Issue 39

“Wherever you go, there are three icons that everyone knows: Jesus Christ, Pelé and Coca-Cola.”

Pelé

Announcing the 2018 SFK Novel Contest Winners!

Announcing the 2018 SFK Novel Contest Winners!

Off-the-grid author wins Southern Fried Karma Novel Contest NEWNAN, Ga.— Brenda Marie Smith is the 2018 winner of the Southern Fried Karma Novel Contest for her manuscript “If Darkness Should Take Us.” Smith will receive a $1,500 advance and her novel will be...
Six Degrees of Coca-Cola

Six Degrees of Coca-Cola

Acid has burned the shape of a trident into the cement floor. A white etching on the gray warehouse floor. One leaky pallet of Coca-Cola products waiting for disposal. The smell is rancid. Gnats circle. As I am standing on the receiving dock at the Sam’s Club where I...
Practicing the Faith of the Indiana Grandma

Practicing the Faith of the Indiana Grandma

A voice stained with black Folgers and Misty cigarettes, Maw-Maw begins her afternoon sermon to us, the stale boozed stench high school sophomores, on the benefits and pitfalls of early promiscuity— because that is a woman’s world after all. Granting this wisdom from...
Riley

Riley

In-camera double exposure. Photographer taking photographs of a photographer photographing. (Click on the image for a high-resolution version.) Brian Hayes is a photojournalist from Wichita, Kansas. When he’s not telling stories with his camera, he uses the same...