Contemporary Fiction

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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 on each other — now more than ever. ... More

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

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Recently abandoned by father and husband, a boy and his mother bond while searching a deserted house for a ghost. New fiction by Andrew Mitchell.... More

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