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2020 Summer Contest Creative NonFiction Issue 26

Bayou Oysters, Bayou Oil

by Albert Leftwich shuck/SHək/ (in French, écailler) Noun. 1. An outer covering, such as the shell of an oyster (French: coquille d’une huitre). 2. A person or thing regarded as useless, worthless or contemptible, something of little value—usually used in plural, as in Ain’t worth shucks or They don’t care shucks about us. Verb. 3. […]

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2020 Summer Contest fiction Issue 26

A Lamentation of Swans

by Marlene Olin A lock and a key. A nut and a bolt. A child and its mother. Alone they’re nothing, their bearings unmoored, their future adrift. It was Nettie’s greatest fear that they’d be separated. And once the pandemic hit, her fears came true.  She and Henry were fixtures in their South Miami neighborhood, […]

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2020 Summer Contest Winners

The wait is finally over! Here’s who took the top prizes in this year’s contest. To read these winning entries, stay tuned for the Issue 26 release next week. A big thank you to the judges Ashley M Jones (poetry), Dawn Davies (CNF) and Alex Segura (fiction) for selecting these great pieces. Poetry Winner  [START […]

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2020 Summer Contest Shortlist

Thank you so much to everyone who sent something in & congratulations to those who made the list. We loved reading your work & would love if you sent more in 2021. This year we had a total of 160 poetry entries, 117 fiction entries, & 64 creative nonfiction entries.  We’ll be announcing the winners & […]

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Online Issue 25

Amber by Travis Truax

Visual art by María DeGuzmán  Somewhere in a winter that’s barely a winter my friends down south are promising each other nothing. What is warm, what is heating my life here is what’s long been kept so close. The years aren’t really measurable. Or maybe there are only miles. I’ve promised more postcards, phone calls. […]

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I Walked Into a Rickety Old Bar on the West Virginia Line by Travis Truax

  One my grandpa used to swim through on so many boozy evenings when the rockabilly band played. When Patsy Cline crooned for locals. When as a teenager Patsy stepped down from the stage to find my grandpa’s helping hand and in the back, alone, my grandma’s jealous gaze could split the whole place in […]

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Heaven Is Anywhere You Are My Sister by Julia Armstrong

    after Max Ritvo and Claire Yoo   Virginia, I think God is in your moving.   As you go from room to room, you trace holy lines like streaks of neon,   so bright my teeth ache.   Sometimes when you leave a place, it’s like you’ve siphoned   all the grace from […]

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That Was the Summer by Jesica Davis

Visual art by Danielle Klebes 

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Instructions for Caring by Pam Baggett

Lie often. When she thinks you’re her sister Pauline, talk about growing up on the family farm: jumping from the hayloft, that unheated bedroom. About the trip to Atlantic City where you rode bikes on the boardwalk, boys you kissed behind the roller skating rink, the years you worked together in the war factory.   […]

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Black Sheep by Casey Knott

Visual art by Renée Cohen      Hot pink and lonely amidst road grime and weeds—a child’s   stuffed whale along the freeway, tossed one day as a lesson   in regret and wonder. There now under sun and rain and wind   and heightened by its candid placement, like a lone shoe   in […]