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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My given name is Laura Ruth, and I am a sweet tea addict. I grew up in Woodruff, South Carolina–home of the Wolverines. I won a shagging contest in college at Clemson University, and, no shagging is the SC state dance–get your mind out of the gutter….

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Laurie Brown-Pressly : Jo’s Funeral (fiction) Dec. 2018

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I spent the first seven years of my life straddling the Sabine between southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas. Even though across my life I dotted the map in Puerto Rico, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Mississippi, I kept circling back to the place I call home. My stories emerged…

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Monica Bellon-Harn : Piggly Wiggly (fiction) Dec. 2018

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in Missouri, a border state, the site of a skirmish in the Civil War. I was raised in a county seat with a population of around 23,000, which doesn’t necessarily sound like a small town until I tell you that it was the biggest…

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Con Chapman: Hard Times (fiction) Nov. 2018

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in West Virginia and grew up in West Virginia and Kentucky. I remember when I was a child in West Virginia, running through the fields in the summer, stirring up grasshoppers and bumble bees, and catching lightening bugs at night, putting them in a jar…

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Charles S. Stover: The Slop Detail (micro-fiction) Nov. 2018

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: The house I lived in as a child had to be abandoned when my parents got divorced. It sat on 54 acres of land, every inch of which I walked as a young man, sometimes eating apples, other times smoking cigarettes while high on mescaline. That lovely…

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Sean Lyon: Momma’s Letter to Inmate (Fiction) Nov. 2018

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am certified in using a picket fence, rubber flooring, and duct tape to seal a bedroom for a Florida CAT4 hurricane before running inside to drink. My blood is now mostly orange juice, BBQ sauce, and a form of ethanol from bourbon and grit residue. Royal Blood…

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J. Edwards: Royal Blood (fiction) Nov. 2018

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Poor Men’s Currency I sat at the kitchen table with my mother while we watched through the large bay window waiting for my father’s return. The fire sizzled and popped loudly from the other room. I listened as my mother’s fingers tapped nervously on the wooden tabletop, the callouses from…

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Jessica Simpkiss: Poor Men’s Currency (fiction) Nov 2018

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November will be online by the 15th, our new publishing date each month. Yup, you got us right, we’ll start publishing the 15th through the 14th, new issues on the 15th. Make sense? Does to us. We’ll have new and wonderful and splendid writing every 15th. Got it? See you…

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November Issue coming soon — OOOPS 17th

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I grew up on a farm in Lincoln County, NC– a farm too small to support a family, so my dad worked a forty-hour week in a furniture factory in addition to farming. I and my brothers and sisters hoed cotton, picked cotton, etc. Can’t get much more…

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Kermit Turner: Intrusion (micro-fiction) Oct 2018

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I grew up in the Kentucky countryside. When we were kids, my brother and I ran across some poems by James Whitcomb Riley in an old discarded literature book. That book got knocked about in our house, but would turn up from time to time and we’d…

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Karan Freimark: Justice for Charlie (short fiction) Oct. 2018

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SOUTHERN LEGITIMACY STATEMENT I’ve lived in Louisiana for a handful of years, moving here to pursue my MFA at McNeese State University. In that time, I’ve tried no fewer than six different gas stations’ boudin (they always have the BEST boudin. My favorite: Nonc Kev’s in Rayne); done too many…

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Tyler Sheldon: The Clay (fiction) Oct. 2018

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born and raised in Indiana. If that is not southern enough for you, my Indiana relatives liked to call me “half breed” because my daddy came from Kentucky and married my Hoosier mama. We spent every summer near Sterns, Kentucky with the hillbilly side of the…

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Berta Morgan: Puppy Love (short fiction)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: You can tell I’m from the South since I am obsessed with telling stories about about my parents and grandparents so that my nieces and nephews will at least have an idea of things that shaped the lives of my sisters and me. Death Comes for Yertle Steven…

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Donna Walker-Nixon: Death Comes for Yertle (short fiction) Sept 2018

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My father was from Meridian, MS, my mother from Phenix, VA, but I was raised in the West. Yet, thanks to my serving in the United States Air Force, I was continuously moved east and south of I-10. I meandered through Texas, Mississippi, and north Florida, until…

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Victoria J. Ashford: Simple Things (short fiction) Sept 2018

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in Michigan, lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Louisville, Kentucky, then spent 25 years in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and am now in Florida. I love the south: its people, weather, food, culture, and music. Stone Wall We figured there was a problem when we saw Granny…

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Andrew Miller: Stone Wall (micro-fiction) Sept 2018

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: already proved myself Southern once on here. I forget how. Perhaps I showed a picture of my laundry hanging in the sunshine. 🙂 I am proud to live in Bristol Tennessee, just a notch south of Bristol, Virginia. I’d probably be equally happy to live on the other…

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Maggie Hess: Hoodwinked Vignettes Part 2 (fiction) Sept 2018

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: The Fraziers come from the Kentucky Hills with a history of fixing cars and women’s hair. My grandpa, or Pa, distilled corn liquor and raised chickens. My Papa bought and sold cars from Fancy Farm all the way up to Detroit. He visited every poolhall on the…

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Brian Frazier: One Call (flash fiction)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Pliny was a Roman statesman who lived about the time of Christ. He was also a naturalist and that is how I came to be acquainted with his writings. “Robur the oak,” is one of his lines. It is what he called the common oak of the Roman…

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Eric Luthi: Waffles and Bacon (Fiction)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: North Carolinian by birth. Raised on about ten acres of land where I roamed as a kid with a coonskin hat and Red Ryder BB gun, imagining myself to be Davy Crockett — all thanks to Fess Parker. Grew up on Elvis music. Graduated from Western Carolina University….

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Brodie Lowe: Saddling (fiction)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Though I live in Iowa, I know a lot of men around here who inexplicably speak in a southern accent. In fact, it was a man like that who inspired the story I am submitting to you. Moreover, my wife is from Arkansas, and we visit once a…

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Nick Bertelson: It Says Something about a Man (fiction)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I live in Virginia, along with most of my family. Special Delivery The year was 1995.  The internet was still brand new, and cell phones hadn’t become mainstream.  Social media had yet to make people antisocial, and fake news was limited to the tabloid section at the grocery…

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Phillip Hall: Special Delivery (Short Fiction)

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I knew I’d best get in the mail before I got dressed for Mama’s funeral.  Sand burrs and beggar lice spank my Converse hightops as I wade through knee-high ditch weeds to get to Mama’s mailbox. They’re clinging to my legs like my lonely cousin Richie used to do when…

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Valerie MacEwan: Local Girls Finds Glory (short fiction)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was raised in central Kentucky, southern Indiana, and southern California. The events in this story happened a long time ago, at the end of a war that few remember. An Early Death Robert sat next to his mother on the hard leather seat of the railroad…

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Cecil Geary: An Early Death (fiction)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: What on earth is a “Southern Legitimacy Statement” ??? I”m only typing in this box because it’s required. *ah ha! Someone didn’t pay attention to the directions, Ed. A Man Named Karen Karen’s name had never really bothered him. He knew that eventually it wouldn’t be that interesting…

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Joshua Caleb Wilson: A Man Named Karen (fiction)