Bacopa Literary Review 

The Writers Alliance 2013 Editorial Team

Gen Aris, Editor-in-Chief/Fiction Editor
Jani Sherrard, Associate Editor
Pranada Comtois, Managing Editor
Dorothy Staley, Creative Nonfiction Editor
Eldon Turner, Poetry Editor


An annual print journal produced by the Writers Alliance of Gainesville,
the Bacopa Literary Review sponsors a Contest and also reviews General Submissions. The 2013 issue is closed. We will open soon, however,
for submissions to the 2014 book. Watch this space for timely announcements.
Bacopa seeks a diversity of styles and perspectives in fiction, poetry and nonfiction/creative nonfiction.

2013 Contest Winners

            First Place - Jeffrey Schneider for "Dick and Jane Meet Again"
            Second Place - Shayne Laughter for "The Valentine"
            Third Place - Miriam Karmel for "Chopsticks"
            First Place - Stephanie Barbe Hammer for "Red"
            First Place - Gina Warren for "A Sparrow"
            Second Place - Samantha Claire Updegrave for "Canoe"
            Third Place - Kelly Hayes-Raitt for "Breaking the Silence: Palestine 2007"
            First Place - Carolyne Wright for "Sestina: into Shadow"
            Second Place - Karen Majorwicz for "(Sens of Plas)"
            Third Place - Jed Myers for "Life Story"

About the 2013 Bacopa Editorial Team 

Gen Aris was born in the land of Elvis in the time of Sputnik to people with a decent sense of appreciation for the arts. After a long separation from the creative life—working in the social services industry—that old romance bloomed anew. Now, a writer and all-around artsy type also working the other side of the desk in his second turn as a Bacopa editor.

Jani N. Sherrard is the author of Mother, Warrior, Pilgrim, a book of essays and poetry about feminist inspired motherhood. Winner of the Hippodrome State Theatre’s 2006 Florida Senior Playwright Festival for her play, "You Poor Thing," and the 2009 Tallahassee Writers Association Stagelight competition for her short play, "Bedtime." Recent publications include essays in Senior Times and poetry in Penumbra.

Pranada Comtois has thirty years' experience in the international publishing field. She has published essays and papers in magazines, journals, and on the Internet. She writes poetry and nonfiction and is currently working on her memoir.

Dorothy Staley grew up in Wisconsin. Upon graduating from Lawrence College with a BA in English, she took a teaching job in Anchorage, Alaska. After spending 20 years in the far north, including five in the Arctic, she accepted a technical editing job in Washington, DC. She had the good sense to migrate to Florida in 1993. Upon her retirement in 2001, she began work on her memoir and her novel Come Good Home ... now in its ninth revision.

Eldon R. Turner recently retired from the University of Florida faculty where he taught American studies and history. His academic publications include articles on early American theology, music and jurisprudence. When he was twelve, his first published poem appeared in The Smokey Valley Historical Society Newsletter. No copy survives, but he traces his interests in words and the cadence of language to that period of his life. More recently, his poems have appeared in Harpur Palate, Hemlock, Main Street Rag, Prairie Writers, Poetalk and other print and on-line journals.

Kaye Linden has an MFA in fiction from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. She is currently working on a collection of fifty Australian tales, set in the magical urban sanctuary of Ma’s Place. Kaye’s short stories have appeared in The Raven Chronicles, Expressions Magazine, Breves no tan breves, Whispers from the Unseen:Journal and Forum for Writing in the Arts, Soundings Review, Bacopa Literary Review The Camel Saloon, and Danse Macabre.


2012 Bacopa


The third edition of the acclaimed Bacopa Literary Journal is now available.
It features award-winning prose and poetry from 43 writers, New York to Los Angeles, and Australia, the 155-page literary digest is available for
$12.50 Domestic (includes
$2.50 s&h) or $22.50 Foreign (includes $12.50 s&h).
Please send your check to:

Writers Alliance of Gainesville
P.O. Box 358396
Gainesville, FL 32635-8396.

2011 Bacopa

2011 Bacopa

A few copies of the second edition
of the Bacopa Literary Journal, 135 pages, are available. To purchase your copy send $12.50 domestic (includes
$2.50 s&h) or $22.50 foreign
(includes $12.50 s&h) to:
Writers Alliance of Gainesville
P.O. Box 358396
Gainesville, FL 32635-8396.

2010 Bacopa


The inaugural 125-page 2010
Bacopa Literary Review
is Sold Out!