Find this issue at the Mag Stand. It offers information on the 2021 Prime Number Magazine Awards for Poetry and Short Fiction, with judges Stacy R. Nigliazzo (poetry) and Dennis McFadden (short fiction). You’ll also find our 2020 Pushcart Prize nominees, recent winners of our free 53-Word Story Contest, and poetry selections by our guest poetry editor Lindsey Royce and short fiction selections by our guest short fiction editor Rhonda Browning White.
The Fall 2020 issue of Glass Mountain features the Robertson Prize winners: Sarah Han Kuo in fiction, Yasmin Boakye in nonfiction, and Stephanie Lane Sutton in poetry. Also in this issue, find art by Martin Balsam, Jailyne España, Rain Mang, and more; fiction by Rain Bravo, Eric Dickey, Caitlin Helsel, and others; nonfiction by Linda Schwartz; and poetry by Danny Barbare, Emily Fernandez, Kathy Key-Tello, Stephanie Niu, and more. Find this issue at the Mag Stand.
Featured in our latest issue is the 2020 Adrift Contest winning story “Myopic” by Mason Boyles, selected by T. Geronimo Johnson, alongside another story, “Whomp,” by Lynda Montgomery. From the whispers behind grief to the galactic weight of finding a new identity, the poetry in this issue drills into some of mankind’s most intimate desires and conflicts. See what else is in this issue at the Mag Stand.
In the latest issue, now at the Mag Stand: Poet Lee Herrick delivers heart and fire and Sebastian Mathews writes about melody and technique. Travel with Jeremy Bassetti or spend an in evening in Nashville’s Red Phone Booth. Also in the issue: a sit down with Jessica Jacobs and Nickole Brown, Freddie Ashley of the Actor’s Express, and the life and works of Rebecca Evans. Plus even more fiction, essays, and poetry.
Raleigh Review has announced the winners of their 2021 Flash Fiction Prize. Congrats to the winner, honorable mention, and finalists.
“Monument” by Amina Gautier
“1985” by Katherine Hubbard
“Hansel and Gretel on Trial” by Amina Gautier
“You Two” by Alana Reynolds
You can look forward to reading these pieces in the forthcoming Spring 2021 issue of Raleigh Review. Enter your own work to the 2022 prize opening in July 2021.
Recently I came upon a paperback copy of the novel 1984, George Orwell’s classic. I first read it easily fifty years ago. I remembered well the overall theme, a fictional account of the totalitarian government that existed in England in 1984, and well before that date. What I didn’t recall were the particulars, the details, the events, the various characters, even the main character’s name, Winston.
I found the story engrossing for the first 100 pages, almost what one might call a page turner. Then the narrative slowed way down, almost stopped, at least for me. This happened with the introduction of Julia, Winston’s lover.
What I noticed this time through is just how hostile Orwell is toward women. I quote a line (and there are others). He writes, “It was always the women, and above all the young ones, who were the most bigoted adherents of the Party, the swallowers of slogans, the amateur spies and nose out of unorthodoxy.”
Hard to imagine getting such words past today’s gatekeepers, many of whom are women. I say lucky for Orwell that he published when he did, late forties, or there might not exist a 1984 novel for me to reread.
1984 by George Orwell. Secker & Warburg, June 1949.
Reviewer bio: Raymond Abbott lives in Louisville, Kentucky. Once in a while his prose is published. He used to be a social worker working among severely mentally disabled adults in Louisville.
Since the journal’s first issue in 2010, they have published over 400 works of fiction never before published in English. These were originally written in sixteen languages (Italian, Spanish, French, Danish, English, Hungarian, Russian, Romanian, Serbian, Turkish, Polish, German, Croatian, Hebrew, Ladino, and Yiddish). This current issue contains 18 works of fiction, so don’t miss out on your chance to read exceptional Jewish fiction from a unique online journal.
Featured nonfiction Fragments of a Mortal Mind by Donald Anderson shows us how the disparate elements of our lives collect to construct our deepest selves and help us to make sense of it all.
Mckenzie Cassidy’s Here Lies a Father follows fifteen-year-old Ian as he uncovers the truths of his late father’s life and secret families.
The poems in Polly Buckingham’s The River People move through both dream and natural landscapes exploring connection and loss, abundance and degradation, the personal and the political.
Brian Phillip Whalen explores the loss of relationships in Semiotic Love [Stories], reminding us that for better or for worse, we’re all a little rougher with the people we love the most.
In Women in the Waiting Room, Kirun Kapur “makes an imaginative whole from Hindu mythology, confessions from a hotline for sexual abuse, meditations on a friend’s mortal illness, and the poet’s private pain.”
First Kings and Other Stories. Here are three haunting winter’s tales you’ll be glad you stayed home to read. In these dreamy and introspective stories, award-winning author Morrissey take us to a remote and frigid landscape where blinding white snow and sky are indistinguishable, and those who must venture out to pit their resolve against icy weather lose their way and possibly their senses. See what else this issue has in store for you at the Mag Stand.
In the newest issue of Cleaver Magazine, now on the Mag Stand, find: poetry by Meggie Royer, Amy Beth Sisson, Heikki Huotari, and more; nonfiction by Jinna Han, Christina Berke, Susan Hamlin, Claire Rudy Foster, and others; a visual narrative by Michael Green; short stories by Dylan Cook, L.L. Babb, and Mike Nees; flash by Steve Gergley, B. Bilby Barton, Darlene Eliot, and more; and paintings by Morgan Motes.