The Bomb

by Marge Simon

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[Editor’s Note: Click on the triptych for a full view.]

Marge Simon‘s works appear in publications such as Strange Horizons, Niteblade, DailySF Magazine, Pedestal Magazine, Dreams & Nightmares. She edits a column for the HWA Newsletter and serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees. She has won the Strange Horizons Readers Choice Award, the Bram Stoker Award™(2008, 2012), the Rhysling Award and the Dwarf Stars Award. Collections: Like Birds in the Rain, Unearthly Delights, The Mad Hattery, Vampires, Zombies & Wanton Souls, and Dangerous Dreams. Member HWA, SFWA, SFPA.

You called the triptych in your cover letter “an interesting challenge.” Could you please elaborate?

I’d never seen this format or concept for prose before. I appreciated reading the examples, which were a great help and it intrigued me greatly. So where to start but with the prose piece, which almost wrote itself — a good omen. Next, to decide how to frame it. The real challenge came with finding something about Frida’s history that would support the somewhat bizarre issue presented in the prose. And then I found the Breton quote. The next challenge was formatting; I spent most of an afternoon learning what MS Word offered that I’d never had to use before.


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Poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction/prose poetry submissions are now closed. The reading period for standard submissions opens again March 15, 2023. Submit here.


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