Contemporary Fiction

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Empty Space Times Two

When he took an all-girls typing class to get to know Sophie he had no idea that, years later, each keystroke would lead him back to the love he found in Mrs. Gilbert's class. ... More

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Joe’s Coffee House

An all-night coffee house, a trunk full of stolen guns, and a briefcase full of cash. But what’s really going on in Jack Bristow’s short... More

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Lily’s Lover

After her marriage has failed, Lily Manheim has a new lover. As a therapist, overanalyzing her own relationships is an occupational hazard, but that can... More

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The Forever Choice

One woman, two rings, and Arianne must choose between rich world-traveling engineer Armand or hometown beat reporter Joe. Will she choose love or money?... More

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Like Fig Trees in Winter

When her favorite shopkeeper dies, young Jameelah forges a new friendship with his widow in this short story by Jennifer Zeynab Maccani. ... More

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Opuntia

Rich just wanted to buy some flowers for his girl, but in the course of helping him find the right gift, saleswoman Jeredean found her... More

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The Eyes of Thomas Andrews

John’s scale replica of the RMS Titanic was almost perfect, but the strange messages he receives over the radio may mean that it’s more than... More

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What’s the Worst a Date Can Do?

After Aileen leaves him, Eóin copes by living according to a strict routine. Now Ciara threatens that routine just by showing an interest. New fiction... More

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Five in the Fifth

Fourth runner-up in the 2016 Great American Fiction Contest: Working at the Evergreen Nursing Home, young Jerry Keller didn't think much about the future until... More

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Welcoming Death

Third runner-up in the 2016 Great American Fiction Contest: Was Perry really face to face with Death, or was it all just an elaborate dream?... More

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Zelda, Burning

Winner of the 2016 Great American Fiction Contest: At Highland Hospital, Zelda Fitzgerald found refuge from the world — but not from Scott. ... More

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The Magic Circle

First runner-up in the 2016 Great American Fiction Contest: On a fall night in 1963, a young immigrant struggles to support his family and hold... More

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A Short Ride to Mercy

Fifth runner-up in the 2016 Great American Fiction Contest: Sam didn’t become his dog until Marlene left. The older they got, the more they depended... More

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