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

Excerpt from “RIPPLES” by Evan Williams

Excerpt from “RIPPLES” by Evan Williams

A million dancing sparkles of moonlit water caught Ben’s peripheral vision. The river refused to be ignored. An unrelenting pull of shared history had long ago lodged between his ears. The speedometer climbed to sixty-five miles per hour as he tried to outrun his...
Dotage

Dotage

I’ve been sleeping six years when my daughter brings home Lenny. His pants sag off his hips and he doesn’t look me even in my closed eyes. He edges around the walls when he’s standing, sits on the couch with an arm slung over Mari’s shoulders. Lately Mari’s gone from...
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...