"No Thank You, Otto Titzling" by Literary Awards Finalist, Ana Thorne

(This piece also appeared in the Mount Voices Journal published in April 2008 by Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles.) Somehow I’d connected wearing a bra with a story on television about a young girl with polio in an iron lung. Her hair, head and neck were...

"Imagined Jubilation" by Literary Awards Finalist, Caryn Coyle

The bed is as difficult to sleep in as the house is to come home to. The silence isn’t the problem. She’s used to that. It’s the thought that no one will join her. The thought slams, hard, when she tries to find a comfortable position in the bed. Alone. As she stands...

"Chuy’s Truck" by Literary Awards Finalist, Al Sim

1 It was nine o’clock when Chuy Sandoval called home. After a long day, Chuy had a few drinks at Rico’s and thought better of driving. He was far too tired to walk. His wife teased him a little, then rattled down there in her old station wagon and picked...

"A Walk In The Bush" by Literary Awards Finalist, Sandra Jensen

The rains came early. We are supposed to be back in Durban, but it’s been bucketing for three days and we can’t get out of the game reserve. I’m suffocating in this one-room tourist rondavel. It’s bad enough sharing the room with Ray and Frank, my sixty-five year old...

"Unwedding" by Literary Awards Finalist, Elizabeth Chase

Everybody always says that I left Meagan at the altar, but that’s simply not true. I left her on the living room couch. She was staying at her mother’s house that weekend – she thought it would make the wedding night more special – but she was, incredibly enough, the...