Serial – Through A Mirror Clear – Ch 7

“I want you to take this.” William sat in the armchair beside Sylvie’s bed.  He’d helped her from her wheelchair and pulled the curtains closed to block the glare of the setting sun.  Her room was filled with knick knacks and trinkets she’d brought with her from home.  Some of the paintings he remembered from…

Flash Fiction – The Funeral

“The Funeral” first appeared in The Avalon Literary Review‘s Spring 2016 Issue. I watch the funeral from the apple tree. Stupid kids. Their stupid mouse died and they have a stupid funeral. Their stupid mom gave them an old shoebox to bury it in. She’s so dumb. Like anyone really cares about a stupid, little…

Serial – Through a Mirror Clear – Ch 6

The next time William was able to escape was when his grandmother and Sylvie had appointments in the city for the day.  His grandmother had asked him to come along so he could spend some time with his mother.  He didn’t understand why he needed to see her since he lived with her all but…

Book Review – Invisible Ties

Invisible Ties by Nadya A. R. is a poignant tale of love, loss and longing. Dealing with various issues rampant in our society, this book is an eye opener on many levels. With a contemporary setting, the story is simple at the core but has a deep message interlaced with the narrative all throughout the…

Serial – Through a Mirror Clear – Ch 5

No matter how hard he tried, William couldn’t sleep.  Memories of better times flooded his thoughts.  He remembered the mornings when Serena leaned over him to press the snooze button, then fell back to sleep with her head on his chest.  The curve of her knees fit perfectly against his when they lay side by…

Current Calls for Submissions

Today, we want to spotlight our current calls for submissions as we try to connect with authors who would like to publish with us. From the inception of the Same, it has been our mission to elevate women’s voices. We want to celebrate the incredible diversity of talent among the women who publish with us, and…

Serial – Through a Mirror Clear – Ch 4

When William stepped into the attic, he didn’t see her at first.  He moved slowly into the open space filled with old sofas and torn chaises, mismatched headboards and footboards, trunks and empty picture frames and rusted dress forms. The ceiling soared impossibly high above him.  Hanging from the rafters were thin veils of some…

Serial – Through a Mirror Clear – Ch 3

William often took Serena with him to visit his great-aunt.  She sat politely on the edge of the bed, listening to Sylvie’s chatter as if humoring a child.  She always seemed wary of touching anything in the room, and clung to William as they passed through the hallways.  The residents of the home seemed to…

Ten Incredible Books by Women of Color

As the editor of a literary journal dedicated to promoting the work of women writers, I try to be conscientious and diverse in the work I present in the journal. For the Same, that means we want to be sure to represent the work of marginalized female voices which are underrepresented in the literary world—women of color, lesbian/bisexual…

Serial – Through a Mirror Clear – Ch 2

As a child, William’s visits with his grandmother caused him great anxiety.  They left the city on the train, his grandmother sitting regally against the plush upholstered bench of their first-class compartment.  Her hands were gloved, her hair pulled in a bun beneath a delicate straw hat, her eyes sharp and blue beneath the rim….