Contemporary Fiction

Person playing Cello

I Had a Cello

When a mysterious man leaves his cello at a bus stop, a woman struggles between the yearning to play it and the desire to find its rightful owner.... More

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Rain Delay
Rain Delay

The forecast of his son Teddy’s future looms over Malone as the men sit waiting for the weather to clear and the ball game to... More

Mentioning Mentia
Mentioning Mentia

In this short satire, Dr. Phil Gudenov discusses causes and cures for Mentia, a pervasive disease that's affecting Americans, with radio host Katie Brigand.... More

Captain Technology
Fiction: Captain Technology

When his computer won’t connect to the Internet, the captain will abandon all manner of comforts, including lunch, to reconnect with his email inbox.... More

Sketch of a young man kneeling in an open closet, an item in his hand. Illustration by Amber Arnold © SEPS 2014
Fiction: The Line

After Ricky's grandmother dies, he finds a mysterious object in her room that seems connected to tragedies which begin to befall his family.... More

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Fiction: Epiphany in Green

For the past nine years of Edward's retirement, he has mowed the lawn every Wednesday without fail. Until one morning when an errant daydream turns... More

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Fiction: Falling In

I know you can’t force a miracle, an epiphany. They need to sneak up on you when you least expect it. ... More

Silhouette of a young girl against a firework-filled sky. Source: Shutterstock.com / © Hofhauser
Fiction: Summer of My Youth

Thirty years later, Summer came back to me. She wasn’t a hallucination or a ghost, and I knew exactly what day it was: Independence Day,... More

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Fiction: Darla

Darla, with her Southern charm, fresh-baked treats, and incredible efficiency, was the best thing that ever happened to our office–and also maybe the worst.... More

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Fiction: Rump

Gordon's failure to head straight home as he'd promised earns him a strange encounter with an ample-bottomed woman on a mission.... More

Illustration by Karen-Donley Hayes © 2014
Fiction: Love at Six

Mary Ann's six-year-old grandson Zachary spends the weekend at her house, and learns a very grown-up truth about love. ... More

Illustration by Karen-Donley Hayes © 2014
Fiction: Hush, Now

When Jan Wilmitsky decides to research her family tree, she makes a shocking discovery. ... More

Illustration of a stack of pancakes and a stack of jewel cased CDs. Illustration by Karen Donley-Hayes
Fiction: How Will You Feel Then?

He’s coming closer now, his shoelaces trailing like alley cats behind him. I’d rather not speak to this man; I’d rather duck his gaze and... More

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