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  • The Old Boy and the Man
    The Old Boy and the Man by Pete Kauffman  I can’t call him my old man, even if he is. I can’t call him father (too formal) or dad because that’s what they call many lesser qualified people. So I resort to calling him Pops, which seems like a decent compromise; endearment without schmaltz.  As Read More …

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 Submit to Nettlesome. We accept short stories and creative nonfiction. We pay authors up to $50 for accepted submissions. We are Read More …

Interweaving  fact and fiction to tell a story has always been a part our every day life-a quick glance at any social media platform will show you this; conversations at the dinner table, or meetings between friends always involve an element of story–it’s one of the most familiar ways we connect with one another.

Fiction as an art form, however, is largely neglected within the Anabaptist and the larger Christian community. Often fiction is produced exclusively for children and young adults, while there has been an absence of quality fiction being written for and by adult audiences.

Our goal with Nettlesome is to provide a platform for fiction that is valuable because it is creative, well-crafted, and has the depth to stand up to the rigors of a developed mind.

We cultivate content that may prickle and provoke, but handled correctly, good stories, like the nettle, contain properties that heal and stimulate. Strong stories entertain just as an accomplished host nourishes guests with food and fascinates with conversation, to send them away refreshed and heartened. We hope that the exchange between writers and readers will encourage greater conversation, inspire more stories, and foster stronger fellowship.


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We are in the process of soliciting stories and building an online platform for our content. We’re looking forward to beginning to publish sometime early in 2022. Stay connected. Sign up now to receive updates and, soon, our stories.

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