Skeleton LoveJoseph Caluya, 12th Grade, Nevada
Second Place — The stares of the cruel eyes penetrated through me, transmitting a notion that my body was some sort of anathema...
16 SiroccosMary Lawrence Ware, 10th Grade, New York
Third Place — My mother says menopause is full of pain. Hot flashes, anger, despair, insomnia, a surge of untamable emotions...
The Question of Where We BeginKyle Minor
We begin with the trouble, but where does the trouble begin? My uncle takes a pistol and blows his brains out.Now we may proceed to the aftermath
On "My Aeschylus” by Jim ShepardJosh Weil
The best short stories are simultaneously the least understandable and most fully felt. They hits us with undeniable force, a concrete impact...
Zeildorf had been on guard duty since 2 p.m. and he’d been paired with Suarez. That was the first bad thing. Suarez was known for his weak bladder—compared...
A CertaintyRumaan Alam
When you get old, your skin goes soft. Like the pages of a library book, my grandmother’s hands, papery and cool. She’d take my hand in hers...
Amulets: A SlideshowRoberta Allen
Eyes closed, Tara squeezed the amulet so tightly in her hand that she shrank the island of Taniqua, her home, to the size of a studio apartment in Manhattan
Power BalladsWill Boast
It’s worse than dating, I told Kate. Every band you join, every job you take, it’s always the same: That first awkward jam, feeling each other...
ConeWhite cone descended in sound blisterThere were the people having skin removed: to make the hood over our last eveningCone, White cone...
The End of My Life in New YorkPeter Cameron
He doesn’t look at me, but furrows his brow and stares intently at the splayed pages, as if reading is very hard work. After enjoying this charade...