“The Right Road,” an excerpt from his novel-in-progress set in Kazakhstan, won 2nd Place in the 2010 Long Story Contest, International (judged by Allison Alsup). Run by White Eagle Coffee Store Press and now in its 18th year, this contest is widely considered the premier competition for long stories (8,000-14,000 words).

Three short stories accepted for publication, one by Little Patuxent Review for their Winter 2012 Social Justice issue and two (including one set in Kazakhstan) by Fjords Review for their Spring 2012 issue.

His essay “Place as Self” has been accepted for publication by ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, the official journal of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, for an issue TBD.

Another essay “Itam,” a portrait of his host father in Kazakhstan, will be reprinted in a new anthology, The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays, to be published in late spring 2012 by Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, Inc. The book will include 20 essays on the subjects of race, ethnicity, culture, place, and identity.

And his essay about the Aral Sea, “Ships in the Desert,” which appeared in New Madrid earlier this year, has been nominated by that journal for a Pushcart Prize. The New Madrid small magazine is edited and published by Ann Neelon (

Jeff’s website is:  http://www.Jeff-Fearnside.com/