Cutting Down the Zinnias

Cutting Down the Zinnias

By Abby McBane   The time has come to fell the flowers; It’s autumn now, the summer’s bounty waning. Outside I go, in the late morning hours, To do the deed, a buoyant manner feigning.   Butterfly and bee fulfill their merry task Of going back and forth between each...
Second Place Winner: The Will of the Sky

Second Place Winner: The Will of the Sky

By Cassandra Hamm   Mahzar sat cross-legged on the sandy floor and gripped his staff to still his trembling hands. Suluboya’s painted face stared at him from the corner of the tent as if waiting for him to renounce his promotion.   “This is the will of the...
First Place Winner: Ella

First Place Winner: Ella

By Kate Flournoy   Sand swirled like a plague of locusts across the plain, spitting against Travis’s goggles. A line of fenceposts and an abandoned bunker contentedly slept while the world died around them.   Travis looked over his shoulder. The wind had...
SE Podcast #18: How to Battle Discouragement

SE Podcast #18: How to Battle Discouragement

Today Josiah DeGraaf, Rolena Hatfield, and Daeus Lamb discuss a writer’s worst enemy: discouragement. They share their own experiences with battling it and offer advice to anyone who is wondering if it’s time to quit writing. Listen to their conversation below!  ...
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