Able in this Diverse Universe Writing Contest is LIVE #disability #autism #writing

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Exciting news! The Able in this Diverse Universe Essay Contest is now open for submissions!

Dec.1-Feb. 29 an essay contest hosted by Karrie Higgins Able in this Diverse Universe to benefit a boy and his dog. These words appear in a white bubble against a background of white with a black web-like pattern.

All submissions fees benefit the training and care of Noah Ainslie’s future Autism service dog, Appa.

Also exciting? One of our readers is none other than Dr. Kwame Brown.

The contest not only will help Noah, but it will also raise awareness about invisible disability and ableism, two issues near and dear to my heart (and many of my readers’ hearts).

A white, fluffy poodle dog licks a young boy's ear. The boy is wearing a purple shirt with a bird, dog, and horse silhouette on it in white. Behind them, a man watches on happily. The dog is Appa, and the boy is Noah! Aw, what a sweet photo! Noah looks so happy.

From the Submittable:

Noah’s neurodiversity often manifests as sensory overwhelm. He has been learning coping mechanisms for six years, but still visibly struggles when it comes to conforming to neurotypical standards. He is high function on the spectrum which means he doesn’t “look like” he’s disabled. He is subjected to ableist expectations, often very aggressively and in public.

Noah has been called a…

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Meet the Judges for Able in This Diverse Universe

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Friends, the Able in This Diverse Universe essay competition has an amazing panel. We have four judges all of whom have knowledge of/experience in disabilities and/or neurodivergence. All reflections on disabilities, visible or invisible are most welcome. Read on to see who will review your work.

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Karrie Higgins is your Word Mage for this competition. She will act as head judge, selecting the winning essays. Taken from her blog, A True Testimony, “Karrie Higgins is a writer in Salt Lake City, Utah, currently at work on “Superman is my Temple Recommend,” a grimoire/memoir about the nexus between magic, forensics, and faith. Her own personal Book of Breathings, written to guide her dead brother into eternal life, it re-imagines Isis and Osiris through the lenses of environmental epigenetics, air pollution science, alchemy, forensic science, psychogeography, Mormon theology, and her entanglement with a psychopathic forger-murderer, from whom she learns the art of forgery to pen her…

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Author Interview: Jacqueline Cioffa

‪#‎FEATURE‬ Interview with Gravity Imprint of Booktrope Publishing’s Jackie Cioffa, author of The Vast Landscape via The Writing Life http://bit.ly/1QrmDcj from Booktrope

The Writing Life Blog

The Writing Life is pleased to welcome Jacqueline Cioffa, author of The Vast Landscape.

Jacqueline Cioffa was an international model for 17 years and a celebrity makeup artist. She is a dog lover, crystal collector, and Stone Crab enthusiast. Her work has been featured in the anthology, Brainstorms, and numerous literary magazines. Living with manic depression, Jacqueline is an advocate for mental health awareness. She’s a storyteller, observer, essayist, potty mouth, and film lover who’s traveled the world.
Her poignant, literary fiction debut, The Vast Landscape, gives new meaning to intense, raw, and heartfelt.

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Welcome, Jacqueline.

What is your book’s genre/category? 

Literary Fiction

Please describe what the story/book is about.

Bold contemporary fiction, The Vast Landscape shares one woman’s journey filled with doubt, mistrust, fame, and self-discovery. Join Harrison on her quest to find inner peace despite the harrowing obstacles placed in her way. Will she succeed in…

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The Vast Landscape Cover Reveal

Honored to be featured on The Lithium Chronicles today with “The Vast Landscape Cover Reveal” Thank you, Nicole Lyons.

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Novel Review Book Tours & Jacqueline Cioffa
present:

The Vast Landscape Cover

Book Info:

Title: The Vast Landscape

Author: Jacqueline Cioffa

Genre: Literary Fiction

Published by: Gravity Imprint of Booktrope Publishing

Expected Publication Date: December 11, 2015

Cover Design by: https://www.facebook.com/yosbedesign

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Author Info:

Jacqueline Cioffa was an international model for 17 years and celebrity makeup artist. She is a dog lover, crystal collector and Stone Crab enthusiast. Her work has been featured in the anthology, Brainstorms, and numerous literary magazines. Living with manic depression, Jacqueline is an advocate for mental health awareness. She’s a storyteller, observer, essayist, potty mouth and film lover who’s traveled the world.
Her poignant, literary fiction debut, The Vast Landscape, gives new meaning to intense, raw and heartfelt.
Fans of the emotional, soul stirring first novel will not be able to put the exciting sequel, Georgia Pine, down.

The essence continues because you do. Harrison leaves the door open a…

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Cover Reveal: THE VAST LANDSCAPE by Jacqueline Cioffa

I am thrilled to present the cover of my upcoming book, and the re-release of The Vast Landscape with GRAVITY IMPRINT of Booktrope Publishing designed by the sublime talents of Yosbe Design.

The Vast Landscape

by Jacqueline Cioffa

Genre: Literary Fiction

Published by: Gravity Imprint of Booktrope Publishing

Expected Publication Date: December 11, 2015

Cover Design by: https://www.facebook.com/yosbedesign

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Bold contemporary fiction, The Vast Landscape shares one woman’s journey filled with doubt, mistrust, fame, and self-discovery. Join Harrison on her quest to find inner peace despite the harrowing obstacles placed in her way. Will she succeed in stripping away her complex armor to unmask the flawed, beautiful, and strong iconoclast kept hidden for so long?

Honest to a fault, Jacqueline Cioffa creates a challenging love story sparkling with narrative originality.

PRAISE

“Once I freed it up to be fiction,” she said, “Harrison could go anywhere. I had a larger canvas for her to stomp on.” – Nicki Gorny, Stars Magazine / Post Standard

“I was always impressed by how courageous a writer Jacqueline is. Keep writing your fine prose.” – Mark Blickley, author of The Sacred Misfits (Red Hen Press)

“The magic of Cioffa’s debut novel shines its light on the power of the written word.” – Julie Davidow, American Contemporary Artist, co-author of Miami Contemporary Artists

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AUTHOR BIO

Jacqueline Cioffa was an international model for 17 years and celebrity makeup artist. She is a dog lover, crystal collector and Stone Crab enthusiast. Her work has been featured in the anthology, Brainstorms, and numerous literary magazines. Living with manic depression, Jacqueline is an advocate for mental health awareness. She’s a storyteller, observer, essayist, potty mouth and film lover who’s traveled the world.

Her poignant, literary fiction debut, The Vast Landscape, gives new meaning to intense, raw and heartfelt.

Fans of the emotional, soul stirring first novel will not be able to put the exciting sequel, Georgia Pine, down.

The essence continues because you do. Harrison leaves the door open a crack. I seize the opportunity to revisit my whole, healthy self a bit longer, live in the mystic beach home I adore, dream eyes open. Hope is our greatest asset. To choose hope against the worst possible odds is the true measure of life.
– Georgia Pine by Jacqueline Cioffa

Look for The Vast Landscape release with GRAVITY IMPRINT of Booktrope Publishing.

A heartfelt thanks to my amazing GRAVITY team and Kate O’Connell from Booktourtips.com who help me look sharp.

Gravity Director: Rachel Thompson

Book Manager: Melissa Flickinger

Editor: Justin Bogdanovitch

Proofreader: Wendy Garfinkle

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