About

***After three amazing years at the helm, Founding Editor H.L. Nelson has decided to explore new territory. Please join us in wishing both her and former Sr. Editor Anna Lea Jancewicz the greenest of pastures in their endeavors ahead. We at Cease, Cows plan to carry on the vision of our founder and hope you’ll stay with us in the journey to come.***

You may see the title of our silly literary magazine and ask yourself, “What the [insert f-bomb] is that?” We’ll appease your burning curiosity.

It’s from a novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude, by the excellent Gabriel García Márquez. Now you have secret knowledge. Use it wisely. Or don’t. Whatevs. It’s your life.

At Cease, Cows we want to explore the contemporary, the strange, the big questions. We want to feel cultural pulses, expose mental arteries, bathe in both the sanguine and sanguinary. We want to publish prose with fire and truth. Humans may be animals, but the power of words can allow us to revel in or transcend the physical. The best literature achieves both. Or something profound like that.

If you’re a writer, send us your best work. Hell, always write your best work, whether you send it to us or not.

Life is short.

Things We Love:

  • Pinckney Benedict
  • Karin Tidbeck
  • Fairy Tales
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Bless Me, Ultima
  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • Stephen King
  • David Sedaris
  • Diane Cook
  • Etgar Keret
  • Donald Barthelme
  • Aimee Bender
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Nathan Ballingrud
  • Beloved
  • Anthony Doerr
  • Joan Didion
  • David Lynch

21 thoughts on “About

    • The world is a mysterious place, Trent. Plus, with almost 7.5 billion people and 1.5 billion cows, some things will certainly just be missed. But we’re glad you found us. 🙂

      • 1.5 billion cows? Is that really right? Look, I know a lot about cows. I did a three-year study on Alberta cows once, and it turns out that they are proud, delicious animals. That said, I’m glad I found you too. I might even submit something your way… now to rummage around for that study…

  1. You know that saying about life being stranger than fiction, well its a shame you just want fiction. Just discovered your site. What you’re doing is awesome. Luv-it!

  2. You guys are right up my alley! I’ll submit something “soon.” Soon being whenever I finish the five other things I committed to! Ugh.

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