The 2022 Honeybee Prize Finalists!

2022 Honeybee Prize Finalists

June 12, 2022

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Today friends and fellow lovers of the arts, we are tickled to announce the finalists for the 2022 Honeybee Prize.

Thank you to all who submitted to this year’s contests in fiction, nonfiction, stage & screen, and poetry. We had an impressive number of submissions to consider which made it tough for our editors to select the pieces that would be sent to the judges (more about the prize and judges here).

After much deliberation, the following finalists were chosen…

  • Willa Cather Would Not Approve by David-Matthew Barnes
  • Road Music by W. W. Webb
  • Scenes From a Breakup by Don Faust
  • Camp by Jennifer Downes
  • Prom Court by Michael Towers
  • Waiting for Jim by David Margolis
  • Love, Dad by Alex Sese
  • To Dust You Shall Return by Katharine Bost
  • Seth From Poison Control by Kaylee Schofield
  • The Children by Adeline Lovell
  • Connect : Disconnect by Suzi Banks Baum
  • Assembly Line by Michael Cannistraci
  • Where All My Sick Things Go by Liliana Rehorn
  • Backwards and Blind by Helyn Trickey Bradley
  • Reinventing the Circle by Jill Littig
  • I return to you, mother by Liz Holland
  • In Memoriam for a Chronic Pain Sufferer by Gillian Freebody
  • dear sister, by Sequoia Maner
  • For Those of Us Forced to Flee by Jane Muschenetz
  • (un)inhabited by Moni Brar
  • HOMO by C.W. Emerson

Congratulations to all the finalists for their wonderful pieces!! We will be announcing the winners and runners-up very soon. Stay tuned…

~The Good Life Review Team


Issue #7 ~ Spring 2022 is Now Live!

Issue #7 ~ Spring 2022 is Now Live!

May 10, 2022

Today friends, as we open our windows and doors wide to let more light and fresh air in, we are thrilled to present Issue #7 ~ Spring 2022. We appreciate all the patience our contributors have had with us as we’ve worked through compiling their amazing pieces into this wonderful and bold issue. We’re eager to share and celebrate their work!

Though we have not had and did not intend to have a themed issue, it is interesting to note, that as our editors’ selections came in, a theme of death and dying emerged organically. I believe that these themes are not a coincidence, but rather an anomaly created by the upheaval the world has endured these past two years; hardship felt by both writer and reader. 

Emile Estrada’s fiction, “Waiting for Things to Die” sets the tone for the issue as it reveals a young boy’s experiences witnessing his grandfather’s life in rural Venezuela. In Georgia White’s flash fiction her character, Iphigenia, is forever stuck at fourteen and forced to repeatedly remember the sacrifice she had no choice in making. 

Suicidal thoughts are explored by Sola Damon in her short nonfiction, “Under a Calm Wave, Not Killing Myself” and Craig Moeckly’s stage play, “Dakota County,” involves two characters that are dealing not only with death and loss but also with what it means to have lived life according to someone else’s expectations. 

Rounding out this issue are four evocative poems by three new GLR contributing authors, and one returning poet, Stelios Mormoris, sharing his poem, “Mass in Harlem.” Each of these pieces is accompanied by artwork by artists whose work can be found together here.

With this release, available now from our home page, we have crossed the threshold into our second full year of operations. Although we are still working to establish exactly who we are as a literary journal and organization, we believe we have found our stride with the collaboration, curation, and production required for these quarterly issues. Our hope is to provide a positive experience for all and enjoy The Good Life as much as possible as spring turns into summer.

On behalf of our entire team, we thank you for visiting, reading, and supporting the arts!

~The Good Life Review


Issue #6 ~ Winter 2022 is Now Live!

Issue #6 ~ Winter 2022 is Now Live!

February 2, 2022

Today is the day! Our winter issue is now live!! We’ve been eager to celebrate the writers and artists who have shared the fruits of their labor with us and are enthusiastic about presenting their work. There is much to admire about the pieces in this issue and we could not be more pleased with how it turned out.

The poems in this issue are vulnerable, complex, and take risks. Ellen June Wright grabs us with these opening lines: “They carried everything one can bring | when one can bring nothing.” And the poem does not let go even after the last line. Jack Phillips’ poem, Felis Ellipses, makes us contemplate humanity and our place in the natural world, and Christina Legarda’s poem, Imelda, provides an eerie and evocative character profile. 

The absurdist and magical realist flash fiction by Jiahui Wu is sure to entertain and Joe Capello’s play, Sell Bots, is a fast paced piece that will leave you with a sense of outrage by the unfair and often ugly nature of politics in corporate America.

In Cassie Burkheart’s nonfiction essay she writes “… art is born when opposing feelings collide, rub up against each other, start a dialogue. Loneliness can be celebrated, or at least renamed “solitude,” which sounds more romantic. Anger is really fear and my worst fear is losing myself.” 

We feel that and we believe that her struggle to exist and create despite all the “triggers” around us is a common one. This is one of the reasons why we are committed to reading all the pieces that come to us with care and attention and strive to provide a beautiful platform to share them.

Issue #6 is available from our home page or you can download the full copy here. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we do!

~The Good Life Review Team


Issue #5, Autumn 2021 is Now Live!

Issue #5, Autumn 2021 is Now Live!

November 15, 2021

Today we are honored to present a new collection of wonderful work from a truly stellar line-up of authors and artists in our 5th issue.

This issue features the ten-minute stage play, The Farewell Burn, by Kara Davidson, selected as the winner for our inaugural Honey Bee Prize in the Stage & Screen category by judge Michael Oatman. 

We’re also pleased as punch to present a poem by the Emperor of Ice Cream himself, Todd Robinson, alongside a stellar line-up of other talented writers and artists. Michael Wesner’s story “The Shapiros” will make you laugh and Soo Yeon Chun’s poem “Oath of Assimilation” will roll through you like a heavy freight train. And we would be remiss if we failed to mention the artwork included in the pages of this issue; these pieces are incredible. 

Dive into the issue or download the full copy here.

~The Good Life Review Team


Announcing the 2021 Honey Bee Prize Winner in Stage & Screen

Announcing the  2021 Honey Bee Prize Winner in Stage & Screen

November 2, 2021

In just a few short weeks our Autumn issue will be released into the wild world. In this issue we are honored to showcase the fourth and final Honey Bee Prize winner Kara Davidson!! Kara’s script, “The Farewell Burn” was chosen as the winner of our Stage & Screen category by the one and only Michael Oatman. 

The other finalists in the contest included:

  • Suburbanaut by Alexander Jones
  • Parallax by LN Lewis
  • Self Flagellating Lily by Claire Natale

We are grateful to all who submitted to our 2021 contest and want to express a big thanks again to the four individuals, Kate Gale, Marco Wilkinson, Douglas Manuel, and Michael Oatman who not only judged the contest, but also helped with guidance and feedback along the way.


~The Good Life Review Team