2011 Pushcart Nominations

By on Saturday, December 24th, 2011

As the sun sets on 2011, it’s a great time to reflect on the year. We were thrilled with another great vintage of fun, challenging, and beautiful contributions to Forge; as always, the Pushcart nomination season requires very hard decisions. We are proud to have offered the works listed below as our 2011 nominations.

Thanks to all of the very many talented artists who shared their work with us last year, and special congratulations to the nominees. We hope you’ll take the time to look over these great stories and poems, if you did not see them when they were originally published.

Happy holidays!

Truth Thomas “What the Snake Whispered in Eve’s Ear”

JP Dancing Bear “Pueblo”

Robert P. Kaye “Learning to Fail in the Cadaver Archipalego”

Sondra Friedman “If a Tree Falls”

Charles LaFave “The Man Who Hides the Future in Apples”

Caroline Misner “A Necessary Sadness”

Submissions to the 2011 Million Writers Award

By on Thursday, March 17th, 2011

We’re happy to announce that we’ve submitted three of our stories to the storySouth Million Writers Award.

The Million Writers Award is a yearly award recognizing works published online. It’s a great institution and strives to highlight the excellent writing that takes place in the many journals who publish their work on the web.

Here are our three entries, published in 2010:

“The Kindness of Strangers” by Tad Crawford

“The Minds of Boys” by Luke B. Goebel

“Not Even Jail” by Sean Jackson

Rice Boy web comic

By on Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

I’m not sure how I’ve missed this for so long.

The website contains several storylines set within a created fantasy world, a clear labor of love by artist (and writer) Evan Dahm.

Wikipedia describes his stories as surrealist, fantastic, epic. Those are all true, but don’t quite capture the awesomeness. Add to that Dahm’s immersive and rich artistic designs for landscape, cities, characters (it sometimes brings Dr Seuss to mind …), all surrounding compelling storylines, and you have something that must be experienced.

Two primary stories exist: Rice Boy (now finished) and Order of Tales (ongoing, and in black and white). Both are set in the same world, but have very different qualities of tone and design. Both are impressive. Rice Boy is striking for it’s artistic vision and use of color and design. Order of Tales moves in a drastic new direction, abandoning color for black and white. It employs a strong focus on story and character, and is a well-paced adventure narrative with a satisfying conclusion.

Dahm uses deceptively simplistic artwork in a sophisticated way to tell his stories, and the visuals he is able to achieve are often quite stunning. (Just check out one of the opening pages … it’s almost like something out of a Vincent Van Gogh painting.) It soon becomes clear that Dahm is using the artwork exactly as he wants to set the tone. He often propels the story with nothing but images.

If you haven’t seen this site before. I’d highly recommend checking it out.

UPDATE: A third storyline is now in progress, entitled Vatu. Don’t miss it!


By on Sunday, April 18th, 2010

My sister recently introduced me to the artwork of Michael Burton, and I have to share it because it’s so incredibly cool. Among other things, he creates short videos called paintamations. These are achieved through a painstaking process where the artist photographs a painting, changes it slightly, and photographs it again, etc. Thus the title – it’s animation, through painting. You have to see it to appreciate how amazing it is. Here’s one entitled “Channel.”:

Here’s Michael Burton’s website:

Nominations to the 2009 Million Writers Award

By on Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Forge has nominated three of its stories from 2009 for the Million Writers Award. This award recognizes stories published in online journals, and was created to show that quality stories are not exclusive to print. The Award’s mantra is expressed much more elegantly on the website.

Here are our three entries:

“Sarah and the Enchanted Forest” by Maria Pavlova (Translated by Juliana Chakarova)

“The Precious Thing” by John Riebow

“Honey, You’ll Be Wanting My Autograph” by Mary Creech Gulledge

Archives are now available

By on Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Archivists at the Royal Institute of Expensive Antiquities recently uncovered some rare original editions of Forge‘s printed issues. Believed to be lost to the ages, experts are heralding these texts as the discovery of the century. Having wiped away the cobwebs and painstakingly removing the mildew, preservationists have labored to recreate the tomes as they originally appeared.

To find the Archives, just head to the “Issues” page, take a left at the sign reading “Archives” and click the link.

Alternately, you can take the shortcut:  Archives.

Pushcart nominations announced

By on Friday, October 2nd, 2009

The 2009 Pushcart nominations from Forge are:

—”Dual Identity” by Gale Acuff (3.1, July 2009)

—”The Cooler” by Nick Bakshi (2.2, March 2009)

—”Green” by Karen Carlson (3.1, July 2009)

—”Happiness Is for the Pigs” by Becky Hunt (2.2, March 2009)

—”Hungerford Bridge” by Courtney Elizabeth Mauk (2.2, March 2009)

—”Alligators” by Terry Ann Thaxton (2.2, March 2009)

Congratulations to our nominees!

Meet the Neighbors 3

By on Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Speculative Fiction can be a great way to get a fresh perspective on the seemingly mundane. Below are a couple of stories dealing with Marriage. Enjoy.

“Husbandry” by Eugene Fischer. Strange Horizons

“The Indefinable” by Don Stockard. Atom Jack

Story submitted for the Shirley Jackson Award

By on Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Jim Meirose’s story “The Steel Doored Room” from issue 3.1 has been submitted for the Shirley Jackson Award.

The Shirley Jackson is an annual award given for works of psychological suspense, horror, and the darkly fantastic.

You can view Jim’s story here.

Cool new ideas in publishing

By on Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

There is some cool stuff happening over at Mud Luscious Press, founded by poet/editor J.A. Tyler. Mud Luscious Press is the publishing arm of the online journal Mud Luscious, and focuses on creating miniature chap-style volumes of prose and poetry splitting the profits from sales 50/50 with the author. The volumes are lovely in and of themselves, and a great way to support artists. Check it out here.