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The Mother of all Defiance – Forth Place

The Mother of all Defiance – Forth Place - story

Mimi Broihier

Mom gave me a block of cheddar cheese and a sleeve of Fig Newtons when I left home for California in August of 1983. Apparently back then, when crossing the country alone in an unreliable…

Tertullian’s Law – Third Place

Tertullian’s Law – Third Place - story

Tia Levings

Maggie is an expectant mother in a state that grants personhood at conception and protects the child’s rights over those of their mother.   The world changed when I wasn’t looking. That’s what it felt…

Cicada – Second Place

Cicada – Second Place - story

Dean Gessie

When grandpa was naked, I didn’t see his doohickey. I was on the porch an’ his belly hung big an’ low like a melon. Mama said, “For the love of God, Charlie…” She called her…

Ain’t No Word But Lonely – First Place

Ain’t No Word But Lonely – First Place - story

Rachel A. Levine

The first time Anna heard her son’s heartbeat, it was through the doctor’s stethoscope; a hummingbird beat, a frantic thumping; a small frenetic voice.  She was a linguist, the first of her circle of friends…