"Evaporations" by Nicholas Russell is a Finalist in Columbia Journal's 2019 Spring Contest, judged by Alexandra Kleeman.
Some immigrants lean toward the roots, others toward the flowers, some rest in the stalk. This doubling of self can destroy the person.
"A Serious Man" by Mike Taylor is the Fiction Winner in Columbia Journal's 2019 Spring Contest, judged by Alexandra Kleeman.
Soon, he had the bluefish, a good twelve-pounder, upon the sand, and she was flipping her tail.
The supervisor aims the scanner at the barcode of her bulk package of hamburger meat, pulls the trigger.
Nobody in Sally Rooney’s new novel Normal People—an addictive account of the relationship between two brainy college students—would ever use the word “intimacy.”
Death is Hard Work offers the reader an intimate and devastating look into a Syria fractured by war, hunger, and distrust.
Laila Lalami channels the realities of our layered, and undoubtedly flawed, society with compassion, empathy, and an unflinching eye.
She had big blue eyes, a Grecian nose, a tiny mouth with blood red lips, and when she laughed two dimples appeared on her cheeks.
Instead of relaxing on a wide road of opportunities, I felt cramped and anxious. What if I got out but felt exactly the same?
How odd, Gretchen thought, that the sun could hide behind something smaller than itself.
Valeria Luiselli talks about ways of listening, the subversion of the American road trip story, and her new novel, Lost Children Archive.