On the first day of every month, the Potomac Review publishes a “Hot Opener” online. The Hot Opener is often prose or poetry that achieved runner-up status in a previous contest or that the editor chose to highlight from the great stories that the Potomac Review receives but cannot fit into the paper version of the journal.

This month’s Hot Opener is “Here, the Mosquitoes are Government Property ” by Oluseyi Onabanjo.

Here’s an excerpt:

“Sit over there. Between those ones. They are not dead. They are sleeping. The blood on that one is dried. It will not stain you. The other one hardly bled at all.”

Click here for the rest of Oluseyi Onabanjo’s story.

If you would like to see a list of all the hot openers, this link will get you there.

Enjoy!