Stone Soup Magazine, September 2020. Volume 48, Issue 8. 32 pp.
This year, we began publishing nonfiction in the magazine. In this issue, I am excited to finally share the winners of the Personal Narrative Contest we ran with the Society of Young Inklings last fall. These three narratives give us a sense of the scope and range of narrative nonfiction. In “Locked Out of Kindergarten,” Kateri Escober Doran recounts a single, indelible memory from kindergarten, blending thoughtful reflection on the social world with detailed, poignant scenes. In “Swirling Arabesques,” Zoe Kyriakakis demonstrates the poetic possibilities of prose. And, finally, in “Gratitude,” Alicia Xin shares the lessons she learned after spending a summer immersed in a different culture. I hope by reading these narratives, and the ones we have been publishing in the magazine this year, that you are beginning to understand that nonfiction can be just as “literary”—as strange, as beautiful, as descriptive, as interesting—as fiction! And that it certainly need not end with a clear “lesson” or “moral.”
I also hope you will enjoy the art, poetry, and two very fictional stories in this issue—both of which, in contrast to the nonfictional narratives, focus on human-animal relationships.
Welcome to fall!
5 Locked Out of Kindergarten by Kateri Escober Doran
20 Swirling Arabesques by Zoe Kyriakakis
26 Gratitude by Alicia Xin
15 Yellowstone, a Fresh Start by Emily Carver
23 The Schnitzelbird by Elaina Heinitz
12 Our Blanket
by Leila Lakhal
31 Everything I Love by Liv Baker
Cover: Woodsy Owl by Paige Smith
4 Self Portrait by Alyssa Wu
14 Rainbow Lake by Sage Millen
18 McArthur Lights
by Oskar Cross
25 A Man’s Friend
by Hanna Gustafson
by Claire Jiang
32 Honor Roll