A lot changed during Arcturus‘s first spring issue. First, we changed our theme: after launching with a focus on place-based writing, we now embrace a much wider editorial mission: new perspectives. New ideas, new voices, new worlds, new challenges, new ways of seeing, etc. — a theme that can take an infinite number of shapes, including speculative fiction, experimental poetry, political essays, narrative reportage, and virtually everything else.
Then in February, Arcturus held its inaugural writing contest, where winners received prizes of $100 for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, along with forthcoming interviews at the CHIRB this summer about their work. The contest was a huge success, and we look forward to holding it again! Finally, Sara Cutaia (that’s me) was named Arcturus editor-in-chief by the magazine’s founder and publisher, Adam Morgan.
In the Spring Issue, Arcturus published a wide range of writing: post-election dystopian fiction; nuanced poetry that studies inner and outer turmoil; and essays that explore race, gender and belonging.
“Dreamlives of Debris” by Lance Olsen (excerpt)
“The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records” by Scott Blackwood
“Seven Years to Zero” by Amy Benson (excerpt)
“The Republic of Kansas” by Amanda Kabak (winner)
“The Heart is a Many-Roomed Palace” by Nina Sudhakar (finalist)
“Honeymoon in Temporary Locations” by Ashely Shelby (finalist)
“The Fall of Rabbi Gold” by Evan McMurry (finalist)
“Sinkholes of Florida & Others” by Erica Bernheim (winner)
“Dress // Break Up With Your Shitty Boyfriend” by Luke Shwartz (finalist)
“Woman in Blue Combing Her Hair // Snegurochka” by Kailee Marie Pedersen
“Dreamscape with Birds, With Childbirth // Red Hour, Red Kitchen” by Jessica Cogar (finalist)