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July Editor's Letter: Faith is Confidence in Confidence Alone

Dear Readers,

Faith is a tenuous topic for me. I have a history of religious trauma, conservative rigidity and ritual divestment. The word “faith” triggers a series of complex memories along with an astounding amount of cultural guilt. 316 more words


The Dreamers: Part Three

It’s 2 a.m. and you’re lying on the floor against sheets of useless lyrics, ideas saved on your phone’s voice recorder, and bags under your eyes that slap you back in the face and question why on the face of the planet you are still doing what you’re doing. 358 more words

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Ed's Letter

Hey guys!

Thank you so much for your submissions! This issue was a month of improvement for everyone, and it really shows in how much progress Flustered has made! 206 more words


Sick. - Editor in Chief, Kelly Fitzharris Coody

Hey, guys. I still haven’t heard back from the doctor’s office or gotten lab results — but I have developed a couple of alarming, giant infections on random spots of my body, along with continuing to feel weak in the wake of my two-week stomach infection. 61 more words


Plagiarism. - Kelly Fitzharris Coody, Editor in Chief

It’s been brought to my attention by more than a few people recently that we’ve published some plagiarized work.

I am NOT OKAY WITH THIS. To all injured parties, please know that I am taking all actions that I can to deal with the situation, remove this person from the web site, and RETRACT THEIR PUSHCART PRIZE NOMINATION. 188 more words



There were six people at my 20th birthday party, including me. It was New Year’s Eve 2015 and I wore a beautiful sparkly backless dress and tall black heels despite spending my whole night in a living room drinking gin and playing an offensive card game. 387 more words

Letter From The Editor

To Police or Not To Police? - Editor In Chief Kelly Coody

Good evening, SLM friends, family, readers and writers! 

I want and need to say a few things: some of you know me very well — meaning you’re aware that I suffer from some ongoing mystery illness that’s zapped my energy and mental capacity ever since I came down with mono (caused by the Epstein-Barr Virus) about a year and half ago. 725 more words