Contemporary Fiction

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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

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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

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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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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

Illustration by Hadley Hooper
People in Your Life

An encounter with an old crush brings surprising revelations about the end of a marriage. ... More

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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
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
Hush, Now

When Jan Wilmitsky decides to research her family tree, she makes a shocking discovery. ... More

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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

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... More

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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