ENG 368 Chapbook Contest

Will Patton [left], Jacob Cross [Center], Sam Robkoff [Right] Photo by Shannon Pepita O’Brien ENG 368 Project Chapbook wasn’t really an Alchemist Review contest, but it was one we thought was worth highlighting. Project Chapbook was a contest created by Dr. Meagan Cass for her class ENG 368 Creative Writing and Publishing ECCE course. In…

Updated Call for Submissions

Submission Guidelines Our reading period: Open from September 30, 2013–February 17, 2014 for submissions to be considered for the Spring semester. This year we’re changing things up a bit, meaning, we’re looking for stories about change. It is good to note, we only publish work by students currently attending the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS)…

Sam’s Song by Jacob Cross

My grip on her finger tightened as I glared at the cardinals on the other side of the screen door. She let out a clicking hiss and dropped her hand in pain. I spread my wings to keep my balance. “Dammit, Sam. Your nails are like needles,” the Matriarch said. I loosened my grasp. It…

The Alchemist Review is holding a scary story reading on Wednesday, October 23 at 7pm in the lower level of the Brookens library. There will be free food and candy and plenty of chills. If you want to read, bring something original or work from a writer you admire.

“Rose Quarts” by Scott Scholl

They mounted the grass-covered hill of Southland park, looking up the path between the trees. The sidewalk continued curving away almost looking like it touched the sky. He smiled and turned to her and she wasn’t smiling so his smile diminished. The weather wasn’t too warm that day. He took out a round pink stone.…

“No Grave Today,” by Scott Lasley

Wilburt Hadley sat quietly in his tan folding chair. Miss Joyce and Miss Earline sat across the white plastic table from him reading old issues of Hearth and Home and Cappers, their page turns the only real noise aside from Forrest coughing in his power chair across the room. Age and inclination kept him from moving from his chair…