Category: Contests

A Bed Filled with Birds

Faith Shearin 2022 Spring Fiction Contest Winner During the months after her husband, Max, died, Jane adhered to a self-imposed schedule. She had gotten this idea from a widow she’d met in her...

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The Lost Girls of Lupine Cabin

Anna Sheffer 2022 Spring Fiction Contest Runner Up We remember confirmation camp on summer mornings when the air smells like woodsmoke. At camp that year, every night ended with a campfire, and every...

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Ariel

Lucien Darjeun Meadows Content Warning: This piece contains discussions of suicide and self-harm All around this Baltimore campus, the tulip poplars are beginning to leaf out in brilliant, foamy...

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New Theories About (Our Obsession with) the Moon

Katherine Huang Winner of the 2022 Greg Grummer Poetry Prize 1. In ancient times the two Moons agreed: one would stay in the sky,  while the other would go  to live on Earth among mortals. ...

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Crepe Myrtles & All Those Other Blooming Trees

Hannah V. Warren 2022 Greg Grummer Poetry Prize First Runner Up when we find a river we rejoice                  as if we’ve never seen so...

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Adam in Eden

Shay Swindlehurst 2022 Greg Grummer Poetry Contest Honorable Mention God had made for Adam a Jungle. The Gardens of Eden rioted, strived against Adam’s toil. Each day he cut the...

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Lament

Lydia Golitz Second Runner-up in the 2022 Greg Grummer Poetry Contest Here is my desperate garden, my lease of sand and gravel.  Where Saint Catherine lies with her head off in the yellow...

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51.2

2022 Spring Fiction Contest Winner A Bed Filled with Birds by Faith Shearin 2022 Spring Nonfiction Contest Winner Ariel by Lucien Darjeun Meadows 2022 Greg Grummer Poetry Contest Winner New Theories...

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Issue 51.2 is Here!

At long last, here it is: phoebe’s spring 2022 contest issue. For this one, we received thousands of submissions containing your best work, and our readers and editors toiled for months to whittle...

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The Uselessness of Fog: How Paradox Haunts Emily Wilson

Christian Stanzione Paradox isn’t the problem we take it for. Our want, or at least mine until the past few years of academic dithering, is to think of paradox as a sort of unsolvable dialectic—a...

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