2021 Writing Awards Eligible Works

2021 has been a good year for writing!

If you’re so inclined, please consider these works for writing awards submissions. If you’d like to read any of them, I’m happy to send you links to MOBI or PDF versions.

Short Fiction: “I Want to Be Free”

The first-person account of “I Want to Be Free” could be the story of many Black women around the globe: a cycle of abuse starting at home and continuing to manifest itself through adult relationships. But what if the issue isn’t just abuse and a supernatural source is truly threatening a woman’s life? What if the cycle of abuse isn’t the only cycle she can’t quite break?

Story title: “I Want to Be Free”

Length: 4,119 words

Anthology: Paranormal Contact: A Quiet Horror Confessional

Publisher: Cemetery Gates Media

Publication Date: March 14, 2021

Short Fiction: “I Would Have Rescued Them All”

Kamyra Johnson has an important job to do. It’s her responsibility to make sure the
spirits of her deceased brothers and sisters are sent to their eternal rest when they’re stuck
in the human realm. Sometimes, the spirits didn’t go willingly and that’s when her job
was hard. But she still had an important job to do.

Story title: “I Would Have Rescued Them All”

Length: 1,196 words

Anthology: Campfire Macabre

Publisher: Cemetery Gates Media

Publication Date: January 5, 2021

Short Fiction: “Regrets Never Die”

Sometimes, one can forget the things they regret in life. Other times, the regrets just won’t die.

Story title: “Regrets Never Die”

Length: 3,992 words

Anthology: Diabolica Americana

Publisher: Keith Anthony Baird

Publication Date: October 28, 2021

Short Fiction: “Soulmates”

Leticia just knows she and Damien are soulmates—he needs a little convincing, though.
Despite the warning she gets from a practitioner about a love spell, Leticia moves

Story title: “Soulmates”

Length: 2,263 words

Anthology: Dark Dispatch Magazine, Issue 2: Deadly Love

Publisher: Dark Dispatch

Publication Date: October 2, 2021

Short Fiction: “Witness Bearer”

Charisse Morton has a gift that doesn’t always feel good. She’s charged with bearing witness to

injustice and recording the offenses for judgement. Once she accepts her role, she finally meets

her life partner, who absolves the offenses and clears the slate for more stories.

Story title: “Witness Bearer”

Length: 1,529 words

Anthology: Twisted Anatomy: A Body Horror Anthology

Publisher: Sci Fi & Scary

Publication Date: February 19, 2021

Photo credit: Dread Central

Short Non-Fiction: “Experience, Witness, Record: Legacy and Black Lives Lived in Circles in Candyman”

Anthony McCoy and Brianna Cartwright were bound by their intertwined legacies in inescapable roles of experiencing, witnessing, and recording Black trauma. From outward appearances, it seemed they were upwardly mobile and far removed from these experiences. Their circuitous paths, as detailed in Candyman, serve as templates for Black lives lived in circles, repeatedly leading back to the origins. This path is necessary in doing the painful work of calling out and mitigating future trauma in Black lives.

Essay title: “Experience, Witness, Record: Legacy and Black Lives Lived in Circles in Candyman”

Length: 1,121 words

Website: Dread Central

Publisher: Dread Central

Publication Date: October 4, 2021

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Please reach out to me at: horrorblackademic@gmail.com for links to digital copies.

Thank you for your consideration.

About rjjoseph

I'm a Stoker Award™ nominated, Texas based writer with an MFA from Seton Hill University. I've had works published in various venues, including Sycorax's Daughters and The Streaming of Hill House: Essays on the Haunting Netflix Series. When I'm not writing, reading, or teaching, I can usually be found wrangling my huge blended family or not writing on Twitter @rjacksonjoseph. Website: www.rhondajacksonjoseph.com For info on film and television rights, contact Karmen Wells at The Rights Factory. Twitter: @KarmenEdits
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  1. Pingback: Round-up of Awards Posts by F&SF Writers, Editors, and Publishers for 2021 | The World Remains Mysterious

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