Nonfiction

“This Ragged Cat is Not My Heart” by Charlotte Gullick

22 February 2019 on Nonfiction

Banjo, the cat, looks rough. Thinner. No, too thin. Maroon inner eye sockets that take up more space each day. I hold him while I look at his litter mate,...

The Writer's Hot Seat

The Writer’s Hot Seat: Keith O’Brien

22 February 2019 on Blog, Nonfiction, The Writer's Hot Seat

Keith O’Brien’s bestselling 2018 release, Fly Girls, received rave reviews from the likes of The Wall Street Journal, Kirkus Reviews and Publisher’s Weekly, among many others, and was listed as...

Poetry

“Signs You May Have an Eating Disorder” by Barbara Daniels

15 February 2019 on Poetry

White clay you chew through before you get back to your car. Hair. Dice that clatter across a long table. Paper. Paint chips. Drywall. Dirt. Burnt matches. An herb you...

Poetry

How We Select Poems to Publish

15 February 2019 on Blog, Poetry

In order to shed light on one aspect of the submission process, the Barnstorm poetry team answers the question, “How do you select poems for possible publication?” Morgan: When looking...

Fiction

“Luggage” by Erin Jamieson

08 February 2019 on Fiction

August Compton entered the world a handsome baby: flushed, chubby cheeks; lively hazel eyes; wisps of chestnut hair. He cooed while the nurse swaddled and cleaned him, sighed as he...

Storystorm

The Thing I Call “Inspiration”

08 February 2019 on Fiction, Storystorm

I used to think that to be a writer, I have to be creative—to have a well of stories singing within me, to have dreams that will create either chaos...

Poetry

“A Hive for Water” by Fred Dale

01 February 2019 on Blog, Poetry

A sealed, clear bag of water hung above the door, dusk’s sleepy light palmed in its many mirrored hands. The barman said it kept the bees away, proving, at the...

Storystorm

What Do We Look For in Nonfiction Submissions?

01 February 2019 on Nonfiction, Storystorm

We don’t read creative nonfiction just to be informed — we also want to be moved. All our readers have wonderfully distinct perspectives, and all are moved by different elements...

Blog

Snowstorm: Winter Reading Recommendations

21 December 2018 on Blog

If you'd like to curl up with a good book this winter (or you need a last-minute gift) look no further than our winter reading recommendation list. From memoir to...

Nonfiction

“Objects and Bones” by Maggie Montague

14 December 2018 on Nonfiction

By the time our bags were packed and our dogs hoisted into the van, ash had started to fall around us. The gray flecks covering the green grass were the...

Storystorm

The Score for a Voice

14 December 2018 on Poetry, Storystorm

“Prosody is not much taught or talked about, since it was a form of institutional terrorism in the previous, metrical orthodoxy.” Robert Haas, Listening and Making Prosody is a spooky...

Fiction

“Cloudbringer” by Tess Allard

07 December 2018 on Fiction

Kate is sixteen, willowy, freckled. Her calico dress is hemmed for a girl an inch shorter. She is standing in the dusty square and watching the man with the rain...

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