About the Author

Janet E. Irvin retired from full-time teaching in 2008 to concentrate on her writing. She served as chair of the International Language Department at Springboro High School, where she taught Spanish and English. Her fiction has received a number of awards, including a Midwest Writers Conference Fellowship and the Leo Love Fiction Award at the Taos Writers’ Conference. Her works have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and in literary magazines such as Flights, the Oyez Review, Oasis Journal and The Broken Plate as well as online in Void, Gather and 42opus. In addition to her fiction, Irvin authored a regular column for the Ohio Foreign Language Association Quarterly for ten years, wrote scripts for a cable television show on mental health issues and edited the Ohio Writing Project newsletter Projections and an online weekly newsletter called Warren County Streetmail. Irvin recently retired as an Adjunct Professor of Spanish at Wright State University.

Irvin’s novel DARK END OF THE RAINBOW won the Jeremiah Healey Mystery Fiction Contest at the Key West Mystery Writers Fest. Sandra Balzo, author and fiancé of the late Jerry Healey, made the announcement on August 15, 2015 during the conference. The award includes a bobblehead of Healey, an expenses-paid trip to the 2016 Fest and a publishing contract with http://AbsolutelyAmazingEbooks.com.

Her second novel — THE RULES OF THE GAME — was published in late 2016.

—————————————————————————————PUBLICATION HISTORY:

Almanac Entry #218  — Mock Turtle Zine Fall 2018

Solving For Coffee: A Story Problem  Flights August Issue 2018

Interviews and book reviews with Renee Macalino Rutledge and Lisa Romeo Literary Mama June, July 2018

Pond Song — Mock Turtle Zine Spring 2018

ALL THE ODDS ARE EVEN Nexus Literary Journal Spring 2015

A PRINCIPLE OF LIGHT First Place SPARK a creative anthology Fiction Contest VII 2015  To be published in a forthcoming anthology

A HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF DARKNESS Nexus Literary Journal Fall 2014

THE WINDOW WHERE THE TRAINS CAME IN October 2014  The Zodiac Review

THE GARDEN -OCTELA Ohio Teachers Write 2014

A BRIEF THEORY OF TRIANGULAR SCALE – SPARK, a creative anthology 2013

PAWNS — Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, May, 2011

ON THIS FRACTURED PLANE OF DREAMS tertuliamagazine, October 30, 2010

SEARCHING FOR MR. MISTLETOE, Oasis Journal 2010 Best Fiction Award

A WAY TO GET THERE- DDN/AWW Fiction Contest 2011 – Third Place http://www.antiochwritersworkshop.com 2011

THE FABRIC OF OUR FEARS  The Broken Plate, Spring, 2010

GAME  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Jan/Feb 2010

QUEEN OF THE SPARROWS  42opus Feb., 2009

AFTER THE DREAMTIME  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Jan/Feb 2009

THE PRICE OF PLUMS  Oasis Journal 2008; winner- Best Fiction Award

ROSE IN WAITING Points of Connection anthology 2008

EVEN FALLEN ANGELS HAVE WINGS Tertulia Magazine, nominated for Best of the Web 2007

DIGGING UP BONES Conteonline, Vol 2.4

“Diary of an Institute: A Recipe for Discourse” Ohio Writer Magazine, Nov/Dec 2006

PARTING WITH FERTILIZER 2nd runner up Gather Short Fiction Contest 2/1/06 pub. in Void

Finalist Stickman Fiction Contest 12/05 Contributing Editor Ohio Foreign Language Association Quarterly 1999-2008

EDUCATION M.A. Spanish, University of Cincinnati M.S. Education, University of Dayton B.A. Spanish, English, Ohio University

—————————————————————————————HONORS and AWARDS:

DARK TALES May 2013 Fiction Contest, third place “The Herd”

Spark a creative anthology Contest Two GRAND PRIZE Winner for Prose 2013: “A Brief Theory of Triangular Scale”

Honorable Mention in 2012 Writers Digest Popular Fiction Contest: “All the Odds Are Even”

Writer’s Digest Thriller Competition 2nd Place 2011  “Running in Place”       Goddess Award from the Antioch Writers Workshop

Best Fiction Prize Oasis Journal 2010

3rd place in 2010 Dayton Daily News/Antioch Writers Workshop

Fiction Contest Winner – January, 2009, 200-word contest on The Graveyard Shift, Lee Lofland’s blog

Winner-name the new column for editor Michael Knost and Shroud Magazine

Best Fiction Prize Oasis Journal 2008

Honorable Mention-Tennessee Writers Alliance Fiction Contest 2007 OFLA Outstanding Foreign Language Teacher 2006-07

Work fellow, Antioch Writers’ Workshop 2006, 2007, 2009, 2014

1st Place Fiction, Edison Writers Club Contest, 2006

Leo Love Merit Scholarship, Taos Writers’ Conference, 2005

Midwest Writers Conference Fiction Fellowship, 2005

1st Place, Poetry, Sinclair Creative Writing Contest, 2005

1st Place, Skyline Writers’ Literary Contest, 2005

1st Place, Dayton Daily News Short Story Contest, 2004

1st Place Non-fiction, Sinclair Creative Writing Contest,

2004 1st Place Fiction and Best of Show, Sinclair Creative Writing Contest, 2003

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