contest 2018

2020-03-30T10:06:25-04:00My Crime, Reform & Reentry|

My Crime: Change in Places

Sixteen years later, that day still played in my head as clear as a Blu-ray movie. I still saw Frank's raised eyebrows when, in broad daylight, he announced, "We're taking that." A nine-millimeter semi-automatic stuck out of his jeans pocket. I [...]

2020-02-06T20:11:00-05:00Daily Survival|

The Softer Side of Suicide

Ashes Falling Down By Johnathan Byrd I stood staring at Ashes through the rusted metal grill that provides the only way to look into a cell. This unit doesn't have bars; only solid steel doors. I stared at Ashes with [...]

2020-02-06T20:12:28-05:00Violence & Corruption|

Summer Memories

By Jayson Hawkins Even after two decades of incarceration, I still enjoy hearing about my loved ones’ vacations. Partly it allows me to live vicariously through their adventures, but it also sets up my tired old punchline of ”I thought [...]

2020-02-06T20:25:11-05:00Bizarre or Funny|

Transitions: Boy to Girl

Dani H. Harris By Dani Harris “Where did you make-up?” SGT. Holmes asked. I played stupid. “Make-up? What Make-up? I don’t have any because I can’t buy it on commissary.” SGT. Holmes did this thing with his finger [...]

2020-02-09T06:29:44-05:00Going to Prison|

Going to Prison for Life

Courtesy Adam Roberts It's hard to endure the first day in a new prison, whichever it may be, Auburn or Attica, even for someone who has over eighteen years in. You don't know where anything is, no one knows [...]

2020-01-27T23:29:40-05:00Hope & Change|

Time and Experience

By Victor Davis Approximately, nineteen years ago, while I was a teenager attempting to navigate alone through the obstacles of life, I did not have the parental influence needed to aid me through the various developmental stages I encountered. Like [...]

2020-02-07T17:58:58-05:00Bizarre or Funny|

Hoowee, That’s One Ugly M-F’er

Courtesy of Charles Norman By Charles Norman Hoowee. The “h” is silent. Mandarin Chinese is a tonal language in which word meanings are enhanced by pronunciation of musical notes, emphases rising and falling, higher and lower. One word [...]

2020-04-03T11:54:57-04:00Hope & Change|

Dying Inside, Living Outside

Each time I look outside, I die further. Through the steel of my cage, I see into the distance--the cars flowing on the daylight highway, and the flames above it at night.  I look up at the sky, the only physical [...]