Contemporary Fiction

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Fiction: 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 kind of skin confetti.... More

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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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Fiction: The Obsession

When Mr. King finally finds the perfect piano at an antique shop, he decides to bite the bullet and buy it. Unfortunately, the cost of... More

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Fiction: Uniformity

The Overton Beavers are one nail-biting game away from making the playoffs. But manager Skip's worries about strategy and fairness of the umpires become minor... More

Illustration by Karen Donley-Hayes
Fiction: Tough Enough to Leave

Leah's marriage to Neil has never been "warm," and as Neil spends longer hours away–and possibly with someone else!–Leah decides to fill the void with... More

Sketch of a dog between two back-to-back rocking chairs. Illustration by Karen Donley-Hayes
Fiction: The Middleman

Agatha and Frank have been giving each other the silent treatment for so long, even Ralph can't remember the last time they spoke to each... More

Sketch of a horse and jockey jumping over a hurdle in a race. Illustration by Karen Donley-Hayes
Fiction: Golden Ticket

New fiction from Layla R. Kierans takes readers on a thrilling ride on the racetrack through the eyes of an eager young horse. Don't miss... More

Illustration by Karen Donley-Hayes
Fiction: Boat Show

Don Gibson wants a new boat. When he finally picks out the perfect one at a local boat show, he quickly realizes he's in way... More

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