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Letter From The Editor

This year, I had the honor of choosing the Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction finalists after several years of reading for the contest and being the contest coordinator.

Mirage (First Place Winner of the Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction)

The fiery sun is losing its edges, a reddish gold singeing the sky.

The Doppler Effect (Second Place Winner of the Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction)

The car ride was a quiet one. In the front sat the Realtor, sneaking looks back at Miles and his mother.

The God of Ugly Things (Third Place Winner of the Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction)

The vacation had been Ada’s idea, of course. The word “vacation” had also been Ada’s, although the term now seemed like a bit of a stretch.

Vick’s Vapor Rub Covered Baby (Editor’s Choice of the Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction)

1926 Prospect Place dressed up as the Pentecostal House of Prayer for All People on Sundays.

The City of Brotherly Love

Philadelphia, a city of blue glass that shines bright against the clear sky like a fish’s scales in a river, sits perched between two metropolitan behemoths: New York and Washington D.C.

Scenario in Surreal

Spy into her casement’s window At her apartment she putters


The headline says, “Rosebuds on remote island die from water shortage,”


Chapters, timers on stoves, toothpaste— these things warn about their ends.

Gala by Lynne Shapiro

The poetry collection Gala by Lynne Shapiro is a transcendent collection exploring in detail the intricacies and themes of art by using a few specific works pictured in the book to guide the reader through her experience.

Esprit de Corpse by EF Deal

Esprit de Corpse is a unique tale of adventure and mystery set in a french steampunk setting, largely separating the book from novels that traditionally place the steampunk universe in England or America.

Having Witnessed The Illusion by Nicole Greaves

In Nicole Greaves’ book, Having Witnesses The Illusion, the first poem, “Prelude” from Section I. Another Country invites us into her world of deep imagery and lyricism joined with storytelling.