Cover Photo: A road branches off into two paths on the left and right with suburban houses in the distance.
The Script Characters with Cancer Are Told to Follow

Nora Feely on unrealistic storylines and tropes of characters with cancer, what it means to "survive," gratitude and toxic positivity, and more.

Oct 25, 2021
Cover Photo: A detail from the movie poster for "The Omen," depicting a small child whose shadow takes the shape of a cross
I Didn’t Want to Miss Baby Night

Children appear in horror all the time because to parent one is naturally terrifying.

Oct 25, 2021
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Seven Questions in Exchange

She follows the signs deeper as a weight in her gut grows colder with every step. It’s almost been long enough that she’s forgotten the finer details. Almost.

Oct 22, 2021
Cover Photo: In this still from Missy Elliott's music video for "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)," we see Missy Elliott posing in front of a strange silver spiral--like an entrance to a wormhole. Missy is wearing a hat and sunglasses, reminiscent of a biking helmet and racing goggles, and a large puffy black jacket. She wears dark lipstick and her mouth is open, as if mid-lyric
Writing Is Time Travel
My writing gives the validation my younger self will need to believe in me, for me, during the years between now and when I won’t know how.
Apr 19, 2021
Cover Photo: This photograph shows a man sitting inside a study cubicle with his laptop. He looks frustrated; his hand is clutching his hair and he is staring at his computer with intensity.
On Writing (with a Day Job)
There are many kinds of writing lives, and yours includes a day job.
Jul 19, 2021
Cover Photo: This photograph is focused on two wooden drawing mannequins, which are standing and embracing. The background is black and the photo is in black and white with only the figurines illuminated
On Craft, Rhythm, and Writing About Sex
In the first installment of her new column, Megan Pillow shows us how some of the best examples of contemporary writing craft can be found in writing about sex.
Sep 30, 2021
Cover Photo: Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult
Reflections on an Invisible Girl
People wanted to see the girl who’d disappeared and come back. They wanted to see Romy—who insisted she could not be seen.
Oct 15, 2021
Cover Photo: An image of a large hawk soaring above the trees while a baby hawk is one the ground.
The Hawk
You are thirteen so, of course, I am convinced I still have some say over you.
Oct 08, 2021
Cover Photo: An illustration of four glamorous and racially-diverse women, shrouded in green smoke
Other Emily
“Commerce!” Emily shouted. “The hoarding and ceding and exchange of power. I see no clearer path into the souls of human people.”
Oct 01, 2021