Georgia Bar fiction winner


I am delighted to announce that I won the 2018 Georgia Bar Journal annual Fiction Writing Competition for my short story, “Trudy’s Last Ride.”

There are 50,000 members of the Georgia Bar and we all know how lawyers like to write. This is the 27th year of the Competition and, to my knowledge, the first time a humorous story has won.

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With the incomparable Vince Dooley at the recent Dahlonega Literary Festival. Dooley, of course, is the retired 25-year, über-successful head football coach at the University of Georgia, and later Athletic Director. 

Coach Dooley is 85 years old and had flown in from Honduras the night before. He presented on his new book, The Legions Fighting Bulldog, about a Civil War hero from Athens. He paced the head of the room and spoke for over an hour with no notes, seamlessly weaving stories and tales about the events in the book. Of course, Herschel Walker and the UGA 1980 National Championship worked their way into his talk, but who could blame him!

Amazing endurance.

We chatted before his talk and I told him I was a 1978 Ole Miss graduate. “John Fourcade was your quarterback then, wasn’t he?” he asked. Yes, Fourcade was our quarterback and Coach proceeded to tell me stories about the recruiting battle of Fourcade.

Amazing recall.

Folk, I’m happy to report that Coach Dooley still has it. Long live the Coach.  

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Enjoyed moderating a “Humor in Writing” panel at the recent Dahlonega Literary Festival. Was honored to be with each of the two panelists, Jacob Appel and Man Martin, for a lively audience discussion.

Jacob Appel is a man of boundless energy and intellect. He earned a bachelor’s degree but didn’t stop there. He now owns seven masters degrees, an M.D. from Columbia University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law. He is an author, bioethicist, physician, lawyer, and social critic. He has published 15 books and ten plays, and his short stories have been published in over 200 literary journals. The writing awards are too numerous to list. His latest novel, Millard Salter’s Last Day (2017) was published by Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. Oh yeah, in his spare time, Jacob is on the faculty of Mt. Sanai School of Medicine and is a licensed NYC sightseeing guide. His genre is literary fiction, and he skillfully uses humor in his writings, sometimes dark humor.

Man Martin twice won Georgia Author of the Year (2008 and 2012) and is now a finalist for the much-coveted Townsend Prize for Fiction for his latest novel, The Lemon Jell-O Syndrome. The winner will be announced in April, 2018. It’s very exciting for me to witness Man achieve so much success because like me, he is a humorist and his genre is literary humor. I contend that there are not many in this genre writing full length novels. Man also teaches high school English, coaches debate, writes, and cranks a daily humor cartoon called “Inkwell Forest.”

I don’t know when Jacob or Man find time to sleep!       

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