The Winter 2015 Issue is Live!

by Barbara Westwood Diehl

The editors are pleased to present the winter 2015 issue. There are a few inches of snow on the ground right now in Baltimore. A good day to launch a winter issue, and a good day to curl up in a comfortable chair, with a cup of tea or a glass of wine, and spend some time reading poems, stories, and creative nonfiction. I hope you agree.

We were also delighted to be able to provide each of our contributors (not just contest winners) with a small payment—a first for us. I’m hoping that, with continued support from our readers, we will be able to continue this for future issues.

Thanks to the many writers who shared their work with us, and a special thanks, of course, to the writers who contributed to this issue. Thanks to all the editors who read a very large number of submissions, and who are still reading poems, stories, and creative nonfiction (work still in the system from the last submission period will be considered for the spring issue). Thanks to our talented and patient webmaster. And thanks to all our readers!

Finally, thanks to the final judge for our winter contest, Jen Michalski. I think we all enjoyed reading the many takes on the “Work” theme.

Contest winners:


1st place – Joanne M. Clarkson, “The Stone Masons”

2nd place – Bill Snyder, “Beep”

3rd place – Mark Pritchard, “Bullet in the Back”


Our next submission period is February 1 – May 31. In the meantime, please enjoy our winter issue.