A N N O U N C E M E N T S

 

1 October 2018

 

the stories
edition 2:5 of the cherita

This edition of the stories showcases 90 excellent cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, Ireland, West Africa, New Zealand, India, Australia, Canada, Lithuania, Poland, and Italy.

I have edited this edition as I have all the other editions of the cherita, to be experienced two ways. It can be read as one storybook but also as an anthology of individual poems. Two reading experiences within one book, filled with stories of Life, Love and Loss.

cherita terbalik continues to capture the imagination of poets and there are again fine examples in this edition.

Featured Poets as they appear in this edition :-

Paul Bryce / ai li/ Peter Jastermsky/ Jessica Malone Latham/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Andrew Riutta/ Maryalicia Post/ Patricia Prime/ Joanna Ashwell/ Akane/ Deborah P Kolodji/ Jim Haddad/ Terri L. French/ Larry Kimmel/ Marilyn Humbert/ Pravat Kumar Padhy/ Debbie Strange/ Erika Wilk/ Susan Burch/ Arvinder Kaur/ Julie Bloss Kelsey/ Mary Hanrahan/ Gaudentas Kurila/ Susan Mary Wade/ Autumn Noelle Hall/ Jackie Chou/ Pawel Markiewicz/ Carol Purington/ Richard Milton Grahn/ Antonietta Losito/ Richard St. Clair/ Ron Scully/ Shoshanah Steinberg/ Michael H. Brownstein/ Pat Geyer/ Wendy C. Bialek/ Joan Stern/ Joyce Futa/ Tia Haynes/ Beverly LaFontaine/ Josette D’Orazio/ Sharon Hawley/ Joanne Morcom/ Christine L. Villa/ Robert Horrobin/ Benjamin Eric Taylor/ Michael H Lester/ Pauli Dutton/ Rachel Sutcliffe/ Chen-ou Lui/ Tiffany Shaw-Diaz/ Gavin Austin/

New blood is essential for any poetry journal and again we have several new names to add to our growing list of cherita contributors.

I started my once upon a cherita writing class today and it went really well. This will be an 11 week writing course which I am running at the U3A in London for my first term. I’m proposing to share my personal cherita as well as cherita from the cherita over the coming weeks. Do watch this space for updates on these ongoing cherita classes.

My grateful thanks go out to everyone who have supported the cherita and made it possible for the emergence of a strong and vibrant edition each month.

If this new edition strikes a chord with you, please feel free to review, comment on Amazon or give a feedback directly to me.

 

ai li
editor
www.thecherita.com

 

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14 September 2018

 

Amazon.com Book Promotion

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when i can’t sleep
the fifth edition [second volume] of the cherita

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i left long ago
my first book on exclusively cherita

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wind and rain
my first book on exclusively tanka

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the magic of snow
my first book on exclusively haiku

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As part of Amazon.com’s book promotion scheme, these four paperback books above are being promoted and discounted. This promotion has been encouraging for not only the cherita genre but for tanka and haiku too.

The normal price for the paperback edition of when i can’t sleep is US$14.99 but Amazon.com is offering it for US$8.84 [a saving of US$6.14] :


https://www.amazon.com/when-i-cant-sleep-cherita/dp/1976727820/

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The normal price for the paperback edition of i left long ago is US$16.99 but Amazon.com is offering it for US$14.38 [a saving of US$2.61] :

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1980973504/

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The normal price for the paperback edition of wind and rain is US$16.99 but Amazon.com is offering it for US$12.98 [a saving of US$4.01] :

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/198098722X/

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The normal price for the paperback edition of the magic of snow is US$16.99 but Amazon.com is offering it for US$13.00 [a saving of US$3.09] :

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/198098736X/

 

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If you have not had a chance to read the cherita, which has one poem to a page for maximum stillness, and are tempted to, this is a chance for you to experience the diversity of cherita and engage in the timelessness of storytelling.

This may also be a good opportunity to read my own first three books on exclusively cherita, tanka and haiku.

I don’t know how long Amazon.com is running this promotion for, and so if this offer interests you, please do take advantage of it while Amazon.com is offering this wonderful deal.

 

ai li

 

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31 August 2018

 

taste of rain
edition 2:4 of the cherita

This edition of taste of rain showcases 90 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, New Zealand, India, Canada, Lithuania, Australia, Ireland, Italy, West Africa and the Philippines.

After what has been an extremely hot summer in the UK, I felt that I should reflect the much welcomed rain days we are now experiencing in the title of this edition.

Your loyal support for cherita and the cherita is much valued by me and I appreciate all your ongoing enthusiasm for the genre.

I have edited this edition as I have all the other editions of the cherita, to be experienced two ways. It can be read as one storybook but also as an anthology of individual poems. Two reading experiences within one book, filled with stories of Life, Love and Loss.

Featured Poets as they appear in this edition :-

Peter Jastermsky/ ai li/ Paul Bryce/ Jessica Malone Latham/ Patricia Prime/ Joanna Ashwell/ Ron Scully/ Andrew Riutta/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Joan E. Stern/ Erika Wilk/ Akane/ Maryalicia Post/ Marilyn Humbert/ Terri L. French/ Caroline Skanne/ Don Baird/ Keitha Keyes/ Gregory Longenecker/ Pravat Kumar Padhy/ Ron C. Moss/ Gavin Austin/ pamela a. babusci/ Juratė Norvaisienė/ Arvinder Kaur/ Susan Burch/ Ernesto P. Santiago/ Stephen Toft/ Richard Milton Grahn/ Pauli Dutton/ Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy/ Celestine Nudanu/ Autumn Noelle Hall/ Robert Horrobin/ Jack Priestnall/ Arturas Silanskas/ Michael H LesterSharon Hawley/ Lynn Fayne/ Richard St. Clair/ Antonietta Losito/ Robert Stewart/ Peggy Castro/ Larry Kimmel/ Jackie Chou/ Mary Gunn/ Susan Mary Wade/ Chen-ou Liu/ Mark Miller/ Joyce Futa/ Tia Haynes/ Debbie Strange/ Marina Bellini/ Pat Geyer/

We have, in the edition, several new names whose cherita I am proud to showcase and I sincerely hope that they will become regular contributors to the cherita from now on.

I have also successfully migrated a further three of my earlier kindle books into paperback on Amazon. I decided to give them all a new colour cover along with a minor revised layout design which is all part of the mini makeover.

Thank you for all your support and more importantly for sharing all your wonderful cherita taking us all into early autumn.

drowning jasmine, fish kiss and tenement moon join taste of rain in this combined book launch today.

http://www.thecherita.com/ai-lis-bookshop/

If any of the above four books strike a chord with you, please feel free to review, comment on Amazon or give a feedback directly to me. Many thanks.

 

ai li
editor
www.thecherita.com

 

25 August 2018

Within the last 10 days, we have had visitors to this website from 160 different countries and they are in order of visit frequency below :-

United States, Canada, France, China, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Germany, India, Russian Federation, Bulgaria, Poland, Czech Republic, Spain, Netherlands,  Italy, Indonesia, Slovakia, Latvia, Mexico, Denmark, Romania, Austria, Lithuania, Korea [the Republic of], New Zealand, Turkey, Philippines, Hungary,  Ireland, Albania, Moldova (the Republic of), Taiwan (Province of China), Palestine, State of,  Kenya, Japan, Iran (the Islamic Republic of), Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Ecuador, Serbia, Australia, Finland, Singapore, Vietnam, Unknown, Brazil, Venezuela, Bolivaria Republic of, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Colombia, Panama, Slovenia, Nigeria, Sweden, Mauritius. Macao, Malta, Martinique, Oman, Nepal, Norway, Mozambique, Malawi, New Caledonia, Maldives, Zimbabwe, Thailand, Tajikistan, Togo, Syrian Arab Republic, Suriname, South Sudan, Tunisia, Tonga, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Uganda, Tanzania, United Republic of,  Trinidad and Tobago, Somalia, South Africa, Paraguay, Qatar, Portugal, Puerto Rico, French Polynesia, Reunion,  Zambia, Sudan, Senegal, Seychelles, Saudi Arabia, Mongolia, Peru, Cambodia, Cote d’Ivoire, Chile, Switzerland, Congo, Belize, Congo (the Democratic Republic of the), Cameroon, Costa Rica, Algeria, Estonia, Dominican Republic, Cyprus, Cuba, Curacao, Byelorussian SSR, Botswana, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Angola, Armenia, Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Barbados, Bolivia, Plurinational State of, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Benin, Belgium, Bahrain, Egypt, Ethiopia, Cayman Islands, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Jamaica, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Liberia, Madagascar, Macedonia (the former Yugoslav Republic of), Montenegro, Morocco, Luxembourg, Libya, Iceland, Iraq, Ghana, Greenland, Guernsey, Georgia, Faroe Islands, Gabon, Greece, Guatemala, Israel, Isle of Man, Haiti, Croatia, Guan, Honduras and Myanmar.

Stories and storytelling are part and parcel of all our collective lives and the cherita is reaching out to everyone who loves a good story. Everyone is very welcome to either read or submit to the journal.

 

23 August 2018


For Amazon.com Users

Amazon.com has very kindly continued to feature the cherita, and in their latest promotion are offering to users of Amazon.com the following three paperback editions of the cherita at great prices :

 

  1. telling a story is being offered at $5.94 [RP $14.99]
  2. when i can’t sleep is being offered at $8.40 [RP $14.99]
  3. Winter, no fixed abode is being offered at $9.75 [RP $14.99]

 

If your cherita is featured within any of these paperback editions and you haven’t had a chance to purchase a copy, this may be a good time to take advantage of Amazon’s generous feature or if you are new to the cherita, then why not enter into the world of 6-lines storytelling, flash fiction at its very best. You won’t be disappointed. Poets and writers from far corners of the globe come together to share their collective stories on Life, Love and Loss. A colossal treat awaits you.

 

ai li

 

17 August 2018

 

Cherita Knowhow 

Dear Cherita poets and writers,

Larry Kimmel was the first poet to send in his thoughts on how and why he writes cherita and I have posted them on our new Cherita Knowhow page along with mine.

I hope you will consider sending your thoughts in. Wherever you are in the world, I would love to hear from you.

In anticpation,

ai li

 

16 August 2018

 

What’s your story ?

Dear Cherita poets and writers,

This is a personal invitation from me to ask you for your thoughts on how and why you write cherita. Your thoughts realised on paper can be anything from a paragraph to a page. I intend to post these as a new feature on the cherita website as and when you send them in to me.

I am not asking for you to reveal your trade secrets but it would be most helpful for would-be cherita writers to discover whether you write the genre

 

in bed

whilst cycling

weeding in your garden

watching television

commuting to work by train

soaking in a hot bath

preparing a meal

and so on . . .

 

and perhaps

 

in one breath

with endless drafting

or beginning with one stanza then pausing before carrying on with the other two stanzas some other time

etc etc

 

As for the reasons why you chose to write cherita, the list is endless. I’ll leave it to you to stir our imagination with your accounts.

Below are the guidelines for how you can submit your cherita knowhow to me.

I look forward to reading and posting your personal thoughts about how and why you write cherita and I can’t wait for your words to inspire budding cherita poets to start writing cherita.

 

In gratitude,

 

ai li
editor of the cherita
creator of cherita

 

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GUIDELINES

In the subject line enter in all capital letters  followed by your full name
CHERITA KNOWHOW – [your full name]’.

Please include your city, state, and country, full name, and email address, in the body of the email and make no attachments. Thanks.

Send your cherita knowhow thoughts to ai li at aili@thecherita.com

the cherita does not pay its contributors nor does it offer contributors’ copies, although they will be available for purchase. Copyright reverts to the author or artist upon publication.

the cherita reserves the right to reprint contents from its publications on its website and in future print anthologies without having to seek further permission from its submitters, and all submissions to the cherita constitutes acceptance of this condition.

the cherita reserves the right to print online or in print journals and anthologies, in whole or in part, in its sole discretion, all letters and comments to the editor without having to seek further permission from the author, and submission of comments or letters to the editor of the cherita constitutes acceptance of this condition.

 

 

12 August 2018

 

GENTLE REMINDER

There are only 19 days left to go before the 31 August deadline for all your cherita submissions for the #2:4, the fourth edition of the second year of the cherita, edited by ai li, launching in September 2018.

Please therefore send all your cherita gems to ai li at aili@thecherita.com
Please refer to our submission guidelines on our submissions page
http://www.thecherita.com/submissions.html

In the subject line enter in all capital letters ‘SUBMISSION – [your full name]’ followed by your full name. Please include your city, state, and country, full name, and email address, in the body of the email and make no attachments, or the editors will not read your work, and your work will be returned.

Please be aware that we will disqualify all previously unpublished submissions which are under consideration elsewhere, or entered into competitions.

Once we notify you that we have accepted your poems or artwork for publication, either in the online journal or print journal, please do not share or submit your work elsewhere until we have published your work, or the editor will withdraw your work from publication. We also ask that you refrain from republishing your work in any medium for 90 days from publication in the cherita: your storybook journal. Thanks.

 

 

2 August 2018

 

long-stemmed roses by Larry Kimmel
from short and sweet press

 

Larry had asked me a while back if I could select, collate and edit a collection of his cherita from 1997 to the current day. I told him then I would be thrilled to do this but that it would depend on my editing and publishing schedule. We have been good friends for over twenty years and I have so wanted to do ‘tough love’ editing for him, which is after all what I do best, to enable the cream of a poet’s work to be showcased for the reading world out there. A small window of opportunity appeared a few months ago and I found sixty cherita which resonated with a love story for the lovers in all of us. As in the cherita and in all my own personal books, Larry’s new book can be read as one long tale of love or as sixty individual cherita reminding us of all the punishing trials and tribulations of love and longing. It has been a privilege for me to have been able to fulfil my promise to Larry and to be able to be once again stirred by his world of amore.

ai  li

 

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short and sweet press presents:  long-stemmed roses, by Larry Kimmel.  A collection of cherita selected and sequenced by ai li, creator of cherita.   

 

available on amazon in print and on kindle
and on http://www.winfredpress.com/blog/:

 

long stemmed roses

 

 

In his latest collection long-stemmed roses, Larry Kimmel approaches the love poem in a fresh, bold way.  Laced with sensuality, subtly touched by longing and saturated with passion—these cherita speak (or rather whisper) to the lover in us.

 

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As explored so skillfully in this poetry collection, love is so much more than just ‘being in love’. It is all the sensations of longing, of losing, of letting go, of not living up to expectations, and sometimes, of keeping secrets and/or just being moved by the moment.

 

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This is a thrill of a collection, but please don’t take my word for it, turn the page …

 

excerpts from the foreword by

Caroline Skanne

 

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long-stemmed roses is essentially a new and selected collection of my cherita since 1997 till now, 2018, and contains, along with shards and dust, all of the cherita that I wish to preserve at this time. – Larry Kimmel 

 

 


29 July 2018

 

pieces of sky
edition 2:3 of the cherita

This edition of pieces of sky showcases 90 fine cherita from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, New Zealand, Ukraine, India, the Kingdom of Bhutan, Canada, Lithuania, Australia, Ireland, Romania, and West Africa.

I have thoroughly enjoyed selecting and collating all your cherita for this Summer edition.

cherita terbalik continues to capture the imagination of poets and there are again fine examples in this edition.

I have edited this edition as I have all the other editions of the cherita, to be experienced two ways. It can be read as one storybook but also as an anthology of individual poems. Two reading experiences within one book, filled with stories of Life, Love and Loss.

The cherita terbalik [pronounced chair-rita tur-bar-lake] can be written with stanzas of [3-2-1], [2-1-3], [1–3–2],] 2–3–1] and [3–1–2] and with up to 3 partners. I hope you will all try this either solo or with your writing friends and submit your best efforts to me.

Your loyalty and storytelling with cherita continue to inspire me and help me with the ongoing production of the cherita. Your cherita ensure that the quality of the poems is met, which in turn ensure that each edition of the cherita remains top notch to showcase your work.

I cannot thank you enough for your ongoing support, the sharing of your stories, all of which gives flash fiction a new heightened dimension for us to revel in.

 

ai li
editor
www.thecherita.com

 

 

22 July 2018

 

ai li has launched
december loneliness
her new book of cherita and tanka


december loneliness
 is the title of her first cherita and tanka book which features 90 virgin poems with a one poem to a page format, and now available in print and on kindle on Amazon. It is also her twenty third book, and belongs to her Poems for Inner Rooms series.

 

http://www.thecherita.com/ai-lis-bookshop/

 

ai li has also successfully migrated three of her earlier kindle books into paperback on Amazon. She has decided to give them all a new colour cover along with a minor revised layout design which is all part of the mini makeover.

the taste of shadow, flame trees and blood sisters join december loneliness in this book launch today.

 

http://www.thecherita.com/ai-lis-bookshop/

 

If any of the above four books strike a chord with you, please feel free to review, comment on Amazon or give a feedback directly to me. Many thanks.

 

ai li
editor
www.thecherita.com

 

 

13 Friday 2018


once upon a cherita . . . 

a new ongoing weekly writing class
at the university of the third age, london, england
with ai li, creator of cherita

I will be offering Cherita writing classes from Monday 1 October 2018 at the University of the Third Age, Old Town Hall, 213 Haverstock Hill, London NW3 4QP, England.

This will be a weekly hour long class which will be held in Room 1.26.  The class will start at 10.30 am and finish by 11.35 am.

The room can take a maximum of 16 individuals but I have decided that a maximum of 10 people would give me more time to engage with everyone.

All are welcome. I  look forward to meeting all cherita enthusiasts. 

We will sit around a metaphorical campfire and invoke the storyteller who lives in all of us.

ai li

 

Footnote:

You will have to become a member of U3A to enrol in all their classes.
For further information, please visit the link below:

www.u3alondon.org.uk

N. B. Details for my class will not appear on their programme until their Update as I only registered with them yesterday.

 

1 July 2018

i find one cloud
edition 2:2 of the cherita

The new edition of i find one cloud, showcases not 77 but 90 fine cherita from poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, Ireland, Australia, Poland, India, China, Italy, Romania, New Zealand, Lithuania, Canada, Ukraine, and the Kingdom of Bhutan.

It appears that cherita has reached out to the Kingdom of Bhutan and Ukraine. For the last 365 days, according to our website statistics, we have had 137,311 visits up until 1 July 2018 which is more than encouraging for a 21 year old short form. This is all down to your enthusiasm and support for cherita. Thank you.

If you keep sending in your cherita gems, I hope to be able to showcase 90 poems for each edition from this edition onwards. Having said that, what I will unfortunately be stopping is the collection of images for each edition on the Kindle versions of the journal. I will miss the joy of selecting these images to enhance each cherita. My workload is getting increasingly heavy and if I do not have to trawl through thousands of images to select the right ones for each published cherita and edition, then my time can be spent expanding the cherita. In this instance, it would mean being able to accept and showcase another 12 fine cherita for each edition. I feel that it may be a good trade off long term as my intention is to continue to ensure that I can cut the waiting time for poets to see their work in the cherita where I can. An extra twelve cherita for each edition will most certainly help.

cherita terbalik continues to capture the imagination of poets and there are fine examples in this edition.

I have edited this edition as I have all the other editions of the cherita, to be experienced two ways. It can be read as one storybook but also as an anthology of individual poems. Two reading experiences within one book, filled with stories of Life, Love and Loss.

The cherita terbalik [pronounced chair-rita tur-bar-lake] can be written with stanzas of [3-2-1], [2-1-3], [1–3–2],] 2–3–1] and [3–1–2] and with up to 3 partners. I hope you will all try this either solo or with your writing friends and submit your best efforts to me.

I hope you will all find this edition of the cherita a worthy addition to the cherita stable.

My grateful thanks as always to all our contributors, readers and supporters for their loyalty and their storytelling without which the cherita would just be a book with blank pages.

ai li
editor
www.thecherita.com

 

 

28 June 2018

 

The very sad news of the sudden death of haiku poet Angelee Deodhar has just reached me.

Please join me in remembering her via two of her haiku which I had the great pleasure of selecting and publishing in still.

 

using his towel
his aftershave
lingers on my face

 

from still three 1997

 

and

 

train stops thudding
a heart doesn’t
eyes search the crowd

 

from still two one 1998

 

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22 June 2018

 

cherita is 21 today

22 June 1997  – 22 June 2018

 

I hope you continue to have success with the Cherita.
Carol Purington

 



 

Just a quick one to congratulate you on cherita’s 20th anniversary.
Thank you so much for giving us this beautiful genre.
Warmest wishes to you and your cherita form, as always.
Samantha Sirimanne Hyde

 

Sending a bouquet of anniversary wishes to you!

Thank you for creating the wonder that is cherita!

love and blessings, Debbie Strange

 

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and we have the launch of

under raintrees

a new and exciting book of cherita featuring
selected cherita of ai li, 
creator of the cherita

with the sensitive translations into Punjabi and Hindi
by Arvinder Kaur

to coincide with the 21st anniversary of cherita’s birth

 

 

under raintrees is the title of the first trilingual book of cherita. Arvinder Kaur translates ai li’s selected cherita into Punjabi and Hindi, two important languages of the Indian sub continent,spoken by many. The book is path breaking for the fact that it introduces cherita for the first time to the readers and writers of these languages. Price and availability of the book will be announced soon.’

This book will be the first book of Cherita to be published in India and the first book of cherita to have translations in Punjabi and Hindi.

 

For further information, pricing, postage and packing, please contact Arvinder Kaur at arvinderk8@gmail.com

 

 

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21 June 2018

 

Mad about Cherita Contest 2018 – UPDATE

Now that Christine L. Villa has posted the names of the 6 winning cherita on frameless sky, I am delighted to share these names with you :-

 

The 3 winners :-

1. First Prize – Maryalicia Post : Ireland
2. Second Prize – Goda V. Bendoraitiene : Lithuania
3. Third Prize – Nicholas Klacsanzky : Ukraine

 

The 3 Honourable Mentions in this order :-

1. Gabriel Bates : USA
2. Sonam Chhoki : Kingdom of Bhutan
3. Debbie Strange : Canada

 

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20 June 2018

 

Mad about Cherita Contest 2018

The first ever Cherita contest closed on 15 June 2018 and I have selected 6 fine cherita for the winning spots. There are now 3 winners and 3 honourable mentions to grace the next edition of frameless sky.

Christine L. Villa has posted the names of the winners and honourable mentions of frameless sky’s website.

I have written a closing statement for Mad about Cherita along with a short recording of me thanking everyone who participated in this exciting event. These can be read and heard on the Mad about Cherita Contest 2018 page.

Do please keep writing cherita. Your stories need to be told and read.

 

ai li

 

 

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