hidden River Arts Playwrighting Award is June 30. The Deadline for The Eludia Award is March 30.