NWWQ January 2024 sub­mis­sions close 1/14/24. We will next accept sub­mis­sions April 1–14, 2024. We thank all who sub­mit­ted to this –more

  • Glen Pourciau ~ Two Short Stories


    Eight of us at a din­ner par­ty, four cou­ples, noth­ing left to eat but dessert. Cathy, one of our hosts, has ordered a Bundt cake dec­o­rat­ed with a large frost­ing flower and petals from a local bak­ery, and our friend Ruth vol­un­teers –more

  • Mikki Aronoff ~ The Sniffer of Spices

    Not so long ago, you felt the fuzz of pussy­wil­low against your skin, spring rain on your face. Then, the hit of hard times, the rush and drench of gut­ter-flood, and The Woman you once thought kind­ly lift­ed you up, tucked you –more

  • Yuna Kang ~Seventh Story

    They had made a puri­ty of his age. 

    That’ll show em, the old, sto­ried, lament.

    The streets he mean­dered upon were stone­less. A long time ago, before asphalt per­haps, they might have been tiled with weeds and inde­ci­sion. A –more

  • Carol Alexander ~ Poems


    This year, the pota­toes rot. The wind’s full of malice.
    The judge notes among cer­tain birds unhinged movements
    a hard­wired loop braid­ed from instinct and forecast.
    Threaded saf­fron cro­cus bloom
    delib­er­ate crowds dye­ing the flagstones.

    Across coun­try, –more

  • Kathryn Silver-Hajo ~ Blue Silk

    Soraya’s lips curl in a sat­is­fied smile as she nears the front door and looks at her watch—9:33 pm. Baba won’t be home from his late shift at the phar­ma­cy for near­ly a half hour. Mama will have fall­en asleep watch­ing –more

  • Kevin Spaide ~ Ezra

    Cara came home one morn­ing with some kid in tow. He looked around four­teen maybe – hard to tell some­times – but his eyes were those of a man who’d spent his whole life in a war­zone with noth­ing much to eat. He stood –more

  • Julie Benesh ~ Unsuitable Things 2024 (after Sei Shonagon)

    Wearing the hot pink faux fur coat yet receiv­ing com­pli­ments only on the hot pink sequined sneak­ers one intend­ed as mere complement.

    Eating a food, the ingre­di­ents of which one can­not iden­ti­fy; it scarce­ly mat­ters if the –more

  • Peter Ramos ~ No One Here Gets Out Alive

    The day after the tal­ent show, my broth­er and I got on a Greyhound to vis­it our old­er cousin, Reynaldo, who attend­ed Frostburg State University in west­ern Maryland, a good three or 


  • Julian George ~ The Servant

    The weasel under the cock­tail cab­i­net. – Harold Pinter

    How queer.

    The Man from Brazil’ a no-show.
    Those cities of the plain in the jun­gle so many cas­tles in Spain.
    Dishes pile up. Bills go unpaid. The mas­ter of the house sinks into –more

  • Elizabeth Kerlikowske ~ Six Wild Man Poems

    Private Zoo

    The keep­ers and a giraffe have the only keys. No one much comes any­more. Just the Wild Man’s oth­er old friend, the camel. The pub­lic doesn’t even know it’s open.  The grass in back is so tall that your knees –more

  • Susan E Lloy ~ Time Out 

    The wind rat­tles the trees that envel­op her house deep in the near impen­e­tra­ble woods. It’s her home, but the struc­ture is more like a camp real­ly. She burns wood for heat and fetch­es water from the near­by stream to drink –more

  • Oli Peters ~ Pony Girl

    20 G’s, can you believe?” Mrs. Digby jabbed her fin­ger at her face in a harsh point. The sunglasses—diamond-encrusted with gold trim, lens­es a pink ombré—glinted in the sun, which I swear, up here in the Tops, is can­died. –more

  • Matthew Roberson ~ Kept

    She set the bags on the steps and then sat.  A car passed and then anoth­er, and up the street the sound of kids play­ing car­ried and fad­ed.  The steps were dirty under her skirt, and she told her­self to get up, that she should –more

  • Mary Ann McGuigan ~ The Party Favor

    The pock­et­book is blue, a dark hue more like a chem­i­cal spill than a sky. It has trav­eled with us from one apart­ment to anoth­er, with­stand­ing every rushed exo­dus, every evic­tion. Always we find it nes­tled safe­ly between sweaters –more

  • Dave Newman ~ The Last Thing That Happened Before I Became a Med Tech

    I ran into Dawn Reedy at the Big Lots in Beckley. We’d dat­ed when we were teenagers but I hadn’t seen her since high school. I was buy­ing canned pas­ta. I was buy­ing fish sticks and bread. I’d just blown my nose into –more

  • Parker Tettleton ~ Five By

    All Fires

    The thrilling sound is qui­et most of the time. The sec­ond sen­tence is work­ing remote­ly. We were togeth­er, in the bath­room, last. You said some­thing. I stepped out of the show­er. I am a man with a soon-to-be ex-wife.

    The First Time Buying Beer After You Died

    We are –more

  • Kelle Groom ~Hurricane World

    My after­noon shift is about to start, and the red-haired assis­tant man­ag­er 15 years old­er than me, with a beer gut the size of a six-month preg­nan­cy under his short-sleeved aqua scu­ba shirt, is ask­ing me, What size are –more

  • Mona Kirschner ~ I Clean the House

     The house is large.

    There are ani­mals and a dam­aged man and curat­ed plants and old floors that bend. There is fur­ni­ture and dust and good light from the south side of Williamsburg.

    I clean the house to restore order. The house –more

  • Sean Ennis ~ Five Notes


    and your horni­ness? my friend Shadow’s wife Wanda blurt­ed out dur­ing Thanksgiving din­ner. They had invit­ed me to join them because I was a lone­ly wid­ow­er, but Wanda was talk­ing to her hus­band. –more