My two recommended stories this week are serious in tone, centering on a woman who has been subjugated by a system and the men who run it.
COTTONMOUTH by Joelle Wellington is one of those powerful stories that have you on the edge of your seat, waiting, waiting for what’s to come. It tells the tale of a young man named Grant who finds a chained-up young women in the attic of the house he shares with his grandfather. Truly though, this tale isn’t about Grant at all, but rather all the men throughout the years like him and his grandfather, who had kept Black women in their power. Published in Apex Magazine.
PROPHECY GIRLS by Sydney Paige Guerrero is a story about Sen, the twenty-third girl to be the Chosen One of her world. Only, this time around, unlike all the previous Chosen Ones, she does not die. And in not dying, she begins to discover the truth about the system in place that demands a Chosen One’s sacrifice. A wonderful tale about a woman who faces down the cyclical nature of her subjugation. Published in Translunar Travelers Lounge.
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This week the stories are about leaving worlds and homes and histories in the past. They deal with heartache, yes, but also of looking forward, into the future.
ALL WORLDS LEFT BEHIND by Iona Datt Sharma is about a woman named Priya whose family had access to a portal world. But as she prepares for both a funeral and her own wedding, she realizes that she is losing her hold on this portal world, that it might very well slip from her grasp. Published in khōréō magazine.
WINGS OF LIGHT by ANNA MADDEN is a tale about an ant warrior desperate to defend her colony from attack, yet is given a responsibility that doesn’t conform to the life and death she had expected for herself. She’ll have to come to terms with this new responsibility, for the future of her colony depends on it. Published in Hexagon Magazine.
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I’ve been wanting to do recommended short fiction for a while, and now, after two years of keeping track of almost everything I’ve been reading, I’m finally getting down to the business of sharing short stories I’ve absolutely loved in the hopes that you’ll give them a read too.
The first two of the year I’d like to talk about are both from Constelación’s sample issue #0.5, a taste of things to come for this new magazine. Both were exemplary.
MAKEISHA IN TIME by Rachael K. Jones is a tale about a girl who lives countless lives across history. She is swept back in time at random moments, only to be returned in the exact same place and moment from when and where she’d disappeared. It’s a tale about historical erasure, about choosing what lives we wish to live.
I, CROCODILE by Jacinta Escudos is another powerful tale about a girl who can transform into a crocodile in the river. It deals with forced genital mutilation and the adults who propagate the ideas behind it. But especially, it deals with the fury of the ones who resist.
December marks the publication of my 6th professional story and my first appearance in DreamForge Magazine :)
Cessation of Civilization features a student struggling over her final project, all the trials of every step in creating something as immense as an entire world.
This story originated from the idea of playing god in other people’s lives, getting to look down and push and prod them into action. Similar to how, as a writer, you get to design whole worlds, destroy character lives or make them worth living, worth reading about. Yet, it’s also about failure, success, and the beauty found in both of those things.
If you get a chance to read this one, I hope it makes you smile :)
This story isn’t available for free to read, however, here is a limited time only discount for a DreamForge subscription :) The stories are well-written and diverse and the gorgeous artwork that goes along with each one is something you truly don’t get with most magazines.