Contemporary Fiction

Man Spinning Game Show Wheel

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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Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald
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

Magic Circle
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

Angels singing

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

A boat at sea
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

A direct top view of a row of regular school lockers in a corridor dramatically lit by a single spotlight
After Everything

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

“Never mind that!” Chapleton said. “Just grab the jewelry box and get out!” (Archimboldus/Shutterstock)
Hickory, Dickory, Dock

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

Woman Looking Over City
The Art of Forgetting

A woman returns to the place of a painful memory and finds recollections of love. New fiction by Carolyn Charron.... More

Deadly Signals

Halloween eve 1938: While Orson Welles broadcasts Earth’s alien invasion, one man sets his sights on murder. New crime fiction by William Burton McCormick.... More

A padlock

Returning to the home of his abusive childhood, a man discovers the terrifying truth about the mother who abandoned him. New horror story by Petra... More


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

Man and Woman on Coffee Date
Coffee Date

A woman agrees to meet the man she’s been dating online, but there’s something not quite right about him. New fiction by Josh and Laurie... More

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