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

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...
The Monster of Lake Van Buren: Part 5

The Monster of Lake Van Buren: Part 5

***Read Part 1 ***Read Part 2 ***Read Part 3 ***Read Part 4   Part 5: Bounty The steamboat adjusted coarse and moved through the waves towards the torches. I could feel the boat strain under the weight of the attached leviathan. The creature seemed to have...