Finisterre – New Novel Extract by Caroline Brothers

Joint Winner of The Letter Review Prize for Unpublished Books 1. Feather She hesitated at the fork. One branch ran inland a little way, then hugged the perimeter of the wheat fields where the harvesters had been and gone, scraping the landscape raw. In a couple of weeks, the diggers and then the fertilising machines … Read more

Slipped Disk – New Nonfiction by Paul W. B. Marsden

Joint Winner of The Letter Review Prize for Nonfiction A slipped disc, that’s what most people call it. Sounds harmless, like a pulled muscle or a headache. Doctors refer to it as a herniated disc or a prolapsed disc. It still doesn’t sound serious or painful. It’s not like a ‘broken leg’ or a ‘defective … Read more

Long Distance Call – New Nonfiction by Claudia Miriam Reed

Joint Winner of The Letter Review Prize for Nonfiction Long Distance Call Offerings Gone She smiles the way the kids do when they knock somebody down at recess. “Order anything you want!” she says, opening her arms like the picture where Cinderella gets to be the queen. She winks at me when I order oatmeal … Read more

What We Were Made For – New Fiction by Abigail Corfman

Joint Winner of The Letter Review Prize for Short Fiction *I found a human.* A deceptively simple sentence. Its words are paltry and weak–too small for the meaning they contain. An equivalently insufficient collection of words: I dropped the bomb. Or: I fell in love. This is why humans invented more words, and spent so … Read more

Bed Move – New Fiction by Liam Keller

Joint Winner of The Letter Review Prize for Short Fiction There had been a rumour that Roan’s bed moved in the night. That was all. Roan went to sleep to one side of his unclean and sort of dark and generally disagreeable bedroom and woke up on the other. Like, it was unmistakable. His bed … Read more

Cat in the Car – New Fiction by Sancia Milton

Joint Winner of The Letter Review Prize for Short Fiction I have never been the kind of woman to worry about men, except when they’re over seventy-percent ugly. Then, I’m in trouble.  It’s always been that way, since the first greasy boy made his hunched-backed debut in my elementary school, and there was no growing … Read more

Dinner – New Poetry by Mary Paulson

Joint Winner of The Letter Review Prize for Poetry Dinner The fundamental misunderstanding is that we sit across from one another in easy companionship – childhood friends meeting once monthly. Tonight, I drag my armfuls of ghosts out for agonyand beef tips, some goulash squash.The conversation focuses, as usual,on you, your boyfriend, your job, your recent shopping spree and … Read more

Reverence – New Poetry by Mary Jo Maguire

Joint Winner of The Letter Review Prize for Poetry Reverence Mannequins smiled behind the soiled windowsof a second hand shop as a procession of pilgrimsfiled stiffly by on the feast day of Corpus Christi.Silent, sprawling street people stared and pointed. The procession paraded behind a white canopyheld high by four pilgrims under which the priestdisplayed … Read more