Storystorm

What We Look for in Fiction Submissions

27 February 2020 on Blog, Storystorm

I’ll never forget the first time I heard the tale “The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle.” I was captivated by the question King Arthur must answer to save...

Fiction

“It’s Still Farther Than You Think” by Emily Varnell

21 February 2020 on Blog, Fiction

Marianne’s palms stuck when she pressed her hands to the red laminate table. Orange juice, she guessed, from some boy dumping over one of those curvy bottles, too excited as...

Storystorm

What We Look For in Nonfiction Submissions – Strong Beginnings

19 February 2020 on Blog, Storystorm

“And suddenly you know: It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” ― Meister Eckhart We know this: essays that move readers and stay with them need...

Poetry

“The Redistricting of Anticipation & Dread” by Duncan Campbell

14 February 2020 on Poetry

Our inclination is to assume witnessfor the grand & inevitable. Many, for example, believe the worldwill end in their lifetimes.Imagine—languor of booted feet suspendedout the passenger window, laces dithering in the...

Nonfiction

“Details” by Mary Higbee

13 December 2019 on Nonfiction

 “What do you mean illegal?” I ask. The only sound is the metallic ring of the spoon on the china cup as my dad stirs sugar into his coffee. It takes...

Fiction

“The Weight of Snowflakes” by Lois Melina

06 December 2019 on Fiction

1. The snow fell easily, reflected in the headlights against the darkness of the highway. The large, flat flakes seemed almost make-believe to Debra, like Lux detergent floating down from...

The Writer's Hot Seat

The Writer’s Hot Seat: Katie Peterson

05 December 2019 on Blog, The Writer's Hot Seat

This past November, poet Katie Peterson gave a reading from her new book, A Piece of Good News, at the University of New Hampshire, followed by a Q&A session with...

Poetry

“Habit” by Gail Martin

29 November 2019 on Poetry

That was the day I began to paint the rabbitwith a flat straw hat, a smaller rabbit on top of that, another hat, a caption that says, “When My Feelings Have Feelings.”...

Storystorm

The Pile of Skulls

27 November 2019 on Blog, Storystorm

For five years, I’d been collecting rejection emails in a special inbox folder titled “The Pile of Skulls”. When the total approached one-hundred and thirty, the accumulated despair made me...

Nonfiction

“Emboli” by Jennifer Phipps

15 November 2019 on Nonfiction

Last weekend you wore long, loose shorts. Your workout clothes— billowing, breathable black t-shirt and those silky, baggy shorts—obstructed my view. I’d wanted to see your legs. But when I...

Storystorm

Finding Poetry When You’re Stuck

13 November 2019 on Blog, Storystorm

Some weeks writing comes easy. Like a gift a context or idea appears and you run to the computer, journal, grocery receipt and draft out a poem quickly before it...

Poetry

“Clouds” by Amanda Span

08 November 2019 on Poetry

My father couldburn holes in the cloudswith the power of his mind: Watch, he says,looking at the stretchof sky above us, a sheet on the sandbeneath our backs. Right there. He...

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