Tag Archives: contemporary fiction

Sketch of the back of a baseball player, standing shoeless over the mound


The Overton Beavers are one nail-biting game away from making the playoffs. But manager Skip’s worries about strategy and fairness of the umpires become minor when a uniform mishap forces him to make a tough call: bench his best player, or make the team play barefoot. ... More
Illustration by Karen Donley-Hayes

Tough Enough to Leave

Leah’s marriage to Neil has never been “warm,” and as Neil spends longer hours away–and possibly with someone else!–Leah decides to fill the void with Ace, a puppy she’s training to be a service dog. But it turns out the puppy isn’t the only one learning new tricks. ... More
Sketch of a dog between two back-to-back rocking chairs. Illustration by Karen Donley-Hayes

The Middleman

Agatha and Frank have been giving each other the silent treatment for so long, even Ralph can’t remember the last time they spoke to each other instead of using him to play telephone. Until one day, Ralph decides it’s up to him to break the stalemate. ... More
Sketch of a horse and jockey jumping over a hurdle in a race. Illustration by Karen Donley-Hayes

Golden Ticket

New fiction from Layla R. Kierans takes readers on a thrilling ride on the racetrack through the eyes of an eager young horse. Don’t miss the latest installment in our New Fiction Friday series! ... More
Illustration by Perrin


A young farm boy harbors a secret obsession in this short story by writer Nathan Poole. ... More
Illustration by Karen Donley-Hayes

Boat Show

Don Gibson wants a new boat. When he finally picks out the perfect one at a local boat show, he quickly realizes he’s in way over his head. Humorous new fiction from writer Jim Warne! ... More
Illustration of a lobster hugging a sign that reads "Hal's Chowder House."

The Bionic Lobster

When Big Hal’s 9-year-old twin sons claim a one-clawed lobster as their pet, the unusually large crustacean becomes a source of national attention–and chaos–for the small seaside town. ... More
Picture of author Timothy Tocher


The first in our New Fiction Friday series! Timothy Tocher (right) tells the tale of hopeful author Ernie: In a desperate attempt to put his novel on the map, Ernie crashes publishing’s biggest bash. And as misfortune would have it, he meets a very popular author who’s eager to help Ernie get exactly what he deserves. ... More
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