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Useful General Notes for Different Dolls

fiction by Emily Sanford third place winner of the 2017 Blodwyn Memorial Prize in fiction, sponsored by BookThug — “Combining form, structure, and language—from its narrow margins to its fragmented narrative—’Useful General Notes for Different Dolls’ masters an innovative approach to storytelling that feels like poetry without ever losing its footing as a piece of fiction. Although it provides but… Read more →

Uncle’s News

fiction by Leah MacLean-Evans first place winner of the 2017 Blodwyn Memorial Prize for fiction, sponsored by BookThug — “‘Uncle’s News’ is a beautifully small story that revels in the physical details of its scenes, encouraging the reader to feel comfortably nestled within the narrative, within the arms of the uncle in question. The writing—which has as much character as the… Read more →


poetry by Lindsay Miles third place winner of the 2017 Blodwyn Memorial Prize in poetry — “‘Without’ is a quintessential narrative poem with a masterful eye for the everyday, for the small: small moments, small language. Effectively compact with masterful line breaks, ‘Without’ displays a stunning attention to the power of an image; it is the perfect encapsulation of what a poem… Read more →

Inside After

Poetry by Jeff Parent third place winner of the 2017 Blodwyn Memorial Prize in poetry — “‘Inside After’ is a simple delight of a poem from start to finish. The down-to-earth, understated wit immediately draws the reader not just into the poem, but directly into the drawer, and you don’t ever really need to leave. You are invited into a… Read more →

My Favourite Shirley Jackson Book was Eaten By My Rapist’s Dog

poetry by Rasiqra Revulva second place winner of the 2017 Blodwyn Memorial Prize in poetry — “Rasiqra’s poem is a found/erasure poem that stands entirely on its own, no context required, as a skilled, artful, and arresting original poem. At first glance, the poem feels almost too personal: reading feels invasive, but persistence pays off, with the reader becoming implicit… Read more →

We Met on 5th

poetry by Spenser Smith first place winner of the 2017 Blodwyn Memorial Prize in poetry — “With ‘We Met on 5th,’ Spenser takes an unparalleled approach to combining original and found poetry. The immaculate craft of this poem takes an intimate, difficult subject and breaks it down into sections that perfectly balance intense inwardness with devastating invitation. This poem takes… Read more →


fiction by Jack Hostrawser second place fiction winner of the 2017 Blodwyn Memorial Prize, sponsored by BookThug — “‘Winnie’ is an exemplary story in all aspects: from characters to pacing to the prose itself—so clear and crisp it is almost transparent. The story drew us in immediately and never let us go. The moment you finish, you want to jump… Read more →

editors’ choice issues: contributors

table of contents: issue nineteen (fiction) / issue twenty (poetry) — Some of these bios may be out of date, as they are pulled from the original issues (and organizing writers under a deadline can be like herding cats). HANA ALHARASTANI hails from Michigan and is currently an MFA candidate studying fiction at the University of Central Florida. When she’s… Read more →

poetry by C. Isa Lausas — editors’ pick from issue seven —   —   C. ISA LAUSAS is a visual artist and a poet from everywhere. Originally born in Finland, Isa grew up in Marseille, France, where she graduated from ESADMM, the Academy of Fine Arts. Afterwards she has kept herself busy migrating around the globe. She settled down… Read more →

see you later, alligators

a note from the editors — This is it: the hiatus is now upon us. We are so proud of these last two issues for a few reasons, not least of which is that the month of their release marks our three-year anniversary of starting this crazy venture! It’s astonishing how much we’ve learned in those three years, from tiny… Read more →