Amy L. Clark
300 Eggs:  She’s Difficult

Amy L. Clark - 300 Eggs:  She’s Difficult

Contest - 2nd Place
Amy L. Clark's work has appeared in many publications, including Litro, Fifth Wednesday Journal, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Hobart, and Juked. Her collection Adulterous Generation was published by… Read more »
Donna Vorreyer
Ash Wednesday

Donna Vorreyer - Ash Wednesday

Donna Vorreyer is the author of Every Love Story is an Apocalypse Story (2016) and A House of Many Windows (2013), both from Sundress Publications. Her poems, reviews, and essays have appeared in… Read more »
Stella Reed
Because I was a lamb

Stella Reed - Because I was a lamb

Contest - 3rd Place
Stella Reed is the co-author of We Are Meant to Carry Water, 2019, 3: A Taos Press along with Tina Carlson and Katherine DiBella Seluja. She is the 2018 winner of the Tusculum Review chapbook contest… Read more »
Nicholas Molbert

Nicholas Molbert - Box

Originally from the Louisiana Gulf Coast, Nicholas now lives and writes in Cincinnati. You can find his work at The Adroit Journal, The Cincinnati Review, DIAGRAM, Missouri Review, Ninth Letter, and… Read more »
Kate Levin
Catching Up

Kate Levin - Catching Up

Kate Levin holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Nation, The Paris Review - The Daily, River Teeth, and… Read more »
Amy A. Whitcomb
Cause for Celebration

Amy A. Whitcomb - Cause for Celebration

Photo credit: Karin Higgins Amy A. Whitcomb is an artist and editor based in northern California. Her poetry and prose have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Witness, New South,,… Read more »
Diana Xin

Diana Xin - Extraterrestrial

Diana Xin holds an MFA from the University of Montana. Her work has appeared in Third Coast Magazine, Gulf Coast, Narrative, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of fellowships from the M Literary… Read more »
David Obuchowski

David Obuchowski - Grapefruit

Photo credit: Dulcie Wilcox David Obuchowski is a fiction writer and essayist. In 2019, David was twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize—one nomination for fiction, the other for non-fiction. His… Read more »
Emily Stoddard
Inheritance Rosarium

Emily Stoddard - Inheritance Rosarium

Emily Stoddard is a poet and writer in Michigan. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in Tupelo Quarterly, Ruminate, Radar, Dark Mountain, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, America, Cold Mountain Review, New… Read more »
Omer Friedlander
Jellyfish in Gaza

Omer Friedlander - Jellyfish in Gaza

Contest - 1st Place
Omer Friedlander grew up in Tel-Aviv. He has a BA in English Literature from the University of Cambridge and an MFA from Boston University where he was the Saul Bellow Fellow in Fiction. His work has… Read more »
Jed Myers
Night Song

Jed Myers - Night Song

Jed Myers was born in Philadelphia and lives in Seattle. He’s author of Watching the Perseids (Sacramento Poetry Center Book Award), The Marriage of Space and Time (MoonPath Press), and four… Read more »
Jana-Lee Germaine
Oklahoma, Blackbirds

Jana-Lee Germaine - Oklahoma, Blackbirds

Jana-Lee Germaine’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cimarron Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Poet Lore, Southern Poetry Review, The Carolina Quarterly, december,… Read more »
Taylor Supplee

Taylor Supplee - Passage

Taylor Supplee is a gay poet from the Midwest who earned his MFA from Columbia University where he serves as the Lucie Brock-Broido Teaching Fellow. A finalist for the 92Y Discovery Award in Poetry in… Read more »
Jackie Cummins
The Well-Armed Women

Jackie Cummins - The Well-Armed Women

Jackie Cummins holds an MFA in fiction from Bowling Green State University and works as the Major Gifts Manager for a cancer wellness center in Toledo, Ohio. This is her first publication in several… Read more »


Diana Xin

I am now a woman of middle age. There is no denying this, not by any measure of life expectancy or family history. There is only as much road ahead of me as there is behind me, barring any unexpected negligent drivers who may chance to take me out. For now at least, in any direction I look, I can see the pinpoint light of a beginning and an end flickering on and off in the equidistance.

I am not a woman of extraordinary luck or inordinate misfortune. I have lived an unspectacular and average existence. If aliens were to abduct me, I think I would make a good representative model, though I am sure you have your own story to tell, and I do not mean to dismiss your story, but I cannot imagine another sentient being caring enough to sift through every variation of trifling tragedy and mundane melodrama before opting to obliterate us all out of sheer boredom.

What l mean to say is, I am unhappy, and I know that you do not care, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop talking.

Somewhere down this stretch of road, I wouldn’t mind spotting an alien.… Read more »