From the Missouri Writers Guild’s 2021 President’s Writers Contest—So excited to be awarded a first place in Best Short Story with “Skin Dowdy” from Black Cranes (yes, the same Black Cranes that is a Shirley Jackson Awards finalist!)

I was awarded a first place for my nonfiction interview “Potter Magic: Guiding Libraries in Pandemic Times” in Space and Time #137 Summer 2020 and a second place for my poem “Riding the Exhale” in HWA Poetry Showcase Volume VII and a current Rhysling nomination).

On top of that, my husband Ryan Aussie Smith got a finalist for Shadow’s Lament. As his first book, a finalist is more impressive than a placing. For a first book to get any recognition at all is phenomenal. I am proudest of his accomplishment… and that’s a win for that amazing editor he worked with as well 😉

Congratulations to all the entrants this year. If you are writing and publishing, you are a winner. I’m proud to see all the fine work coming out of Missouri and look forward to seeing even more next year. You can see a list of all the Missouri Writers Guild’s 2021 President’s Writers Contest winners and finalists here.

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About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Shimanchu-American and an award-winning poet, author, and publisher with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), a two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020, she offers free classes for writers on her website.


  1. Marge Simon

    WOW! HUGE congrats on the SUPER win news to you! Way to go, Ryan! “Skin Dowdy” was a fave in Black Cranes, and I’ll bet your librarian experiences helped for “Potter’s Magic”. I can’t express how happy I am for you both — hard working, talented and positive-minded!!


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