The Pinch

I submitted a story to a contest sponsored by a magazine by this name. According to the fall 2009 issue, the publication is named after a district in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. In the early days, the district was inhabited by Irish immigrants and  Jewish merchants. It was called Pinchgut after the malnourished appearance of Irish railroad workers. For most of the twentieth century, it was run-down and neglected, but it was recently re-vitalized and is now a historic landmark and cultural hub.
The magazine publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by diverse voices. I sent them a story called “Heaven” about a pregnant teen-ager who is forced to give birth in a barn on Christmas Eve like the Virgin Mary. For more information about The Pinch, go to If you want to enter the contest, hurry! The deadline is March 15th.
Abbie Johnson Taylor
Author of We Shall Overcome

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