Stories from
November, 2009

He sat to watch the world go by. He waited for insights. Instead he found himself, thinking more and more about less and less.

Dorothee Lang edits the BluePrintReview and currently is into skies, collaborations, and miniatures of life.

Her husband said no—that any more than a handful was a waste. She went ahead with it anyway. He seemed to enjoy being a hypocrite.

Steve Calvert is a writer from the UK. His website can be found at

The Slugger: Slipping the needle into his buttocks didn’t hurt until they asked him to pee in a cup.

Kathleen Gerard is a prize-winning writer who maintains the blog

She lived in fear of rejecting her new face, the face given to her by a stranger and a team of doctors, the face her attacker daily kissed.

Elaine Isaak‘s (@elaineisaak) next book, The Bastard Queen, is forthcoming January 2010. You do not want to be her hero.

My dad was too busy so I said painting projects with his pop were stupid. He looked at his brush and a drop of red paint fell to the ground.

DannyPoet (@dannypoet) is a writer of fiction and poetry who is currently working on his first novel.

“God offers you paradise after this awful life,” said the prophet, and his people killed themselves. “Better make suicide a sin,” he noted.

Alexander B. Joy is a student of English and Philosophy at UNH Durham.

Our lives were mapped out by the tracks of your tears that followed the tracks on my arms. Both always trying to stop; both always failing.

Jay Faulkner (@thejayphoenix) is a writer, martial artist, sketcher, and dreamer but mostly a husband and father.

He smirks at the baggie he’s confiscated: “So nice of you to share.” I watch him light up. So nice of him to mention his poison ivy allergy.

R. Gatwood is concise.

She hadn’t wanted one when she was young. Leading the girl furtively by the hand, no guardian in sight, the woman marveled at finding love.

Marcelle Heath is a fiction writer and assistant editor for Luna Park. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

The contest is over. The results are in (alphabetical order):


  • “Can You Hear?” by David Erlewine
  • “He Hardly Remembers the Crisis from Childhood” by Ann Marie Gamble
  • “Thump Thump Thump” by Ruby Welsh
  • “Break it Down” by Dale Wisely

Runners up

  • “A Song of Loss” by Brad Chacos
  • “Black” by Karl Kudrej
  • “Ursari” by Jennifer Tatroe

Each winning story will be published Monday through Friday during one week of December and will receive the jaw-dropping monetary prize of $10. Huge thanks to everyone who entered the contest for giving us the chance to read your work. We want to keep hearing from you, so keep submitting.