This fall’s fiction contest was judged by T. Greenwood, author of six novels, including the award-winning Two Rivers and This Glittering World.
The three winning short stories–Sarah McCraw Crow‘s “Flight” (1st place), Stephanie Joyce’s “A Girl He Knew” (2nd place), and Amelia Edelman’s “Dykey Qualities” (3rd place)–are all incredible, and all strikingly different from each other.
In Crow’s story, we meet a woman redefining her relationship with her recently blinded boyfriend, and in Joyce’s story, an evolutionary biologist struggles to communicate with her fundamentalist, Evangelical brother. Edelman’s “Dykey Qualities”–hilarious, poignant, and sad–follows one woman woman’s exploration of her sexuality.
The Fall 2011 issue also features poetry by Arielle Greenberg, Nickole Brown, Kim Roberts, Ching-In Chen, and Ryann Wahl, as well as nine pages of a poetic sequence by Sarah Vap. In these poems, the authors explore motherhood, sexuality, nationality, erotic encounters, and more.
We’re also featuring non-fiction from Rachel Michelle Hanson, Tawni Vee Waters, and Ellen Piazza. Hanson’s narrator, who ran away from home at age 16, returns to face the siblings she left behind. Piazza’s essay kicks off with the etymology of the word “cunt and leads into a colorful anecdote of an awful relationship, while Waters ruminates on a female incarnation of God.
Striking full-color art by Jennifer Anderson, Brooke Marcy, Lydia Moyer, and Gwynneth VanLaven fills the pages of the Fall 2011 issue. Poet Sally Keith reviews Lydia Moyer’s work in this issue, as well.
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