Courier news director wins Maine Literary Award for novel

Jun 17, 2019

Bangor — The Book Award for Speculative Fiction was presented to Daniel Dunkle of Rockland June 13 during the 2019 Maine Literary Awards at the Bangor Public Library.

Dunkle won the award for his historical science fiction novel, “The Scrimshaw Worm,” which was published on Amazon in 2018.

The Maine Literary Awards are an annual competition sponsored and coordinated by the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. This year 139 books were submitted across the categories in the competition including fiction, crime fiction, poetry, drama, anthology and youth categories, as well as numerous short works.

Set on a whaling ship in 1851, “The Scrimshaw Worm” tells the story of a heroic ship’s doctor determined to save his friends from the alien creature that has hidden itself somewhere onboard and leaves only dead bodies in its wake. The crew come to suspect that the mysterious infestation has something to do with the secretive young woman found cast away in a whaleboat full of human bones.

Dunkle became fascinated with whaling history after watching a documentary on the subject in 2010, and decided he wanted to combine this historical setting with his other passion: monster stories. He began researching the subject, reading books on the history and dragging his wife and two children to whaling history museums in New England.

Dunkle began his writing career as a reporter for The Courier-Gazette in Rockland in 1998 and has served as editor of The Republican Journal in Belfast. He currently serves as the editor for both The Camden Herald and The Courier-Gazette, as well as news director for Courier Publications and VillageSoup. In the course of his duties as editor, he also regularly reports news in the Midcoast, and is author of the regular history column, Vintage Ink.

“The Scrimshaw Worm” is available now as an ebook or paperback through Amazon at:

Comments (4)
Posted by: Elizabeth Hoffmann | Jun 18, 2019 11:32

This is awesome and so well-deserved!!  Congratulations Dan!

Posted by: Reade Brower | Jun 18, 2019 10:29

A hearty congratulations, Dan!! Well done! -Martha

Posted by: Valli Genevieve Geiger | Jun 18, 2019 07:43

Congratulations Dan!  It is not an easy feat to find time amidst work and family to write regularly with discipline.  To write well enough to win an award is a rare feat as well. Well Done You!


Posted by: Ananur Forma | Jun 18, 2019 07:04

Congratulations Dan !

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