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An excerpt from'Sleeping Beauty'

‘Today I’m Cinderella. My dress still smells under the armpits from the July day in Los Feliz when I had to do a party for ten children in 98 degree weather. The nylon is sticking to the backs of my thighs and I roll down the window to try and get a breeze while I adjust the wig over my hair. It’s always easier when I’m Belle. I don’t have to tuck all my hair under as carefully. Belle and I are both brunettes, but Cinderella is pure golden blonde.’

A little bit about Laura Demers

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Laura Demers’ short stories have been published in the North American Review, New Voices, and the upcoming issue of Appalachian Review. She was nominated for the Pen/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers in 2017 and was a finalist for the Robert Day Award for Fiction in 2021. She won The Masters Review 2018 Anthology Prize award. Her education is in English literature, with an MA from NYU in English Education. She received an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths College in London in 2009.

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