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The Burglar-Fiction by K. A. Williams
Bittersweet-Fiction by Jonathan Woods
Manny Dietrich's Adventure in the Blighted Kingdom-Fiction by Roger Johns
Extra Income-Fiction by M. A. De Neve
Interviewing a New Employee-Fiction by Roy Dorman
Gobble, Gobble-Fiction by Cindy Rosmus
The Lunch Box-Fiction by Kenneth James Crist
Swallow-Fiction by Don Stoll
The Volkers-Fiction by Logan McConnell
All for One, One for All-Fiction by Jan Christensen
He's Nobody-Fiction by Richard Martinez
Who's Going to Pray for Me Now?-Fiction by Niles M. Reddick
Priorities-Flash Fiction by Gary Clifton
Tell It to the Monkey-Flash Fiction by Bernard Onken
Why Are You Just Sitting There?-Flash Fiction by Robert Weibezahl
This Most Magical Season-Flash Fiction by Bernice Holtzman
A Short Poem for a Long Trip-Poem by Richard LeDue
Things Found in a Public Parking Lot-Poem by Hillary Lyon
Tables-Poem by Meg Baird
Duke-Poem by Daniel G. Snethen
Impending Death-Daniel G. Snethen
A Dispute over a Gambling Debt-Poem by Mark Young
Glockenspiel-Poem by Mark Young
Daredevils-Poem by John Tustin
The Trick Is-Poem by John Tustin
I'll Go to Hell When I Die for All My-Poem by Gale Acuff
I Don't Want to Die, Ever, Then I'd Miss-Poem by Gale Acuff
Sometimes you die when it's really not your-Poem by Gale Acuff
Lone Crow-Poem by Judith Nielsen
Losing Texas #1-Poem by Judith Nielsen
what is the cost-Poem by Judith Nielsen
Poignant Clouds (For Daryl)-Poem by Judith Nielsen
Cartoons by Cartwright
Hail, Tiger!
Angel of Manslaughter
Strange Gardens
Gutter Balls
Calpurnia's Window
No Place Like Home
Dark Tales from Gent's Pens

Editor's Page for December, 2021

Art by Anthony Knott 2021

Merry Christmas, Yellow Mama-style!

Yeah, I know. The pandemic still rages, with the new Omicron strain, now. School shootings and political crises haven’t let up. Everywhere we look, there’s something to freak out about. In spite of all this, let’s stop and chill. Let’s be safe but try to enjoy the holidays.

Reading YM Issue #89 is a great place to start. As always, we’ve got an awesome lineup, and even some “Christmas” tales.

Seasons Greetings from Roger Johns, with his noir-ish “Manny Dietrich’s Adventure in the Blighted Kingdom,” in which a trucker attempts a quickie with one of Santa’s “elves.” In Gary Clifton’s “Priorities,” a cop breaks up a lover’s spat on Christmas Eve.  Jan Christensen’s “All for One, One for All” features three coworkers who plot to whack their abusive boss before the holiday party. And Bernice Holtzman’s “The Most Magical Season” shows us how New Year’s Eve can be the most cheerless of holidays.

In his sequel to “Bus Stop” (in YM Issue #86), Jonathan Woods chronicles “Ishmael” and Robin’s “Bittersweet” Key West reunion. Kenneth James Crist’s “The Lunch Box” gives us vigilante bomber Crank as a young lad.

Other powerful stories include Niles Reddick’s “Who’s Going to Pray for Me Now?”, in which memories of a suddenly-deceased loved one leave the narrator shattered. K. A. Williams’s “The Burglar” surprises a homeowner in more ways than one. And Don Stoll’s “Swallow” explores racism in the London P.D.

Our poetry lineup includes Catholic school memories by YM newcomer Gale Acuff, as well as fine poems by YM regulars Meg Baird, Hillary Lyon, Judith Nielsen, and others.

Full-length and flash fiction stories (and some poems) are individually illustrated by our gifted artists: Kevin Duncan, Sean O’Keefe, Hillary Lyon, Steve Cartwright, Ann Marie Rhiel, Michael D. Davis, Darren Blanch, Henry Stanton, Cynthia Fawcett, AF Knott, W. Jack Savage, and our newest artist, Bernice Holtzman.

And check out Mike Kerins’s chilly Winter cover.

If you want to submit full-length fiction, flash fiction, or poetry, check out our guidelines page.

Also, please sign our guestbook! If you have comments about Yellow Mama or any stories or poems we publish, you may leave comments there.

And check out our revised Archives, to catch recent stories or poems by your favorite writers you might’ve missed.

 And thanks for reading!

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In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2021