Stone Soup Honor Roll: November/December 2023

Welcome to the Stone Soup Honor Roll! We receive hundreds of submissions every month by kids from around the world. Unfortunately, we can’t publish all the great work we receive. So we created the Stone Soup Honor Roll. We commend all of these talented writers and artists and encourage them to keep creating. – The […]

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From the Flash Contests The First Snow Linda sat on the porch watching the clouds, and occasionally, the butterflies fluttering over the front yard. Ever since she’d been diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer last year, she started to slow down and to appreciate the simple yet beautiful things all around her so much more. Suddenly, […]

Within the Stars

After the death of her husband, Olive discovers the healing power of creativity. Olive didn’t know how long she’d sat on her bed staring at the stars. They were so bright that night, shining like thousands of little suns in the sky. It brightened up the window next to her bed, its paper-white curtain fully […]

An Unusual Haircut

Carys and her family shave their heads in support of her grandmother, who has cancer. Bzzzzzzzzzzz. The clipper buzzed through my brother Noah’s hair. It was a blazing hot summer day, and I was at my grandma’s house. We were outside on the patio. I shook my legs and tapped my toes nervously on the […]

Automat by Edward Hopper

It doesn’t look like an automat, just a building that reeks of steel and machinery and aching backs, with a corner in which a woman sits at a table, invisible to everyone, scowling into her cup of tea. She had given up on pounding on doors long ago, knowing that nobody would let her in; […]

Explosion in a Shingle Factory

The stairs collapsed beneath her and as she fell, she prayed for her body not to be seen, not painted by a brush, she saw the sun, then the moon, nighttime descended as splinters of wood flew into her eyes, poured out of her mouth, sinking past an assortment of floating objects— a banjo is […]

Indiana Wind Farm

Through the afternoon In a blue Honda Fit In toward the wind farm We shall go. As the wind turbines spin In the afternoon wind Shadows on the ground Like a fidget. In the high winds You feel like you can touch it But cannot Car shadows go. Spinning shadows Of the turbines Night and […]

Just Imagine

Trees instead of poles Mountains instead of buildings Rivers instead of roads Boulders instead of cars Flowers instead of litter Grass instead of stores Forests instead of parking lots Sunsets instead of smog Oceans instead of cities Lakes instead of concrete Dolphins instead of ships Meadows instead of machines Mechanical things devour the earth like […]