by Lynne Schmidt By the time your name has made headlines they have already pulled your body from the wreckage. Comments pour in— condolences mixed with seasons greetings and collective … Continue Reading “Solstice” (Winter Contest Winner)
by Nik Shultz I’ve never loved autumn like I did this year Turning over the leaves with gentle kicks Harvesting the fruit of years While fresh growth keeps going Even … Continue Reading “As Winter Arrives” (Winter Contest Honorable Mention)
by Francine Witte “After You” “The Front of Heartache” Francine Witte’s books include Dressed All Wrong for This, The Way of the Wind, and The Theory of Flesh. Her newest chapbook “The Cake, … Continue Reading “After You” and “The Front of Heartache”
By Jan Zlotnik Schmidt (with thanks to Judy, who asked the question) “Man that is born falls into a dream like a man who falls into the sea. If he … Continue Reading What Would Houdini Do?
by Melissa Knopp, Horror Flash Fiction 1st Place Contest Winner Agnes’ dream had been loud. She opened her eyes to a sudden quiet, an abrupt stillness that made her fingers … Continue Reading Agnes
by Colton Park, Horror Flash Fiction 2nd Place Contest Winner It may appear very strange, but what lay before you is an imminent destiny shared by those who frolic in … Continue Reading The Truth
by John Pich, Horror Flash Fiction 3rd Place Contest Winner You get a text early on in the night. It’s your buddy, Joe. “Zombies on Main St.” Yeah? It’s Halloween. … Continue Reading Inevitable
Those of us at The River would like to thank all of you who sent in your work for our fall contest. We enjoyed reading this round of competition immensely … Continue Reading Horror Flash Fiction Contest Winners!
by Lowell Warren Ever since the start of quarantine, I’ve seen numerous posts on social media about how Shakespeare wrote his famous play King Lear under quarantine during the bubonic … Continue Reading Art in Isolation
by Andrew Miller In the summer of 1957, when I was ten years old, my father rented a cabin near Milbridge, in Down East Maine. It was near the end … Continue Reading Somewhere Down East
by Cori Schneider, Nostalgia Contest 1st place winner Cori Schneider was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She is currently attending the University of Maine Farmington and majoring in creative … Continue Reading I didn’t realize you would be the one to take my life
by Ciera Miller, Nostalgia Contest 2nd place winner Dear France, I have been feeling nostalgia lately. Nostalgia for your nine meter room, down the hall your kitchen that’s only open … Continue Reading Dear France
by Mark Bennion, Nostalgia Contest 3rd place winner For the past two decades Mark and his family have made their home in the Upper Snake River Valley about 60 miles … Continue Reading Ode to the Accordion
Hello, everyone! We are excited to announce that this spring The River will be holding a Nostalgia writing & art contest! These past 20 years we’ve witnessed some hilarious fads, … Continue Reading The Nostalgia Contest!
by Mark Antony Rossi There are those convinced the fundamentals of writing hasn’t changed in a thousand years. An ink well, a parchment, an idea and quiet time are the … Continue Reading Modern Forces and the Meaningful Metaphor
by Rowan Bagley An integral part of the punk movement is the focus on direct forms of activism, which can vary from graffiti to rioting depending on the intended message. … Continue Reading Anarcho-punk