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Allegory has been around for a long time - more than 18 years! And, in that time, a good many people have worked on this ezine in various capacities. Each of them has offered their time and effort for zero pay, most simply for the editorial experience, the "joy" of reading slush, and the very real gratification of helping new authors find their way to what is often their first publication.
It's why I keep doing it.
Well, this issue's Name in Lights goes to the newest person to join the ranks of Allegory staffmembers. With this issue, Jessica Bayliss as become an Associate Editor. This means she welcomes piles of stories by total strangers, which she reads and evaluates and, if she feels they warrant it, recommends to me.
It's a tough job, folks and, aside from the endless gratitude that Yours Truly heaps on her, a thankless one. But she does it with enthusiasm and passion.
Welcome aboard, Jessica. Allegory is lucky to have you!
Haunting in the Taste of Gray"
death I cling to Mom as she drifts through life.
In death I cling to Mom as she drifts through life.
“Now, Becka, tell me something. What sort of people
come to zoos?”
of the Siren"
“Hi Mr. Tod, I’m Fran, your new neighbor.”
A chubby hand poking through an animal print sweater a couple of weeks
ago. “Bout time we got to know one another.”
“No, honey, that’s not right.” I sighed
as I checked Jerry’s paper. The other three small group kids were
writing about Pilgrims, Thanksgiving, and Early Puritan School Days.
Jerry was writing about the Salem Witch Trials. At least that was what
he was supposed to be writing.
“Ok, Percy, how many words do you know?”
Yan patted down the coffee and slotted it into the machine.
He put his hand on the emotional filter plate and tried to think gentle
thoughts through the hiss of steam. The customer had asked for soothing,
normally one of Yan's specialties, but it was hard to keep calm with
the air conditioning broken and the orders rushing in.
A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in Three Acts"
“We all like you very much, Joel. We’re
all really happy with what you’ve done for this theater company.
It’s just––it’s really nothing personal, okay?
It’s the nature of the business.”
Three Percent Chance He'll Ever Know I Lied"|
I wonder when he’ll die. I wonder what I’ll
do when he dies.
Knight Most Valiant"
“Start with this,” the knight says, “'He
began in his quest to rescue the princess by scaling the unscalable
wall.' Do you have that?”
It was still dark outside when uncle Aldo came to our
house to ask Dad for permission to take me dragon hunting.
It wasn’t so much the realization he was immobilized
in that metal armchair that bothered him as much as the fact that he
still found himself in utter darkness, although he had already regained
full consciousness. They would’ve been able to do anything to
him, this he knew. Was it so serious being caught shooting microfilm
in the holy files of Templia, Inc., just to take a couple of souvenirs
home with him? Riccardi believed, deep down, that it was. But enough
to have him killed? Well, that he could not know. Naturally, he hoped
not, and the fact he found himself still alive could be interpreted
as a favorable sign. As for the rest, on the other hand, it could indicate
that there was something special in store for him, and he was not very
much thrilled by that prospect.
Agreement at Clivemore Regional Hospital"
The Doctor paused and then reached into a drawer of
his desk and brought out a single sheet of paper. The paper seemed faded
and stiff and Burgos continued, holding the delicate piece of paper
between two fingers as if it might break.
this issue we're doing things a little differently. Instead of short
Allegory deals with submissions in the way that, as far as I know, remains fairly unique in the publishing world. Each story is individually reviewed and, if considered publishable, is placed in our "Maybe" pile. At the end of each submission period, these "Maybes" are reviewed, and the best eight chosen to appear in the next issue. This final cut is made on the basis of issue balance, and does NOT reflect the overall quality of these stories.
That said, here - in no particular order - are the "Maybes" who just missed publication in Allegory. Each one is a fine tale that we would have been proud to publish. Remember these names, friends and fellows. You'll be hearing from them in the future. I guarantee it!
The Long Walk by Mike Driver
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