The Most Popular New Fiction of 2022

We published more than 50 brilliant short stories this year. Here are the ten most popular.

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1. Ruby of Hesperia

By Max Talley

A new name and a new life, but the lies may go deeper than he thought … and they’re not all his.

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2. The Midway

By L. Mack

Blind dates can go bad, but not usually this bad — or this well.

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3. Misquoting T.S. Eliot

By Pamela McFarland

Our third runner-up in the 2022 Great American Fiction Contest: At 60, Evelyn is stuck in the past. Is it too late to open her heart?

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4. My Brother’s Keeper

By Veronica Leigh

A young boy’s brother returns from the war — or does he?

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5. Francine

By Ginger Dehlinger

First runner-up in the 2022 Great American Fiction Contest.

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6. Too Far from Shore

By Sarah Schiff

An off-the-grid family at sea clashes with Mother Nature. Can the family survive both the storm and what comes after?

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7. Leaving Trout Lake

By Lily Parker

She didn’t want to be there. She didn’t want to be here. She just wanted to be somewhere else.

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8. A Consent (1908)

By Wendell Berry

Will farmer Ptolemy Proudfoot muster the nerve to court the local school teacher, Miss Minnie?

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9. Famous People

By Mark Jacobs

Aunt Elodie wanted to leave something of herself behind for prosperity. Problem is, she didn’t know what “it” was.

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10. We Suckle

By Timothy G. Huguenin

There’s something evil in the root cellar. If only they could remember what it is.

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