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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – “My insides are shredded,”Melissa Nilson’s mother described. “You know, I’m doing what I need to do.”
Linda Nilson lost her everything, her best friend, her daughter, Melissa Nilson.
Just 26, loved ones say, she was taken too soon.
Saturday will mark a year since the Huber Heights mom was shot and killed outside her home.
“It feels like it couldn’t have been a year yet, and other times, all that we’ve been through, it feels like it’s been a year,” the mom explained.
Police suspect her boyfriend, Ryan Mitchell murdered her.
He faces felony charges and remains jailed.
But family and friends say no amount of justice will fill their void, no sentence will bring back mommy to her now 5-year-old son, Brendan.
“In fact, he does little prayers sometimes where he just wants God to let her come back down from heaven…
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Everybody wants to be an author. And a cat.Poet Philip Levine has died.Sarah Kay on ”The Type.”S&S profit dropped 5.6% in 2014.Oprah picks Ruby.Melanie’s Marvelous Measles miscarries.54% of Americans read a book last year.Library visits are plummeting in the UK.SFWA now accepts self-published works for membership.English majors are on the decline.Great American Sentence Contest underway.Flash fiction contest. $1000 for 1000 words. Submissions are open.
Down in the Station
by Seth Sawyers
In the station a black woman with thick braids played the cello. I thought she was good, but I don’t know if she really was good, because what do I know about the cello?
My Mother Has a Cult Following
by Siobhan Adcock
My mother has a cult following. It’s not as big as my father’s, because her band hasn’t sold as many records as his.
by Julia Lynn Rubin
When I look at the sky, I don’t see color. The man in the rabbit suit doesn’t either. I know this because I asked him one summer, when the air smelled like burning pavement.
by Emile DeWeaver
A mother-of-pearl mirror-stand, rolled rugs from Damascus, and other brick-a-brac from when I went through my I’m-gay-but-proud-to-be-Syrian bullshit fill the shadows in my garage.
by Michael Lauchlan
Among students, I drink the same / coffee I drank at home an hour / ago—which is not some philosophical metaphor.
by Mathew Javidi
If I could go back, / I would have clutched my tongue, / not let it pirouette into / the soft, dim spotlight of / your living room
by Alicia Lai
Once I entered into a symbiotic relationship with a praying mantis, wings folded / at our altar of Queen Anne’s lace. There is wine on the table—father, please don’t / let the calf bleed on me.
Dark Rum & Tonic
by Molly Fisk
Sometimes what you need is a road / house, blast of laughter and warm air pouring / out the door, where the waitresses know / your name but the customers don’t
by Diane Payne
After making the one hundred mile drive with my daughter for the Breast MRI appointment, she takes off to meet an old friend who is a medical student at the hospital.
Hidden in the Bone
by Jim Krosschell
Lately, as I’ve progressed from little walks around the living room to real walks around the block, the neighborhood seems to be different.
by Randy Osborne
“I don’t expect you to remember me,” she says. The Atlanta bar is loud around us. She’s maybe late 30s, with dark hair and eyes, apple cheeks, a certain kind of defiance about the lips.
by Lee Martin
A porch swing sways, and the chains in the eyehooks screwed into the rafters let out their lazy creaks as if this is a day of rest for them, too. Or nearly so.
Announcing a New Lit Journal: Easy Street
Feb 2, 2015 | 0 comments
The founders of The Lascaux Review have launched a new literary journal. Easy Street picks up where Lascaux lets off—with reviews and interviews, columns and industry news, even debates and (just for fun) horoscopes.
The Lascaux Prize in Flash Fiction
Jan 10, 2015 | 0 comments
The Lascaux Prize in Flash Fiction is open for submissions. $1000 for 1000 words.
Lascaux Prize in Poetry: We Have a Winner
Jan 6, 2015 | 0 comments
Congratulations to Mathew Javidi, winner of the 2014 Lascaux Prize in Poetry! He earns $1000 and a spot in the 2015 anthology with his poem titled “Sefeed.”
Any Road Will Take You There
Dec 3, 2014 | 0 comments
by David W. Berner
Casey and Graham heard me talk about the details of the trip, about my purpose for taking on the challenge of it, and an itinerary based on the travels written about in Kerouac’s book. Although neither had heard much of anything about Kerouac . . .
The Boy’s Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew
Nov 6, 2014 | 0 comments
by Eli Glasman
When I got back to the house it was nearly midday. My father and Talya were still at synagogue. Normally we had coffee and cake for breakfast on Shabbat, but I’d left too early, so there was a piece left for me on the bench.
Untying the Knot
Aug 16, 2014 | 0 comments
by Karen Paul Holmes
Why do knots form by themselves? / In my blow dryer cord, / cell phone charger, / dog leashes. / What Boy Scout crept into the dark / to practice right over left / around and through?
Larger Than Life
Aug 12, 2014 | 0 comments
by Jodi Picoult
One day when I was seven I came home from school to find that my mother had redecorated my bedroom. My shelf of stuffed animals was gone, replaced with all the books on math and science she had used in college.
Dreaming My Animal Selves
Aug 4, 2014 | 0 comments
by Hélène Cardona
Wind, who yearns to be savored, offers / me three cups overflowing / with eternity, daemon of insight. / The opportune encounter enraptures quintessential / distress, ruffles estranged quietude . . .
Losing Found Things
Jul 9, 2014 | 0 comments
by Brett Garcia Rose
My mother took her own life at 1 a.m. on Saturday the thirteenth of some month. I know this because my watch tells me.
The Lascaux Prize in Short Fiction is open for submissions.
Visit the contests page for guidelines.
The Christine Eldin Memorial Fellowship is open for submissions.
Visit the fellowship website for guidelines.
The Lascaux Prize in Poetry contest will reopen in 2015.
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A blog is born: Story and Chai
Reading and writing the Muslim narrative: storyandchai.com
The 2015 Lascaux Prize in Flash Fiction is open for submissions. 1,000 words maximum. $1,000 to the winner. The following link will take you where you need to go:
Congratulations to Mathew Javidi, winner of the 2014 Lascaux Prize in Poetry!
The contest will reopen in July 2015 and close in September. For updates visit the contests page.
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Easy Street is hosting a Great American Sentence contest. Send them the first sentence of your book. Or a stand-alone. No length restrictions. Send up to five! If they like one of yours best they’ll pay you $5 a word. $10 a word if you share the contest on a social media site.
For full details visit The Great American Sentence: A Contest. Tell them Lascaux sent you.
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