How To Make a Golden Toad – New Poetry by Sophia Hyland-Wolzak

Joint Winner of The Letter Review Prize for Poetry Gather a tonne of orangesTrucked to MonteverdeFingers nimble, callousedSet to work and skinning the fruitFlesh excused in a heapMagnifying glasses ready butOut of visibility from the sunInspect each peel for blemishesAllow for noneCut the millimeters that are suitablePerfect in hueThe amphibious shape is scrawnyLegs too thin … Read more

The Dinner – New Short Fiction by Lori Miller Kase

Joint Winner of The Letter Prize for Short Fiction She sits on the subway, one hand wrapped around the silver pole in front of her, the other hugging a black suede tote to her chest. When the train moves, she feels its vibrations inside her body. Her torso sways with the rattling of the subway, … Read more

Kinder, Küche, Kirche – New Short Fiction by Marina Koulouri

Joint Winner of The Letter Review Prize for Short Fiction Zurich in the 1930s was a city of contrasts, a juxtaposition of old-world charm and new-world progress. Cobbled streets wound their way between stately buildings with centuries-old architecture, while trams clanged their arrival at bustling stops filled with men in their tailored suits and women … Read more

Fine Lines – New Short Fiction by Heather Knutson

Joint Winner of The Letter Review Prize for Short Fiction On a lazy Sunday afternoon, after the church doors closed and the pews filed empty, Robyn and I were side by side in my Honda Accord’s brown interior. I was going through the motions listlessly, but on the inside my restless heart was stirring, weary … Read more

Pagodas of the Sun – A New Excerpt by G. S. Arnold

Joint Winner of The Letter Review Prize for Manuscripts & Unpublished Books A Difference of Nothing That September after she spent a month in Tokyo with my ex-husband, Kyoko stood at the kitchen counter digging a fingernail into a gutted vanilla bean. “You’ve joined a circus,” I said.  I had just come upstairs from my … Read more

Vanishing Acts – New Excerpt by Lori White

Joint Winner of The Letter Review Prize for Manuscripts & Unpublished Books Lori White’s essays and stories have appeared in Brevity, Hobart, The Nervous Breakdown, Mud Season Review, and The Kenyon Review anthology, Readings for Writers. She lives with her partner and three dogs in Ventura, CA, and teaches English composition at Los Angeles Pierce … Read more

Embers, or Flames – New Nonfiction by Surya Milner

Joint Winner of The Letter Review Prize for Nonfiction I. Sholay means flames. Or, it is what remains once flames consume: embers, small and glowing, wink and die. The line between embers and flames fades, in my mind, because the words, as referents in Hindi, operate within a script I do not comprehend and whose … Read more