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5 TIMES I CATCH MYSELF ALIVE

MERIT ONYEKWERE (United States)

When Uchechi’s voice crackles with laughter and her almond brown eyes crease . . .

REFUGEE

AFRAH SHEKH (India)

the first missile tears through the skin;

skinning the embers of a quenched country

OBJECTS

LULU KIMMEL-MINER (United States)

The spoon looked down at the washcloth. "If you would be so kind, we are on our honeymoon."

BICYCLES AGO

SAACHI GUPTA (India)

There’s a moment in kindergarten when I realize that the other grandparents don’t smile.

DRAGON, GRANDMOTHER...

SOPHIE ZHU (United States)

The Red Dragon Café was the talk of New Orient City.

A CONNECTION

JONATHAN HUANG (Taiwan)

My teacher, Ms. Waterson, wore glasses, and I kept an earnest gaze on them as I spoke . . .

SMALL FAREWELL IN SUMMERS

TING LIN (China)

I look at you for decades and your words

melt in this subtropical heat.

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GROCERY LIST OF ESSENTIALS

MARGHERITA  MORO (Italy)

The grass stings my thighs and whispers at me to move my legs so that it may look upon the stars 

RETURN TO MY TREES

ELEANOR LEWIS (Wales)

i have come back

to the village i swore i would never see again

WHEN I LEAVE

SIRIN JITKLONGSUB (Thailand)

These are the scents I will take with me when I leave this house.

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OCEAN

ELLA GREEN (New Zealand)

I try to think of death as an ocean; uncharted and unknown, but vast.

INVISIBLE PARKS

MAY ZHENG (United States)

Air sticks to my skin, 

like honey. mosquitos circle my ankles and wrists

The Write the World community is comprised of young writers from over 125 different countries.  With this diversity, it’s no surprise that the power and influence of place is a frequent topic on our site. Our members go beyond merely describing geographic locations—not only do they explore how place shapes their personal and cultural history, provides opportunities, or presents obstacles—they also reflect on more intangible qualities, including the character, energy, and contradictions of a particular landscape, locale, or environment. 

 

This issue of Write the World Review celebrates place in a variety of forms. The pieces in this issue, whether fiction or nonfiction, are grounded in their environments. A tree-lined street looms large and lovingly in memory; a relationship thrives despite geographic distance; a bathroom provides a backdrop to the conversations of anthropomorphic toiletries. And sometimes, place is the now-unrecognizable home one must flee.

 

As you read these pieces from our young writers and journey from the coast of New Zealand to the fantastical Red Dragon Café, I invite you to reflect on place—whether it be your childhood bedroom, a far-flung locale, or a land that exists only in your mind—and explore the role it plays in your own life. 

- David Weinstein, Founder, Write the World LLC

 

Write the World Review is an online journal showcasing work from the best international young writers. It includes poetry, short fiction, personal narrative and reflection, travel and food writing, film and book reviews, and much more. If you are 13-18, we welcome your submissions!

 

The journal is an extension of Write the World, a vibrant online community where students ages 13–18 from around the world can draft and publish work, respond to weekly prompts in a variety of genres, exchange feedback and ideas, enter monthly competitions, and much more.

Happy Writing!