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Fiction, Poetry

Languid Lusciousness with Lemon (poetry from Finishing Line Press) 2017)

Rosa’s Shell (picture book) 2017

Rosa’s Red Apron, (picture book) 2016

Summer in a Bowl, (picture book)2016     

WHOOSH, (picture book)TheaQ Press, August 2015

Secrets of the Heart, Desert Breeze, June 2015

Simply a Smile, February 2016 (collection of short stories. Title story won first prize in Australia) This one is out of print at the moment, (publisher went out of business, but I have copies) Use the comment form to contact me and I can mail one–autographed!

A Bowl of Rice, Desert Breeze, March, 2014

Booklet: Cottonwood Grove by Western trail Blaze, 2014

 Letters from Korea  Desert Breeze, 2013

Giulia Goes to War , Desert Breeze Publications Historical spy and romance novel released 2012


The Complete Guide to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia (Berkshire House) Travel guide  2002

Massachusetts, (Scholastic Press– history book for elementary students) 2000

The Christmas Gift , (Warner Press)– coloring book , now out of print


Short Stories, selection

Winner first prize flash fiction, Literative, Tiger, 2016

Short Listed in Bath Flash Fiction in 2016

Short story, Egidio Decides to Fish, accepted for 2014 Sisters in Crime Anthology

Second Prize: Winston Salem Literary Contest 2014-short story

Third Prize NC Poetry Society Children’s Division, 2014

The Red Apron, Award winner Intergeneration Contest 2013

Rings, Honorable Mention Intergeneration Contest 2013

The Fish Knife, The A3 Review, 2015

*First Prize winner for  Voice of an Angel, Charlotte Writers Club, 2013

Thunderbolt: Editor’s choice winner for stories appearing in 2012 Wordsmith Journal Magazine

 “The Secret of Greatness” Third prize in Alabama Writer’s Conclave, July 2012 (children’s)

First Place Kaixin writing contest “Simply a Smile  2010

“Pearls of Wisdom” short story, “Dolphin Log” (now Cousteau Magazine for Children)

Honorable Mention for Intergenerational Tale, “Coquina” (Intergeneration Writing Contest) 2009

“Button Button” A short story for middle schoolers was accepted into Doorway to Adventure , an anthology compiled by the Writer’s Group of the Triad in Greensboro, NC, publishing date, October 2010

Award Winner Wilmington Historic Society Short Story Contest (twice, third place and second place)

Poetry , Essays (a selection)

Silver Arts Winner Brunswick County, 2017

Work selected by Ashmolean Ekphrastic reading in November 2016

Winner of Wilda Morris  contest on poetry May, 2017

Finalist for Joseph Applewhite Award, 2017 NC Poetry Society

Languid Lusciousness with Lemon , Short listed for Fermoy Poetry Contest 2016

Spotting Carolina Jessamine After the Rain—Doty Katz Memorial award first place

Ghazal Contest, Southern Writers “Sunrise on the Beach”(3rd)

National Press Women award 2016 for food article, second place

Poems selected for Winston Salem Poetry in Plain sight, 2015 and 2016

Ekphrastic poems in VisualVerse, Ekphrastic Review and accepted into New Bern Art Collection Magazine for 2016

Essay in Chicken Soup for the Soul, “She Stopped to say Goodbye” October 2014

Dancing Poetry Contest, Second place, 2012, Third place, 2013

Non-fiction, contributions to publications

 Contributed two chapters to Tales as Tools, National Storytelling Association

 Contributed one chapter to new 2006 Book The Storytelling Classroom: Applications Across the Curriculum by Sherry Norfolk,


In addition I write regularly for   the Myrtle Beach Sun News and other publications

Here is a list
Regular Writing
Myrtle Beach Sun News–series of articles about food and a number of cookbook reviews
Righter Publications–Poems in each monthly edition

Ruby for Women

Disability News
Poems accepted this year in a number of other publications online and in print, including a Quiet Courage and Silver Birch Press–for complete list see Hats off in NCWN website

Picture Book  by Joan Leotta

Picture Book
by Joan Leotta

Last book in Legacy of Honor Series

Last book in Legacy of Honor Series

Collection of short stories by Joan Leotta

Collection of short stories by Joan Leotta

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