STORY OF THE WEEK

Secret Papers By A. A. Milne

Secret Papers

The lock surrendered, after a short struggle, to the poker. For the first time for seventeen years my secret papers were before me.

POEM OF THE WEEK

If Holden Caulfield Were a Mother By Laura Faith

If Holden Caulfield Were a Mother

Even children can be seen as worldly things, not as souls with broken mirrors.

ENTER TODAY

ENTER TODAY

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

Please see the Guidelines.

CALLING ALL POETS

CALLING ALL POETS
“Poetry is a tool for navigating transformation,” writes Joy Harjo. We agree and are seeking poets and poems to celebrate with prizes and publication.

Please see the Guidelines.

Spring Issue

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

Spring Issue

FICTION

Big Mary By T. Coraghessan Boyle

Big Mary

What she did behind that microphone made everything I’d ever done and everybody I’d ever played with seem like filtered water.

FICTION

The Forgotten One By Madelena Grossmann

The Forgotten One

It was the eve of my fifty-eighth birthday. I needed an ethical accounting of all the romantic affairs woven through my longish life.

FICTION

Commis By Don Lee

Commis

“There are no other restaurants I want to work for, no other chefs,” I said. “There’s only this restaurant, and you.”

FEATURES

NONFICTION

NARRATIVE 10

FEATURES

The Runaways By Elizabeth Spencer

The Runaways

Supper finished, she was about to shower and go to bed, legs aching from the effort of the afternoon, when she heard a knock at the windowpane.

NONFICTION

Borderlines, Real and Imaginary: Elizabeth Spencer’s “The Runaways” By Ann Beattie

Borderlines, Real and Imaginary: Elizabeth Spencer’s “The Runaways”

Little things—gestures, inhibitions, slipups, contradictions—reveal and betray us.

NARRATIVE 10

Narrative 10 with Marie Myung-Ok Lee

Narrative 10

Q: Your cure for when the spirit flags?

A: Reading poetry. Going outside. Korean dramas, especially zombie movies (try it!).

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Return and Other Poems By Rachel Edelman

Return and
Other Poems

Descent jumps and jostles, nausea drops me back to the floodplain I fled. The taxi driver asks, Do you have some mixed blood?

POETRY

I Miss Somebody Still Alive and Other Poems By Loisa Fenichell

I Miss Somebody Still Alive and
Other Poems

Time punctures the air like sounds from the old city. People leave.

POETRY

Grand Island, Nebraska By Matthew Gellman

Grand Island, Nebraska

There was a ladder planted dead center in a field of high, thin grass.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Worksong By J. P. Grasser

Worksong

“Like a Virgin” scaled the same air trumpet vines climbed, and “Smooth Criminal” settled like dust over the endless, rockbound, dusty ground.

POETRY

After the Shooting By Henry Hart

After the Shooting

At the memorial service, I could barely hear the student read: After great pain a formal feeling comes. The nerves sit ceremonious like tombs.

POETRY

Homily and Other Poems By A. D. Lauren-Abunassar

Homily and
Other Poems

In June the wheat got blue, and you got drunker still: on imagining the mudflats, the fields where sugar burned.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Shadow in My Bed By Kiran Masroor

Shadow in My Bed

The human body can do more than breathe and bend. It can become heavy as a diving board or slick as rain.

POETRY

Shamisen and Straw By Amy Uyematsu

Shamisen and Straw

Tsunami

Snow on blue roof tiles—
sleeping village
     awakened by waves

POETRY

Redwoods Up the North Coast By Edward Wilson

Redwoods Up the North Coast

We came among those trees—each an epoch with its origin and history, rising into night.

iPOEMS

iPOEM

iPOEMS

Finch Me By Michelle Bitting

Finch Me

I’m forced to telescope my lens, close up capture your needled feeding, thistle sock teat your sharpened beaks pierce.

iPOEM

Why Are You Afraid? By Yasmine Ameli

Why Are You Afraid?

I gulped water in a bar then assessed a man’s height and weight, how hard a fight I’d give.

SIX-WORD STORIES

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

SIX-WORD STORIES

I’m Hot By Laura Judge

I’m Hot

A story about midlife transitions and waning human desire—all in just six words.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2022-04 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2022-04

Surly shorebirds, Poe at the park, and more, from Pat Byrnes, Mary Lawton, Rina Piccolo, Mick Stevens, and P. C. Vey.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2022-03 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2022-03

Precocious young artists, canine overreactions, and more, by Pat Byrnes, Glen Le Lievre, Dan Misdea, Teresa Burns Parkhurst, and Mick Stevens.