This year marks the careful editing and curation of a dozen issues by the Fieldstone Review and we have brought together a special collection that I hope readers will find both timely and entertaining. There are so many people without whom this journal would not be possible: as always, this issue benefits greatly from the meticulous gaze of Jillian Baker as our copy editor. Our web editors, Tristan Taylor and Adam Vazquez, have brought their special charm to the (digital) pages of this edition and it shows. To Ian Moy, Shane Farris, and Sarah Dorward, our Creative Non-Fiction, Fiction, and Poetry editors respectively, I can only say thank you, thank you, thank you for carrying out what can so often be the difficult and (now only almost) thankless work of mediating between contributors and review readers to separate the wheat from the chaff and bring home an abundance of writing to the project.
And, of course, a very special thanks to all of our readers in every category for your hard work in evaluating the many submissions we received this year. Your rigour and dedication provide our editors with valuable insight as they make difficult decisions.
Borders is this issue’s theme and our writers chose to interpret the word in different ways. From “Hidden Messages,” which confronts us with the humanity of refugees while bringing a certain warmth into the issue, to “Grandma Died Today,” the tale of two brothers transitioning their way across borders literally and metaphorically, the theme has brought us an intriguing mix of perspectives.
This issue we have been graced with the creative non-fiction of Benn Ward and Donald Dewey; the fiction of Peter Freeman, Samidha Kalia, and Pamela Hensley; and the poetry of Miles Knecht, DJ Tyrer, Nancy Cook, gillian harding-russell, Nigel Ford, and Atar Hadari. I would like to thank each of these contributors for sharing their work with us and allowing the FSR team to curate its representation to the wider public. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to share one’s creative work and we appreciate you placing your trust in us!
Finally, I am happy to announce our first ever Fieldstone Review Literary Prize of $100 goes to Peter Freeman for his short story, “Hidden Message”! Good writing deserves recognition and I hope the tradition of rewarding talented authors will grow and continue within this review.
It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work on this journal with so many wonderfully hard-working and talented people as its EIC. I know that I leave it in the best of hands with its incoming team, and cannot wait to see the work that FSR will continue to put out.