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Issue 3 (Quests)

Issue 3 (Summer 2014) takes on the theme of quests, an ancient and problematic trope. This collection of stories features quests traditional and untraditional; quests as tools to help save loved ones and help save ourselves; quests as prisons and quests as gateways, too.

Issue 3 Cover

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Table of Contents


A Quest for Fire, by Alexandra Seidel

In Winter, by Sonya Taaffe

Not Her Garden, by Yukimi Ogawa

For Your Ultimate Hookboarding Experience, by Bogi Takács

When It Comes, Words Fail, by Hayden Trenholm

Folded House, by Jenny Terpsichore Abeles


Stacy Nguyen (cover illustration) is a graphic/web designer, illustrator, and writer working in Seattle. She is a former news editor and the current editorial consultant for Northwest Asian Weekly, the oldest Pan-Asian weekly still in print on the West Coast. Her illustrations have won awards from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. Stacy earned her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Washington.

Many thanks to the talented artists who drew interior art for this issue: Carrion House, Paula Arwen Friedlander, Derek Newman-Stille, Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein, Sebyth, and Gregory St. John.

Thanks also to our donors, who helped pay for the words and art found here: Anonymous.

ISSN: 2292-5775

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