The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow (WCDH) is pleased to join its online literary magazine, e-Merge, in announcing our Pushcart Prize nominations. Charles Templeton, WCDH board member and eMerge Acquisitions Editor, said, “The intent of eMerge is to offer both our novice and established alumni writers an opportunity to see their work published and to nurture their artistic endeavors. We hope that by promoting the work of those who have stayed with us, we are also promoting WCDH as a sanctuary for creativity. Part of our vision is to share the writing of our residents. eMerge is one way we encourage them to write and share their humanity with others.” Since the first edition in 2017, eMerge has published a total of nine issues. Each issue includes approximately 40 examples of diverse genres including poetry, plays, short stories, essays, recipes, and photo essays. eMerge draws a varied, eclectic audience of over 12,000 views per year.
Describing his selections, Templeton said, “The nominated writers from eMerge shared their perceptions and perspectives of the human condition in their own unique and unrelenting voices. They represent a level of understanding and expression that writers constantly strive to achieve. They spend an inordinate amount of time skillfully crafting a sentence or choosing the perfect word or phrase to trigger a thought or put us into an emotional tailspin.” The nominated work includes prose by Sandra Jackson-Opoku, Martha Anne Toll, and Nikki Hanna, and poetry by Wendy Taylor-Carlisle, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, and Bill McCloud.
Sandra Jackson-Opoku was nominated for her short story, “Blue Mermaid,” which appeared in the Summer 2020 issue of eMerge. Blue Mermaid is a story from a different land and a different culture that mysteriously draws us in, embraces us, and allows us to relate it to our own experiences.
Martha Anne Toll was nominated for her entertaining short story, “The Gigolo.” Published in the Winter 2020 issue, it insightfully explores issues regarding our shared humanity and our most basic fears.