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By Walter Cummins
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Walter Cummins has published six previous short story collections: Witness, Where We Live, Local Music, The End of the Circle, The Lost Ones, Habitat: stories of bent realism. More than 100 of his stories, as well as memoirs, essays, and reviews, have appeared in magazines such as New Letters, Kansas Quarterly, Virginia Quarterly Review, Under the Sun, Arts & Letters, Confrontation, Bellevue Literary Review, Connecticut Review, The Laurel Review, Other Voices, Georgetown Review, Contrary, Sonora Review, Abiko Quarterly, Weber Studies, Midwest Quarterly, West Branch, South Carolina Review, Crosscurrents, Crescent Review, The MacGuffin, in book collections, and on the web. [ more books ]

Del Sol Press 2017 First Novel Competition

Del Sol Press seeks to publish exceptional work by both new and recognized writers. Our emphasis is on original, unique, and accessible work with an edge. We are only interested in the very best work, regardless of source or type. The competition is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence, and is available to published and unpublished authors alike. Genres we are looking for include 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. [ more ]

Night Writer

We asked K.C. Aegis, whose novel BINDING PROGRAM placed third in the 2016 Del Sol Press First Novel Prize competition to share his first experience of writing. The 2017 Del Sol Press First Novel Prize closes May 15th. Learn more and submit your manuscript here: http://www.delsolpress.org/DSP-NovelCompetition.htm

When I was in the ninth grade, my English teacher gave me a failing grade. She handed it to me at the beginning of class--a story I had written--with a big red F scribbled on the front. Beneath this, she had written a single word: Plagiarism.


Writing the Other

Sadie Hoagland holds a PhD in Fiction from the University of Utah and an MA in Creative Writing-Fiction from UC Davis. Her work has appeared in Slush Pile Magazine, The Black Herald, MOJO, Alice Blue Review, Grist Journal, and The South Dakota Review, among others. Her novel, STRANGE CHILDREN, placed second in the Del Sol Press First Novel Prize this past summer. The story focuses on two sisters, Emma and Annalue, and takes place in a polygamist commune in the desert, where a 14-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl fall in love, breaking religious law. They are caught, and a year later she gives birth to his father's child, while the boy commits murder four hundred miles away, a crime that will slowly unravel the community.

When I tell people that my novel, Strange Children, is about several characters coming-of-age in an isolated polygamist community, there are usually many follow-up questions. One of the most frequent is: Did you grow up in a polygamist community?



Del Sol Press is pleased to announce that THE SINGING SHIP by Rebecca Winterer has won the inaugural First Novel Prize for 2016.

Winterer has received fellowships at The Millay Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Yaddo. She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and an MS in Physical Therapy from Columbia University. She has volunteered at the nonprofit Writing Center, 826 Valencia, taught creative writing at the Writing Salon, and is currently working on a collection of short stories.

Contest judge, the award-winning novelist Madison Smartt Bell, called the work, "breathtaking in its freshness, originality, and structural ingenuity."


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