Janet E. Irvin is a career educator and an award-winning author. In addition to writing, she serves on the Springboro City Park Board. She currently is a First Reader for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and reviews books for the Ohioana Quarterly.

Irvin retired from full-time teaching to concentrate on her writing. She served as chair of the International Language Department at Springboro High School, where she taught Spanish and English, then taught Spanish at Wright State University. Her fiction has received a number of awards, including a Midwest Writers Conference Fellowship and the Leo Love Fiction Award at the Taos Writers’ Conference. Her works have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine; in literary journals, including Flights, the Oyez Review, Oasis Journal and The Broken Plate; and well online in The Zodiak Review, Literary Mama, and 42opus.

In addition to her fiction, Irvin authored a regular column for the Ohio Foreign Language Association Quarterly, wrote scripts for a cable television show on mental health issues, and edited the Ohio Writing Project newsletter Projections and an online weekly newsletter called Warren County Streetmail.

Irvin’s first novel THE DARK END OF THE RAINBOW won the Jeremiah Healey Mystery Fiction Contest at the Key West Mystery Writers Fest. Her second novel — THE RULES OF THE GAME — was published in late 2016. Her third novel – THE STRANGE DISAPPEARANCE OF ROSE STONE – again won the Whodunit Award, making her the only two-time winner of the prize and was released in October of 2019.ROSE STONE was also a finalist in the 2020 Silver Falchion Contest sponsored by KillerNashville. Her international thriller — A PRINCIPLE OF LIGHT — released in October 2020. Her latest release — BROKEN — was published in October, 2021

Publication History

CARRION a sequel to The Dark Side of the Rainbow

BROKEN a novel about love and murder in the Adirondacks October 2021

“The Dead Visit Me” Tomorrow and Tomorrow anthology Fall, 2021

two poems in MockTurtleZine issue 2021

“Holding the Line” Tomorrow and Tomorrow anthology Spring, 2021

Review of THROWING IT ALL AWAY Literary Mama Spring, 2020

Almanac Entry #218 — Mock Turtle Zine Fall 2018

Solving For Coffee: A Story Problem Flights August Issue 2018

Interviews and book reviews with Renee Macalino Rutledge and Lisa Romeo Literary Mama June, July 2018

Pond Song — Mock Turtle Zine Spring 2018

ALL THE ODDS ARE EVEN Nexus Literary Journal Spring 2015

A PRINCIPLE OF LIGHT First Place SPARK a creative anthology Fiction Contest VII 2015 To be published in a forthcoming anthology

A HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF DARKNESS Nexus Literary Journal Fall 2014

THE WINDOW WHERE THE TRAINS CAME IN October 2014 The Zodiac Review

THE GARDEN -OCTELA Ohio Teachers Write 2014

A BRIEF THEORY OF TRIANGULAR SCALE – SPARK, a creative anthology 2013

PAWNS — Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, May, 2011

ON THIS FRACTURED PLANE OF DREAMS tertuliamagazine, October 30, 2010

SEARCHING FOR MR. MISTLETOE, Oasis Journal 2010 Best Fiction Award

A WAY TO GET THERE- DDN/AWW Fiction Contest 2011 – Third Place http://www.antiochwritersworkshop.com 2011

THE FABRIC OF OUR FEARS The Broken Plate, Spring, 2010

GAME Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Jan/Feb 2010

QUEEN OF THE SPARROWS 42opus Feb., 2009

AFTER THE DREAMTIME Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Jan/Feb 2009

THE PRICE OF PLUMS Oasis Journal 2008; winner- Best Fiction Award

ROSE IN WAITING Points of Connection anthology 2008

EVEN FALLEN ANGELS HAVE WINGS Tertulia Magazine, nominated for Best of the Web 2007

DIGGING UP BONES Conteonline, Vol 2.4

“Diary of an Institute: A Recipe for Discourse” Ohio Writer Magazine, Nov/Dec 2006

PARTING WITH FERTILIZER 2nd runner up Gather Short Fiction Contest 2/1/06 pub. in Void

Finalist Stickman Fiction Contest 12/05 Contributing Editor Ohio Foreign Language Association Quarterly 1999-2008

EDUCATION M.A. Spanish, University of Cincinnati M.S. Education, University of Dayton B.A. Spanish, English, Ohio University

Honors and Awards

DARK TALES May 2013 Fiction Contest, third place “The Herd”

Spark a creative anthology Contest Two GRAND PRIZE Winner for Prose 2013: “A Brief Theory of Triangular Scale”

Honorable Mention in 2012 Writers Digest Popular Fiction Contest: “All the Odds Are Even”

Writer’s Digest Thriller Competition 2nd Place 2011 “Running in Place” Goddess Award from the Antioch Writers Workshop

Best Fiction Prize Oasis Journal 2010

3rd place in 2010 Dayton Daily News/Antioch Writers Workshop

Fiction Contest Winner – January, 2009, 200-word contest on The Graveyard Shift, Lee Lofland’s blog

Winner-name the new column for editor Michael Knost and Shroud Magazine

Best Fiction Prize Oasis Journal 2008

Honorable Mention-Tennessee Writers Alliance Fiction Contest 2007 OFLA Outstanding Foreign Language Teacher 2006-07

Work fellow, Antioch Writers’ Workshop 2006, 2007, 2009, 2014

1st Place Fiction, Edison Writers Club Contest, 2006

Leo Love Merit Scholarship, Taos Writers’ Conference, 2005

Midwest Writers Conference Fiction Fellowship, 2005

1st Place, Poetry, Sinclair Creative Writing Contest, 2005

1st Place, Skyline Writers’ Literary Contest, 2005

1st Place, Dayton Daily News Short Story Contest, 2004

1st Place Non-fiction, Sinclair Creative Writing Contest,

2004 1st Place Fiction and Best of Show, Sinclair Creative Writing Contest, 2003