The Bethlehem Writers Group, LLC (BWG), founded in 2006, is a community of mutually supportive, fiction and nonfiction authors based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The members are as different from each other as their stories, spanning a range of genres including: children’s, fantasy, humor, inspiration, literary, memoir, mystery, paranormal, romance, science fiction, women's fiction, and young adult

They are also publishers of quality fiction through the online literary journal, Bethlehem Writers Roundtable, and their award-winning "Sweet, Funny, and Strange" anthologies, among other publications. See our Bookstore tab above for more information on our many titles.

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The 2021 contest for MYSTERY STORIES is now open.

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Our newest Sweet, Funny, and Strange Anthology is here!

The award-winning "Sweet, Funny, and Strange" series of
anthologies from the Bethlehem Writers Group, continues with
this collection of twenty-five tales about real, legendary, or
imaginary animals. From snakes to ducks to unicorns, there are
tales here to match any mood, provide a chuckle, or warm a heart.

Among our tales, Peter Barbour recounts a legend in “Why
Bats Live in Caves,” Jerome W. McFadden asks the question of
what animal to choose to be in “Recycled,” A. E. Decker
shares an appreciation of cephalopods in “Tipping Point,”
Ralph Hieb imagines an unconventional pet in “Buttons,” and
Diane Sismour, in “Critter,” reveals that mules are not the only
equines that can have a stubborn streak.

In addition, we are happy to present the winning stories from the
2019 and 2020 Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story
Awards. Angela Albertson, our 2019 winner, shares her heartfelt
“Oranges and Roses,” and our 2020 winner, Brett Wolff, gives
us a good laugh in ”Hubbard Has a Fancy Bra.”

This eclectic assemblage of stories includes terrific tales from
beloved BWG authors including Courtney Annicchiarico, Jeff
Baird, Jodi Bogert, Marianne H. Donley, DT Krippene, Emily
P. W. Murphy, Christopher D. Ochs, Dianna Sinovic, Kidd Wads-
worth, Paul Weidknecht, Carol L. Wright, and Will Wright.

So cuddle up with your favorite pet—real or imaginary. No matter.
You’ll find just the right story to share.

Our other "Sweet, Funny, and

Strange" anthologies:


Sweet, Funny, and Strange Tales of

the Paranormal

Finalist for 2019 Killer Nashville

Silver Falchion Award


ISBN: 978-9892650-4-1

Stoke the campfire and get ready for some chills and goosebumps when you open this paranormal addition to the award-winning Bethlehem Writers Group's "Sweet, Funny, and Strange" anthologies.

Among our twenty-seven stories, we bring you Jeff Baird's "Bailey's Mountain" which shows a romp with man's best friend through Mother Nature morph into a visit to the supernatural. Dianna Sinovic's "Point of View" describes a mysterious shifting painting and its sinister effects on its new owner. Jodi Bogert brings us "Old Man Omar," and shows us that sometimes those we consider crazy might just know some things we don't. In DT Krippene's "Hell of a Deal," a man buys a house for a price that's too good to be true--until he discovers the bizarre strings attached. Kidd Wadsworth's "The Beast" brings a ghost story to life--but can her characters escape with theirs?

In addition, we have new stories of the unexplained from favorite authors Courtney Annicchiarico, Walter Bego, A. E. Decker, Marianne H. Donley, Headley Hauser, Ralph Hieb, Jerome W. McFadden, Stanley W. McFarland, Emily P. W. Murphy, Christopher D. Ochs, Paul Weidknecht, and Carol L. Wright. Also included are the winning stories from the 2017 and 2018 Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story Award by Suzanne Purvis and Christine Eskilson respectively.

So sit back to enjoy a drift through the paranormal--but don't let the fire go out!

Once Upon a Time

Sweet, Funny, and Strange Tales for All Ages


ISBN: 978-9892650-3-4 
Once Upon a Time is a collection of twenty-one stories for children--ages preschool through middle school--from the minds and muses of the Bethlehem Writers Group.
    This anthology grows with your child. We start with several stories written especially for those who still enjoy sitting on a grown-up’s lap, having new worlds open up to them. Following those are several more for those who are ready to immerse themselves in the fantasy and adventure of reading on their own.
    Included among our award-winning authors' work is an imaginative fantasy from Eleanor Ingbretson, the winner of the 2016 Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story Award competition. 
    And each story is enhanced with illustrations by artist Agy Wilson ( 
    All together, this collection of sweet, funny, and strange tales will entertain and delight children of all ages--including grown-ups!

2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards 

awarded a finalist medal to

Yearning for a tantalizing tale?


Whatever your taste, this collection of food-related stories from the multiple award-winning Bethlehem Writers Group has all the ingredients to satisfy your reading palate. Our menu includes twenty-seven appetizing stories, from light-fare and sides of fantasy to sweet romance and savory bites of mystery. 


Jeff Baird’s “The Pickle Promenade” provides an amuse bouche. Or try a spicy entree prepared by Diane Sismour in “Bump and Run.” Prefer a serving with zing? Enjoy "Rightful Prey" by A. E. Decker. Jerry McFadden's tart “Hard Times,” should tickle your taste buds. On the sweeter side, there’s Sally Paradysz's “Our Town is Different" or the bittersweet "Breakfast for One" by Geoffrey Mehl.


Enjoy these and other delectable tales from our talented authors including: Courtney Annicchiarico, Terrie Daugherty, Bernadette De Courcey, Marianne H. Donley, Headley Hauser, Ralph Hieb, Judith Mehl, Emily P. W. Murphy, E. L. Ryan, Paul Weidknecht, and Carol L. Wright. To complete today's specials, we offer tasty tales from Tracy Falenwolfe and C. A. Rowland, winners of Bethlehem Writers Roundtable's Short Story Awards in 2014 and 2015 respectively. All have honed their recipes to write sweet, funny, and strange stories to savor.

Bon Appetit!

Other "Sweet, Funny, and Strange" anthologies:
Once Around the Sun
Sweet, Funny, and 
Strange Tales 
All Seasons
from the 
Bethlehem Writers Group
A Finalist for Best Anthology
2014 Next Generation 
Indie Book Awards

"Beautiful voices, gorgeous writing--fresh and vibrant and compelling and irresistible. This collection of stories--each one a gem--is a real treasure. Dip in and try one--lounging by the shore or curled up by the fire, you'll find a perfect story for every season."
        Hank Phillippi Ryan--Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, and 
Mary Higgins Clark Award winning author

"Once Around the Sun proves that the short story is alive and well! 
Cover to cover, it is packed with delightful, insightful, and exciting short stories. What a treat!"
Rebecca Forster, 
USA Today bestselling author of The Witness series and other thrillers

"Once Around the Sun escorts its lucky readers through the seasons. We witness winter snows and spring's thaw; we feel summer's heat and autumn's chill. But the real journey cuts much deeper, an exposing of rich veins of faith, humor, friendship, and love. Once Around the Sun follows the cycles of our world and lives, a trip navigated by voices you won't soon forget." 
Curtis Smith, author of BEASTS & MEN and WITNESS

Looking for Christmas Stories?
Try the first of our 
"Sweet, Funny, and Strange" anthologies

A Christmas Sampler:
Sweet, Funny, and Strange Holiday Tales
Winner of TWO
 2010 Next Generation
Indie Book Awards
Best Short Fiction and Best Anthology
Also available for Kindle: B002MH3ZC4

Also available:

Discover tales, all as different as snowflakes, in "Let it Snow: The Best of Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Winter 2015 Collection." The multiple award winning Bethlehem Writers Group, LLC brings you stories in a range of genres selected from their bi-monthly Writers Roundtable Journal. So, while the weather outside is frightful, curl up by the fire, read, and Let It Snow. 

Authors of A Christmas Sampler: 
Sweet, Funny, and Strange Holiday Tales

     Standing (L-R): Emily P. W. Murphy, Paul Weidknecht, Will Wright, 
     Cindy Kelly, Ralph Hieb, Carol L. Wright, Courtney Annicchiarico.
     Seated (L-R): Jeff Baird, Carol A. Hanzl Birkas, Jo Ann Schaffer, 
Sally Wyman Paradysz
     Not pictured: Jerome W. McFadden, Headley Hauser, and 
Stanley W. McFarland

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