• The Sky Is a Free Country: The Luminaire Award Anthology, Volume I •

Poetry & Fiction by Various Authors

The Sky Is a Free Country:
The Luminaire Award Anthology, Volume I


“Inside are some of the finest contemporary writers plying their trade in the independent scene today.”
—Doug Holder,
author of Last Night at the Wursthaus



The first collected triennial volume of winners and top-five finalists of the Luminaire Awards for Best Prose and Best Poetry for the years 2014 through 2016. Features 13 gut-punching short stories and 15 heart-rending poems by various authors, each piece having won out over hundreds of others to be selected as the best work of its respective year through a blind judging process, conducted by Alternating Current Press and external judges. Walk with storytellers through tales of domestic violence, children disappearing on spaceships, a car-parts thief at the scene of an accident, a gravedigger pulling the plug on a childhood nightmare, attending Santa Claus school, telling your secrets to strangers, and a dangerous proposal for fertility. Explore Tennessee, chase bombmakers out of hostage situations, come of age, stand at the Alamo, walk down Birch Street, pick apples, and return to your roots in these stories and poems by some of the independent press’ finest contemporary writers.

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About The Sky Is a Free Country

• Poetry, Fiction
• Published by Alternating Current Press
• 5½” x 8½” Perfectbound Trade Paperback
• Cream Paper, 138 Pages
• Also forthcoming in Digital Format
• Print ISBN-13: 978-1-946580-06-1
• Print ISBN-10: 1-946580-06-6
• Digital ASIN: Forthcoming
• Digital eISBN: Forthcoming
• First Edition: July 2016
• First Print Edition: February 5, 2019
• Cover Artwork by Loui Jover
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Authors in The Sky Is a Free Country

• Schuler Benson
• Mike Bernicchi
• Gavin Broom
• Mary Buchinger
• Jared A. Carnie
• Kevin Catalano
• CEE
• Michael Cooper
• Mia Eaker
• J. Lewis Fleming
• Andrei Guruianu
• Steve Karas
• Noel King
• Stephanie Liden
• Alexa Mergen
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• Charles P. Ries
• Constance Sayers
• Eric Shonkwiler
• John Vicary
• Sarah Ann Winn
• Amy Wright
• Pete M. Wyer

2013 Luminaire Awards for Best Poetry and Best Prose

Best Poetry

1st Place: “No Sad Songs in the House of the Sun” by Shauna Osborn
2nd Place: “Influences of Light” by Charles P. Ries
3rd Place: “Another Birthday” by Sean Brendan-Brown
4th Place: “Waiting Tables in Reno” by Doug Draime
5th Place: “Low Tide” by Pete M. Wyer

Best Prose

1st Place: “Vandals” by Nathan Graziano
2nd Place: “Our Place” by Neil Serven
3rd Place: “Near to Him” by Charles P. Ries
4th Place: “An Inheritance” by Janette Schafer
5th Place: “Pea Soup” by Christina Elaine Collins







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