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Postulation

  • Samuel Samba 
  • 2 min read

To merit a crisis, we stomach a foreign object,
tide our tongue with grace.
my ribs, lodged into a vessel.
the slow river of my vomit, kayaking…

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Let Me Die Writing

  • Ivy Raff 
  • 1 min read

Let me die writing, Mother
When you come to take me home
May you find me flowing ink
May you find me impassioned…

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Contagion

Little details, the least distressing ones maybe, I could utter, would, if my soul quit crumbling, gathering like icicles at the soft of my throat. Circumstantial or by design, pulsing violent, tight-noosing my heart, this empathy, this cursed mirror, quivering even for strangers with voices sharpened into daggers, the blood misted from their words poisonous aerosol, suspended indefinite. Till silence,

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Revelation

Scene: Autumn 1963. HELENA, age 12, dressed in school clothes, peels carrots at the kitchen sink. MOM, 34, stands next to HELENA washing lettuce. Light pools around them, reflecting the scene in the dark window behind the sink. HELENA I read a book that I can’t stop thinking about. It’s giving me nightmares. MOM What book is that? HELENA It’s

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There is nothing to give, and there is nothing to take. There is desire and then regret. Desire again and again regret. Always it starts again. We want, we want something, and then we don’t want it anymore. You turn right, you turn left, you walk back on your steps, you turn left, and you turn right again. But it

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This morning the world is turned upside down. You should not have been born. As usual, the turtle-doves have come to eat on the balcony, you have put on the traditional Egyptian dress that your mother gave you at least twenty years ago. On the walls you have hung a damaged African cloth. There is a lamp, which belonged to

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Experiments

  • Kendra Mills 
  • 2 min read

What cannot make up a body? It was
sophomore year and we were sculpting a replica of the
Acropolis for our history class…

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Deadname

Stomp pink silk cursive into the dirt with your steel-toe boots and scrawl your new name in all-caps black Sharpie over the left pocket of your Carhartt jacket. Two grandparents gave me a three-part name that four languages can pronounce in five syllables or less. Fancy and femme like a senior prom dress; not my style at all, but damn,

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Editor’s Letter

Here it is. Honestly, I didn’t give myself the time I should have between announcing and launching, but we did it. I’m going be brief because it’s about the work and the work is good. Very, very good. I am humbled and proud to have been accepted by each of the contributors. Because that’s how it feels. Every single submission

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Submission Replies Are Complete!

Are they? We hope so. We were overwhelmed with the quantity and quality of submissions received and we have done our best to reply to everyone. However, with so many emails to track, it’s possible we missed someone. If so, please don’t take it personally. Just let us know by using the Submit form or sending us an email. Payments

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Submissions are Closed

Submissions for Issue #1 are closed, We have begun sending out notices. If you haven’t heard from us by September 1, let us know. We have some wonderful work to show! Thank you for trusting us with your art.

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How to Respond to Prompts

Submitted work does not have to respond to the Issue Theme or Prompt. We give a slight preference to responses but all work will be considered. You may respond to either the Theme or the Prompt, or both (or neither). Responses should not be literal. Submitted works do not need to explicitly mention the Theme or Prompt. You don’t have

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We Are Overwhelmed

But in a good way! The number and quality of submissions have been fantastic. We are so excited. We are on track to close submissions on August 17, after which we will begin sending notices. Everyone will get a reply. If you haven’t heard from us after the first few days in September, feel free to check in.

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Submissions Are Extended!

Submissions have been extended through August 17! Submissions are open through August 13, 2022. Before you submit, please read About Us. Then read Submissions. If you’ve read those pages already, you can go directly to the Submission Form. Responses to submissions for the September 2022 Inaugural Issue will go out between August 18 and September 1.

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