Story Length: 500 to 7,500 words
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Poem Length: 5 poems or 5 pages
Poetry Payment: $30 per poem + contributor copy
Submissions Open: March 1 - 15, 2022
Expected Publication: 2023
Editor: Justine Norton-Kertson
Burnt kernels drenched in boiling butter.
hotdogs sizzling on moist mustard dripped buns.
A big sun beats down on your fried ball-capped face.
The crack of the bat on ball rips through the sky.
You look at your father.
You know his tumor is growing.
Your last game together.
Where’s an alien abduction
when you really need one?
*this micro story was first published in Serious Flash Fiction volume 7
This poem was originally published in the Poet’s Choice book, A Fleeting Visitor, and is about the morning view from my living room window.
The surface of the river
looks like wrinkles on a mirror
wiggling toward their ocean home,
reflections distorted by
a never ending procession of
constantly competing currents.
Branches drape over the
edge of the shore and droop
down toward the furrowed course
as English Ivy crawls up the
trunk, gradually choking
the tree into eternal sleep.
Blackberry brambles spread
slowly and unseen, colonizing
the bank and climbing
over fallen logs that have
become their own
The blue heron extends
its massive wingspan,
stretching out the frigid
as the eagle soars overhead
in search of sustenance.
Light breaks on the
eastern horizon as
the sun peaks its shining
head over the crest
of the mighty Cascade
originally published in the Poet’s Choice book, A Fleeting Visitor
There’s a joy that you could bring
into the world with just a smile,
or with a small act of kindness
that you wouldn’t know could
mean so much to someone
when they’re down, and
when they feel like
they can’t answer
all the questions
that we all have
in our heads.
What? My photo “Behind Blue Eyes” is one of only thirteen in the world to be chosen for the public voting round of this month’s London Photo Festival contest. I was pretty well floored when I found out earlier this week.
If I win my photo will be highlighted and sold on the London Photo Festival’s website gallery, and they’ll do a bunch of publicity with me around winning the competition.
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originally published on June 2, 2021 by Sledgehammer
Eternal floating. The gloating rights will be monumental. Who else will be able to say they hold the world record for spending the most time in space? No one, that’s who.
Current record: 665 days.
One orbital circumnavigation every 90 minutes.
originally published on May 14, 2021 by Alien Buddha Press
Getting down is always easier than getting back up again. Three hundred vertical feet of steep chaparral canyon trail melted into the cliff face by time and tides ebbing and flowing unceasingly against the backdrop of a posh coastal climate…
originally published by BOMBFIRE
“… that emotion breeds inefficiency.” The floor supervisor pauses and raises his gloved hand in the air demanding silence, then holds his wand back up to the side of his throat to amplify his voice above the groan of the machinery churning in the background. “Don’t…