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From the Editor

An Unconscious Weight

Carefully extracting myself from under the weight of an unconscious 19-year-old, I rolled to my side and pushed myself from the heap of dirty laundry on the bathroom floor. I wanted to pee, but I couldn’t with him there.

I wondered how long I’d been gone, not knowing if it was minutes or hours. No one had knocked to use the bathroom. If they had, I didn’t hear it. I wondered if I’d blacked out. My head was cloudy from second-hand cigarette smoke and bottles of Bartles & Jaymes. I adjusted my damp underwear which had been stretched to the side, smoothed my skirt, and wondered what to do. He didn’t hurt me, I’m okay, I told myself...

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Contents

Blood Promise

I’m eight years old, and my wallet is pregnant with purpose. I’ve acquired twenty-seven one dollar bills, most of them given to me...

Liar

Gloria Miller was a liar. That’s one reason I remember her, from way back in 1958 when she joined our ninth grade class at Peekskill...

Gypsy's Moon

I’d loved horses my entire life, but it was my husband who gave me my first. He sold his motorcycle to buy me a beautiful black...

Swedish Fish

When I was nine, I spent most of my summer days exploring our farm. I played in the old apple orchard on the hill, splashed around...

Dead Sea Rising

I am on my way to Julis. I unclench and wipe sweaty palms on my thighs, drawing identical paths of dark blue onto the fabric...

Let Those With Ears

I will make her lasagna. It’s her favorite, what she asked for almost every birthday. I bustle around the kitchen, gather Italian sausage...

Submission Guidelines

Who: Women writers.

What we're looking for: First-person nonfiction.

Submission deadline: October 3, 2016

Six Hens features true stories about the moments that define and redefine. Our writers take us to the places and events that changed what they believe in, changed how they see their place in the world, and changed them. Through their storytelling, they change us. We are looking for powerful, first-person nonfiction about the moments that segment life into before and after. Make us feel something.

Your submission should be previously unpublished. Please limit your piece to 2000 words. If the piece is an excerpt from a larger work, please make sure the submitted section can stand on its own. The deadline for submitting to our next issue is October 3, 2016. Selected writers will be contacted on or before November 28, 2016, and may have an opportunity to submit a relevant photo to accompany their writing. Featured writers will receive $50.

Publication date for the next issue is September 19, 2016. We are not accepting fiction or poetry at this time. Your submission automatically subscribes you to the Six Hens quarterly email magazine. Submissions received after October 3, 2016 will be considered for subsequent issues.

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Submissions not selected for publication will be deleted.







About Six Hens

Each issue we feature true stories about the moments that define and redefine. Our writers take us to the places and events that changed what they believe in, changed how they see their place in the world, and changed them. Through their storytelling, they change us.


Our editors

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Suzanne Galante Editor in Chief

Suzanne Galante has launched newsletters, produced content for top web sites and segments of KRON TV's popular travel show Bay Area Backroads, written cover stories for the San Francisco Bay Guardian and Bay Area Parent Magazine, and was one of the nation's first paid bloggers. Her work has appeared in TheStreet.com, CNET News.com, ABC News.com, the New York Post, CNN.com, The Industry Standard, The Deal, the Colorado Daily, and Oxygen.com. Suzanne holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from the University of San Francisco and a Journalism degree from Northeastern University. She has been writing as
Mother in Chief since 2005.

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Marcy Burstiner Editor

Marcy Burstiner was born in New York City and grew up in Yonkers, NY. She started her journalism career as an assistant editor at the Multinational Monitor Magazine, which was founded by Ralph Nader. After getting her masters degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she worked as a reporter and editor for a series of publications including the San Francisco Business Times, thestreet.com and The Deal financial magazine and website. She is an associate professor of journalism and mass communication at Humboldt State University in Northern California. In 2010 she was named Journalism Educator of the Year by the California Journalism Education Coalition.


Our cover art

Issue 5: Erin Vaganos's artwork is influenced by her childhood memories of her family's underground home in the woods near the Finger Lakes of New York, as well as rooted in her interests in nature, patterns, solitude, folk traditions, and the connection she sees between fairy tales and the subconscious. She says watercolor is the medium with which she can best express herself. See more of her work here.

Issue 4: Jen Walls is a mark-maker and mixed media artist who is often inspired by the traditions and stories of indigenous peoples. Self-taught, her art is the result of disciplined studio time, a regimen of exploratory and experimental projects and a good dose of magic. An advocate for doodling in the classroom, the waiting room and the board room, she lives in Plantation, Florida, with her husband and one grouchy dog.

Issue 3: Birdy Bella began her journey with art and writing as a healing response to a devastating illness from which she has since recovered. Learn more about her story and art work here.

Issue 2: Jane Wilcoxson uses oil pastel to creates contemporary fine art of quirky animals and fantastical scenes that uses color and playfulness to deliver the magic of the universe to everyday spaces. Learn more about her work here.

Issue 1: Stevi McCartney often paints to imagine places she'd like to be or has yet to visit. For her, painting has always been an outlet to get out of the digital space and get lost in wine country, lavender fields, or the crisp ocean coast. Learn more about her work here.


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