#37: Fall, 2021


Charlotte Hamrick
Edie Meade
Tonja Matney Reynolds
Austin Ross
Shane Stricker


Carrie Green
Pauletta Hansel
Stephanie Kendrick
Camille McCarthy
Kevin McIlvoy
David B. Prather
Savannah Skinner
Katerina Stoykova

Creative Nonfiction

Heather Bell Adams
Cheyanne Leonardo
Marie Manilla
Jessi Randall
Mandi Fugate Sheffel

Guest Fiction Editor

Meet Julia Watts: our guest fiction editor for 2022

My fiction focuses on Appalachians who don’t fit the stereotypes and often who don’t fit in, period, because they’re LGBTQ+, because they dream of life beyond the mountains, or (in the case of my middle-grade trilogy) because they have psychic powers.  I write adult fiction,  young adult fiction, and middle-grade fiction, all set in the Appalachian region."

Interview with novelist Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle
by Eliza Souers and Merritt Jenkins

"As my editor is fond of reminding me, I have to ask, 'Where’s the trouble?' in each scene if I want that scene to propel the reader forward. I am constantly asking myself if there is enough tension in a scene."


Jeremy Paden and Tatianna Verswyvel translate the poetry
of Maurice Manning

"Translation is an act of love and wonderment. Translators turn to works they admire and works they want to learn from." 

Still Life ~ craft & creativity

"Left-handed Ambition"
by Susan O'Dell Underwood

"I couldn’t recall learning anything new on my own accord in years. I was craving something tactile. I wanted to attempt something new which made me vulnerable."


Etta Baker

"Etta Baker was an extraordinarily sophisticated, highly lyrical, and ultimately extremely influential guitar player. She rarely sang and told us she didn’t need to. Her guitar, she told us, spoke for her," Music Maker Foundation


Book Review

Jordan Tyler Temchack on Of This River
poems by Noah Davis
(Michigan State University Press/Wheelbarrow Books, 2020)


Book Review

Karen Salyer McElmurray on Coal Black
stories by Chris McGinley
(Shotgun Honey, 2019)


Open Reading Period is December 1-15, 2021

Please read our guidelines carefully and send us your best fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction during our free open reading period.

Literary Nominations

Congratulations to our 2021 
Still contributors whose work we have nominated for the annual Best of the NetBest Small FictionsBest Microfiction, and Pushcart Prize.

photo by Dereck Hammers (photos for "Fiction," "Poetry," and "Creative Nonfiction" also by Dereck Hammers

Still: The Journal is an online literary magazine publishing Appalachian literary, visual, and musical artists since 2009. Still: The Journal was awarded the e-Appalachia Award for Outstanding Website from the Appalachian Studies Association in March, 2014. The award is presented annually "in recognition of an outstanding website that provides insight on Appalachia and its people, or provides a vital community service to Appalachia." 

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