Thursday, April 11, 2013

MANA Names Winners of its 2013 Winter Writer's Contest is pleased to announce the winners of its 2013 Winter Writer's Contest. 

Tiffany Purnell was selected Best Poet for her poem, "Exotic Chocolate Flower"  and Jeff Farris was selected for his short story, "Two Men Named Jack." Tiffany and Jeff will each be awarded $50. Both works will be featured on the front cover of MANA's Best Poems and Short Stories of 2013

MANA would like to thank all of the writers who submitted their works into the contest. 

The folioing are excerpts from the works of the winners:

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Booksigning for MANA's Poetry Contest Winner: Jessyca Mathews

Lines were long and sales were brisk as family, friends, and co-workers stopped by Pages Bookstore in Flint, MI on March 23, 2013, for Jessyca Mathews' book signing. 

Jessyca is the winner of's Passion for Poetry Poet's Contest for Simply: A Collection of Poetry. 

Jessyca said that winning the poetry contest helped her realize her dream of becoming a published author.

The book signing was a successful and enjoyable event!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

MANA's Latest Publication: "Superstorm Sandy: In the Eyes of the Children"

Dr. Kathleen M. Woods Ignatoski's father lost everything when Superstorm Sandy hit in October 2012. Naturally, her father was affected by the loss, but Dr. Ignatoski had no idea how much her daughter, Theresa, would be affected by the loss of her grandfather's home.

Theresa's 7th grade teacher suggested that Theresa write a descriptive essay. From there, Dr. Ignatoski got an idea of having children who were actually affected by the storm, write essays and have them published. Dr. Ignatoski contacted MANA to ask about its book fundraising program and the result was this book of children's essays. 

Dr. Ignatoski is still collecting essays so the book is not yet completed. However, because it is a fundraiser, sales for the book are encouraged before the work is finished. Profits from the sales of the book will go to St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Tuckerton, N.J. The church is still helping families displaced by the storm.

The book not only serves as a fundraiser, but also as a way to shine the light once again on storm victims who no longer are in the media spotlight but still need basic household items and clothing. 

To support the book fundraiser, order your copy of Superstorm Sandy: In the Eyes of the Children at 

To find out about "Create a Book"© Fundraiser, go to