Issue 20

Emerge Literary Journal: 2021


Editor’s Note

Thank you for believing in our little journal, in our contributors, both established and emerging, and most of all, the power of literature. You make this all possible. Thank you. So, read on, then. Without you, the contributor and the reader, this journal would have no reason to exist, and could not continue.


Be Well. Write Well. Read Well.




In the Weeds, Claire Taylor

What To Include In My Obituary, Shannon J. Curtain

Living Happily at the End of the World, Jared Beloff

Tumbleweed, given and received, Lorelei Bacht

Honesty, Mia Herman

Pantomime Horse, Sally Jenkinson

Chocolate Chip Pancakes | Author Writes About Herself in the Third Person or: The Poem of Tiny Clouds, Leigh Chadwick

In Spain | A Raft of Words, Andrew Bertaina

afterparty, Thomas Jackson

When my mother told her husband she was pregnant, Annalisa Hansford

Icarus, HLR

Walking the Greenway in Autumn, Stephen Barry

Sucker for a Pretty Flash

Winner, In All Honesty, Claire Taylor

Runner-up, good immigrant, Sofía Aguilar

Esperanza Corner

Chains, c. cimmone (CW: Trauma/Abuse)

MANIC/depressive, Lynn-Cee Faulk

ELJ believes that #mentalillnessawareness and #endingthestigma are of paramount importance. We believe in the necessity of sharing our mental illness and trauma stories to facilitate writing through illness and create broader awareness. We’ve created this corner to allow writers to not only share their stories but to be home to those who share in their experiences.

Creative Non-Fiction

Lazy E over O, Ian Clay Sewall

How to Fall in Love, Sarita Sidhu


Reasons for Building a Nest, Sara Dobbie

Lions, Jen Knox

Fires, Meg Pokrass

Butterfly Effect, Kristina T. Saccone

For the Love of Deer, Diane Gottlieb

Matching Socks, Kathy Seifert

Facts and Figures | Prismacolor, Lindy Biller

Sinking, Lindsey Lucas

Clusters of Stars, Kelle Schillaci Clarke

The Girl with the Farrah Fawcett Hair, Rosaleen Lynch

Radio Gospel Hour, Travis Cravey

The Space Between Where We’ve Been and Where We Are is Saltwater, Keely O’Shaughnessy

Dependable, Bridget, Laurie Marshall

On the Sunday Before He Leaves, I’m the Lighthouse, Mandira Pattnaik

Featured Writer

Interview with Claire Taylor

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