August 2017: "Quality of Light" by David Armstrong, judged by Clifford Garstang, author of What the Zhang Boys Know

August 2017: "Quality of Light" by David Armstrong, judged by Clifford Garstang, author of What the Zhang Boys Know

September 2017: "Boxwood Fox Hunt" by Sarah Ann Winn, judged by Kathleen McGookey, author of Stay

September 2017: "Boxwood Fox Hunt" by Sarah Ann Winn, judged by Kathleen McGookey, author of Stay

October 2017: "Brotherhood" by David E. Yee, judged by Jeffrey Condran, author of A Fingerprint Repeated

October 2017: "Brotherhood" by David E. Yee, judged by Jeffrey Condran, author of A Fingerprint Repeated

Winners of our FREE 53-Word Story Contest

Winner receives a free book by that month's judge

September 2017: "The Shed Is Best" by Donna Kennedy, judged by Kelly Kathleen Ferguson, author of My Life as Laura: How I Searched for Laura Ingalls Wilder and Found Myself

September 2017: "The Shed Is Best" by Donna Kennedy, judged by Kelly Kathleen Ferguson, author of My Life as Laura: How I Searched for Laura Ingalls Wilder and Found Myself

October 2017: "Homecoming" by Noël Rozny, judged by Stephanie Carpenter, author of Missing Persons, winner of the 2017 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

October 2017: "Homecoming" by Noël Rozny, judged by Stephanie Carpenter, author of Missing Persons, winner of the 2017 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

November 2017: "The Little Transient" by Lorri McDole judged by Sarah York, our most-awesome intern from Wake Forest University

November 2017: "The Little Transient" by Lorri McDole judged by Sarah York, our most-awesome intern from Wake Forest University

Editors' Selections

Guest Poetry Editor for Issue 127

Seth Michelson

Seth Michelson is an award-winning poet, professor, and translator whose collections of poetry include Swimming Through Fire, Eyes Like Broken Windows, House in a Hurricane, Kaddish for My Unborn Son, and Maestro of Brutal Splendor. His translations of poetry include the books The Ghetto (Tamara Kamenszain, Argentina), roly poly (Victoria Estol, Uruguay), Poems from the Disaster (Zulema Moret, Argentina/Spain), Red Song (Melisa Machado, Uruguay), and Dreaming in Another Land (Rati Saxena, India). He currently teaches the poetry of the Americas at Washington and Lee University, as well as in a high-security prison for undocumented, unaccompanied youth.

Seth Michelson is an award-winning poet, professor, and translator whose collections of poetry include Swimming Through Fire, Eyes Like Broken Windows, House in a Hurricane, Kaddish for My Unborn Son, and Maestro of Brutal Splendor. His translations of poetry include the books The Ghetto (Tamara Kamenszain, Argentina), roly poly (Victoria Estol, Uruguay), Poems from the Disaster (Zulema Moret, Argentina/Spain), Red Song (Melisa Machado, Uruguay), and Dreaming in Another Land (Rati Saxena, India). He currently teaches the poetry of the Americas at Washington and Lee University, as well as in a high-security prison for undocumented, unaccompanied youth.

"Tree of Life" by Cynthia Atkins

"Tree of Life" by Cynthia Atkins

"The Mountain (Dance of Shadows)" by Daniel H. Dugas

"The Mountain (Dance of Shadows)" by Daniel H. Dugas

"after drinking" by Lukas Hall

"after drinking" by Lukas Hall

"Historians of the Defeat" by Gail Wronsky

"Historians of the Defeat" by Gail Wronsky

Guest Short Fiction Editor for Issue 127

John Matthew Fox

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John Matthew Fox is the author of I Will Shout Your Name, published by Press 53 in November 2017. He has published in Crazyhorse, Third Coast, Shenandoah, and the Chicago Tribune. He provides editing services and resources for writers at the literary blog Bookfox, which has received mentions from The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and The Huffington Post. He earned an MFA from the University of Southern California and an MA from New York University, but after teaching at the collegiate level for a decade, he decided to focus on Bookfox full time. After traveling to more than forty countries and living in three, he has settled down in Orange County, California, with his wife, twin boys, and six chickens.

"Tempting the Serpent" by Sharon Goldberg

"Tempting the Serpent" by Sharon Goldberg

"D.C. Al Coda" by Richard Morrissette

"D.C. Al Coda" by Richard Morrissette

"Jackie, but Famous" by Matthue Roth

"Jackie, but Famous" by Matthue Roth

Publisher's Pick

For Issue 127, publisher Kevin Morgan Watson would like to share a story with our readers from Roads without Houses, the debut story collection by Joseph Rein, which will be published by Press 53 on March 1, 2018 (available for signed pre-order now). Joseph was a runner-up in the 2017 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction and it was a close race. So close that Kevin couldn't let this collection slip away. Note: the 2018 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction deadline has been extended until January 31 due to a technical oversight (we forgot to advertise the contest at NewPages.com). Yikes!

"Encyclopedia Helenica" by Joseph Rein

"Encyclopedia Helenica" by Joseph Rein

Meet Our Guest Editors for Issue 137, July-Sept 2018

(Submissions are open now through March 31 at Submittable)

Poetry: Terri Kirby Erickson Read "Three Turtles" by Terri Kirby Erickson

Poetry: Terri Kirby Erickson

Read "Three Turtles" by Terri Kirby Erickson

Short Fiction: Jeffrey Condran Read "Ides of March" from A Fingerprint Repeated

Short Fiction: Jeffrey Condran

Read "Ides of March" from A Fingerprint Repeated

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