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 “The Fiddler’s Prize” by Bea Epstein.

Here’s an excerpt:

“Growing up as Momma’s confidante, I sensed her every shift in mood, her anger, her loneliness, her disappointment in Dad and in her life…”

Click here for the rest of ‘s story.

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

Enjoy!