She, who never asks for anything, pointed to the display case and said, “I want this.”  It was a porcelain Christmas figurine, nothing short of a glazed monument.  As a centerpiece, it would overtake most of a dinner table.  Santa Claus was sculpted into a Mexican cowboy, with spurred boots, sombrero, and a black mustache.  Mexican Santa sat high on a blanket saddle and held the reins of a red-nosed burro, lifted onto its hind legs, triumphantly carrying them to the North Pole.  Like all Santas, his cheeks were ruddy and his smile jovial.  Cargo hung off the burro’s flank, bulging with dolls and other children’s toys.   My father bought it for my mother immediately, because she had asked. Read the rest of this entry »

Future Mistakes

Raisa Kolbe cast a worried stare through the glass partition at the only swaddled newborn not crying.  Baby Boy Arturo’s eyes focused on the ceiling as if he were sending up his prayers before the inevitable happened.  Raisa tapped on the glass in an attempt to rouse him but only succeeded in garnering the attention of the nurse.

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A special issue edited by James Whorton, the Summer 2015 number begins now. Please stay tuned. We will be posting this issue between July and October 2015.


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Let’s hear it for Dylan Smeak!  Maron Tate! Paige Clark! Three new and splendid pieces added to this Endless Spring issue of NWW.


Up today we have three new stories–Emily Eckart, Anna Hagen, and Karen Wunsch. More to come.

2010-01-26 02.28.41Curated/edited by Jared Hegwood, the Spring number starts now, including work from Andy Plattner, Alex Higley, Erin Armstrong, Nellie Aberdeen, Paul Luikart, P.J.Underwood, and Tracie Dawson, among others. Please stayed tuned.

We’ve expanded our holdings for the winter issue, adding new work by Andrew Rhodes, Ellis Purdie, Fortunato Salazar, Greg Sanders, Julie Odell, Louise Phillips, and Rebecca Evanhoe to the previously posted work by Diane Wald, Greg Sullivan, Jessica Alexander, Joan Wilking, and Martha Greenwald. We’ve also added a short note on the issue by editor Elizabeth Wagner. Look for more new work in the months ahead.

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We have begun to assemble the Winter 2015 issue under the watchful eye of Associate Editor Elizabeth Wagner. We will be reading and adding work for this issue through March 2015, so please keep us in mind for your submissions. Click here to view the work in progress.



We’ve expanded the fall issue and will continue adding material through December 2014. The issue is selected and edited by Pia Ehrhardt, author of Famous Fathers (MacAdam/Cage, 2007). Her work has also appeared in Narrative MagazineMcSweeney’s and The Mississippi Review, and she was previously a Guest Editor at Guernica Magazine.

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We’ve added new things for the summer issue. JoAnna Novak’s wonderful “Five Minutes with the Baby,” Zvezdana Rashkovich’s “How to Love a Man in Cairo,” and Richard Lange’s “Instinctive Drowning Response.”

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A gallery of images by the French illustrator Chloe Poizat.

Anne Gorricktumblr_mtmwtgziej1s4s1x2o1_1280 Three Poems
Will Clingan Disappeared
Barbara Hamby Three Poems
James Robison The Late Style
Rupprecht Mayer Three Stories