Contemporary Fiction

Hard Lessons

Hard Lesson

The education of Esther Campbell begins at Karloff University, New England’s most prestigious college of horror.... More

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Crying in Airport
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The stress of relocating abroad causes an emotional roller coaster.... More

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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... More

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
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
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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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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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

Sketch of a brown paper bag, a glass eye, and a row of false teeth. Illustration by Karen Donley-Hayes © SEPS
The Parts You Get to Keep

My grandfather told me once that when you get old enough, the universe gives you red spots, to celebrate your years, alive, on earth. A... More

Sketch of a woman standing on a trash heap in the middle of the ocean as she looks at a nearby boat. Illustration by Amber Arnold © SEPS
The Secret of Bruscar Skerry

James was well-prepared for the journey when he set out to rid the ocean of pollution with his lab-generated microbes, but he wasn't at all... More

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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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