Cover Photo: Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult
Whale Fall

The girl takes another step across the ice. She is bold. She is thirteen. She doesn’t care if things break.

Dec 03, 2021
Cover Photo: A photo the author in tie dye shirt who reaches for some flowers in a surrounding field that lies next a cottage
Longing for the Magic of My Childhood Home

Frarieville was the safe space on which I could plant my flag.

Dec 02, 2021
Cover Photo: A photograph of a girl, silhouetted against a wall, blowing smoke out of her mouth and wearing a pair of devil horns.
ADHD Made Me Bad at Friendship

Undiagnosed ADHD didn’t make me seek out bad friends, but it did distort the ways I saw myself and how I thought friendships should feel.

Dec 01, 2021
Cover Photo: This image shows a tiny figurine of a person sitting on top of a pile of gold coins. They are reading a book with their legs crossed.
Book Contracts: Let’s Talk Money
As part of our Money Week series, literary agent Kate McKean shares the first installment of her column on book contracts, this one addressing advances, payouts, and royalties.
Sep 16, 2021
Cover Photo: This photograph shows two people looking at some contracts on a table. One person is adding their signature with a pen.
Book Contracts: Let’s Talk Rights
In the second installment of her column, Kate McKean tells us all about the rights and subrights that could appear in your contract when you sell your book to a publisher.
Oct 26, 2021
Cover Photo: This photograph shows a woman looking at a computer screen in frustration, with her hands on her head. Next to her head are three bright yellow exclamation points, communicating surprise and exasperation.
Book Contracts: Let’s Talk Surprises
In the final installment of her column, Kate McKean tells us about the things authors don’t expect to be in a book contract.
Nov 23, 2021
Cover Photo: Production still via BBC Films/British Film Institute/See-Saw Films
‘Ammonite’ Isn’t a Lesbian Romance, But It Is About Intimacy
This movie is not a romance. I’ve watched it over and over again, wanting it to be, but I don’t think it is one—at least in a conventional sense.
Dec 01, 2021
Cover Photo: A black and white sketch of the Order of the White Feather, a group of women in hats and long dresses, confronting a man in a suit and bowler hat with a white feather. The text on the image reads: "Suddenly producing a large white feather, she jabbed it into his waistcoat. And in another tone, fierce and scornful, she added: "You coward! Why don't you enlist?"'
Disability Status Shouldn’t Have a Hierarchy
While someone’s disability may not be evident to you, it still affects their life—and how they’re treated within and outside the disability community.
Nov 30, 2021
Cover Photo: A young girl in rehearsals for an acting exercise, kneeling as if in prayer
Waiting for Godot as an Impatient Schoolgirl
This was a time in my life when I believed fervently in a loving God, when I wanted to be obedient, and obedience meant waiting.
Nov 22, 2021
Cover Photo: A universe of tarot cards as a woman opens the lovers tarot card up like a door
Minor Arcana
I can twist any set of cards to say that.
Nov 19, 2021
Cover Photo: This illustration shows two people running down what looks like a southern California street. There are palm trees in the background and zombie grizzly bears, covered in purple gore, are chasing them down the block. The whole illustration has a purple overtone.
Mess You Up
When you intentionally hurt the ones you love most, you leave behind a demon you cannot kill.
Nov 12, 2021
Cover Photo: An image of a woman getting into a mikveh
What it was was I wondered if I had the right to call it an assault.
Nov 05, 2021