The Bottle

By James Miller / 08/23/2018

Our Souls Refracted Through a Mesh

By Kevin McGowan / 09/10/2018

The Year the Colors Changed

By Siobhan Tebbs / 08/27/2018

Commonly Held Beliefs About Lesbians and Other Commonly Held Beliefs

By Nikki Smith / 09/18/2018

When the Crows Spoke Only Once

By Benjamin Mark / 09/10/2018

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Typishly is a new online literary journal publishing short stories and poetry submitted by established and emerging writers.

Built for writers, loved by readers

Launched in November 2017, Typishly immediately began receiving accolades. We’ve been called beautiful, stylish, cool, text-y, smart, inspiring, wonderful, eclectic, vivid, visceral, stunning, challenging… and sometimes weird. Our editor is an internationally award-winning creative director who enjoys discovering exciting new writing talent. Typishly is also a welcoming home to experienced writers. Submit your work.

What’s on this page?

[ 5 Editor’s Choice stories ]

[ 5 Editor’s Choice poems ]

[ 5 Creative Challenge winners ]

[ 5 of our Most Shared stories and poems ]

[ List of newest stories and poems ]



5 Editor’s Choice Stories

Here’s a selection of our Editor’s Choice short stories for you to read and share.

Dara Passano does international aid work and is the author of The Guardian UK’s “Confessions of a Humanitarian” series, as well as the satire collection Give Me My Chocolate or the Turtle Dies. Dara’s fiction and commentary have appeared in the Apple Valley Review, Arcturus, Thought Catalog, Crack the Spine, East&West, The Perfume River Anthology and elsewhere.

Your Rapunzel I Have Heard

Shelagh Powers Johnson holds an MFA in Creative Writing from American University. She is an English professor at Bowie State University. Shelagh has been published in Ravishly, Luna Luna Magazine, Night Train, the Grace and Gravity anthologies, Portland Review, apt, Avatar Review, and Clackamas Literary Review, among others.

What We Imagined

Peter Lynch lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. He works in demolition and writes when he can.

Our Lady Of The Shallows

JoAnna Pollonais is a meditator, a feminist, an adventurer. She has worked as an editor and communication specialist for the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross. On the move since 2002—from Berlin to Bangkok, Beirut to Brussels, Hanoi to Copenhagen, and Kigali to Cairo—she now lives in Brooklyn, where she’s writing a novel.

In the Absence of Your Father

Jonathan Land Evans lives in Bermuda, where he is a historian and writer of short stories and plays. His recent short-fiction collections include ‘Bermuda Stories’, ‘Stateside Stories’, and ‘Stories From Hither And Yon’. Jonathan received his education in Bermuda and then at Johns Hopkins University, The School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, University College London (UCL) and The College of Law in London, England. He worked as a lawyer in the City of London and Bermuda.

The Rivals

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5 Editor’s Choice Poems

Here’s a short selection of our Editor’s Choice poems for you to read and share.

Carol Flake Chapman turned to journalism after a stint in academia, working as writer and editor for a number of leading newspapers and magazines. She was a founding editor of Vanity Fair; she was the horse racing correspondent for The New Yorker; she was a rock critic for the Village Voice; she was the Texas stringer for U.S. News & World Report; and she has been an editor and columnist for the Boston Globe. She has written as well for Harper’s, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Vogue, Conde Nast Traveler, Connoisseur, The Nation, Texas Monthly, and The New Republic. Her book Written in Water: A Memoir of Love, Death and Mystery, which is compelling in its dramatic story and visionary in its implications, is her most important work.

What Counts in the End

Kate Hoyle is a poet and visual artist who lives in California. Her five poem series, On America, toured the US and South America on exhibit in U2’s Joshua Tree World Tour 2017. “Survival Dreams of Birthday Cake” is a mark of the conversation between the breaking and the incandescent, the trauma and the breath. It is the dialogue of Kate’s inner and outer worlds. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Tupelo Press 30/30 Project, The AUDACITY and Handwritten.

Survival Dreams of Birthday Cake

Harold Whit Williams is guitarist for the critically acclaimed rock band Cotton Mather. He is a 2018 Pushcart Prize Nominee and received the 2014 Mississippi Review Poetry Prize. His collection Backmasking was winner of the 2013 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize from Texas Review Press. His latest, Red Clay Journal, is available from FutureCycle Press.

Vignette for Frank O’Hara

James Mele is a graduate of St. Lawrence University, University College, Dublin, and the Antioch International Writing Program. He has published poetry, fiction, and articles in numerous periodicals in the US, Ireland, and England. His first full-length poetry collection, Dancing in Eurynome’s Shoes, was published by Antrim House Books in 2017.

On Manet’s Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe

Aya Elizabeth is a recent college grad whose obsessions have included black holes, trees, and more recently, jellyfish. Her poetry has appeared in Konch Magazine.

Let’s Eat

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5 Creative Challenge winners

We have a never-ending supply of writing prompts to stimulate your creativity. First lines, last lines, and collections called ‘word salads’. We refresh them every three weeks. Here are a few of the best responses to our creative challenges.

Linda McMullen is a peripatetic American diplomat often found in Africa or Asia. Her short stories will be appearing in Palaver, Enzo Publications, Temptation Press and Panoply.

The Announcement

D. R. James has written poetry collections including Since Everything Is All I’ve Got (March Street) and five chapbooks, most recently Why War and Split-Level. His work has appeared in Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford and Poetry in Michigan / Michigan in Poetry. His full-length collection ‘If god were gentle’ appears in December 2017 from Dos Madres Press. James lives in Saugatuck, Michigan, and has been teaching writing, literature, and peace-making at Hope College for 33 years. Visit his Amazon author page.

Dream at Wits’ End

Joshua Lindenbaum has been published in Five 2 One Magazine, Silhouette Press, Mistake House, Blue Lake Review, 3Elements Review, The Oddville Press and The Write Room.


Jem Patrick Moore is a writer of short fiction from Melbourne, Australia. He divides his time between writing and teaching English. His work explores the kinds of violence that can arise from the banality of everyday life. He currently lives in Sweden.

Days That Follow

Timothy Tarkelly lives in Western Kansas, where he works for a non-profit serving survivors of domestic and sexual violence. His poetry has appeared in Paragon Journal, GNU, Haunted Waters Press, Cadaverous Magazine, Whisper and the Roar, Poets & War, Lycan Valley Press, Fourth & Sycamore, and Aphelion. He was an honorable mention for Noir Nation’s Golden Fedora Poetry Prize.

Six Shooter Blues

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5 of our Most Shared

Our Most Shared (most loved) short stories and poems are being discovered and appreciated by a wide audience on social media. If you see something you like, please share it so others can discover Typishly. Our community of writers is grateful for your support. (By the way, we’ve just jumped onto Twitter @typishly. See you there.)

Simon Nader is a London-based professional actor, director and writer. He is the author of a collected volume of comedic issues-based poetry called The Alphabet According to Several Strange Creatures, and its sequel The Alphabet According to Several Strange Humans.

Anonymity and Pleasure

Ailish Annie James is an English literature graduate who is looking for work in the Welsh countryside. She would like to go to Japan to teach English. Ailish wrote this poem as a special project for Typishly, for which we are grateful.


Natalia Sarkissian lives in Italy where she teaches English and Writing. She received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her writing and photographs have appeared in a variety of publications both in Italy and the US. She is currently working on a novel.

The Romance of Ruins

John Jay Speredakos is a New York-based professional actor and writer with an MFA from Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts. He has appeared on and off-Broadway, in films, TV, and radio dramas for the last few decades, and is a devoted daddy to his daughter, Calliope. More information and photos can be found on IMDb.

Shoulder Me

Evalyn Lee is a former CBS News producer currently living in London, UK. Her broadcast work received an Emmy and numerous Writers Guild Awards. She produced television segments for 60 Minutes in New York and the BBC in London, and wrote for Dan Rather, Mike Wallace, and Lesley Stahl while covering both Gulf Wars and many investigative pieces. She has interviewed writers including Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney, Dick Francis and Margaret Atwood about their work. Evalyn’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in: Letting Go: An Anthology of Attempts, ed. Martha Hughes; Hawai’i Pacific Review; War, Literature, and the Arts Journal; Broad River Review 2016; Amarillo Bay; Diverse Arts Project; The Broken Plate; The Louisville Review; Red Savina Review; Saint Ann’s Review; Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts; and Stickman Review. She won the Willow Review prize for short fiction for 2016.

Farewell Street

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