Hermit Thrush

Hello! My real name is Julia LaFond, and I'm a grad student in Pennsylvania. I enjoy creative writing in my spare time, especially sci-fi and fantasy.

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Creative Nonfiction

The BEES

My family liked the campsite at first: plenty of trees, level ground for our tent, a short walk to the bathroom. Though we didn’t like that buzzing sound. We chalked it up to the nearby power lines... [+]

Qualified Long Story Short Award Fall 2020 - Creative Nonfiction
Poetry

Nightfall

As the fading of the sun
Turns the sky a deeper gray,
It’s lurking in the shadows
At the... [+]

Qualified Long Story Short Award Fall 2020 - Poetry
Short Fiction

The Mask

“Nem, come here.” My mother bent down and held out a box. “You’re growing up, so I thought it was time for you to have this.”
I took the package from here and slid the lid off. The... [+]

Qualified Button Fiction Spring 2019
Short Fiction

Candle in the Dark

I tightened and untightened the straps on my pack as I stared into the entrance to the caverns. I had always taken it for granted, but today it seemed menacing, like a bottomless black pit that no... [+]

Qualified Set Stories Free 2018