Editor's Note

Dear Reader,

We’re extremely proud to bring you yet another great issue of poetry, fiction, photography, graphic fiction, creative nonfiction, audio stories, and our carte blanche Q&A, as we come to the end of our eighth year of publishing.

For this issue, we asked our contributors to send us their stories on “conflict”, the wars big and small that changed their lives. Among them are Erika Dreifus’ violent encounter with a stranger, Gregory Koop’s vision of war through the eyes of one family, and Rob Thomas’ disagreement with his son on the definition of kite.

But almost every story contains a conflict, internal or external, that motivates its characters. We invite you to discover these battles as you peruse these pages.

We may have been publishing for eight years, but we are still growing. Next year, we will produce three issues per year (spring, summer, and fall) on our new improved website – coming soon!

Also, stay tuned for the next This Really Happened event, in Montreal, on January 22nd and, for the second time, at the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival in April 2013

Maria Schamis Turner
Editor, carte blanche