Publishing Success for Faulkner Finalist David Armand

This just in from author David Armand:

“I just wanted to send you a quick e-mail to let you know that my book The Pugilist’s Wife – which was twice named a semi-finalist in the Novel and Novella categories in 2009 and 2010, and once as 2nd runner-up in the novel-in-progress category in 2008 (under the title Sun) — was recently named the winner of the George Garrett Fiction Prize and will be published next fall by Texas Review Press.

“I don’t think I would’ve had the motivation to finish the book had Ms. Grosvenor not chosen it as 2nd runner up a couple of years ago, which enabled me to meet with (editor) Pat Walsh, who really gave me the inspiration to finish writing the book. It was a good morning sitting at the Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone and talking with Pat about my book. That wouldn’t have happened without the work y’all do…”

Thanks David, and we wish you much success!

Publishing Success for Domingue & Durrow!

Ronlyn Domingue of Baton Rouge, a Faulkner – Wisdom finalist with her first novel, The Mercy of Thin Air, (later published to critical acclaim!) updated the Faulkner Society on her recent great news:
“Shambhala Sun has published my first essay in a national print magazine. The piece is entitled “In Every Living Thing.” You can find the publication at newsstands and bookstores across the US, or order one online. It’s the March 2011 issue.
“Remember the saying, A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step? Well, the first draft of Novel #2 is 80 percent complete. My proverbial feet are tired, but I keep going. It’s an epic work–longer than The Mercy of Thin Air–with a more intricate plot. Once I’m finished with the draft and subsequent revisions, then it will be ready to send to my agent…and eventually, my publisher.”

To learn more about this promising author, visit

And Heidi Durrow, debut novelist of the Bellweather prize-winning The Girl Who Fell From the Sky and a faculty member of Words & Music 2010, announced that her book recently landed on the New York Times best-seller list! Learn more about Heidi at

Congratulations Ronlyn and Heidi, and thanks for inspiring us all to greater writing heights.