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First Prize Prose: “The Ruins of Tintagel” by Emily Harris Adams

By Emily Harris Adams

The library is about halfway between our fertility clinic and home, I think as I step out the clinic’s doors. Just turn right instead of left on fifth. It’s one of those safe, nothing thoughts. I try to keep my thoughts simple when going to or coming from the fertility clinic. Complicated thoughts form little …

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The Long Way Home Excerpt

By Luisa Perkins

Olive frowned down at her little sister’s back. Mary Ann’s sunburn was bad. She’d been having swimming lessons with the other girls her age, and she hadn’t stayed in the shade. Leeches lived in the shaded water, as the girls had found out on their second excursion into the river. But better leeches than sun …

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Excerpt from Prayers in Bath

By Luisa Perkins

  Chapter One Julia leans her forehead against the bus window; its cold glass is a balm to her throbbing skin. She bites the inside of her cheek and gazes out at the gray, rainy street. Failure rests like lead in her gut. Bath’s railway station comes into view. The garish light of the sign …

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Unleaving

By Sandra Clark

This short piece of fiction from Featured Writer Luisa Perkins was first published in Segullah’s new book. “Margaret, are you grieving Over Goldengrove unleaving?” –Gerard Manley Hopkins *** “When we depart, we shall hail…all whom we love, who have fallen asleep in Jesus.” –Joseph Smith *** When Margie was little, she prayed to die before …

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Excerpt from Featured Writer Rosalyn Eves: Chapter Lost Crow Conspiracy

By Rosalyn Eves

Vienna, May 1848 There is a feeling a hunted creature gets: a prickling of fine hairs at the back of the neck, a sense of unseen eyes crawling across one’s spine, a shift in the air. A smell, perhaps. I could not say what it was that night that struck me, only that between one …

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Excerpt from Blood Rose Rebellion

By Rosalyn Eves

CHAPTER 1  London, April 1847 I did not set out to ruin my sister’s debut.  Indeed, there were any number of things I deliberately did not do that day. I did not pray for rain as I knelt in the small chapel of our London town house that morning, the cold of the floor seeping …

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Little Happy Secrets

By Melissa Leilani Larson

CLAIRE: When December rolled around I was sick to death of Provo. Of the valley, of the pollution, of stupid California drivers, and the fact that you can’t buy a Coke on campus that has caffeine in it. Don’t people realize that there is actually a difference in taste between the red can and the …

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Observe, Then Serve

By Andrea Landaker

I shifted awkwardly on the pine tree branch, trying to find a position where broken branches didn’t poke into my seat. My binoculars swung crazily as I overbalanced, barely catching myself in time. I looked down. This was as high as I was going to go. “Sister Andrews, can you see her yet?” My visiting …

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Deep Water

By Karin Brown

Janie stared into the swirling, brown water, looking for a trace of the carcass. Her blond bangs stuck to her damp forehead, ponytails limp and unkempt in the summer sun. Below her, murky water ran fast and high in the deep canal, the result of generous end-of-spring rainstorms in an otherwise dry and dusty climate. …

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Mental Fairy Floss

By Kellie Purcill

I’m in my mid-semester uni break, and seem to be deficient in Vitamin Fiction. So I’m self-medicating with the (at last count) thirty-seven fiction books I have scattered around my bedroom. At the moment I’m glutting myself on magical, fantastical fare and while it’s not my usual preference, it is hitting the spot right now. Nothing serious, nothing challenging, just great reads and escapes, adventure and fun. What’s not to love about that?

I truly believe that while our brains and selves can hugely benefit from a healthy, varied diet of intelligent, thought provoking reading materials, there is also a time for a bit of sugary, light deliciousness.

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