Issue 5


Hey y’all!

I can hardly believe I’m writing another one of these. Five issues is more than I ever imagined for Fish Barrel, and I can’t wait to keep going. Every time we start another issue, it’s hard to imagine finishing it, but with every submission I read, it gets easier and easier. Every piece in this issue is so incredible, so unique, and I truly feel connected to each author after reading their work.

I finished my third college semester this fall, and I was worried I’d find myself too busy to continue publishing writing, or that I’d feel less connected to the writing community as I became busy with other commitments. I’ve said this before, but I’m so grateful to all of y’all for making sure that hasn’t happened. With every communication I’ve shared with y’all, over Twitter, email, Instagram, etc, I’ve felt more inspired to keep going—to continue to work on this issue and to continue to write my own work as well.

Thank you so much to Sophie and Kirby, my poetry and fiction editors, for the huge amount of help you’ve given me this fall, and thank you to each one of our contributors for your willingness to share your writing with us. We’re so excited for this issue and the next, and the next after that. Enjoy this issue, and have a very happy new year! 

Peace! Prosperity! Read on!


Dylan Fritz, Editor-in-Chief

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