Archive for 2018 Contest Winners

Where My Soul Lies by Briana Marino

Where My Soul Lies by Briana Marino

My body is frozen in fear and aching with remorse as they strip-search me. Every part of me feels violated, but it was my decision to hand over the keys to my freedom and get clean. The room is the size of a janitor’s closet…

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Lilith by Diego A Duran (excerpt)

Lilith by Diego A Duran (excerpt)

EXT. PARK – AFTERNOON LILITH, a vision of innocence and darkness, 22 in appearance, strolls through the park. Lilith smiles at a mother and her daughter playfully walking past her. She approaches an ANDROID in a jumpsuit, picking up garbage from the ground. It looks…

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Ashes And Reflections by Claudia Shaldervan

Ashes And Reflections by Claudia Shaldervan

The moon dances in ten veils of glory, On two peaks where I stood and watched the world 

Massacre enemy and kin in the rat race. I flew disguised as a swallow, Closed lids, broken beak, I flew around the earth six times. I once…

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Song For My Father by Leo Zhang

Song For My Father by Leo Zhang

My father and I had never shared any physical contact before I was fifteen. As I was growing up, he had never said any word that indicated his feelings toward me, my mother, or any other family member for that matter. I guess I was…

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The Good Girl – Review by S. Von Puttkammer

The Good Girl – Review by S. Von Puttkammer

(Spoilers) I should have known what I was getting myself into. All those reviews on the inside cover comparing The Good Girl to Gone Girl should have warned me that this book was nothing but a cheap cash grab that couldn’t stand on its own….

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The Pines by Jane Grogan

The Pines by Jane Grogan

She always felt so small when she looked up here, searching through the gaps in the pine tree canopy. No matter what age she was, whenever she came to The Pines and tilted her head towards the sky, she was reminded of just how little…

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Another Round: A Play by Li Zeng

Another Round: A Play by Li Zeng

1980s, Los Angeles, California, An underground fight club. Scene One   Lenny Sometimes there is not enough room. David Not enough room? Lenny No. David Come on. What is this? Please, I have to get in. Lenny You’ll have to come back. Try Friday. (Lenny…

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Ai by Gabrielle L. Randall

can I be a prayer beneath blood orange mornings in bhutan the tara river before tourists the red sea before it swallowed pharaohs what the ganges river meant to be? or if you can’t turn me into a river can I be a pair of…

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PAINt by Lorelle Pais

Author’s Note: This piece contains graphic depictions of self harm and self mutilation. You ever scratch an itch until it bleeds? Peel that cuticle a little too far back? Dig your nails into your leg because you can? It’s all so painful, it’s all so…

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Ticket by Meitar Almog

Ticket by Meitar Almog

By the funniest chance, on the way down to her seat in the packed movie theater, she ran into two old friends. They were sitting in the corner, drinking secret dark beers and giggling in a language she had trouble understanding. They were nice and…

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