First Place Winner: Backstays of the Sun

First Place Winner: Backstays of the Sun

By Chelsea Pennington   He only sees white. White walls, white countertop at the front desk, white tiles beneath his feet. Sturdy white sneakers belonging to doctors and nurses clip-clop across the floor. They wear blue, like splinters of the sky cascading...
Fruit Loops

Fruit Loops

By Grace Lehmann   The phone rings four times, but Mom doesn’t pick up. She knows it’s me. Probably wishes it wasn’t. I cross all the fingers on my left hand, gnawing my lip until it bleeds. Please answer. The receiver clicks.   “Hi, Calia.” Mom’s voice...
Steady

Steady

“Your hands are shaking,” Yirah said.   Fiddler curled his tremor-ridden hands around his mug of honey brew. Yirah would never describe her mischievous charge as serene, but shaking hands?   They sat in the most relaxing tavern she’d seen this side of Chron....
A Heretic’s Sacrifice

A Heretic’s Sacrifice

Emiel was twice a heretic.   When he rejected the Twelve Gods for Adolsin, the church labeled him a heretic. And when he held onto the Twelve Gods’ powers after pledging himself to Adolsin, even his fellow heretics called him a heretic.   The numerous...
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