Submissions are Open!

Submissions are open for the new year. You know. The new year? It’s going to be called “2014,” we’re told. That’s not nearly as fun to say as “2013,” unfortunately. Think about it. “Sweet Grinds 2013” versus “Sweet Grinds 2014.” It doesn’t even matter what the “Sweet Grinds” are. Skateboard tricks? Salt and pepper? The…

Magic Santa by Nathaniel Tower

Alvin Rex loved Christmas until he caught his mother in bed with Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. He just wanted to tell his parents about the jingling bells he’d heard coming from downstairs. Instead of his mom and dad peacefully sleeping away to visions of sugar plums, there was Santa, buck naked except for his…

Stratum by Dino Parenti

If you missed it, don’t fret. From up here, the raised thumb of the Yucatan Peninsula passes beneath me sixteen times a day. Whenever possible, I finger-trace the submerged impact depression of the Chicxulub Crater through a portal. Stroke the big rock that ended the Cretaceous Era. When you can touch something that’s never been…

Apparent Wind by Janet Frishberg

The day after I got back from sailing camp and two weeks before I was supposed to take the SATs, my uncle shot himself and my mother did these things, in this order: 1. Cut off seven inches of her hair. She chose a short bob, and it hung there, around her face, straight, thick,…

End of Year Wrapping (Paper) Up

Hello, Cease, Cows lovers! Well, we’ve certainly had an eventful year, and already, it’s nearing the end. We busted out onto the scene in April and snagged several followers (Thanks!), and we like to think we’ve published some fantastic fictions and poetries over the last eight months. In 2014, we plan on doing more of…

Burning Down the House by Sean Leonard

Some people think it was a large-scale prank perpetrated by technological terrorists, a real life Project Mayhem, as if there were an “Anonymous” of the retail distribution world. Some blamed faulty construction, some said there was a gas leak. Hell, I’ve heard everything from “full moon” to “global warming” to “inside job” being whispered around…