Now available from Carolina Wren Press is Relative Strangers, a collection of stories by Margaret Hermes, winner of the 2011 Doris Bakwin Book Award.  Additional published works by Margaret Hermes include a mystery novel, The Phoenix Nest, issued in German as Das Phönix Nest, as well as essays and short stories for numerous journals, including:

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Art Times
New Millenium
Owen Wister Review
Passages North
Pembroke Magazine
Red Cedar Review
River Styx
Rockhurst Review
St. Louis Weekly
Statement Magazine
Talking River Review
The Green Hills Literary Lantern
The Laurel Review
The Licking River Review
The Literary Review
The Madison Review
The Missouri Review
The Secret Alameda
The South Carolina Review
The Wisconsin Review
Under the Sun
Women’s Words
Writers’ Forum

Her work has been anthologized in Exposures: Personal Essays (Woods Colt Press), 20 Over 40 (University Press of Mississippi), and Under the Arch (Antares Press).


“Sorting” won first place in “The Write Stuff” short story competition.  Margaret Hermes has been a finalist in other writing contests, including the Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Contest, the River Styx Schlafly Beer MicroFiction contest, and the Passages North Neutrino Short-short Contest and a semi-finalist in the River Styx Schlafly Beer MicroFiction contest and the Quarterly West Novella Competition, as well as receiving Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction contest.

Her stage adaptation – book and lyrics – of an Oscar Wilde fable, “The Birthday of the Infanta,” was commissioned and performed by Metro Theatre Company.