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Welcome to the online literary journal from Arch Street Press!

 

Third-Quarter 2021 Competition Now Open!

 

 

We’re changing things up for our third quarter competition! Do you have a short story that you’d love to see as part of a complete collection? Or a creative nonfiction piece that you’d like to become part of a longer, maybe book-length project? Then submit it to the third quarter Meet Me @ 19th Street online literary competition. 

The theme is dream interpretation. We can’t wait to see what you do with it! 

 

Each of three winners will receive $100, publication in our online literary journal, Meet [email protected] Street, and consideration for the Arch Street Prize, which includes $1000, professional editing of the manuscript, a book contract and publication by Arch Street Press.

 

Email your questions to [email protected]. Send your submission and a $15 entry fee using the “Submit” buttton below. Deadline is September 30, 2021 at midnight.

Happy writing!

 

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2021 Winners

Moonshine Lemonade

Moonshine Lemonade

Moonshine Lemonade Liam KellerOCTOBERSometimes, the yellow-blooded day will be slaughtered on my bedroom floor. Great marigold pools, spilled across pine. But those dying moments are brief, and always shifting. Usually, they won’t come at all and this cramped,...

3 Austrailan Women

3 Austrailan Women

3 Austrailan Women Jerome McFaddenLondon 1786Ye fair British Nymphs of beauty and fame, tooListen to my story, beware of my fate, tooOnce like you I was happy, once like you I was blestThough now I am wretched with sorrow opprestOh! Pity my sorrows! Ah, me...

Nritya

Nritya

Nritya Aditi RamaswamyChapter 1 The world began with a dance. First, there was only emptiness below the heavens, neither cold nor hot, neither white nor black, neither light nor dark. Then Lord Nataraja entered this void, raised one foot and brought it down, and...

2020 Winners

My Plural Is People

My Plural Is People

My Plural Is People Anndee Hochman“Zachary Kahn-Molina, do you have siblings?” Mr. Rattrazino paused, stub of yellow chalk cinched between his second and third fingers like the suave, chain-smoking lead of a 1930s movie. Rattrazino—mostly, we called him “Mr. R,”...

Cottonwood Rust

Cottonwood Rust

Cottonwood Rust Steven Wight“You did say Gypsum?” said the lady behind the airport information desk. “Yes, Gypsum,” replied Annie. “Is there a problem?” “No. It’s just most people want information about Vegas. I’ll check and see what accommodations are in Gypsum. You...

Catalyst

Catalyst

Catalyst Rachel WongThe leaves were stubborn, adamantly holding onto the trees from which they’d sprouted. Even after their colors shifted from jade to amber to gold, they resisted the icy wind that came soaring up the Hudson Valley and through the wide streets of...

Blue Zone

Blue Zone

Blue Zone Seren SenseiDo you have experience utilizing screens for data entry? Y/N Are you 16 or older? Y/N Have you ever spent time in Rehabilitation? Y/N Have you or any of your family members ever been chosen? Y/N Amber St. Clair stared at the questionnaire in...

The Bargeman’s Daughter: Seneca Village Arises

The Bargeman’s Daughter: Seneca Village Arises

The Bargeman’s Daughter: Seneca Village Arises Thomas BeltonA day after the Nativist riot at Saint Patrick’s Church in downtown Manhattan, Annie Hogan awoke with an awful headache to the sounds of singing in a cabin she’d never seen before. A young girl was making...

2019 Memoir Winners

What Happened Then

What Happened Then

What Happened Then Paula FriedmanEven in the birthmothers’ groups, I have been told, “You had some choice.” I was no frightened teenager, after all, but a highly educated radical, “running around with those other tie-dyed, fanatic, family-dumping spongers through the...

Alice

Alice

Alice Virginia CramerIt was when I went to bury Alice that I understood she wasn’t dead. And I understood that she wasn’t going to die for a long time, and that people aren’t dead when they die, and you can’t kill them. People die slowly, sometimes too slowly, and in...

Storming the Castle

Storming the Castle

Storming the Castle Peter E. Murphy“I think there’s someone in there,” Twiz says, pressing her one good eye against the beveled-glass door of The Windsor Castle Hotel, which is neither a castle nor a hotel, but a run-down pub in Newport, a run-down city in South...

2019 FANTASY WINNERS

Kill for Love

Kill for Love

Kill for Love Laura PicklesimerEvery night I dreamt of fire, of Santa Monica Boulevard up in flames, blocks of designer merchandise torched to the ground, windows shattered, mannequins melted onto their steel pedestals. I dreamt of one spectacular disaster each night....

The Young White Girl

The Young White Girl

The Young White Girl Luke KingsburyCongdon Park Municipal Code of Conduct and CommunityArticle A, Subsection 1, Clause A: The Congdon Council, made up of five highly-qualified elected officials, must maintain, create, and enforce laws that protect a safe and thriving...

A Little Light

A Little Light

A Little Light Lori D. JohnsonChapter 1 It’s 8 something in the morning and Tina is standing at the corner of Pharaoh and Sphinx with her arms folded across her chest and her jaws as tight as Mike Tyson’s clenched fists. But all the while, the bright morning sun is...

2019 HONORABLE MENTIONS

Ahkii-Savior

Ahkii-Savior

Ahkii-Savior Kai QuallsChapter 1 Savior “It true began in the time of sorrows, the period of mourning in the aftermath of the all-gods war. As the Sumai’a tell it, the blood soaked soil gave them birth. From the essence of god-death and the power of Ahki’i they were...

Ruth vs. Bender

Ruth vs. Bender

Ruth vs. Bender Kevin KingAs far as hayseed James Atwood Gray knew, or even Moe Berg for that matter, there was no God of Peace. So in what god’s eye was the glint that gave light to Babe Ruth’s All Americans touring Japan as 1934 concluded? **** The RMS Empress of...

2018 WINNERS

Shelter Me

Shelter Me

Shelter Me Kirby FieldsNana is in one corner, threatening to call the police. Dad is in the other telling her to go ahead and do it. She holds the phone in her left hand, her right index finger hovering over the keypad like she’s about to detonate a bomb. My brothers...

I Hum Delilah

I Hum Delilah

Mother of a Hanged Girl Chad V. BroughmanDamp winds lashed at the town square, tipping hats and rustling papery leaves against the scaffold. Ruth’s bonnet lifted and a lock of reddish-yellow hair spilled over her eye. The girl forgot her hands were bound and when she...

A Fool’s Errand

A Fool’s Errand

A Fool’s Errand John GalvinI was drafted a year out of high school, was shuttled from Ft. Knox to Ft. Dix to Ft. Bliss, spent a year in Tacoma, Washington. There were no wars at the time, only tensions, so I never made it over seas. When I was discharged, I returned...

2018 HONORABLE MENTIONS

What Ben Franklin Would Have Told Me

What Ben Franklin Would Have Told Me

What Ben Franklin Would Have Told Me Donna GordonChapter 1 Lee knew for a fact that his obituary was already written, by the same reporter who interviewed President Jimmy Carter last fall, shortly after his election. He hoped the headline would be dignified. Lee...

The Blacksmith’s Daughter

The Blacksmith’s Daughter

The Blacksmith’s Daughter Patrick Vala-HaymesBlood and iron have always had much the same scent for me. I have never been one to blanch or wrinkle my nose at either. • • • Winter blew through the open gate of the smithy. I peeked out from beneath the canopy of my...

I Hum Delilah

I Hum Delilah

I Hum Delilah Tej Rae1. Place de L’Obélisque Find the tire on the bank of the weed-choked canal, treads faded to brick-red sludge. Roll it. With quick steps and quicker hands to the middle of the road that connects the university to the rest of the city. Drag a bed...