Issue #5 is live!

Nonfiction writers give us some strong pieces this time around, and we have a flash fiction piece that, um, pokes the bear, or at least makes the bear uncomfortable. Poetry inundated our submissions manager, as usual, so you get quite a bit of that as well. Read them here!

We can’t wait to see what you’ll send us for Issue #6 (Poking the Bear).

New Meto-news and Online Journal Love

Reblogging Shelly’s post on journals, shorts, and art. As she says, “Flash and Micros are the naked selfies of writing”. We couldn’t agree more.


theNewerYork pairs gorgeous art with each piece. theNewerYork pairs gorgeous art with each piece.

Spoke too soon! Another of my stories, “The Hummingbird Murder”, is currently live at theNewerYork. For the longest time I had been hanging around their venue, enjoying their unusual format and the way work is presented there. Only recently did it occur to me I could submit there. Why the lag between admiration and participation? I have no idea.

I love online journals and frequent many. The options available in terms of formatting and presentation, the risks online journals can take to interact with readers, to link visual and written forms of expression, to make connections between artists and audiences are all wish list asterisks best met—best embodied as methodology and substance —by online journals, at least in potential. I edit fiction for a fantastic online journal, rawboned. I know how hard we (Trisha Winn (beloved Boss), Ginna Luck, myself…

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Editors’ Special Poetry Edition is live

As promised, this issue showcases poetry. And, with a nod to all the writing teachers and MFA students out there (hopefully) starting to recover from thesis deadlines and graduation parties, our Editors are sharing some of their own work. See erasures/paintings/found poems by Shelly Weathers and read illuminating lines by bevin, Ginna Luck, poet Alexis Rhone Fancher, and of course new and upcoming authors debuting in this issue of rawboned.

▶ A Different Kind Of Warmth – YouTube

Joe Johnston, of Issue 1 and 2 fame, created this short film from his nonfiction piece, “A Different Kind of Warmth.”  (If you want to see more of Joe’s work, check out

Way cool Joe.  So cool, in fact, Rawboned is considering a new video lit submissions category.  More on that coming soon.  For now, spend five minutes with Joe (and a little Bourbon)…

via ▶ A Different Kind Of Warmth – YouTube.




Have you ever heard sage warnings about how hard it is to make it in the arts, about how many dues you have to pay and how unlikely it is that you have the goods (read: talent) to pay them without let down, humiliation, and ultimate disillusionment? Sickeningly, this isn’t bad advice—it’s fairly realistic, and realism makes its own case. But wait: I want to offer you, blogger, poet, dancer, painter, actor, musician, cobbler, whatever it is you do to get your art on, the right to reject wisdom when it is offered as a thoughtful reproof of eagerness in relation to your work.

I just said you should reject wisdom, which probably sounds like I’m in a terrible, depressed place. Actually, I’ve had a good couple of weeks, despite a strange sounding rejection that involved some manner of personalized (nice) though glib (not so nice) regret (okay, but still…it’s…

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