"Still Autumn" by Literary Awards Finalist, Amy L. Jenkins

When I was a child my days were wild and unpredictable, and I sometimes miss the peaks of emotion present in that old life. Most of the time I abhor the drama of my past when my life centered on the loudness of my hard-drinking parents. But that day in the still young...

"Thornton" by Literary Awards Finalist, Mark Havlik

It was late January when he called. Said his mother had died. I was shocked and told him how sorry I was and if there was anything I could do for him. I had just seen her in October, during the Series, and she looked fine. He said no, I didn’t understand. It was his...

"Doctor Terror" by Literary Awards Finalist, Robert Begiebing

“You’ve been in touch with your wife again?” one of the suits asked. “Ex-wife,” I said. The bastards must have been tapping my phone. We were sitting around the bruised kitchen-work table in my three-room apartment in a former farmhouse in Petaluma, that old...

"Shut-Eye" by Literary Awards Finalist, Quinn Calhoun

Queen Eva-Marie always did say every good-bye ain’t gone and every shut-eye ain’t sleep. Nightfall brings a hush over even the nosiest places and that includes the Quarters. A late spring breeze circulates air already too warm and kicks up limerock dust on...

"Blocked" by Literary Awards Finalist, Susan Cushman

They’ve been waiting for months now, like patients on an organ donor list. Two large icons—one of Christ, the Life Giver, and another, The Mother of God, Directress—sit unfinished in my studio. A few well-meaning students have offered encouragements like, “Oh, they’re...