Pineapple by Roni Rae Robbins

Finally! The Fall / Winter 2018 Issue!

We know you’ve been waiting for it. The Fall / Winter 2018 issue of South 85 Journal is now available online!

Flash Fiction Contest Winners

In October, we announced the winners of the 2018 Julia Peterkin Award for Flash Fiction. Now, you can read the stories!

Winner“What You Said” by Natalie Troy
Runners Up (listed in alphabetical order by story title) – “Dump Columbus” by Charlie Watts, “Eric Clapton’s Girlfriend” by John Mattson, “Fiesta” by Kathleen Wheaton, and “Mark 12:31” by D. Nolan Jefferson

Other Creative Work

We are also excited to present work by the following contributors:

Artwork – Michelle Brooks, Bette Ridgeway, Roni Rae Robbins, Ashleigh Rosanna, Shelley Sarna, Seigar, Maria Angela Feliz Cabrera Sumadsad, and Bill Wolak
Fiction – Lisa Bubert, Kim Farleigh, Joshua Isard, Sean Murray, and Emily Townsend
Non-Fiction – Gabriela Denise Frank, Lori Horvitz, Anna Kaye-Rogers, and A.J. Romriell
Poetry – Charles Cantrell, Thomas Griffin, Anna Harris-Parker, Michael Jack O’Brien, Barry Peters, Abhijit Sarmah, and Kerry Trautman


Need something to read over the Christmas break? Read our reviews for some ideas!

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson – fiction review by David Hartshorne
Too Much and Not in the Mood: Essays by Durga Chew-Bose – non-fiction review by Maya Wood
Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear of God by Tony Hoagland – poetry review by Chris Menezes

Next Reading Period

With this issue complete, our staff is going to take a well-deserved break. We will open our reading period again on February 1, and we hope you will consider submitting then.

About Us

South 85 Journal is published by the Converse College Low-Residency MFA program.  Thank you to our staff of volunteers who put countless hours into making this issue happen.

We hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together!