Second place winner for The Jennie Hackman Memorial Award for Short Fiction (2022) The thing about living long enough to see the aftermath (living longer than she ever thought she would), is that Josie doesn’t quite know what to do with herself anymore. There was always something before. Something to be done, something to run… More “Haunted Ghosts” by Katya Lyashenko
Caragh M. O’Brien is the author of two wildly popular YA dystopian trilogies: “Birthmarked” and “Vault of Dreamers.” Read on to learn more about O’Brien’s inter-genre, many-layered journey through the world of writing and publishing! … More Powerful Trilogies and Publishing Tips: An Interview with Caragh M. O’Brien
For those unaware, the world is ending in Exandria. According to Cameron Deslaurier, “EXU: Calamity,” a thrilling D&D actual play miniseries, is a great way to experience a full story set in the Critical Role universe without committing to hundreds of hours of watch time…… More The End Of The World Will Be Televised: Let’s Talk Exandria Unlimited: Calamity
CW: Death, Domestic abuse This is what is most important: the ache in scraped knees. The crawdads scuttling among river rocks. The groan of pipes in your cracked kitchen sink. Night stealing hours. Ponds like meters-wide tide pools. Mud stealing hours. The leak in your bedroom ceiling, the water damage creeping outward around it. Threat… More “Moon-Stain and Crawdad Eater” by Charlie M. Case
CW: Illness, Death It came to me on the sixth night of my sickness, when the suffering had ceased to be new. I had been lulled into those familiar throes which, now that I was accustomed to them, deceived me into thinking that they were kinder. In came something—and I was so ill I thought… More “Knell Inevitable” by Charlie M. Case
Contest Winner for the Edwin Way Teale Award for Nature Writing (2022) I moved to Oregon during the dreadful forest fires of 2020. I moved out of Oregon during the even more dreadful forest fires of 2021. I came and went in smoke so thick that nobody noticed. As my final act in Oregon before… More “When Treading Water Above a Bottomless Pit” by John Guillemette Jr.
Contest winner for The Long River Review Graduate Award (2022) “What would you like to know about yourself?” This was what my neighbor asked me when I took my seat. He was wearing a black suit and had a thick laptop resting on his thighs. I asked him what he meant. But he wasn’t talking… More “The Ostrava Line” by Liam Kelsey
To read or not to read? That’s the question. Catherine Casey explores the gendered divide that seems to define those who gravitate one way or another…… More Why Don’t Boys Read?