Contemporary Fiction


Life Is Not a Dress Rehearsal

After her college theater performance, an accounting major plans to tell her parents she no longer wants a future in numbers. New short story by Lisa Manterfield.... More

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Oh, Dad!

A man, whose integrity confounds his son, receives a proposition from a crooked taxman. New short story by Murzban F. Shroff.... More

Pick Me

A front row seat is the best seat in the house when it comes to watching a magician’s dirty tricks. New fiction by Aaron Grayum.... More

The Perfect Gift

A man wonders how the expensive birthday present he’s chosen for a much younger woman will be perceived. New fiction by Andy Hollandbeck.... More

A Piece of Driftwood

A receding flood line leaves behind a reminder to a man and woman that it’s okay to let pains of the past heal. New fiction... More

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Bird, Mother, Son

Trying to connect with his cold and distant mother, a man finds he is left with only one option — and it involves his wife’s... More

Cleanup, Aisle Three

A woman embarks on a nostalgia-fueled shopping trip before her college-bound brood vacates the nest. New story by Carol Harada.... More

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Saving Grace

In the small town of Rosewood, Billy is known as a hero — but his reputation also bears a dark secret. New short story by... More

Long Gone

A homeless drifter dodges storms from Mother Nature and his fellow man in pursuit of happiness, or at least a good buzz. New short story... More

Auntie Alice’s Funeral

A mother of three contends with caustic relatives and the relentless march of time at a dysfunctional funeral. New short story by Katie Stevens.... More

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Opinion of the Boss

Alyssa Martin is about to make a horrible mistake that could end her publishing career before it even begins. New short story by Jenna Weart.... More

Cat People

A resident’s propensity for feeding feral cats upsets a small South Florida condo community. New short story by Marlene Olin.... More

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Remembering for Grampa

A boy asks his mother to share bedtime stories of her childhood so that he can remember them for his aging grandfather. New short story... More


When a family’s guinea pig gets sick, a mother learns how much the friendship means to her daughter. New short story by Dorothy Rice.... More

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