🦉 Submissions open from June 1 to August 31
June 2, 2023

A Dream

On the first night, Nicole stood by the kitchen window washing the last of the dishes, procrastinating. The expanse before her was dark but for star- and moonlight bouncing off the fields. It was one of the most beautiful things Nicole had ever seen. Just as she thought, maybe the dark here isn’t so bad, the tiniest, almost imperceptible dust up at the side of the house caught her attention. Nicole felt her face warm, and her throat tighten.
May 31, 2023

A Beast Dressed as Josephine

ripe petal perfume swells in his nose congests his course ambushed silver aura imprisoned by her ashy trance
May 28, 2023

Golden Kiwi Tea from Greenfield: A Teatime with Rita Review

The Golden Kiwi tea is a black tea with dehydrated fruit added, and golden kiwi flavoring added. The tea has an almost spicy edge to it when you sip. It’s a moderate to mild edge, though. And the actual fruit used in the tea is pineapple, not kiwi, which is where the edge comes from.
May 27, 2023

Hail to the Chief

Once a week she’d take the medals out of the top drawer of the mahogany bureau in the room we shared. She’d carefully polish the silver and bronze bars and the ebony stars with a special soft cloth as she held each one up for me to admire.
May 26, 2023

Faith and Dandelion Seeds

Her eyes were heavy as she drifted… So where was she now? She dared not open her eyes as she could feel the sun behind them and that was impossible.
May 25, 2023

Chorus of the Waiting

You asked about the gatherings. If that is real or not. Or just some Evansby tall tale to give folks a tingle and a thrill when sleepy over too much beef, on Christmas Day and ready for such tellings of magic, miracles, and happy endings.
May 16, 2023

The Art of Sabbatical, a Breaking From Industry Standards

The Art of Sabbatical, a Breaking From Industry Standards. A concept we want to redefine for mental, emotional, and physical health.
May 16, 2023

The Whalebone Theatre: A Review

The Whalebone Theatre is a long, literary read set in the early decades of the 1900s, shortly after WWI and through WWII. It takes a bit for the title to make sense, but once it does, my fellow theatre lovers will delight in the memories and emotions the tale pulls out.
May 16, 2023

Jana Goes Wild: Book Review

Farah Heron takes us on a whirlwind, delicious Tanzanian tour in her latest novel, Jana Goes Wild. This contemporary romance fiction is a great read for anyone who loves a lovingly invasive family, gathering potential travel ideas, or believes in second chances and clean starts
May 16, 2023

Book Roundup-May Holidays

The holidays in May are exciting, touching and fun. They range from Beltane, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and everything in between. It’s a wonderful month to grab a book that represents a holiday, sit back and relax.
May 14, 2023

Dear Mum

How did you become so good at explaining love to me without using words?
May 6, 2023

Puppy Love

My brain screamed at my heart to “halt.” There might be a rescue dog that needs you. A pup begging for a home She also may be…Small Soft Black and Abandoned.
April 26, 2023

The Other Day

That it's time to separate; farewell. Don't say anything. It's useless, it's too late.
April 20, 2023

Book Review: Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries

Heather’s storyline is superb! The characters are three dimensional, and very relatable. I was drawn in immediately to the story, and fell in love with Emily’s dog, Shadow.
April 18, 2023

Book Review: The ComicBook Detective

Alex had a tendency to slide in and out of a dreamworld, he envisioned he was a top Noir Detective with a woman/dame waiting on his desk, a cigarette hanging out of his mouth, and that he could move in and out of the shadows, hiding in the dark night.
April 18, 2023

Fiction Book Review: Ghost Talker

She was a bit abrasive from word one, however that abrasiveness turned into tenacity. That quality hooked me so hard that I caught myself several times holding my breath, as I was reading.
April 15, 2023

Unknown and Unseen – Triannual Issue

Unintentionally, the MockingOwl Roost family chose this topic, Unknown & Unseen, for our first triannual issue in 2023 for a time in which the family would […]
April 14, 2023

The Audrey Hepburn Estate: Book Review

Emma Jansen returns to the estate of her childhood when she learns of its planned demolition, which was the rumored inspiration for the Larrabee home in Sabrina. She can’t imagine her beautiful home as a planned high end condo community
March 24, 2023

Memories On a Rainy Evening

Pallavi carefully put Junti to bed and sat beside her. The sounds of rain vividly reminded her of one such rainy evening three years ago when Junti had come to the orphanage with two other children.
March 18, 2023

Empire To My Soul

I'll build an empire, brick by brick A fortress for my soul to sit