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January Kudos. Congratulations!

Marti Attoun sold a 5-minute Romance, "A Love that Glows Bright," to Woman's World - issue dated Jan. 16, 2023.

Michael Don Fess, inspired by what he saw at the OWL Fall Conference, is sponsoring a contest for the Diamond Writers in Delight, Arkansas, and is also sponsoring a category for the OWL fall writing contest. Thanks, Michael!

Russell Gayer's Oxbow Award Winning short story, "Buckskins & Lace," appears in the 2022-23 Winter issue of Saddlebag Dispatches. The Oxbow Award honors OWL past president and prolific western writer, Dusty Richards. Russell considers "Buckskins & Lace" a tribute to Dusty, who was one of Russell's writing mentors. Here's a direct link to the story. Buckskin & Lace - Issuu

Rose Heaser finally sent her first book; My Little RoseBud; Growing Up Years to the printer, Kindle Direct Publishing. She said it has been a different experience than writing scripts for her own company, Kid Biz. She sends a big "Thank You" to all who offered helpful suggestions and critiques.

Mary-Lane Kamberg had a personal essay "EEK!" accepted by 105 Meadowlark Reader for its May issue.

Annie Lisenby's debut YA novel, A Three-Letter Name, won best indie book by a Missouri author through the Indie Author Project. Her book, published by The Parliament House, is described as a teen survival romance featuring two characters with disabilities learning to live new lives with a spouse neither wanted.

While tackling POV, Editor Shirley Rash, highlighted Cindy McIntyre's novel Love at the Center of Grief in "What's Your Story? Epistolary Fiction." (December 7, 2022).

Multi-published romance and historical mystery author Penny Richards will have a newspaper article published the first week of February in the Community Chronicle, a newspaper that serves more than 10,000 people in east Texas and beyond. In keeping with the Valentine's Day theme, the article is titled, "Keep the Love Alive," and suggests various fun, inexpensive, and thoughtful ways to bring life back into marriages besieged with the trials of just living everyday life.

Billie Holladay Skelley has a story in the new "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Lessons Learned from My Dog" that goes on sale January 24, 2023. Royalties from the book support American Humane's work to create a better life for dogs everywhere.

Diana West completed an article for Illinois Country Living about the butter sculptor at the Illinois State Fair. This article will appear in the August issue. One of Diana's writing goals this year is to break into at least two publications that she has never written for. This makes one.

Susan Whitlock's short story, "Until Then, the Garden," will be published online by Heimat Review on April 15, 2023 - their spring issue.

The History Press published Larry's Wood's book Lady Rebels of Civil War Missouri in November of 2022. "Going Home," an essay about his time in Vietnam, appears in Proud To Be, Writing By American Warriors, Vol. 11, published by the Southeast Missouri State University Press, also in November 2022. Wood's latest book, about the legendary Joplin Spook Light, was published through KDP in January 2023, and his Western novel Wild in His Sorrow is currently publishing in episodes on Kindle Vella.