scribble september 2021 cover final.png

EDITOR'S NOTE

Here is a trove of some of the best short stories I've read all year. Each illustrates ugliness and beauty dwelling side by side in some way, and each delivers a form of devastation that is completely perfect in its ability to provide moments of reflection.

Thank you for reading, and enjoy.

--Jae Worthy Johnson

THE PUBLIC BURNING OF A NICOLAS CAGE STUNT DOUBLE

ELIJAH SPARKMAN is a candidate in the Northern Michigan MFA program. He teaches courses on climate change literature. He can be found on Instagram @elijahsparkman20

ELEVATED

MICHELE WONG is a teen mentor and teacher. She’s been a Canadian-BC play competition finalist and winner of the CityTV Vancouver Story-Initiatives. She’s had honorable mentions in the Lorian Hemmingway and Writer's Digest competitions and long-listed in the Fish Short Story Prize.

THE STAIN

NAIRA WILSON is a writer and editor based in Northern Virginia. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in places such as Typehouse Literary Magazine, Nymphs, and Dynamis Journal. Author Website: www.nairawilson.com Twitter: @naira_wilson

NIGHT BARGES

EDWARD GRAHAM is a writer and journalist living in Alexandria, Virginia.