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  • COL Darron L. Wright Award Winners

    The 2019 Wright Prize results are here. Thanks to everyone who submitted his or her work. They were all done with care and effort and honesty. We received many prose submissions. Some were from regular contributors and some from new voices. The same goes for the poetry submissions. The finalists for the prose category are: first place, William Upton’s “A Jeep to Quang Tri,” second place, Brian Kerg’s “American Spirit,” and third place, Travis Klempan’s “Talisman.” The finalists for the poetry category are: first place, Eric Chandler’s “How Could You Do That,” second place, Sarah Maples’s “Good Soldier,” and third place, Randy Brown’s “Robert Olen Butler Wants Nachos.”  

  • Because a nation deserves to hear its veterans’ stories.

    Fitzgerald and Bierce, Vonnegut and Hemingway, O'Brien and Salinger. Some of the finest writers in American history served in the U.S. military during times of war. Line of Advance is a non-profit literary journal committed to providing a platform for the voices of the next wave of great American writers. Join us and take part in the American literary experience.

  • Writers, Photographers, and Artists

    We are currently accepting submissions of writing, photography, and art to showcase on LOA. We’re committed to promoting, networking, and helping to develop veteran writers and artists of all kinds. If you have work to submit, work to be seen, or even just a question, please reach out to us. You’re the reason we’re here.

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    Line of Advance was created for you, to provide a curated platform for the best in writing and other visual arts from American military veterans. Please check out recent posts, browse the site to learn more, or make a small financial contribution if you’re able.

October 6, 2019

Veterans and the Arts

A Jeep To Quang Tri

Fear lent wings to his feet. —Virgil      I have three memories of Quang Tri, Vietnam. One, it was the northernmost place I flew to in Vietnam, about six clicks from the North Vietnam border. Two, I was there less than ten minutes. Three, it scared the crap out of me.      The… Read More

October 2, 2019

Veterans and the Arts

Good Soldier

You have to call them sir   You have to call them sir   When they order you to drop And give them twenty   When they tell the men Not to be pussies   When they yell Hey, female!   You have to call them sir   When they put you on duty For… Read More

October 1, 2019

Veterans and the Arts

Robert Olen Butler Wants Nachos

Author of 18 books Pulitzer Prize-winner Guggenheim fellow Vietnam War veteran   tells the Air Force cadets that Buddhists have it figured out: We are all creatures of desire.   Last night at this time I stood next to him in line at Hap’s Lounge, so I feel qualified to say at least this much:… Read More

Veterans and the Arts

How Could You Do That?

  It’s a Christmas party. Everybody is pretty lubed up.   I just read your article, he says.   (Here we go.)   I probably shouldn’t, but I’m going to ask you a question: How could you do that?   Well, the story was about how I didn’t shoot women and children.   Yeah, yeah,… Read More

Veterans and the Arts


27 March 2007 “That Harper Lee,” Mack said, “is full of shit.” A group of green Army five-ton trucks–three functional vehicles perched around a fourth with its hood open–had disgorged the few dozen members of Second Platoon, Charlie Company, First Battalion, Thirty-Third Infantry Regiment into a Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot. The soldiers waited with varying… Read More

Veterans and the Arts

American Spirit

I was digging a pack of American Spirit out of my pocket when he came out onto the smoke deck. He was young and lean but his eyes looked as old as the sea. A nice surprise; I didn’t think I’d find my type underway. And cliché or not, every sailor has a soft spot… Read More


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