These days, it is the trend of writers clubs to publish anthologies of literary works written by their members. In this highly competitive world, it is very difficult for a novice to get published. Publishers tend to go with writers they've worked with before, or writers with agents, leaving beginning writers out in the cold. Short stories, poetry, and essays are very difficult to place. This anthology has not only given us a chance to see our work in print, but also may be a stepping-stone to something bigger and better. At the very least, it gives us a chance to express ourselves. So, sit back and relax. We hope you will enjoy the short stories, poetry, and essays in this volume.