Fiction Winner Jessica Purdy

Jan 31, 2018 by

Looks Just Like the Sun   It was during your Japanese phase. The one inspired by Astro Boy. On our spares we went to your house,...

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Non-Fiction Winner Samantha Ju...

Jan 31, 2018 by

Love Like Ransom   I hear the blinds being furled back into a tight green roll hovering over my window. The morning sun is pins...

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Fiction Finalist Barbara Black

Jan 31, 2018 by

Velvet Voice Even with insects—some can sing, some can’t. —Kobayashi Issa, trans. Robert Hass Until that gig she never thought of a...

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Non-Fiction Finalist Edward Va...

Jan 31, 2018 by

Undank An Essay about Love “Undank ist der Welt Lohn!” It is 1938. A young Austrian man, which is to say he is an old Austrian boy,...

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Fiction Finalist Corinne Laroc...

Jan 29, 2018 by

Video Man   Whenever we made love, he’d talk about mathematics. He was obsessed by prime numbers. He disliked contemporary...

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Non-Fiction Finalist Meghan Da...

Jan 29, 2018 by

The Iles   The wax was immovable. It was an opaque smooth splash, long hardened and utterly refusing to yield to my efforts. I...

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Fiction Finalist Ray Morrison

Jan 28, 2018 by

FIRE AND ICE   In a period of one month during my sophomore year of high school, I lost both my left eye and the heart of Carla...

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Non-Fiction Finalist Lauren Kr...

Jan 28, 2018 by

Giving Myself to It   I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world. I may not complete this last one but I...

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Fiction Finalist Margaret DeRo...

Jan 27, 2018 by

Tomboyfriends   Kathy Schmitzer told me I was going to die. I should have known better, but I was seven. I still believed my...

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Non-Fiction Finalist Celia Rui...

Jan 27, 2018 by

The Visit   The road that led to my father was desolate and long. The late afternoon sun was muted by wispy gray clouds that...

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Talk to Me #14: Cassie Stocks

Jan 27, 2018 by

Where you learned to love. I’m still learning. I wish I could love everyone the way my dog loves me. Your first cut, was it the...

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From Dorothy Ellen Palmer’s Me...

Sep 14, 2017 by

RUN, GERALD, RUN   From the knees up, Gerald was the cutest boy I’d ever seen. California Surfer Boy cute. Blue eyes. Unruly...

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Sara Backer’s Poetry

Sep 14, 2017 by

Too This, Too That   At the party fire pit, he banters with women he has known since college. Funk from big speakers, eggplant...

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Stella Carruthers’ Poetr...

Sep 14, 2017 by

A First Taste of Rainbow   If he was yellow he dripped buttercups, pinches of kowhai seeds, pages of highlighted notes. Ideas to...

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Salena Casha’s Poetry

Sep 14, 2017 by

I Want to See Myself the Way a Lover Does   I want to see the sheet slide off whitened skin at the tug of an invisible hand down...

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