Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction
A former English teacher and journalist, Johnnie Bernhard’s work(s) have appeared in the following publications: The Mississippi Press, the international Word Among Us, Southern Writers Magazine, Southern Literary Review, The Texas Review, and the Cowbird-NPR production on small town America. Her entry, “The Last Mayberry,” received over 7,500 views. Johnnie’s first novel, A Good Girl was short listed in the 2015 Faulkner-Wisdom Competition. It was a featured novel for the 2017 Mississippi and Louisiana Book Festivals, represented at the 2017 Texas Book Festival, a finalist in the 2017 Kindle Book Awards, a nominee for Best Fiction by the MS Institute of Arts and Letters, and a nominee for the 2018 PEN/Robert Bingham Prize. Her second novel, How We Came to Be was selected for panel discussion at the 2018 Louisiana and Mississippi Book Festivals, and represented at the Texas Book Festival. It was chosen by Deep South Magazine for its 2018 Summer Reading List, as well as a 2019 selected read for the international Pulpwood Queens Book Club.