Dan Alatorre’s Word Weaver Writing Contest: the first of TWO 4th PLACE winners, “The Last Time She Saw Her Brother” by Maribel C. Pagan

This story of mine won 4th place in a writing contest–check it out! 🙂

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Dan Alatorre’s Word Weaver Writing Contest

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today, the first of TWO 4th place winners

* 4th Place Winner *

The Last Time She Saw Her Brother

by Maribel C. Pagan

Maribel shares 4th place with Leta McCurry, whose story we will feature tomorrow.

Maribel and Leta will each receive a $10 gift card, compliments of author and sponsor Annette Robinson, who donated this prize to our contest.

Also, both 4th place winners get serious bragging rights.

Reading the title I thought maybe it’d be sad, maybe it’d be a happy reunion; you never know. But I had a feeling it was going to be sad.

That’s okay. We have to appreciate each piece for what it is, and how well it delivers its story.

Because of the emotions involved, some stories are easier to read than others, but delivering a great story is what matters most. This piece did that.

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We Are Accepting Submissions for Our Fall Issue


Submissions are now open!

We will be open until August 31, 2017. Please review the submission guidelines before submitting your pieces to our email. All pieces will be reviewed immediately upon being received.

The inaugural issue of this journal is planned for release on September 15, 2017. Any further news regarding this new release will be updated as time passes.

Best of luck! We look forward to receiving your pieces.

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Open Call for Submissions Begins July 15, 2017

Remember to submit here soon! I am the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of this new journal.


We will be opening our first submission portal to this literary journal within the next few days. Our submission requirements are listed in the Submissions page found above. Our inaugural issue is planned for release on September 15, 2017.

Schedule your calendars and get ready to submit to our first issue!

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Dan Alatorre’s WORD WEAVER Writing Contest for July 2017 – let the games begin!

Now’s your chance to join in! This month only. 😀

Dan Alatorre

Word Weaver logi FINAL trimmed 2Announcing the July 2017

Word Weaver Writing Contest!

Enter your amazing piece of writing! We have over $400 of valuable prize packages!

YOU will have the month of July to enter an amazing piece of your own writing to our contest.

Here’s what you do:

Uh, enter a piece of your writing in the contest. I thought that was obvious.

Here’s what you GET:

1stThe FIRST PLACE Winner will receive THIS prize package:

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  • Cover Design & Publishing Package from Award Winning Moyhill Publishing (www.Moyhill.com)

    • This insanely great package includes
      • COVER DESIGN and EBOOK FORMATTING for your edited book
      • PROOFREADING and up to two electronic proofs with changes if needed
      • MARKETING COVERS (larger formats) for Amazon and Smashwords.
      • PROMOTION for the book placement on the shelves of the Moyhill virtual bookstore.
      • YOUR BOOK GETS FOUR WEEKS AS A PINNED TWEET to over 20,000 followers from Sally Cronin’sSmorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore account.

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Word Weaver Winner’s Profiles: 5th Place Winner Maribel C. Pagan

Here’s an interview I appeared in recently.

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danThe winners of April’s Word Weaver Writing Contest share their thoughts on the contest, writing in general, and other stuff.

Today our 5th place winner, Maribel C Pagan, answers a few questions about our contest and other writerly things.

Maribel has appeared or is forthcoming in Blue Marble Review, Zaum, Planted Word, Persephone’s Daughters, and others. She has received the Junior Reading Giants Award, has made the President’s List in Mohawk Valley Community College, and has received 5th Place in the Word Weaver Writing Contest, among many other awards and scholarships. Additionally, she is a Prose Reader for Apprehension Magazine, and a singer and musician for The Angelic Family Choir. 

(Click HERE to read her contest entry)


  1. Dan: Did you write your story for the contest or was it part of a larger piece or something you had written before?

Maribel: Actually, I had originally written…

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A Few Brief Announcements For the Week

Hello all! I know it’s been a while, but I wanted to share a few announcements here:

I will be published on March 16, 2017, in two different publications: Moledro Magazine and Every Day Fiction. I will be posting their links as two separate posts on that day, and I welcome all of you to read my writings and make comments on them. Feedback is always welcome and appreciated. If all you want to say is “I can relate”, that’s totally fine. I love hearing from my readers and from other fellow writers! You can make the comments, if possible, on the website itself; if not, you can always either leave a comment on the post I will have here, or contact me using the “Contact” link listed above.

I was also offered an editor position, one which I gladly accepted. If you or anyone you know is between the ages of 14-21, you are more than welcome to submit to Apprehension Magazine, found here. I am so glad I got into such an amazing position here at Apprehension. You will be able to find me on their Masthead page sometime within the next few weeks.

Last remark: For any of you who tuned in to WLMU Radio last week but didn’t hear my radio show… don’t be shocked. I wasn’t around that week and was occupied with other matters. My plans are that the show will resume this Tuesday, same time: 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. I can’t wait to share the Featured Poet of the Week, the Positive News Story of the Week, and some music with all of you!

And those are all the announcements I have for now. Have a great week, everyone!