by Jocelyn Paige Kelly
Back in 2004, I wrote a flash fiction piece at a place called Asilomar. It was inspired by an actual tragedy in which a 6 year-old girl had burned to death at a gas station. I'm not sure if they were able to determine if it was accidental or on purpose, but the event took place near my parent's home so it left us all unsettled.

When I wrote it I wanted to explore the possibilities of what it might be like existing as a ghost. Would you have some sense of consciousness or would you gradually lose that over time? Or would you become something else all together.

I submitted it to many places over the years, but never caught found a home for it. Sometimes it got close. I had almost forgotten about it until I saw Cease, Cows on Twitter promoting a Scary Short Story contest. So, I dusted it off and submitted and crossed my fingers.

A few weeks later I was delighted to learn that it had won 2nd place and would go live on their site the day before Halloween. 

Now I'm going to go back to some of those pieces I had trouble finding homes for and see if I can get them placed somewhere. You never know. There's always hope. 

by Jocelyn Paige Kelly
This year we had another great experience at the Vegas Valley Book Festival. 

We maintained a table with our issues alongside Red Rock Review and it generated a lot of buzz about the growing literary community here in Las Vegas. Many expressed gratitude towards are efforts and our continued presence and we loved sharing out table with the staff of Red Rock Review.

In the early part of the day I had the privilege of introducing four writers during their reading of work featured in our upcoming issue and blog. They read as part of the Las Vegas Poets Organizations series of readings in the Poetry Courtyard.

Judy Salz, Sarah Vernetti, Chelsea Sedoti, and Rosie Vargas.
Later that same morning I took part in a panel put together by James Joseph Brown who served as moderator. The panel was called Industry Insights: Local Literary Journals and was well attended as was the reading. Brown was complimented from many people of how informative and lively the panel was for them.

Overall, the experience was amazing. I'm thrilled that we've grown as much as we have and the enthusiasm among readers, writers, and supporters astounds me still. 

Read more about the recap from Helen's blog here.