Donna L. Turello, Writer Contest Wins


Children's Fiction
Women'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.)

But I'm proud to announce I've finally achieved two of my writing dreams: to crack the Top Ten of the Wow! Women On Writing flash contests, and the annual Writer's Digest competitions! Woo Hoo!

My flash fiction "Ivy," which garnered second place (not pubbed) last year in the 2012 Soulmaking Keats Literary Competition, won First Place (now that I tweaked it) 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," published in the February 2010 issue of "The Verb," also took honorable mention in the Soul Making Literary Competition sponsored by the National League of American Pen Women. Another of my flash stories (unpublished) won second place.

Three micro stories, "Miracle," "Karma," and now "Sunken" earned honorable mentions in the last three Annual Ultra-short Competitions, and were/will be published by The Binnacle, a litmag from the University of Maine.

My current YA novel took an Honorable Mention in the Abilene Writer's Guild annual contest, and a couple other novels have placed in earlier years in the Panhandle Pro Writers Frontiers in Writing contests.

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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