John Van Rys (Niagara Branch) has won a Word Award from The Word Guild in the General Market Short Story category. His winning story, “Eggsistential Crisis, was published in Agnes and True. His story “Nether Lands,” which appears in his collection Moonshine Promises, published by Wipf and Stock, was also the runner-up in this category. Recently, John had book signings to promote Moonshine Promises at the Indigo store in Ancaster, Ontario (September 18) and the London North Indigo (September 24).