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  • COL Darron L. Wright Award Winners

    Thanks to all the writers who submitted for the Darron L. Wright Award. We loved reading your work and are inspired by the creativity and ingenuity it took to write these pieces. The winner of the prose contest is "The Stay" by David Dixon. Second place goes to "Left Hearted" by Michael Lund. Third place goes to "Bagging it Up" by Scott Hubbartt. The winner of the Poetry contest is "The Stars and Stripes is Free" by Eric Chandler. Second Place Goes to "Starling Wire" by David S. Pointer. Third place goes to "Culmination Point" by Jack Erwin.

  • 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.

  • Readers.

    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 30, 2016

Veterans and the Arts

They Thank Us For Our Service by Peter Beckstrom

Because They care enough to say something even though They don’t know what They’re supposed to say They would probably think it’s cool to know someone who had some holes punched through their grape or sternum sucking chest wounds suck so stop the bleeding start the breathing protect the wound treat for shock and those… Read More

August 1, 2016

Veterans and the Arts

A Horrific Find

When the basement is full of decapitated heads Of Ba’ath Party political opponents, That’s when you give up. What could be more horrific Than wizened fleshy skulls lined up like supermarket eggs. A dozen heads in a row. That’s when you denounce your faith, renounce your God, Declare to hell with it all, And give… Read More

June 2, 2016

Veterans and the Arts

Night Vision

The sky is inviting when it is green. I once counted twelve shooting stars in a five-minute span while kneeling on an Afghan plateau waiting on a helicopter. To see when others can’t. With the flick of my head and the power of a AA battery, I became Superman. I could watch through a green… Read More

May 16, 2016

Veterans and the Arts

I’m Not Jumpy

  Transitioning back from combat is different for everybody.  Stories about veterans having trouble adjusting abound.  My transition was pretty easy, I think.  This is due in part because I never experienced much first-hand trauma while I was over there. Sure, I got some almost hair-raising stories from Afghanistan.   Here’s an example.  I was soundly… Read More

May 2, 2016

Veterans and the Arts

Starling Wire

  What if the windshield of war and peace were a glass eye: blue, green, brown, laser red, no matter, invisible flamboyant mirages becoming more vivid microscopicesque across the pagelessness, atop conflict ash not sprawling on un-airconditioned anti-social constructions or retro-futuristically fitted, and refitted for a carbon fiber marathon adventure run through vast crematoriums inside… Read More

April 28, 2016

Veterans and the Arts

The Stars and Stripes is Free

The Stars and Stripes is free. I grab one to read while I eat my eggs. They’re okay but the bacon’s not quite right.   A girl’s face filled with glee. The photo on this page is black and white. Her mom says this is a party for her.   She is about to see…. Read More

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