Theme for next moonShine review: Politics (whatever THAT means…)

For 15 years, I have held fast to the idea that moonShine review would not have a set theme in advance. Yet the stories and photography submitted always set a theme anyway. So, I’m more than a touch surprised we haven’t had an issue these past four years that focused on politics in some manner.

Since I like to mix it up any time a moonShine anniversary comes around, we’re breaking the rules (just this once) and inviting folks to submit stories about “politics.” But what definition of politics or kind of politics is completely up to you. If you visit the dictionary, you’ll find an array of possible meanings. My favorite definition appears pretty far down the list: “use of intrigue or strategy in obtaining any position of power or control, as in business, university, etc.” I can imagine a piece about the politics of hummingbirds as easily as one focused on government. And, given the current political climate of our nation, I’m guessing opinions will run the gambit and likely be both spirited and contentious. Good. That’s what we want.

Above all, we want your creativity and talent, so think beyond political treatises, please. Aristotle already covered it.

As always, we accept creative prose, fiction and nonfiction. And, as with other anniversary issues, we will feature more than one photographer, so we invite all past photographers, as well as new, to submit. Specific guidelines for submitting remain the same, so please visit our Submission Guidelines page on our website before sending your work. (Photography Exception: You should submit no more than 20 photographs.)

Feel free to direct questions to (after you’ve read through our guidelines).

The deadline for submitting is extended to September 30th, so get going!

Keep writing, keep sharing,
Anne Kaylor
Executive Editor & Publisher


Special Offerings to Celebrate a Special Year at moonShine review

It’s time to bookmark, because we are gearing up for a special year of celebration! Our Spring/Summer issue’s due out next week, and we have big plans for the 15-year anniversary issue in the fall. (Hint: For the first time in moonShine’s publication history, we WILL have a theme!)

Meanwhile, we’ll be offering different deals and discounts every month—on past and current issues. Check out “May Potluck: BOGO on past issues” to see our current offer.

We’re also working on getting those out-of-print issues into an online reader format for download, so you’ll want to stay tuned in each month!

Keep writing, keep sharing!

Anne Kaylor
Executive Editor and Publisher

moonShine review Contributors Chosen for Spring/Summer Issue

MR-15-1 FRONT CoverThanks to all who submitted to our
next issue of moonShine review, and congratulations to the following contributors:

Featured Photographer: Wendy H. Gill

Featured Authors: Elizabeth B. Watson, Bob Strother, Allen D. Stevenson,
Duncan Richardson, Jeff Nazzaro,
Kimberly Lynne, BD Little, Olaf Kroneman, Charles Israel, Jr., Jayne Padgett Bowers, Gary Bolick, and Claire Armstrong

Our next issue is due out in late May. Pre-order your copy today and get free shipping! Just click on the cover image above to check out through PayPal. (This is a limited-time offer!)

NOTE: To order multiple copies, please email me directly at

Thank you for your support!
Anne Kaylor
Executive Editor & Publisher

NEW RELEASE from moonSHINE review press


By Bob Strother
moonSHINE review Press (2018), 310 pages, $19.00
ISBN 978‐0‐9743410‐4‐0, Historical Fiction

Embers Front Cover-low resIn 1942, America has joined the allied forces as the Second World War rages on the international front. When tragedy strikes at home, Louise fractures, and it’s up to friends and family to bring her back. As everyone fights for the future and clings desperately to hope, Louise wonders if hope might not be the cruelest torture of all.

Third and final novel in the Burning Time trilogy, this compelling epic picks up where A Fire to Be Kindled left off, as protagonist Louise Carlyon, her family, and her friends struggle through war and personal crises—a book you won’t want to put down once you start reading…

Internet Special: $17.00*
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For a LIMITED TIME, order ALL THREE NOVELS in this trilogy at an extreme discount: just $45 for the set (plus tax and shipping).

Packaged with an attractive wrap depicting all three covers, this book set makes an awesome gift!

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Anne Kaylor

We love you and want to publish you!

(Photographers, please note this post is about the writers submitting.)

I appreciate the many submissions received for each issue of moonShine review. I am here as an independent publisher to give voice to independent writers who are trying to have their first (or third, or tenth) unpublished work out there for the world to read.

But, sometimes, I feel the need to send folks BACK to the submission guidelines page (perhaps because some submissions don’t meet any of the guidelines we’ve set in place).

Please read our guidelines before submitting:

If you really cannot click the mouse and read the guidelines, then please, at least, meet my top 4 requirements:

(1) Do NOT put your name anywhere on the piece itself—we judge anonymously.

(2) IN THE BODY OF THE email, include ALL your contact info (mailing address, email, phone).

(3) Your bio needs to be 50 words or less and written in the THIRD PERSON.

(4) FOLLOW the formatting guidelines listed on our “submissions guidelines” page. (Sending you to the link anyway!)

My #1 advice when submitting? Read our “About moonShine review” page. It answers common questions, such as “What theme do you have this time?” or “What is your journal about”

Thank you all for your continued support, and I really do value your input. If the guidelines are, in any way, unclear, please email me directly and let me know:  I am ALWAYS open to feedback and improvement of our journal and our website.

Anne Kaylor
Executive Editor and Publisher