STORY OF THE WEEK

Columba Livia

If humans were like pigeons, your mate would stick by you, no matter what. Penny’s mate, Fern, was not like a pigeon.

POEM OF THE WEEK

The Apocalypse
Has Happened

IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD, says the news, but it’s strange, everything looks the same.

OPEN TO ALL WRITERS

We’re looking for short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, and excerpts from long fiction and nonfiction.

Please see the Guidelines.

FINAL MONTH TO ENTER

Deadline: Sun., Nov 18, at midnight, PDT.

A contest for writers, poets, artists, photographers, performers, and filmmakers between eighteen and thirty years old. Please see the Guidelines.

POETRY CONTEST WINNERS

First Place





Second Place





Third Place

POETRY CONTEST WINNERS

First Place

The Profundities and Other Poems

All day we had been dating, though it couldn’t last, the log raft of my lust already bumping on toward other shores.





Second Place

Not All of Us Get to Be Ghosts

I’d like to be let go, after, like a balloon wafting toward heaven—but I don’t say it, can’t allow my absence the words.





Third Place

Another Poem with Deer in It

Because there isn’t a poem in America without deer in it, I send you photos from the road of their every possible crossing.

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

Paris in the Dark

My hand was still in my pocket, on my pistol. At the present time, small talk would be preferable to assassination.

FICTION

The Arms of Saturday Night

They hadn’t yet kissed, or even talked that much, but late in the school year she’d felt his eyes on her.

FICTION

The Winter Soldier

Lucius: the name, chosen by his father after the legendary kings of Rome, itself was mockery; he was anything but light.

NONFICTION

NONFICTION

NARRATIVE 10

NONFICTION

If I Owned a Gun

On the afternoon my father nearly killed me, his oldest son, we were installing new trigger guards on his guns.

NONFICTION

The Third Round

How do you redeem yourself after a murder? This man may have succeeded. Maybe he’d even saved lives.

NARRATIVE 10

A Short Chat

Back in college, one of my stories was rejected by a journal as “theatrical and self-limiting.”

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Sharing and
Other Poems

In the mouth of Saint Sulpice two men, three women picnic away from the rain, a man in rags beside them sleeping.

POETRY

If the Shoe Fits and Other Poems

They have a simple, uncomplicated message, and I long to be a simple, uncomplicated person.

POETRY

The Dream of Adoration and
Other Poems

The voice in the dream asked me what it was I wanted most of all.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

The Fine Arts and Other Poems

I miss the many that I was, my lovers, my adventurers, the women I went with to the Pole.

POETRY

Country

I love it in the way I love the first crushed fruits spooned into me before words and before choice: I can’t take them out of me and wouldn’t think to.

POETRY

An Elegy Beginning and Ending with
a Mouse

I won’t remember that little mouse, that furry fist of ears and eyes blacker than omission.

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2018-09

New laughs from John Klossner, Mary Lawton, Mick Stevens, P. C. Vey, and Kim Warp.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2018-08

New toons by Pat Byrnes, Felipe Galindo Gomez, Charlie Hankin, Victoria Roberts, and Mick Stevens.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2018-07

Great new art and humor from Kaamran Hafeez, Mary Lawton, Olivia de Recat, Ellis Rosen, and Trevor Spaulding.