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We Salute

On this International Women’s Day, we salute the women of this world. Whoever you are or wherever you are. We admire your accomplishments in every field arts, science, engineering, farming, and every form of doing and being. We remember and pay tribute to the women of the world who suffer unspeakable horrors under the name of religion or culture.

Above all, we salute women who raise the sons who think of women as fellow human beings with strengths and frailties, and not as goddesses, bitches, or whores.


Updated Submission Call

Dear readers,

After some brainstorming, we have decided to change the fiction submission rule. To allow for the growing popularity of short-short fiction, we have now set the new word limit to 800-5000.

We hope this will suit for many of us Flash and Short fiction writers and readers.

We welcome your submissions. Check the official submission call for details.


A Gently Told Tale – Night Island by Mary Helen Specht

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Night Island by Mary Helen Specht
Prairie Schooner Winter 2014 Issue Volume 88 Number 3

I read this gently told story about a week ago, and I can’t forget it. Who would have thought a National Geographic-asque account would turn into a subtle fable of man’s transgressions against the nature? A couple observes the mating rituals of the turtles by the beach, and the tone in the earlier part of the story is measured and research-erly,

“Billy straddled the animal’s rubbery back in order to measure her shell at the widest point and then her head. Isabella jotted down the numbers in a notebook.”

Just a couple of researchers doing their duty, but what the narrator observes in the end is heartbreaking. The tone of the narrator at the end is non-judgmental and stoic, but it delivers the necessary punch regardless. The subtle suggestion earlier in the story,

“[…]she liked to imagine her own belly full of babies and to wonder if—one day—they would look like her or like him.”

foreshadows the conclusion of the story. Yet another observation by the narrator,

“Billy’s eyes were trained on the turtle’s underbelly, and it was during these moments Isabella felt most alone; by his total concentration on the animal, he pressed his absence through her.”

hints at the discord between the characters and suggests that Isabella carries the burden of conscience, and she is attuned to the injustice they are about to inflict on the animal realm.

The story is available online, (at least for now):

Who Needs Yet Another Literary Magazine

In these days of creative chaos when there is so much news, images, and listicles swirling around us constantly, who needs to read a long story or a poem?  As it turns out, a lot of my friends and their friends do.

So, what? Aren’t there enough publications already? The fact is that there aren’t enough to satisfy every reader’s taste and reading appetite. That’s what I keep hearing again and again.

The Literary Nest is created to fill this gap. We want to hear the diverse voices that speak to the entire universe. The magazine is not limited to a specific region. Our hope is that it will become a trove of stories and poems that illuminate and comfort the wandering souls on the internet.

Stay tuned for more. We would love to see your smiling faces often. Check out our contest and consider submitting your wonderful story or poem. Who knows, you just might be the next internet sensation.


Inaugural Contest with Cash Prizes

The Literary Nest is a labor of love for a struggling writer and a literary connoisseur, but I believe that the writers should be paid. The idea of this contest was born in that spirit. So here it goes.

The Literary Nest announces the Inaugural Writing Contest with cash prizes.

Fiction: 1,500-5,000 words
Poetry: 10-40 lines.

Please submit your entry with “Contest” in the subject line to by March15, 2015.

No erotica and nothing rated R or above.

One winning entry in each category will receive the cash prize of $10. The rest of the entries will be eligible for the publication.


Call For Submissions


Dear Readers,

The website is under construction, so pardon the dust for now.

Call for Submissions:

The Inaugural Issue of The Literary Nest will be published on April 1, 2015.
We welcome submissions of previously unpublished work from established as well as new writers. Submissions are on a rolling basis.

Fiction:  Send us stories with fleshed out characters and flowing narrative that deliver a strong punch. 1,500-5,000 words.

Poetry: Challenge our perceptions. 10-40 lines

Simultaneous submissions are fine. We do not publish erotica or anything rated R and above.

Please submit your entry in a single MS Word document with “Submission” in the subject line to

Address any questions to