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Chistell Publishing ( announces the winners in its 6th annual literary competition.

Chistell Publishing ( announces the winners in its 6th annual literary competition. Poems and short stories penned by writers from around the globe were submitted to the contest which started in 2000 to encourage literacy, education and strong story telling skills. “To enjoy and benefit from stories like Digging To America, Beloved and Portia, it is necessary to encourage new writers to delve deep within and connect to the source that gives all living beings creative expression. That is what we do each year with our annual Chistell Writing Contest,” states Denise Turney, the contest sponsor and author of the books: Portia, Love Has Many Faces, Spiral, Open Up Something In Your Heart To Love and Long Walk Up.

First Place winner in this year’s short story category is Gabrielle Bove, a 38-year old wife and mother from West Hempstead, New York who currently lives on Long Island and works as a graphic designer. Gabrielle’s winning short story is titled “Black, White and Blues”, a story that captures the essence of love shared between an unusual couple. Second Place short story winner is Tiffany Thornton, a short fiction and poetry writer from Detroit, Michigan who is currently working on several longer pieces to be released soon. Tiffany’s winning short story is titled “The Wig”, a story inspired by a friend’s desire to gain employment at a prestigious law firm.

Winner in the poetry category is Stella Whitlock, a wife and mother from Fayetteville, North Carolina who worked as an English teacher for forty-five years at the elementary, secondary and college levels. Stella’s winning poem “Leaf” captures a moving afternoon shared between a mother and her daughter. Second Place poetry winner is Farrah Sarafa, a poet, translator and cultural activist from New York City who is currently pursuing her graduate degree in Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Farrah’s winning poem “To My Brother”, illustrates the poignant attempt at sharing between two siblings who, now grown, find themselves worlds apart.

The Annual Chistell Writing Contest is open to the public. There is no reading fee. “Just as we do with all shipping and handling cost for books we sell, we pick up all costs involved in administering our annual contest which is open to a world of readers – a rainbow of writers,” states Turney. “The power of the written word combined with the durability of a story, cannot be over stated. It is crucial that each of us encourages literacy and strong writing skills. In addition, good writing requires deep inner work, a work that often brings about healing. We’re excited to be a part of this global healing effort.” Readers and writers interested in learning more about the contest may do so by contacting Chistell Publishing at –

A published author herself, Denise Turney has more than 30 years of writing experience to her credit. “My dream,” shares Turney, “is to bring readers stories that stir their hearts, as well as heal and support their own dreams!” Turney’s work is featured online at where readers can read the first chapters of her books for free. Contact Chistell Publishing at (215) 245-6222 or email them at to learn about other literary services they offer or to schedule an interview/appearance with their premiere author, Denise Turney.

Contact: Rhonda Campbell
(215) 245-6222

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