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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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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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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 […]

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Reflection by Casey Knott

  Turns out, it wasn’t a ghost tapping I’m still here in Morse Code at the window the whole long morning you spent pretending the day ahead might deliver something to cleave the weight in your chest, even though nothing but a rapture would do. You’ve been tired for days. You’ve got lots of excuses […]

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Heavy Equipment by Barry Peters

Visual art by Janina Aza Karpinska      In morning darkness I pull over and watch the heavy equipment sleeping behind barbed wire. How yellow and massive they appear under globes of halogen night lights. How strong their names: Bulldozer. Excavator. Knuckleboom loader. Feller buncher. Backhoe. Row upon row, the peaceful dreams of machines. The […]

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Ronald Reagan’s Aquarium by David Lee Garrison

Visual art by Aaron Lelito      Neon Tetras, Tiger Barbs, and Rainbow Sharks swim round and round through seaweed and ferns, over moss and ornaments nestled in the coral and lava rock of the aquarium Nancy Reagan has placed in her husband’s study.   Deep in dementia, the President watches from an armchair and […]

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Re: Re: Re: Exit by Kendall Poe

Visual art by Ting Wang From: Crystal Hatzi <Crystal.Hatzi@yahoo.com> To: William Rocky Cuevas <Billyrock4@gmail.com> Date: February 20, 2020 8:27 AM Subject: Exit The cats are in their carriers. Or they were, at least. It was a struggle, but I did it. I’m exhausted. Panting, practically. You’d think I’d have had it down after the fire […]

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America’s National Treasures by Fredric Sinclair

Visual art by John Timothy Robinson      Jess has a way with guys. She talks in ways guys get. I never thought we’d chill. Never thought I was cool enough. Then one day I come out to the big log by the quarry and she’s smoking like she’s here every day. I stopped thinking […]

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Why I Tackled a Drunk Man for Money: A Survey of Four Yelp Reviews by Rachel Dows

Visual art by Sara Sage     I. “The bathrooms are the smallest room you have ever seen. The toilet is very low and the paper is very high. Unless you’re tall and skinny, hold it.” –Melanie S.   In Fell’s Point, a tourist-trap neighborhood pulsing foot traffic through Baltimore, the major appeal of each […]

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Visitors by Philip Arnold

Visual art by Lino Azevedo      Along my worktable in the basement, over a clutter of tools and copper pipe fittings, the skin of a snake stretches several feet. Following the quick-handed twitch of instinct, I glide my fingers over it. There is no weight to it. More void than material, the hollow of […]