Work in response to a call for the intimate & specific, letters full of evocative language, short, funny notes, or passionate remembrances, fictional or poetic, unsent or scrawled on a postcard.
limited edition, 125
Lori Brack, "Letter to Virginia" & "Dearest Little L"
Marilyn Cavicchia, "Postcard: Dear Hilda"
Emily Rose Cole, "Retired Freedom Fighter..." & "What to Do When He Asks You to Prove Your Love"
Kelly DuMar, "Letter Unsent"
Ruth Foley, "Dear Gypsy Woman" & "Dear Larry Talbot"
Karen George, "Displaced" & "What I Wanted to Tell You"
Mary Hammerbeck, "Postscript: What Came After"
Joy KMT, "Bekezela" & "Beautiful"
Ross Losapio, "Cleave"
Sarah McCartt-Jackson, "Dearest Eli" & "Our Father"
Meredith McDonough, "To a Woman on Bed Rest"
Lisa Megraw, "Simon" & "Things I Want to Tell You, But Can't"
P. Andrew Miller, "Patroclus" & "Achilles"
Joe Nicholas, "I Thought What I Missed Most Was the Way You'd Peel Your Oranges"
Jonathan Travelstead, "Ralphie"
Fayroze Lutta, "Morocco Mon Amor"
Julia Park Tracey (& Doris), "A Letter from Doris"
Meg Tuite, "A Letter of Love and Betrayal"
Barbara Harroun, "Neighbors and Porches, Front and Back"
FROM THE EDITORS
Epistolary is a special edition outside of the regular submission period & subscription. We asked for the “intimate and specific, letters full of evocative language, short, funny notes, or passionate remembrances,” fictional or poetic, unsent or scrawled on a postcard, inspired by a submission to Sugared Water that we just couldn’t refuse (see: “Morocco Mon Amour”).
Some of the snippets you’ll read are true, some invented, but all are intended for some kind of audience. It’s a little bit like sneaking a look inside someone’s journal, or wandering through a garden of secrets.
The art of letter writing is one that’s fallen out of fashion, and it’s with a nod to just this sort of archaic (or nostalgic!) practice that we bind by hand and produce our magazine in limited edition. We adore the physicality of a book you can hold in your hands, hand to a stranger, or gift to a loved one. We want you to secret us away or post us across an ocean—carry us. This edition is our fond epistle to you, dear reader.
ABOUT THE COVER
The cover art is a collage of gouache, tissue, ink, and paper by Nicci Mechler. IG: @wickedlittleheart.