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2022 Best of the Net Nominations

2022 Best of the Net Nominations

September 30, 2022

Hello friends. Autumn is in the air and that means it’s “Best of the Net” season again. Yes, we are aware that those other journals have already had their nominations in for WEEKS but, here at The Good Life Review, we are seasoned procrastinators!

For those who don’t know, Best of the Net is an annual contest by Sundress Publications designed to elevate and celebrate a growing collection of writers and publishers who are opening the door to transformation through art. More about the contest can be found here.

This year we were allowed to nominate two fiction stories, two creative nonfiction essays, six poems, and three pieces of art published between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. For us, this includes any work appearing in issue #4, 5, 6, or 7. We’re thrilled to announce the following nominations:

Congratulations to these fine artists and best of luck snagging that prize!

Cheers,
The Good Life Review Team

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Issue #8 ~ Summer 2022 is Now Live!

Issue #8 ~ Summer 2022 is Now Live!

July 28, 2022

Today, friends, we are thrilled to present Issue #8 ~ Summer 2022, the Honeybee Prize Issue. We’re grateful for all the writers who sent us work and recognize that our organization could not exist without their dedication, passion for writing, and their courage to share.We’re eager to showcase and celebrate nine incredible pieces from this year’s winners as well as artwork from a number of talented artists!

In releasing this issue, we’d like to acknowledge and express deep gratitude to the judges of this year’s contest: Kwame Dawes for Poetry, Charlene Donaghy for Stage and Screen, Mary Kuryla for Fiction, and Jessica Hendry Nelson for Nonfiction. These fine folks not only volunteered their time and expertise but were also kind, thoughtful with their endorsements of the pieces, and wonderful to work with. 

Thanks also to the members of our editorial team who carefully considered each of the hundreds of submissions we received to narrow the field to a short list of finalists: Annie Barker, Pamela Broadman, Suzanne Guess, Erin Owen, Michelle Pierce Battle, Carina Faz, and Emily Marvin. Special thanks to guest editors Terry Belew and Cid Galicia who collaborated with us on the effort and are officially joining the team as poetry readers for our next issue (welcome!).

In addition to the issue release, full contest results are available here. And stay tuned for news of some exciting changes happening at TGLR coming soon….

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

Cheers,
~The Good Life Review

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The 2022 Honeybee Prize Results!

2022 Honeybee Prize Results

June 30, 2022

Background Image: Malia Nahinu

Thank you again to everyone who participated in our 2nd annual contest. We’re grateful for all the writers who sent us work and recognize that our organization could not exist without their dedication, passion for writing, and their courage to share.

We also want to extend our gratitude to this year’s judges who were wonderful to work with:
Kwame Dawes ~ Poetry
Charlene A. Donaghy ~ Stage & Screen
Mary Kuryla ~ Fiction
Jessica Hendry Nelson
~ Nonfiction

The results for all genres are as follows…

Poetry Winners:
First Prize: For Those of Us Forced to Flee by Jane Muschenetz
Runner-up: dear sister, by Sequoia Maner

Other Finalists:

  • I return to you, mother by Liz Holland
  • In Memoriam for a Chronic Pain Sufferer by Gillian Freebody
  • (un)inhabited by Moni Brar
  • HOMO by C.W. Emerson

Stage and Screen Winners:
First Prize: Camp by Jennifer Downes
Runner-up:  Road Music by W. W. Webb

Other Finalists:

  • Willa Cather Would Not Approve by David-Matthew Barnes
  • Scenes From a Breakup by Don Faust
  • Prom Court by Michael Towers

Fiction Winners:
First Prize: Love, Dad by Alex Sese
Runner-up: The Children by Adeline Lovell

Other Finalists:

  • Waiting for Jim by David Margolis
  • To Dust You Shall Return by Katharine Bost
  • Seth From Poison Control by Kaylee Schofield

Nonfiction Winners:
Winner: Connect : Disconnect by Suzi Banks Baum
Runner-up: Where All My Sick Things Go by Liliana Rehorn

Other Finalists:

  • Assembly Line by Michael Cannistraci
  • Backwards and Blind by Helyn Trickey Bradley
  • Reinventing the Circle by Jill Littig

This year’s winner of our Editors Choice Award is Helyn Trickey Bradley for her nonfiction essay, Backwards and Blind.

Congratulations to all finalists and winners! Stay tuned… All the winning pieces will appear in our Summer issue, coming in July. We’re extremely excited to showcase this amazing work!!

Cheers,
~Shyla Shehan and The Good Life Review Team

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The 2022 Honeybee Prize Finalists!

2022 Honeybee Prize Finalists

June 12, 2022

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© 2022 Lindsey Morrison Grant

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…

Cheers,
~The Good Life Review Team

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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!

Cheers,
~The Good Life Review

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Introducing Carina Faz

Introducing Carina Faz

April 27, 2022

It’s always exciting when someone new joins the team and we could not be more pleased to introduce our newest member and the third of three new fiction editors, Carina Faz, who joins us as of issue #7.  

Carina is an award-winning screenwriter/filmmaker residing in Brooklyn (NY), but originally from Dallas, Texas. She received her BA in Radio/Television Production from Texas A&M University at Commerce and is currently finishing her MFA in Fiction at the University of Nebraska Omaha. 

When Carina agreed to be an editor we asked her some of the same questions we’ve asked our contributing authors over the past few months. She shared this about what fuels her desire to write…

“Sharing aspects of my culture is one of the main reasons I write. Growing up, there weren’t too many films or works of literature with Mexican American characters. If I can create a story someone can enjoy and relate to, or help someone understand and appreciate my culture more than they did before, that is all I can ask for.”

Carina spends her time traveling back and forth between the Lone Star State and the Big Apple. When not working to pay the bills, Carina enjoys watching films directed by Robert Rodriguez, baking fresh Mexican pastries, and buying just one more book. If you let her pick what’s for dinner, it will always be tacos!

We second that decision. Welcome to the Good Life Carina! We’re delighted to be working with you!! 

Cheers,
~The Good Life Review Team

PS. More about all of our editors can be found on our masthead.

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Introducing Emily Marvin

Introducing Emily Marvin

April 20, 2022

We are pleased to introduce the second of three new fiction editors on the Good Life Review team, Emily Marvin! She is joining us as of issue #7 which is due out in just a few short weeks. 

Emily holds a BA in English, Creative Writing, and Publishing from the University of Iowa and is a recent graduate of the University of Nebraska’s MFA Writing program. Her work has appeared in Entropy Magazine, the single-issue University of Iowa magazine VII, and she was a finalist for the Reedsy Creative Writing Scholarship in 2018. 

When Emily agreed to be an editor we asked her some of the same questions we’ve asked our contributing authors over the past few months. She had this to say about writing, and how that which is most challenging is often the same as what creates the desire within us to capture and relay life’s struggles…

“For me, the most difficult part of the artistic process is finding a way to bring vulnerability to the page. At least with short stories, I’m always looking for characters grappling with some fundamental problem that stems from the heart of the character. As Neil Gaiman once said, “Fiction is a lie that tells us true things over and over again.” When I write, I look for universal truths in my characters’ stories, something that speaks directly to the human experience. It’s the hardest part of the process because none of us have life all figured out, and these truths are like water—hard to pin down and hold in your hands for the reader to see, even for the length of a short story. Incidentally, this exact struggle is what fuels my desire to write—that incessant need to find those heart connections over and over again in different ways and to relay the journey convincingly on the page.”

In her spare time, Emily enjoys bullet journaling, knitting, compulsively collecting books, and wrangling cats. 


Welcome to the Good Life Emily! We hope you enjoy working with us and reading all the amazing stories headed your way!!

Cheers,
~The Good Life Review Team

PS. More about all of our editors can be found on our masthead.

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Introducing Pamela Brodman

Introducing Pamela Brodman

April 13, 2022

Today we are delighted to introduce the first of three new fiction editors on the Good Life Review team, Pamela Brodman!

Though Pam is joining the fiction team as of Issue #7, she’s not new to The Good Life Review. She has been with us since the very first issue as a Spanish Translator. Pam has a double BA from the University of Nebraska Omaha in English Literature and Foreign Language Studies with a concentration in Spanish. She earned an MFA in Fiction Writing in 2021, also from UNO, where she completed a military women’s Fiction novel titled ‘No One is Here To Sleep.’

One of her favorite parts of the writing process is research and she enjoys researching all of her topics, no matter the genre. She’s very enthusiastic about composing stories and creating worlds that only she could come up with and states “It’s my artistic expression, and the best way I found to communicate my feelings.”

As a writer, her biggest fear is that her work is not strong enough to be published and that her topics are not going to interest anyone. This is a common fear among writers, and obviously not true in Pam’s case as she has had a story published in a Temptation Press anthology–Choices: A Collection of Questionable Choices and is she is also hot on the trail of getting her debut novel published. 

When she isn’t querying agents or writing novels, she likes to host dinner parties for her friends and family and show off her cooking skills. When we asked Pam to tell us some unique, fun, or quirky detail about herself, she told us that she has five adopted dogs and plans to sneak a few more home. That was over a month ago and we wonder if she has six by now. 

We’re excited you’ve agreed to do double duty as both a fiction editor and translator, Pamela! We hope you continue to enjoy working with us and reading some incredible stories!!

Cheers,
~The Good Life Review Team

PS. More about all of our editors can be found on our masthead.

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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!

Cheers,
~The Good Life Review Team

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Nonprofit Announcement

The Good Life Review is Now a Nonprofit Organization

January 7, 2022

It’s official… Finally! One of our goals for 2021 was to obtain nonprofit/tax-exempt status for our organization. After waiting for many moons to hear back from the federal government (AKA, the IRS), we are pleased to report that The Good Life Review is now recognized as a 501(c)(3) corporation. We believe that this will provide a favorable number of opportunities in the coming years as well as help us work toward realizing our mission and vision. 

In light of that, we are marching full speed ahead with changes we’ve been scheming about over the past year. The first of which is to begin paying contributing writers for their work. As of Issue #7, Spring 2022, we will be paying $25 for each original story, script, or poem published. Submissions are open now for that issue; visit Submittable today to send us your work.

As for the other mad plans we have in our back pocket, all will be revealed in time. 

With this good news, we also want to express our gratitude, for you and your time. Thank you for being here with us!

Happy New Year,
The Good Life Review Team