Contemporary Fiction

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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 just a model. ... 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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Undocumented

A father’s plans to document his eldest child’s Christmas performance go awry in this new humorous short story by Bob Waldner.... More

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Business Class

A Christmas Eve business trip ends with a revelation. New fiction by John M. Floyd.... More

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It Comes with the Territory

After his father dies, a fearless 14-year-old resolves to prove his worth as a fisherman — no matter the cost. New fiction by John Gifford.... More

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After Everything

A teacher struggles with survivor guilt after a high school shooting. New fiction by Marisa Urgo.... More

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Hickory, Dickory, Dock

Two bungling burglars attempt to steal a jewelry box in this humorous short story by Allan M. Heller. ... More

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