Rise Anthology 2019 NCW Anthology – Call for Submission

NCW is excited to announce a new mixed-genre anthology exploring the concepts of change, renewal, and rebirth. When things change, we experience a variety of emotions—from anger and fear to courage and hope. There is struggle and strife, but also the opportunity to rise from the ashes and create, grow, and love. Whether your specialty is poetry, fiction, or nonfiction, take us through the good, the bad, and the ugly of change.

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Submission window: March 1 – May 1, 2019

Entry fee: $15 per piece submitted. See guidelines for detailed information

A separate link for youth submissions is below.


Patricia Wentling

Trish Wentling

I’m a graduate of Bryant & Stratton College at Buffalo, NY. I’ve worked for many years in the banking field in Retail Banking, Corporate Trust, and Personal Trust as an Administrative Assistant. I moved to Florida in 1982 and lived in Jacksonville, FL and years later, Central FL near Orlando. I began writing poetry seventeen years ago and children’s stories eight years ago. Now I concentrate mostly on writing children’s stories for picture books and chapter books.

I’ve published a poetry chapbook with Writer’s Ink Press (Daytona Beach) in 2013 titled, PRUNING. In 2016, I’ve published, LUCKY AND HAPPY, with Kids Imagination Train, an e-zine. In 2017, I’ve published, AN ELM LEAF FACES HIS FEAR, with Bumples Magazine. This year, LUCKY’S VIOLIN, will be published in the May/June issue of Kids Imagination Train, an e-zine.

I’m married to my husband, Stephen. We’ve retired to Fort Myers, FL in June 2018.

David Aiken

Because my father was a career Air Force officer, I grew up on or near to military bases nearly all of my life. We moved frequently, at least every two years. I went to school in Florida, Ohio, Alaska, Pennsylvania, and Texas. After graduating from college, I joined the Air Force myself, and continued the  nomadic lifestyle for many years. I began writing before I had even completed officer candidate school.

My white paper on the role of the military in South American governments was selected to be read – by myself – in front of an audience composed of…South American colonels and generals. I was scared to death! I continued to write technical papers and documents, first for the Air Force, and later for my employers. My first adventure in non-fiction was an historical novel. This was followed by short stories, memoirs, and essays. Some have been published, most have not.

I am now retired and spend a great deal of my time writing, drawing from my many adventures and the places where I have lived.

Dahl — Giddy as Charged

Giddy as Charged: The Happy Manual

by Mary Clista Dahl

Giddy as Charged
A quick and entertaining read that takes you from learning about humor to rediscovering yours through insightful passages, amusing anecdotes and self-examination. This self-help book is a must read for all adults; everyone needs an occasional humor boost. Complete with a workout, list of humor barriers and personal assessment, this volume offers general tips and initiates self discovery. Enjoy for yourself or pass off anonymously to the grumpy people in your life.

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Reconciliation of the Heart: Memoir of Mary Clista Dahl: A Healing Journey to Joy, Love and Compassion

by Mary Clista Dahl

Reconciliation of the Heart
You may just like this book if you grew up in the 1960’s, 70’s or 80’s, have ever been diagnosed with anxiety or a “mental illness,” (or know someone who has) prefer to be treated with kindness, contemplated suicide, thrived as a non-traditional student, use music as an escape, play in or appreciate nature, have ever been in love, cherish being a parent, treasure friendship, kept a journal, desire to escape media drama (social and otherwise), want to tell your own story or to learn to be perpetually happy. Or just want a fun, easy, happy read!

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Mary Clista Dahl

Mary DahlWriter, author, nature enthusiast, peace promoter and energy worker with a focus on harnessing the power of words, love, joy, non-digital human connection and nature to restore optimum health.  My passion lies in assisting others through writing to recognize their strengths, attributes and dreams and to offer the hope and encouragement necessary to achieve them.  My mission is to eradicate the Western cultural consensus concept of mental illness.

I divide most of my time between the beautiful settings and people of western New York and the Gulf Coast of Florida.  My books, Giddy as Charged and Reconciliation of the Heart are available on Amazon.

My current project, I Beg Your Pardon, but I’m not the Least Bit Disordered, is a combination of history and light-hearted personal experience of what it means (or doesn’t) to be labeled mentally ill in the United States.

Quote that I live by:  “I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being.” – Hafez of Shiraz

Mary’s books

The Agency: In the Defendant’s Chair
by Lynn Yvonne Moon

In the Defendant's Chair
Imagine kissing your children goodnight, make love to your husband, and wake up confused in a courtroom. This is the nightmare and reality of Early Sutton. Early’s devastated to learn her husband and children were brutally murdered over three months ago. Her young attorney discovers that other women across America are also waking up accused of murdering their families and they too, have no memories. With the help of The Agency, Early’s answers are answered as her world is absorbed into a government conspiracy that centers around the experimentation of the human genome. In The Defendant’s Chair examines the inner working of our Government and a secret society as they manipulate the human genome in evil seclusion.

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The Agency: Dysfunctional Bloodline
by Lynn Yvonne Moon

Dysfunctional Bloodline
Damara Van Brunt teaches Economics for Duke University. Life is simple and wonderful until that eventful day her brother calls from the hospital. Her mother has died; murdered. Trying to accept the truth, Damara also tries to sort through the family secrets. Carrie Clark comes to help her distraught friend, but both are thrown into a whirl wind adventure that takes them from Montana to New York City and finally, to Damara’s birth place of Manitoba, Canada. But unknown to both Damara and Carrie, the murderer is following their progress closely. But Carrie is anxious to answer the question why each first daughter is murdered on their fortieth birthday?

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