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Click on the video above to hear about Sarah’s experience with Writer’s Relief!

We may be introducing you to our featured client Sarah Odishoo today, but Writer’s Relief met Sarah over twenty-five years ago! We’ve been working together almost from the day we opened our doors, and it’s safe to say the partnership has been a success. Her work has appeared in more than two dozen publications, including Michigan Quarterly Review and The Shenandoah Journal.

Read on and watch the video to hear how Writer’s Relief opened so many publishing doors for Sarah—and even helped her nab some impressive awards and nominations!

In Sarah’s Own Words

As a professor of literature at Columbia College Chicago, I needed to publish. Although I had always been writing, I never had the time to send out my work, nor did I know where to send it. Then I found Writer’s Relief, and I have been working with them since December 1995. That was twenty-five years ago!

In that time, seventy pieces of my work have been published, and I have received a number of awards.

I have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of Net Anthology, and Amazon Anthology.

In 2012, I received a cash award for my nonfiction essay in The Literary Journal’s “Best Nonfiction Essay” publication.

I was also a finalist in the following competitions: Nelson Algren’s Short Fiction Competition, Nimrod Poetry Contest, and the Eve of Saint Agnes Poetry Contest, in which the judges included James Dickey, Joyce Carol Oates, Gwendolyn Brooks, Stanley Kunitz, and Margaret Atwood.

I am indebted to the community of writers, proofreaders, and writing professionals at Writer’s Relief who have given me what I couldn’t have accomplished on my own.

Writer’s Relief proofreads essays, poems, and stories for errors, makes suggestions, and keeps track of the work submitted and the work accepted. Most importantly, they have the comprehensive knowledge of the publications they select for my stories. Their staff has always been responsive and helpful. They are true professionals.

I will be forever grateful to the staff at Writer’s Relief. I could never have published seventy works without them. They continue to support me and my work with professional “joy.”

More About Sarah

Sarah A. Odishoo, professor emeritus, is a poet, writer, and Chicago native. She served as associate professor of English at Columbia College Chicago for thirty-three years, teaching Greek mythology, film, and literature. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Adelaide, apt, Drunk Monkeys, and The Montreal Review, to name a few. Sarah’s most recent work, which is autobiographical, focuses on her growing up as a first-generation Assyrian-American.

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