Our first quarterly Fifty-for-Fifty reading contest is complete. We promised to award fifty dollars to the person writing the best fifty (or more) words pertaining to work appearing in our issue. We've chosen one winner and two runners-up, and you can read the entries here. See our Guidelines page for details on how to submit your comments on any piece in the current issue, so that you may be our next Fifty-for-Fifty winner.

If you have not already noticed, we are providing relevant questions and topics for discussion at reader groups, or simply for your own thought. Details are on our Questions for Reader Groups page. If you think you have all the answers, send them to us. If we find them meaningful, you will receive a complimentary issue of Volume One in print.

A coffee shop on Hudson Street last week found itself lighter two chocolate croissants and a prosciutto sandwich but heavier a wicker piece that half the customers took for a hat and the other half took for a poorly curved cornucopia. A locksmith at Seventh Avenue and Charles Street was relieved of five key blanks and a frangible shackle padlock but discovered on the countertop a stubby yellow umbrella. And a Tenth Street stationary store adjusted its inventory, without registering a sale or receiving a distributor's shipment, to reflect the removal of a bottle of blue-black fountain pen ink and the insertion of an alpine cowbell, its bulb muted with azure ribbon.

How can you not like such an opening paragraph? This one was found in Tampa Review, issue 33/34, released earlier this year. The story, "The Trader Thief" by Douglas Danoff, is our esteemed Lit Pick of the Quarter and we highly recommend it. The jacket cover of the issue goes on to say that this story is ultimately about the transformation of an older married couple, but we were too busy reveling in the prose and particular odd happenings in each scene to even notice.

This issue is dedicated to my brother, Michael Levens, who sadly left us on November 24, 2007. He was forty-four.

A two-minute piano composition is
included here in honor of him.
He will be remembered always.
- JL


The Summerset Review
Joseph Levens - Editor
Amy Leigh Owen Assistant Editor
A literary journal released quarterly on the 15th of March, June, September, and December on the Internet, and periodically in print form. Founded in 2002, the journal is devoted to the review and publication of unsolicited short stories and essays.

All correspondence and submissions should be emailed to editor@summersetreview.org. Postal mailing address: 25 Summerset Drive, Smithtown, New York 11787, USA.

This publication is made possible, in part, with grants from the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), supported by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), a state agency. We are very thankful for the support and encouragement these organizations have given our journal and the literary community.

The Summerset Review is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, incorporated in New York State.

ISSN 1933-7175

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