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The Madison Review: the Extended Cut no. 3

Hello there! Welcome to The Madison Review's new series The Extended Cut, where we showcase exceptional work that was not a good fit for the fall spring editions of our journal. Our third piece we are sharing is "King Rat" by Benjamin Harnett, a work that shines new light on the familiar and carves meaning from the mundane. Benjamin was born in Cooperstown, NY. He studied at Hamilton College and the University of Pennsylvania, and finished his MA at Columbia University. He is currently working on some problems in ancient history associated with the origin of the codex book. He is dedicated to the Oxford comma. King Rat King Rat I am. My pelt is silver, my iron paws end in black nails, sickle

The Madison Review: the Extended Cut no. 2

Hello there! Welcome to The Madison Review's new series The Extended Cut, where we showcase exceptional work that was not a good fit for the fall spring editions of our journal. The second piece we are sharing is "The Girl Next Door" by Laurie Shiers, a work that explores friendship, betrayal, and self-acceptance through this coming-of-age story. Laurie Shiers is a late bloomer who, for fifteen years, hid her literary ambitions beneath a successful copywriting career. She is now her own kind of writer and creative development coach. Laurie lives in Los Angeles where she works with artists to connect with the passion and purpose behind their projects. Her work can be found in Corvus Literary

The Madison Review: the Extended Cut no. 1

Hello there! The Madison Review is starting a new online series showcasing exceptional work we have received that was not a good fit for the fall and spring editions. Our first piece will be "Apparitions" by Anele Rubin, a poem that explores the complex feelings of grief that comes after the loss of a loved one. Anele Rubin’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Rattle, december, Mudfish, Midwest Quarterly, Paterson Literary Review, San Pedro River Review, Chattahoochee Review, Raleigh Review, Miramar, New Ohio Review, and many other places. Her poetry collection, Trying to Speak, was published by Kent State University Press. She lives in upstate New York. Apparitions When our mother

Fiction and Poetry contests are now open!

Hello everyone! The Chris O'Malley Prize in Fiction and the Phyllis Smart Young Prize in Poetry are now open. We will accept submissions for these contests from October 1st to December 1st. The submission fee is $10, and the winner of each contest receives $1000! Submission details can be found under the Submit tab on the website. We look forward to reading your submissions!

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