The PRISM Fiction and Poetry Contest issue is here! In “Remainders,” Shana Myara’s contest-winning short story, the terrors of war test the limits of a young mother’s devotion to her partner. Deanna Young’s winning poem “Bonfire” evokes the rippling effects of a childhood loss.
Fiction runner-up Erin Frances Fisher takes us to a steamy hotel room in the Philippines where a self-centered musician struggles to hold himself together on the last days of a disastrous tour. In “routine,” the first runner-up in the Poetry Contest, Andrea MacPherson charts the course of a woman’s life through simple, heartrending details. In “The Birth of Prairie Poetry (A Fiction),” Chris Hutchinson gives life to a varied and violent landscape.
Also be sure to check out a new short fiction by Kris Bertin and Tessa Mellas. Bertin’s story chronicles the misadventures two drunk, superstitious writers (imagine that!) who invent a game with increasingly life-altering consequences. In “So Many Wings,” Tessa Mellas tells the story of one woman’s unorthodox response to the death of her ex-husband.
This issue also includes three fantastic pieces of creative non-fiction. Lucas Crawford meditates on sin and temptation in “Stop All the Clocks on Pancake Tuesday.” Kari Strutt writes about the death of a friend and the perils of keeping a wild bird as a pet, and Heather Tucker relates her experiences working for a restrictive and cult-like religious organization in the 1970′s.
Last but not least, PRISM 51.4 features some wonderful poetry, including three stunning prose poems by July Westhale and Tara-Michelle Ziniuk’s reflections on sex, relationships, and the complexity of desire. Jennifer Zilm ruminates on art and madness and Scott Andrew Christensen invokes the presence of one his poetic influences.
All this amazing content, plus a squirrel on the cover! Get your issue today!
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