Donna L. Turello, Writer Contest Wins


Children's Fiction
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You'd think with an M.A. in English Lit with a concentration in Medieval/Renaissance Lit, and a minor in Psychology, I'd write Medieval/Renaissance romances or mysteries or somesuch. Well, I don't.

I write pretty much everything else: flash fiction; short stories; novels; and I'm now dipping my toes into the screenwriting sea. Current projects include mainstream women's and YA novels. I've also drafted a couple of MG novels, and picture books.

I can't say which I prefer. For me, it's just all about the story. And some stories are flashes of light, while others a long and very winding road.

I'm a member of the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). I used to be a member of RWA, until I realized I wasn't writing romances, even though there's romance in my mainstream fiction. Even my children's books. (Age-appropriate, I swear.) It's just that romances are all about the romance, while my stories are all about the journey. (And what a journey it's been.)

And starting off the new year, I'm proud to announce my short story Independence Day, which honorable mentioned in the Saturday Evening Post's annual fiction contest, has been published in the Best Short Stories from The Saturday Evening Post 2015!

Publications include my flash fiction "Ivy," which won First Place in the WOW! Women on Writing Spring 2013 contest! Read it at WOW! Women On Writing.

My (hopefully) picture book manuscript took 6th place in the 82nd Writer's Digest Annual Competition in the Children's/YA category!

My flash fiction, Snow, was published in the February 2010 issue of "The Verb." (Alas, now defunct.) Three micro stories, Miracle, Karma, and Sunken were published in published by The Binnacle, a litmag from the University of Maine.

My essay "System Recovery" can be found in the Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Resolution. "The Perfect Christmas
Tree," appears in the Patchwork Path: Christmas Stocking anthology; "Sweet Sixteen," in the Patchwork Path: Treasure Box anthology. (See the sidebar. Shameless plug.)

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