Contemporary Fiction

Illustration of a GI Joe figurine, a tadpole, a pencil, a rock, and a school report on a plate. Illustration by Karen Donley-Hayes

The Dog Ate My Homework

It seemed like the most plausible excuse at the time: blame the new dog for eating up my now overdue essay. But then I just had to embellish... More

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In the Picture
In the Picture

Evil lurks just beneath the surface in this new fiction by Richard Rayner. When art gallerist Larry Hogarth finds a painting worth $25,000, he's sure More

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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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Margaret’s Hero

Old Gus would do anything for Margaret Kindy, even buy her a pony. But when Margaret's father gets a new job in a different state, More

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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
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
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
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

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Silas

A young farm boy harbors a secret obsession in this short story by writer Nathan Poole. More

Illustration by Karen Donley-Hayes
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

Illustration of a lobster hugging a sign that reads "Hal's Chowder House."
The Bionic Lobster

When Big Hal's 9-year-old twin sons claim a one-clawed lobster as their pet, the unusually large crustacean becomes a source of national attention–and chaos–for the More

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Unauthorized

The first in our New Fiction Friday series! Timothy Tocher (right) tells the tale of hopeful author Ernie: In a desperate attempt to put his More

Woman on Bench
The First of October

Four years after an accident forced Penny to skip a special autumn ritual, she returns to the park bench that brought the promise of first More

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