Dead Awake

Title art by Jenna Hauser

Dead Awake: A Little Book of Horrors is a collection of YA horror written by middle and high school students on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Stories, poems, and featured artists for Volume 3 will be posted here online. (Scroll down and hit the “Subscribe” button to receive email notifications whenever new pieces are posted.) Volume 2 is available for purchase at Amazon.com for $22.

Updated on March 28, 2021. There are presently no calls for submissions.

New Fiction: The Depths by Faith Novak

Bianca Louis sinks her toes into the fine white O’ahu sand. The ocean breeze fills her lungs. Behind her, food trucks bustle by as the heavy aromas of acai bowls and fish tacos mask the salty sea. It’s a perfect morning for surfing… [Continue reading]

Poem: Blinding Hands by Audrey Weibell

The hands that now grip so painfully

had once seemed soft.

They blocked the things

you’d rather not see

like horse blinders

keeping your focus on what matters.

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Featured Artist: Jenna Hauser

I had known Jenna Hauser—or had known of her, I should say—since 2013, when she was a seventh grader at Sudlersville Middle School. She wasn’t on my roster, unfortunately, but her reputation as an artist put her on my radar… [Continue reading]

New Fiction: The Edge of Perfection by Julia Reburn

My eyes close softly as my hands fold in my lap, and I pray.

Lord Poseidon, Protector of the Sea, Father of Storms, Shaker of the Earth, Guide me as I face the day. Give me strength to protect those close And to do good by Your Name. Be with me as I walk the world... [Continue reading]





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Blinding Hands

by Audrey Weibell I. The hands that now grip so painfully had once seemed soft. They blocked the things you’d rather not see like horse blinders keeping your focus on what matters.  You trusted the hands. They pointed to your shortcomings, problems your useless eyes  wouldn’t see. The hands  helped you succeed. Sight. Seeing. Protection. […]

The Depths

by Faith Novak Bianca Louis sinks her toes into the fine white O’ahu sand. The ocean breeze fills her lungs. Behind her, food trucks bustle by as the heavy aromas of acai bowls and fish tacos mask the salty sea. It’s a perfect morning for surfing. Bianca and her family recently moved to the Hawaiin […]

Featured Artist: Jenna Hauser

I had known Jenna Hauser—or had known of her, I should say—since 2013, when she was a seventh grader at Sudlersville Middle School. She wasn’t on my roster, unfortunately, but her reputation as an artist put her on my radar. Walking the hallway galleries, you knew immediately which pieces were Jenna’s. Everyone did. Portraits, still-lifes, […]

The Edge of Perfection

by Julia Reburn My eyes close softly as my hands fold in my lap, and I pray. My green eyes flutter open, adjusting to the bright sun. I pick a small gardenia from its place in the flowerbed and twirl it through my fingers. Around me, servants bustle around bushes and flower beds, trimming hedges, […]

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