ROSA

“My courage (or cowardice?) gathered, I moved the gun to my temple and braced for the bullet’s impact.” That’s from Holly’s ROSA nominated submission. It’s a stirring piece that tackles sexuality and gender expectations. We asked Holly a few questions. Read on below. The Ed: Tell us about your ambitions …

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This is a short list submission for the ROSA Award.     Pool Parties In Venice by Tashiina Buswa It’s Thursday afternoon and we’re all fifteen, sixteen – with the exception of a few burnouts who failed grade ten roughly three times in a row. We’re sitting in Mr. Smith’s applied …

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This is a short list submission for the ROSA Award.     The Visitor by Helen Rose Schneider   I wake up far too earlier than my alarm to rustling in the dark. I flip on the light and blink the back the urge to fall asleep again. The first thing …

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This is a short list submission for the ROSA Award.     So It Begins by Jason Fink   “I shall not move” was what I was trying to say.  The words failed me.  Words always fail me.  I was not as eloquent as I’d have liked.  I was not as …

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This is a short list submission for the ROSA Award.     Beach Vacation by Dhaval Mehta   It’s been ten minutes, and Gregg’s still wiping.  I can hear it, the balled-up toilet paper chafing his crack. “OK, Gregg, that’s enough.  Three wipes—that’s the rule,” I say, knocking on the bathroom …

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This is a short list submission for the ROSA Award.     The Interview by Cassie Kosarek She places her shoes next to the door so she can slip them on as she leaves. She polished them yesterday; a pair of black Nine West pumps her mother got her two Christmases …

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