Stone Soup Magazine: April 2021

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Stone Soup Magazine: April 2021. Volume 49, Issue 4, 48 pp.

Editor’s Note

In her story “The Bright Yellow,” Ella Kate Starzyk describes a character whose world has turned completely yellow: people, food, streets, and stores—all yellow. Her mother takes her to the eye doctor: “After the eye exam, the doctor said I was colorblind, and the only color I could see was yellow. I had a yellow life after that.” It is a bizarre premise, and yet a perfect metaphor for the way perspective can alter, and determine, our experiences. When you wake up in a certain mood, suddenly everything you see is “colored” by that mood. 

This issue of Stone Soup explores perspective and asks: How does our perception shape our experience? The characters in these stories all undergo at least one perspective shift—and it is this shift that drives the action in these stories. These stories serve as a reminder that we are in control of our own narratives, not others. We get to decide whether to think of ourselves as “unique” or “weird,” whether to be a victim or an agent, happy or sad. It is an empowering but also scary thought; sometimes it’s easier to blame what’s out there in the world for our weaknesses than to take responsibility for them. 

These stories also remind us: Comparison is the thief of joy. Don’t let others steal your joy! Be yourself, unapologetically. And write a story, poem, or personal narrative about what that’s like. 

Happy reading!



26 The Cookie Jar  by Isabelle Chapman 

35 The Bright Yellow  by Ella Kate Starzyk 

38 Tom Green  by Zahra Batteh 

45 A Small Moment  by Allison Sargent


7 The Trials and Tribulations of Swifty Appledoe (Part One)  by Ariana Kralicek


Cover:  The Fireflies  by Audrey Champness 

6 Untitled (I)  by Salma Hadi-St. John

23 Untitled (II)  by Salma Hadi-St. John 

27 Entrapped  by Andralyn Yao 

34 Go Bananas  by Adele Stamenov 

37 Hands  by Aiyla Syed 

39 Dream Bedroom  by Rohan Jayakrishnan

44 Black Lives Matter  by Alexa Zhang

48 Highlights from

49 Honor Roll


22 A New Nature  by Ikran Mohamed

24 Two Poems  by Sadie Smith

33 Cabin Fever  by Ella Pierce

43 Elk  by Cecilia Appel

47 This is the Song the World Needs Now  by Nova Macknik-Conde

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