The Butterfly Lady, a book by Danny M. Hoey, Jr., Wins Prestigious IndieFab Award

Danny M. Hoey, Jr.’s first novel, The Butterfly Lady, published by Flaming Giblet Press, is Foreword Review’s 2013 Bronze Winner in the Gay & Lesbian category.


The IndieFab Awards are hosted each year by Foreword Reviews, a prestigious review magazine dedicated to discovering the latest indie books. Over 100 librarians and booksellers make up the panel of judges who select the best of the best from the contestant pool, and within each of the 62 genre categories, only 3 awards are given: gold, silver, and bronze. Prizes for the winners include cash, a celebratory conference given by American Library Association, and national recognition.

For fifteen years, Foreword Review’s IndieFab Book of the Year Awards have been calling attention to the literary achievements of the nation’s independent publishers, with the goal of recognizing the best indie works. Any indie author with a newly released, independently published novel may enter the contest—even eBooks are eligible—so obtaining an award truly signifies literary excellence. Besides simply excellence, the judges also look for how a book adds value to its genre and if the publication is of quality, which gives credit not only to the author but to the independent publisher as well.

Flaming Giblet Press and Sundress Publications would like to congratulate Danny M. Hoey, Jr. on receiving this fabulous honor. Hoey is an Ohio native currently residing in Florida and has had stories published in Women in Redzine, Mandala Journal, African Voices Magazine, Warpland, and The Butterfly Lady is his first novel.

An imprint of Sundress Publications, a women-friendly publication group founded in 2000, Flaming Giblet Press specializes in prose, cross-genre, experimental, and otherwise unclassifiable texts.

Screen Shot 2014-08-14 at 7.42.09 PMYou can buy this book on Sundress’s new online store, here, and for more information about Foreword Review and the IndieFab Awards can be found at their website:

Sundress Publications Announces OUTSpoken Contest Winners



Knoxville, TN—Between January and May, the Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) and Sundress Publications, its parent organization, invited submissions of poetry, prose, theater, film, and other forms of socially conscious performance for its OUTSpoken program. Making final decisions was difficult, as we were stunned by the power, beauty, and variety of the entries received.

Our overall winner is Dee Stribling for her dramatic monologue, “Why Poetry.” Stribling will receive a $100 honorarium to travel to Knoxville, Tennessee, a free workshop at SAFTA, and tickets to and a DVD of the final performance. Her work will also appear in the June 2014 issue of Stirring, the flagship journal of Sundress Publications.

We have also selected two finalists as winners in their individual genres: Gemma Cooper-Novack’s “Straight Girls” in Poetry, and Kelly Barth’s “Complication” in Prose category. Both Cooper-Novack and Barth will also receive publication in Stirring, along with a free workshop at SAFTA and tickets and a DVD of the final performance.

OUTSpoken’s goal is to create a platform for the LGBTQ community of Knoxville, Tennessee, and its surrounding areas to record and perform the experiences of sex- and gender-diverse individuals in the South. Both Stribling’s and Novack’s work will be performed as part of this program.

The event will take place on Saturday, June 28th, at 7:30pm at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church. Tickets can be purchased in advance from the SAFTA website for $10 or at the door for $15. A percentage of the proceeds will go to support the East Tennessee Chapter of GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network).