STORY OF THE WEEK

A Trick of the Light By Mary Beth Witherup

A Trick of the Light

What I didn’t realize then, and what I’m only coming to suspect now, is that his being unobtainable made it safe for me to love him.

POEM OF THE WEEK

Inside a Lateness, a Singing under Snow By Anne Haven McDonnell

Inside a Lateness, a Singing under Snow

Here, meet my mother, famous to the pine marten who drop her secret name in hollow logs and tunnels under roots under snow.

WINTER STORY CONTEST

WINTER STORY CONTEST

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

Please see the Guidelines.

CLASSICS

The Story of a Scar By James Alan McPherson

The Story of a Scar

It was a wicked black mark that ran from her brow down over her left eyelid. It was so grotesque that one had the feeling it was the art of no human hand.

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

Yokai By Ron Hansen

Yokai

No one had seen it of late, but the hoary legend was that the cougar prowled the forests at night, being nocturnal, and ate whatever was in front of it.

FICTION

Baby in the Pan By Jill McCorkle

Baby in the Pan

Candy was wearing those short shorts she’s too old to be wearing with that scaley green dragon tattoo looking like he’s breathing fire on her you-know-what.

FICTION

The Rooms By Susan Minot

The Rooms

What she wanted, she found herself saying before the sob choked her, was to be able to live—not just with another person, but with herself.

FICTION

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

FICTION

Flash Flood By Tina Nettesheim

Flash Flood

Everything was gone between them and the mountains, everything, the way the ocean devours even the most majestic sand castle.

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

Rhythm & Sound By Donald Hall

Rhythm & Sound

Every time you write free verse you are improvising your way toward a conclusion that will bind everything together.

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2024-01 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2024-01

New laughs with a magic dragon, a mythical dog, a daily pursuit, a prickly question, and a truly moving performance.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2024-02 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2024-02

New laughs while job-hunting, with teenagers, clingy socks, a modern parenting book, and a tandem bicycle.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

My Opera By Kim Addonizio

My Opera

The staging is difficult. Exploding stars are involved, high-redshift galaxies, interior chambers, a little country blues, a little jazz guitar.

POETRY

Pale Blue Vein By Ellen Bass

Pale Blue Vein

No one wrote in the Book of Life that my father would escape the pogroms, carried on his brother’s shoulders through the snow.

POETRY

Sky Tongued Back with Light By Sébastien Luc Butler

Sky Tongued Back with Light

You’ll find me here in the peach orchard, the most I can muster. Rows & rows of clustered glow, a slab of thuds, peaches falling.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

New Year’s Day, 2023 By Dorsey Craft

New Year’s Day, 2023

My hands are dry and my eyes are dry. I think I’m supposed to feel hopeful. I think I’m supposed to take down the Christmas tree.

POETRY

Dead Horse By J. P. Grasser

Dead Horse

The plan was, lean way out over the edge to be shaken into smaller selves. We’d see ourselves caught by a net of stars. That was the idea, anyhow.

POETRY

Exercise By Ted Kooser

Exercise

Nine day-care children are out for a walk on a winter morning, under a gray sky, led by a girl in her teens walking sideways so she can encourage them.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Lazarus rises from the grave, New York City, 2023 By Anthony Thomas Lombardi

Lazarus rises from the grave, New York City, 2023

judging by the canary feathers jutting from your mouth i’d say you’ve come bearing mercy.

POETRY

Reading Sebald and Other Poems By Sharon Olds

Reading Sebald and Other Poems

When I’m reading Sebald, then dozing, then dreaming that I’m reading, I feel myself come closer to you than usual.

POETRY

At the Museum of Empress Livia’s Garden Room By Pimone Triplett

At the Museum of Empress Livia’s Garden Room

The nouns pile up. Umbrella pine, oleander, quince. Or go missing as anything else.