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ARDOR Literary Magazine - Issue Three, September 2013

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR It's hard to believe that it has been a full year since we launched our site and welcomed our first submission. Today I'm thrilled to offer our third effort. Issue Three is our longest to date – a volume which further cements ARDOR's place within the literary world. Autumn is my favorite time of year – the air in Maine turns cool, flocks of migrating birds call out as they fly overhead, and the air is rich with the scent of wood-smoke, decomposing leaves and the new, cold air that presses down from Canada. In assembling this issue I found that many of the pieces included in these pages touch upon moments of transition and beauty in a way that mirrors the seasonal change I love in New England. In this issue I'm thrilled to present David Armstrong's "Their Own Resolution" – the winner of our 2013 short story contest. This story, selected by guest judge Chris Offutt, is part of David's debut collection, "Going Anywhere," which is forthcoming next fall from Leapfrog Press. I'm so glad that you'll have the opportunity to read "Their Own Resolution" here first! We've also included Tom Howard's "The Savage Angels" and Natalie Sypolt's "Watching" – two finalists from our short story contest. The pool of submissions for this first contest was deep and competitive and each of these three stories will take readers on an unexpected, necessary journey. Based on the success of our inaugural writing competition I'm pleased to announce the launch of our fall Flash Fiction Contest which is currently open to submissions of short prose up to 1,000 words. This exciting short-short form challenges writers in unique ways and will offer our readers dense, electrifying prose. Several exciting short-short stories appear in Issue Three – Sean O'Siadhail's "A Brief Perspective on the 6 Train," and Angela Palm's "Vacancy." Issue Three also offers exciting poetry from Mark Vogel, James Toupin, Gail Goepfert, Anne Colwell and featured poet, Len Krisak (our first contributor who is a Jeopardy! champion). I'm pleased that our following on social media continues to grow and I've been surprised and delighted to receive several kind reviews to ARDOR's first two issues. Kirsten McIlvenna at wrote of our first issue: "I daresay ARDOR is not taking baby steps here but rather a full stride into the lit-mag world." And Lynn Holmgren at The Review Review calls ARDOR a publication with "staying power," writing: "ARDOR is one online literary journal that will make it around the block, successfully bridging the gap between digital natives and traditional journal subscribers." I certainly hope she's right! The positive response to the journal is, of course, a result of the fine writing and artwork in our pages and I remain humbled that so many fine writers continue to submit their work. I'm proud that we'll mail checks totaling over $1,000 to Issue Three contributors and with your continued support I anticipate that we'll continue to validate talented writers with payment for years to come. Thank you for reading. I hope that you enjoy our third effort and if you do, please take advantage of the social sharing feature of our online publishing platform and share ARDOR with your friends and family. Joseph Hessert, Founding Editor of ARDOR Literary Magazine

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