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Letter From the Editor

Editor’s Note

This year, we began publishing nonfiction in the magazine. In this issue, I am excited to finally share the winners of the Personal Narrative Contest we ran with the Society of Young Inklings last fall. These three narratives give us a sense of the scope and range of narrative nonfiction. In “Locked Out of Kindergarten,” […]

Editor’s Note

In our double summer issue, we are thrilled to share not one but two books of poetry that placed second in our 2019 Book Contest: The Golden Elephant by Analise Braddock and Searching for Bow and Arrows by Tatiana Rebecca Shrayer—two equally talented yet entirely distinct young poets. Braddock’s The Golden Elephant is a wild […]

Editor’s Note

Because of our production schedule, I am writing you this letter a few months in advance of when it will be published. It is now mid-March, and many of us are just beginning an indefinite period of staying at home as much as we can to protect ourselves and our communities from COVID-19. I tend […]

Editor’s Note

This issue is a bit diff erent than usual for two reasons. First, we have started to serialize Hannah Nami Gajcowksi’s fantastical novella, Elana, which placed third in our 2019 book contest. Elana follows the extraordinary adventures of a “furow” girl who lives on Neptune and has an important destiny to fulfill. We will be […]

Editor’s Note

A man and a bird. Two young dancers. Two chess-players. A “furow” and a fairy. This issue explores what, other than blood and kinship, binds us to others—even, in the case of the fi nal poem, “To Those in a Cage,” to strangers. As Lydia Iliff asks in her poem “Why are friends like that?”: […]

Editor’s Note

This issue explores the extremes in nature—from the terrifying peaks of the mountains and the towering peaks of ocean waves to storms capable of wiping out an entire group of soldiers. The stories, poems, and art here all remind us of the awe-inspiring power latent within the earth, water, plants, and rocks that surround us. […]

Editor’s Note

How would you react if your parents abandoned you and the only home you had ever known burned down? Or if your closest friend were being bullied at school—and you felt powerless to help? What would you do if your mom didn’t show up to pick you up after school, or if you found out […]

Editor’s Note

We often think technology has made our lives better. We can easily heat up our leftovers in the microwave, dictate our papers and letters into our phones, take photos of anything we want, and FaceTime with family and friends who are far away. But instead of celebrating these conveniences, the stories and plays in this […]

Editor’s Note

Sometimes not a lot happens in the stories we publish. This is not the case in this issue! In these stories, a young boy, still reeling from his father’s death, fights to save the world; a journalist travels to a refugee camp in war-ridden Syria; a Parisian street orphan befriends an old woman who has […]

Editor’s Note

What is home to you? Is it a specific place—a whole country, state, or city? Is it a whole house or just a room? Is it being with certain family or friends? Or is it simply a feeling you get—of comfort and belonging—regardless of where you are? For me, home is not just one of […]

Editor’s Note

What unites these pieces of writing and art is their close, careful attention to the natural world: to migrating birds, to trees we see outside our window even if we live in a city, to the stark beauty of a desert sunset and the tragedy of changing weather patterns, to snowflakes and cut flowers, and […]

Editor’s Note

This is an issue that looks at relationships from many different angles. The poems and stories (and many of the images too) explore what it means to be a friend, a sibling, a child, and a student. You will notice many of these pieces are set at school. The start of school every fall can […]