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  • Sea Giraffe Martius Contest


    1st Place ($100 prize) – Barney Drabek – “Talent Scout” (fiction)

    2nd Place – ($20 prize) – William Henderson – “Which Dreamed It” (nonfiction)

    3rd Place – ($10 prize) – Aaron Harme – “Litmus Test” (poetry)

    Honorable mentions also selected for publication – Hannah Andersen – “Murmur” (poetry) and Sandy Day – “Summarizing” (poetry)

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Martius Contest Winners, 2nd Wave Now Published

If we could justify only posting a headline without an actual post to go along with it, that is the headline we would use. The winners of the first annual Martius Contest have now been posted as our second wave of works. For those who are now confused – the Martius Contest winners and the … Continue reading

Talent Scout by Barney Drabek

I had to send my first appointment home. No papers, no tryout. That’s the first rule, and it’s the most important one. Especially if you look young. If you say you’re eighteen, and you look like you might be only seventeen or maybe just barely eighteen, you have to prove it. No risks. No chances. … Continue reading

Which Dreamed It? by William Henderson

1. The first few weeks in my apartment are lonely. I haven’t lived alone in more than 12 years. My friends try, as does Holly (who I have to learn to think of as my ex-wife), and my mother is here for some of it, but most nights, I try not to hear the sound … Continue reading

Litmus Test by Aaron Harme

I spent all morning watching a show about going to jail, complete with the girl in orange chains and too-small shirt demanding to know the location of her jaguar, car or jungle cat I’m not sure. She said she fired her Glock 17 into the air and didn’t fire it at the same time, and … Continue reading

Murmur by Hannah Andersen

It’s a horrible thing, to be filled with so much poetry one cannot sleep or eat or shear the sheep or strike the wheat down. The tongue runs fluid, smoothed by the fluted bones of past perceptions and passing poems. And the poetry speaks like a dying man, whispers into the shadows of the mind … Continue reading

Summarizing by Sandy Day

So angry I turn on the beach my foot in the give way of pebbles by the shore the crunch and squishing futility of the foothold. I am not the drowned kitten floating so long ago – that hot summer when the lake putrefied and the sun held the wind open like a pizza oven … Continue reading

The Martius Contest is Now Closed

The jig is up. After a wonderful month of submissions, Sea Giraffe‘s inaugural Martius Contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted, thought about submitting, and encouraged others to read our ‘zine, submit, or think about submitting. We will be continuing to read and re-read each submission carefully over the next week or … Continue reading

Now Accepting Submissions for The Martius Contest

As the headline so subtly implies, we are now accepting submissions for Sea Giraffe‘s Martius Contest.  First prize is $100 and publication. Second prize is $20 and publication. Third prize is $10 and publication. Entry/Reading fee is $5. Head on over to our Submissions page to read the details of the contest. While you’re there, … Continue reading

Dead White Men Tell Too Many Tales By J. Bradley

  A love letter once sutured buttonholes. Bedsheets wore boys better than regret. A check box asked for closure. A slow dance crossed the border; A three-inch heel fired the first shot. The jeweler stopped printing maps. When asked why, he said “There are no bathtubs here to leave the body; do not ask for … Continue reading

Home Begins… By Barry Napier

We have considered the lamplight that hovers on the bedside table and found it lacking—neither angelic nor man-made—just another way that our errors are revealed to us and we have weighed the options that were left for us on the kitchen table, placed on fancy paper with unnecessary letterhead as if we did not know … Continue reading