Issue 4: Growth

Issue 4: Growth

August 9, 2022

“Growth” did not disappoint when it came to stimulating and thematic conversations. We saw pieces on growing up, growing apart, and growing closer. We also read about growing emotionally, physically, or spiritually, and some work on refusing to grow at all. We read work that turned “Growth” on its head and spun it in wild and unpredictable ways.

The conversation that (dare we write) blossomed from these three authors felt truly special. Through poetry, flash fiction, and essay, each writer sought to remind us that growing is not a linear path forward. To grow, one has to face the past, exist in the present, and prepare for a future of uncomfortable truths. 

When read together, these three show that “Growth” is a process of reduction, removal, and release.

That’s our 3cents. Enjoy.

Cannas

Cannas

The Last Hummingbird

The Last Hummingbird

Weeding the Garden Makes Me Angry

Weeding the Garden Makes Me Angry

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Issue 3: Family

Issue 3: Family

April 5, 2022

The variety of joy, humor, menace, and malice we read while searching for Issue 3’s writers was explosive! And why wouldn’t it be? After all, what could be a more ubiquitous and all-encompassing theme as “Family?”

The conversation our three contributors built stood out in a field of stories and reflections. These works remind us that despite the best of intentions, sometimes families are seen, shaped, and cemented not by the best days, but by the worst ones.

Issue 3 is a reflection on families feeling anguish in the face of the inevitable and families forced to remember what has been forgotten. Each of these pieces shares an individual loss with the reader, but when read together we’re reminded just how universal those losses can be.

That’s our 3cents. Enjoy.

Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict

Who He Had Been

Who He Had Been

Under Water

Under Water

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Issue 2: Fear

Issue 2: Fear

November 17, 2021

We didn't know what to expect when we asked for submissions for Issue 2. “Fear” as a concept, we discovered, was diverse and nuanced and vast. The scope of fears we received ranged from deeply personal to outright humorous, and while no one sent us a ghost story, we left the selection process haunted all the same.

The conversation that grew out of these three pieces felt destined to come together. One piece had us wincing at the fear of being vulnerable, another at the fear of change, and yet one more at the fear of not changing soon enough. Independently, any one of these writers could reshape our understanding of what it means to truly be afraid, but together they dive into the complexities of being a woman, a mother, a partner, and alone all at once. 

That’s our 3cents. Enjoy.

My Fear is a Snake

My Fear is a Snake

Six Feet Apart

Six Feet Apart

Reflection

Reflection

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Issue 1: Beginnings

Issue 1: Beginnings

July 21, 2021

Our first issue of 3cents Magazine is a reminder of what a beautiful, messy, complicated, and dangerous process starting something new can be. We didn’t know what to expect when we reached out to our first trio of authors, but their work took three threads out of the tangled ball of twine that is “beginnings” and braided together an extraordinary conversation. 

Independently, any of these excellent reads have something to say on starting something new: beginnings are complicated, beginnings are traumatic, beginnings often sneak up when we least expect them. Together, though, these works remind us that no matter how hard we try, we never know what we’re truly beginning to do. 

That’s our 3cents. Enjoy.

Hustle and Flow

Hustle and Flow

Out on the Point

Out on the Point

'Meet Cute in Menlo Park' & 'Left Its Mark'

'Meet Cute in Menlo Park' & 'Left Its Mark'

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