We’ve gone through the reversal of fortunes, and we responded with optimism. We learned how to rise up, to fight back against despair and desolation. Now we’re just starting to glimpse the result of our loss, our hopes, and our struggles: we’re finding a “Refuge.”

Refuge: a condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble.

Inkwell Literary Magazine is proud to present the theme for our fourth issue, “Refuge.” We’re searching for the light at the end of the tunnel, both in our writing and in our lives as our world is united in standing apart so that one day we can stand together, free of the fear of COVID-19.

Explore the meaning of refuge with our writers or with your own work. Send submissions on what refuge is to you to submissions@inkwellmagazine.com.

May we all run to our true Refuge in the midst of this storm.

“Jehovah is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; My God, my rock, in whom I will take refuge; My shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower.” – Psalm 18:2 ASV