The Latest News


May 26, 2017
The First Book Review for A FINE LINE is Available.
Many thanks to Marssie Mencotti and the entire team from Windy City Reviews for a gracious and on-the-mark review. CLICK HERE to read the full review.


September 5, 2016
OUT OF TOUCH Named an "Official Selection" for the Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival


See OUT OF TOUCH during the online festival. For more information and to access the film CLICK HERE.

July 20, 2016
Ripen the Page Literary Journal publishes "Afterimage," the new poem by Dan Burns,

CLICK HERE to read the poem.


May 15, 2016
"Hope," a new short-short poem by Dan Burns, selected for publication at Literary Juice Magazine

CLICK HERE to read the poem.


April 24, 2106
"Grace," a new poem by Dan Burns, selected for publication at The Write City Magazine
Editor Kristin Oakley says, "Read this powerful poem." CLICK HERE to read the complete poem.

March 21, 2106
Take a Look Inside the Place Where the Magic Happens
Step through the door and cross the threshold as Dan does every day to see where he immerses himself in a relentless pursuit of literary greatness. CLICK HERE to to see it all.


November 19, 2015
OUT OF TOUCH Named an "Official Selection" for the Chicago International REEL Shorts Film Festival

Sending out a heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS! to film director Danny Ahlfeld and a wonderful cast and crew who brought the story and characters of OUT OF TOUCH to life on the biig screen.

See OUT OF TOUCH at the Chicago International REEL Shorts Film Fest on Saturday, December 12th at 1:30 p.m. at Columbia College - Ferguson Theater, 600 S. Michigan Ave Chicago, IL. Put it on your calendar and get your tickets today! For more information and tickets CLICK HERE.


October 5, 2015
Watch the Trailer for Our New Short Film, OUT OF TOUCH

Here's the trailer for our short film OUT OF TOUCH, directed by Danny Ahlfeld, written by Dan Burns, and starring Michael McDermott, Julia Kessler, Paul D'Addario, and Ron Dean with Frederick Husar, Minita Jyotindra Gandhi, William Boehler, Samantha Bailey, Gene McElligott, George Meyers, Tom Moore. Editing by Alex Janiuk. Director Of Photography Lauren Stasio. Produced by Elvis Dardagan & Line Produced by Andrew Ahlfeld.

The film is based upon Dan Burns' short story, Out of Touch, which is in his recent short story collection, No Turning Back: Stories.

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer.

June 7, 2015
After Hours Journal Publishes "Thoughts on a Summer Afternoon," a Poem by Dan Burns
Check out the 15th Anniversary Edition of After Hours, a Journal of Chicago Writing and Art. The editors, Albert DeGenova and Pat Hertel, were kind enough to include my poem in their quality journal that highlights many successful Chicago poets, authors, and artists." CLICK HERE to learn more.

May 25, 2015
In Print Professional Writers Organization and Word of Art 2 Publishes "Already There," a Poem by Dan Burns
"There were SO MANY wonderful entries to Word of Art 2, we wanted to give them an opportunity to be published. In Print and Word of Art 2 are proud to publish on the In Print website, "Already There." CLICK HERE to read the poem.

May 18, 2015
2015 NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARDS ANNOUNCED

The 9th Annual 2015 National Indie Excellence® Awards recognized No Turning Back: Stories by Dan Burns in the category of Short Stories as a winner in this year's competition.

This prestigious national award, based in Beverly Hills, California is open to all English language books in print from small, medium, university, self, and independent publishers.

The National Indie Excellence® Awards exist to help establish independent publishing as a strong and proud facet of the publishing industry. Recognizing authors that put their heart and soul into their work, the National Indie Excellence® Awards is proud to be a champion of self-publishers and small and independent presses that go the extra mile to produce books of excellence in every aspect. Awarded since 2007, the National Indie Excellence® Awards competition is judged by independent experts from all aspects of the indie book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters.

Winners and finalists are determined based on overall excellence of presentation in addition to the writing.

“We are proud to announce the winners & finalists whose books truly embody the excellence that this award was created to celebrate, and we salute you all for your fine work," said National Indie Excellence® Awards Award President & CEO, Ellen Reid.

February 1, 2015
It's a Wrap! Principal filming completed for OUT OF TOUCH.
UNBELIEVABLE! On most days I can only hope that the words get down onto the page. If I'm lucky, the words and the story are good. If I'm exceptionally fortunate, someone makes the effort to read the words. So, what am I to think when a cast of talented actors and a crew of skillful filmmakers agree to invest their time to bring the words and characters to life? I feel I'm the luckiest person in the world and I want to thank everyone who was involved in bringing OUT OF TOUCH to the big screen. A special thanks the our director, Danny Ahlfeld, for making it happen. You are a fine and passionate filmmaker. I also want to thank Michael McDermott, Julia Kessler, Paul D'Addario, Ron Dean, Frederick Husar, Samantha Bailey, Tom Moore, Bill Boehler, George, Gene McElligott, Lauren Stasio, Zach Ruddell, and Gary Gordon. The filming was a great experience and I can't wait to see the final cut.

January 25, 2015
The short story OUT OF TOUCH heading for the big screen!
The screen adaptation of OUT OF TOUCH, based upon the story from No Turning Back: Stories, is now in production, directed by Danny Ahlfeld and screenplay by Dan Burns — with a cast including Michael McDermott Murphy, Julia Kessler, Paul D'Addario, and Ron Dean. Filming to being January 30.

December 10, 2014
No Turning Back Receives "Honorable Mention" Recognition
Fellow Chicago writers recognize No Turning Back with a "Honorable Mention" for the 2014 Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Awards. CLICK HERE to see the details regarding all of the winners.

November 18, 2014
No Turning Back Named One of the Top Fifty Fiction Titles for 2014
Media personality and Conversations Book Club President Cyrus Webb named No Turning Back as one of his Top 50 Fiction Titles of 2014. CLICK HERE to see the announcement.

November 12, 2014
No Turning Back Named a Finalist in the USA Best Book Awards for 2014
The USA Best Book Awards honored No Turning Back as a "Finalist" in the "Fiction: Short Story" category. CLICK HERE to see the announcement.

September 20, 2014
Dan Burns Wins Best Screenplay Award
Dan Burns new screenplay, A Fine Line, won the Best Screenplay Award at the Naperville Independent Film Festival (NIFF) Awards Gala. CLICK HERE to watch the award presentation and acceptance speech.


September 2, 2014
Dan Burns Receives Best Screenplay Nomination
Dan Burns' new screenplay, A Fine Line, is nominated for the Naperville Independent Film Festival's Best Screenplay Award. Winner to be announced September 20th award ceremony. CLICK HERE to read the press release.

August 25, 2014
The Audiobook Edition of "No Turning Back" is Now Available.
Sending out a big "Thank You!" to the entire Chicago Arts Press team who urged me to narrate the book myself and who helped to edit and produce the audio. It was a great team effort and I love the end result. Consider listening to the audiobook edition, which is now available through Audible.com, Amazon, and iTunes. Check out the free sample at each of the sites. Thank you for your support. - Dan

August 16, 2014
Author Dan Burns Returns to In Print Radio
In Print member Sandy Colbert caught up with author Dan Burns at the Gail Borden Library in Elgin, Illinois, to talk about Dan’s latest book, No Turning Back. They talked about the design of the book, including the cover produced by graphic artist Hugh Syme who has worked on many of the album covers for the band Rush. Their interview will be featured in a future episode of In Print Radio.

June 23, 2014
This just in from INDIEREADER: Book Review of No Turning Back
IR Verdict: NO TURNING BACK is an anthology of stories based on ideas plucked from a fine author's fertile and intelligent imagination. While the stories vary in quality, most of them are certainly entertaining and thought-provoking. CLICK HERE to read the complete review.

June 12, 2014
Author Dan Burns returns to Conversations LIVE with NO TURNING BACK
National radio host Cyrus Webb welcomes back author Dan Burns to Conversations LIVE to discuss his newest literary gift: NO TURNING BACK, a collection of short stories designed to entertain and engage the reader. CLICK HERE to listen the interview.

May 5, 2014
Dan shares his "Writer's Handful."
Dan stopped in to chat with author and blogger Patricia Ann McNair about his thoughts & ideas about bad workshop advice, giraffes, and the School of Prolific Writers. CLICK HERE to read the interview.

April 29, 2014
No Turning Back is now available!
The wait is over. No Turning Back, the new short story collection from Dan Burns, is now available for sale. The book includes ten original stories along with custom illustrations and notes from the author and it's available in hardcover and Kindle formats at danburnsauthor.com and Amazon.com.

April 1, 2014
Dan Burns featured as the "Author of the Month" on Dominique Wilkens' Good Books site.
Click here to read the full interview.

March 21, 2014
Dan's feature film screenplay, A Fine Line, was selected as one of the "Top 100 Films" in the Emerging Screenwriter's 2013 screenplay competition.
Click here to see all of the winners.

March 17, 2014
Stories from No Turning Back slated for the big screen!
Chicago filmmaker and director Dan Ahlfeld, through his company, Greenrock Productions, has agreed to film up to three short films based upon stories in the new short story collection No Turning Back. Dan Burns has written the screenplay for the first of the films, Out of Touch, and casting and development has begun.

March 10, 2014
Interview with Sandy Colbert of In Print Radio
What a treat it was to be a guest on In Print Radio, a program of Rockford College Radio. I had the opportunity to talk with Sandy Colbert about the writing life and the recent release of my novel, Recalled to Life.
Listen to the interview.

January 23, 2014
The audiobook is now available! Check out the unabridged audiobook of Recalled to Life, narrated by Dan McGowan
Get it today at Amazon.com.

November 18, 2013
One step closer . . . Dan's feature film screenplay, A Fine Line, was selected as a semi-finalist in the Chicago Screenwriters Network screenplay competition.
Click here to see all of the finalists.

October 6, 2013
Dan's latest feature film screenplay, A Fine Line, was selected as a quarterfinalist in the Chicago Screenwriters Network screenplay competition.
Click here to see all of the finalists.

August 27, 2013
Host Toneal Jackson welcomes author Dan Burns to the BlogTalkRadio program "Inspirational Talk with Toneal" to discuss all of his latest writing projects.
Listen to the podcast.

August 8, 2013
Host Cyrus Webb welcomes author Dan Burns to Conversations LIVE's "Breakfast with Books" to discuss his book RECALLED TO LIFE.
Cyrus Webb interviews Eckhartz Press author Dan Burns this morning on Conversations LIVE. " Listen to the podcast.

July 12, 2013
Windy City Reviews, the book review subsidiary of the Chicago Writers Association, has posted their review of Recalled to Life.
WCR reviewer Dipika Mukherjee says, "Recalled to Life is a touching Chicago story about intergenerational bonds, and the love that keeps a family together despite the challenges of life" Read the full review.

June 28, 2013
La Grange Author Turns Screenplay Into First Novel -
Suburban Life Newspaper

LA GRANGE – Dan Burns likes movies, which is why his new fiction novel started as a screenplay.

June 24, 2013
La Grange Author Takes Novel Approach to Writing First Fiction Effort - The La Grange Patch
In her article, La Grange Patch Editor Lauren Williamson says, "Burns is the real deal." Read the full article.

June 21, 2013
La Grange Author Debuts Novel - The La Grange Doings/​Chicago Sun Times
LA GRANGE — Perched in his office overlooking La Grange Road, up-and-coming novelist Dan Burns retreats from the world to revel in writing. The former information technology consultant has just released his first novel, “Recalled to Life.” Read the complete interview.

June 21, 2013
The first reader review from Goodreads is in! Barbara Wells said,
"This is a very heartwarming story. Peter O'Hara had a wonderful life and all his well planned goals changed when his father needed him. His career was not that important. Everyone's happiness was foremost to him. I loved this story. Recommend this to all. I couldn't put this book down!

June 3, 2013
The book is available and shipping! Order your copy today!

May 31, 2013
As I plan for the release of my first novel . . . my latest blog entry, "Leaving the Nest." Read more . . .

May 23, 2013
I had the fortunate opportunity to talk with Eckhartz Press publisher Rick Kaempfer. Read the interview.

May 18, 2013
The book is coming in May 31st! Pre-orders available now!

March 8, 2013
The official Dan Burns Blog has begun. Check out the latest entry on the "Blog" tab.