Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Yugo-nostalgia

"Yugo-nostalgia" is a great word to describe Bistra's World in the last decades of her life. Here is an excerpt from one of her stories:

"She stood in the heat or freezing cold, squeezed and pushed around by bodies of spectators, gawking, waiting for the President to show up. For other people, this was an entertainment or a duty, but for Bistra, it was something holy. A communist pilgrimage to see the man who avenged the death of her father killed by Nazis. A man who gave her free education and created this beautiful country, the best country in the whole world.

Somehow, Tito’s limo never took the route she was on, leaving her bitter as if someone had robbed her from her rightful entitlement."

(From "Threads", an upcoming novel in stories by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki)

Greats historical photographs of Tito can be found on Getty Images:



Thursday, June 8, 2017

My First Reading in Public

It happened on Saturday, June 2, 2017 in the back room of a charming little cafe in New Westminster, under the leadership of the fantastic RCLAS organizers.

The room was small but packed with audience, and there was even a raised stage and a mike.



Image provided courtesy of The Royal City Literary Arts Society



My stage-fright was short-lived. I was second up, and before I knew it my voice was booming from the speakers reading the first lines of My Burka Girl, followed by chuckling (at the funny parts of the story), gasps (at the surprising points), and the final applause from the supportive audience.

There were awards, cameras taking photos, and warm congratulations from literary brothers and sisters.

Then I relaxed and listened to the beautifully read stories and poems by all the winners of the RCLAS Write On! competition.

It was an elating and heartwarming experience at the same time. I was thrilled to meet several of my writer friends, and to make new ones. I was even blessed to have a dear art friend show up to cheer me on. How fun is that!

RCLAS is a vibrant organization for writers and lovers of literary arts and I warmly recommend joining it as a member, or attending some of their many great events.

It was a real treat to read all the winning stories and poems in the issue 46 of the RCLAS e-zine!



Image provided courtesy of The Royal City Literary Arts Society



Reading in public? Piece of cake!

Tatjana


NYC Midnight Challenge - Final Results

The results came in today. I didn't make it into the top 20, but I had a lot of fun and have three new stories as a result of making it all the way into the final round. I will participate next year again and I recommend this fun competition to all my fellow writers. This year more than 3000 people from all over the world participated.

Here is the info for those who are up to the challenge:

http://www.nycmidnight.com/Competitions/SSC/Challenge.htm

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Reading in New Westminster



I am super excited because I will be reading my work publicly for the very first time! I will read MyBurka Girl, a short story which won the second place in the RCLAS contest. Come join us and keep your fingers crossed that I don't get tongue-tied!

Tatjana

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

NYC Midnight Challenge - Second Round

The saga continues! My short story Spirit Bear Island placed third in my heat of the second round of the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge 2017. Here is what the organizer say about this:







The third, final round, will take place on Saturday, May 6 and the story is due in just 24 hours. Pardon me, but I won't be taking any calls that day!

Tatjana

RCLAS Write On! Contest Second Place

My Burka Girl seems to be loved by Canadian jurors as well as by Americans. The story won the second place in the Royal City Literary Arts Society's Write On! contest in the fiction category. I am grateful to the RCLAS for their stellar work on organizing educational and fun events for writers, and of course for organizing this contest. There will be a casual reading and awards event on June 3 in New Westminster - see the RCLAS website for details. I am grateful for this opportunity to connect with other writers, and excited since I've never before read my work in public!



The story will be published in a future edition of the RCLAS online magazine. I will update this post when the magazine is available.


The fiction category judge Alvin Ens had a few words to share, which is always appreciated.




Wednesday, March 22, 2017

NYC Midnight Challenge - First Round


My short story My Burka Girl placed fifth in the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge 2017. This is an exciting contest with interesting themes and challenging rules. Perfect for a pantser! Judges provide feedback via email, which can be quite useful for aspiring writers.

First 5 stories from all heats advance to the second round, so My Burka Girl got me over the threshold.

My story Snow Angels earned a honorable mention last year but didn't make it into the second round (it did, however earn a honorable mentioning from the Glimmer Train, and was selected for publishing in the American Fiction Anthology). This shows how writing done for one contest may do well in another, so it's well worth the effort. 

I am looking forward to participating in the second round of the NYC challenge!


Winner - Federation of BC Writers Contest


I was thrilled to learn that I won the Federation of BC Writers postcards section of the Literary Writes 2017 contest with the Canada’s 150th Anniversary theme, with my piece Bench Canoes of the Salish Sea.

The story will be published in the Spring edition of the quarterly literary magazine, WordWorks.

Womanthology Anthology - Iowa Workshop

cover art by John  Sevigny


In  March 2017 I participated in “Womanthology: writings on women worldwide by Various Authors” inspired by “Writings on women by women”- MOOC course held by the University of Iowa in 2016. With a “Forward” by author Margot Livesey:

“When various authors get together to write Womanthology, a project involving authors from different nationalities and focusing on women as their central topic through poetry and prose, you can´t expect nothing less than a briliant gathering of voices and approaches towards women´s world. A must read for all those who aim to understand their complexity and history and enjoy the complexity of their beings.”

This book is available as a free download and for sale as a paperback.

Whitmanology Anthology - Iowa Workshop

cover art by Elsa Oroizca


In  October 2016 I participated in Whitmanology: a collection of writings with authors from all over the world, inspired by “Whitman’s Civil War: Writing and Imaging Loss, Death, and Disaster”- MOOC course held by the University of Iowa in 2016. With a “Forward” by Professor Christopher Merrill:

"The Anthology aims to bring peace and hope in a world filled with war and pain."

This book is available as a free download and for sale as a paperback.

Snow Angels - American Fiction Anthology




The New River Press of Moorhead, Minnesota, US, selected my story Snow Angels as one of the twenty finalist stories in the 2016 American Fiction Award contest. The story will be published in the 2017 American Fiction anthology.

Snow Angels - Glimmer Train Honorable Mention


In 2016 my short story Snow Angels earned a Honorable Mention in the January New York Midnight Challenge and in the Glimmer Train March/April Very Short Fiction contest.

GLIMMER TRAIN'S
VERY SHORT FICTION
MAR/APR 2016




Cover Art for book - A Familiar Shore


cover art by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

In 2014 Tatjana’s painting Long Beach appears as the cover art on A Familiar Shore, a book of Poetry by Emily Isaacson