moonShine Now Accepting Submissions

September 30th

Personal Anecdotes/Stories related to
Social Justice & Equality

NOTE: While we encourage submissions based on the above theme, we accept stories on all subjects and will consider all for this issue and/or a future issue.

We’re looking for inspiring, creative prose with a personal perspective, fiction or nonfiction, and, as always, we’re drawn to stories that capture our motto of “light within the dark.” BEFORE SUBMITTING, please read “ABOUT MOONSHINE REVIEW” on this website.

We’re not interested in academic essays on current politics or general mandates for equality, and please refrain from personal rants.

Visit our guidelines page for further information and direct any questions to

Thank you,
Anne Kaylor
Executive Editor and Publisher

moonShine review spring/summer issue

For a “taste” of the issue, see below.


Order your copy of moonShine’s spring/summer 2020 issue for just $6.75*—that’s $1.25 off cover!

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Featured Photographer: T. Parker Sanborn

Featured Authors: Lisa L. Lynn, Jane Shlensky, Allen Stevenson,
Bob Strother, Caren Stuart, Andrea Turner, Elizabeth B. Watson,
Nancy Young

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Our stories this issue create a cohesiveness much like the near-perfect, slightly varied petals of the intricate dahlia. Imagery overlaps as the invisible becomes visible, and vise versa. Characters crisscross as male and female voices run the gamut between witless and wise. Settings emerge from virtual to natural while plots gradually unfold to reveal often surprising results.
Though diverse in content, an intuitive theme blossoms as these stories and photos blend to create a rhythm for the senses, a chorus of personalities, a symphony arcing from conflict to resolution.

Keep Writing ~ Keep Sharing
Anne M. Kaylor
Executive Editor & Publisher


Stories Not to Tell by Bob Strother
Sequel to Shug’s Place

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When an Army buddy’s twelve-year-old daughter goes missing, Vietnam veteran Shug Barnes enlists a cadre of old friends and new acquaintances to track down the kidnappers. His newly formed posse, a unique mix of men and women on both sides of the law, go to great lengths to rescue the young girl—and still keep their own secrets intact. To do so, they will challenge a force seething with racial hatred, more insidious than Waco’s Koresh and just as lethal.

Gary V. Powell: This book reminds us that, beneath the surface of a bland, homogenous, white-collar American landscape lies a rich, blue-collar, black market underbelly. Bankers and politicians walk the streets in broad daylight, but hustlers and grifters ply the darkness. Yet, in that darkness, an old school code of honor is at play, a code of honor that feels solid and reassuring in these uncertain times.

Nancy McFarlane: A cast of the most unlikely characters come together in this action-packed crime thriller… colorful characters whose lives are intertwined in an unputdownable quest…

Susan Reichert: An excellent read…

David Burnsworth: Bob Strother really knows how to write a page turner! In Stories Not to Tell, he exposes the dark side of an already dark world. Shug Barnes is the cunning lead man in a tale that starts in Detroit, stops off in South Carolina, and ends up in a place we should all be afraid exists. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to Bob’s next.

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Congratulations to moonShine’s 15th anniversary contributors!

moonShine review 15th
Anniversary Edition

To celebrate our fifteen-year anniversary as a publication, we invited folks to submit pieces about “politics.” When I encouraged creativity in interpreting this theme, I didn’t foresee the diversity with which our authors and artists could adopt and adapt—without ever digressing to dogma or becoming trite.

Settings range from factories to offices, restaurants to remote country roads. Characters diverge from sisters to robots, couples to criminals. Yet, we correlate the local sheriff ’s ethical issues with the state senator’s moral quandary. We find ties between a physical wall that creates discord between a husband and wife and an emotional wall erected by a rape victim to block the pain. Whether satirical or serious, these words and images distinguish the human condition as one driven by experience over nature, illustrated by the choices—right and wrong—characters make.

In the history of moonShine, I never set a theme until now, and I thought this would be the one exception. But I may rethink this, considering the tremendous response in submissions. It’s a positive dilemma to have too many good stories from which to choose, and I thank every one of you who submitted. As well, I applaud the gifted photographers who gave us a staggering number of stunning photos to grace our pages.

Special thanks to the following contributors to this issue:

Photographers: Julie Ann Cook, Lisa J. Ellis, Wendy H. Gill,
Jeanne Julian, Nick Romeo

Authors: Les Brown, Julie Ann Cook, Steve Cushman,
Barbara V. Evers, LJ Hippler, David Morris, David E. Poston,
Gary V. Powell, Leslie M. Rupracht, Jane Shlensky, Bob Strother,
Nancy Young

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Thank you again—we value the opportunity to read and view all the submissions and appreciate the continued support!

Keep Writing ~ Keep Sharing
Anne M. 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

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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…

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Anne Kaylor

We 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