Stories

“A story is a way to say something that can’t be said any other way, and it takes every word in the story to say what the meaning is.”

Flannery O’Connor

Near Life

Near Life

“There are no unnatural or supernatural phenomena, only very large gaps in our knowledge of what is natural. We should strive to fill those gaps of ignorance.”  —Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 Astronaut On his death day, Henry missed his chance to slip the earth and...
Dance

Dance

The dance is subtle. Seem benign. Smart, but not smart enough to offend. Not too aggressive, you’ll be labelled one of them. Hair not too wild, you don’t want to be one of them. Shuffle. Hip swing. Turn. Don’t spend too much time with another dancer, if too many of...
Peripheral Vision

Peripheral Vision

Presenting the 2018 Milton Literary Festival Young Authors Creative Fiction Writing Contest Middle School Grand Prize Winner “Peripheral Vision”  By Roxanna Karim Northwestern Middle School, Grade 7 Nameless Tunes He was simply Leo. Not LeRoy. Not Roy....
Lila

Lila

Presenting the 2018 Milton Literary Festival Young Authors Creative Fiction Writing Contest High School Grand Prize Winner “Lila” By Madison Loud St. Francis High School, Grade 9 Lila, my sister, and I stood about six feet away from the bark-covered trunk...
Opacity: Part Two

Opacity: Part Two

T.W. Emotional and sexual abuse **Click here to read Part 1** “Yes, I’m sorry, I was trying to figure that out, princess. If I could turn down the light maybe I’d be able to see you.” She took her hands and steadied their frantic dance by using them to lock his face...
Opacity: Part One

Opacity: Part One

T.W. Emotional and sexual abuse   When it happened for the first time, they had been seeing each other for three months. It was so faint at the beginning that she hardly noticed. It was just a fuzziness—distinctly not a glow. More like smog touching the edges of...