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Disappearing photo
October 20, 2016 | Fiction


Emily Flouton

Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time playing Candy Crush Saga on the old iPhone Jan gave me while watching TV.

Gifted and Talented photo
October 18, 2016 | Fiction

Gifted and Talented

Alice Kaltman

Nell did not consider herself a thief. All sixteen lovely pups were better off in her care. She kept them in a large house with a sprawling yard, surrounded by a sturdy fence.

Something You Love photo
October 17, 2016 | Fiction

Something You Love

Shelby Hinte

The items on the list had come to her at random as she washed a dish or plucked a hair from her chin or put gas in the car.

Oaxaca Smack and Space Gladiators photo
October 13, 2016 | Fiction

Oaxaca Smack and Space Gladiators

Jackson Bliss

Even his sacred biosphere (of anime, video games, Oedipal and teen porn, poststructuralist psychobabble, and grad school fellowships) can’t save him from the critical intervention of the collapsing world.

Fun Person photo
October 11, 2016 | Fiction

Fun Person

Deirdre Coyle

He removed a wad of fabric from under the bed, pulling on boxers and an Anthrax t-shirt. I winced at the Anthrax logo—I knew better than to fuck guys into thrash metal—too late now.

Smoothie Guru photo
October 10, 2016 | Fiction

Smoothie Guru

Erin McIntosh

I wondered what my mother would say about the gun, and then I wondered it out loud. M gave me a look I was too worn out to interpret.

Dreamcrasher photo
October 6, 2016 | Fiction


Agustín Lopez

I had never considered practicing polyamory, so when my girlfriend suggested it to me, I didn’t know what to say.

Only Sunshine photo
October 4, 2016 | Fiction

Only Sunshine

Becky Mandelbaum

Her parents, Mary and Don, were overcome first by grief and then by caution: they purchased fire extinguishers and flame retardant blankets, put the fire department on speed dial and plugged the holes in the nursery wall with corks, so that the angry neighbors could not look in and make a spectacle of their only child. Julia was their everything

Teeth and Claws photo
September 30, 2016 | Fiction

Teeth and Claws

Tabitha Laffernis

Some hours pass, and nobody has impressed her

Homonyms photo
September 29, 2016 | Fiction


Kieran Mundy

I didn’t say sorry, because it was hard to explain. Sorry I felt the way I did, absolutely. But not sorry I did it. I tried to make him understand.

A Very Small Forest Fire photo
September 28, 2016 | Fiction

A Very Small Forest Fire

Andrew Duncan Worthington

Before we entered the most raved about amusement park in the world, we went into the woods nearby . . . 

The Peculiar Draw of Orange photo
September 26, 2016 | Fiction

The Peculiar Draw of Orange

Eric Dovigi

John’s hands are on the wheel, very still, and he’s looking straight ahead at the dark yellow lines of Route 66.

Five Mile Line photo
September 21, 2016 | Fiction

Five Mile Line

Eric Cavazos

This story is a fresh take on the proverbial phrase: go the extra mile for someone else. 

There Is a Word for This photo
September 20, 2016 | Fiction

There Is a Word for This

Ben Slotky

It starts like this, the saddest story I know does. It starts with me and it starts with my son.

Jack Beauregard Divides His Time photo
September 16, 2016 | Fiction

Jack Beauregard Divides His Time

Benjamin T. Miller

Jack Beauregard divides his time into zeroes and ones. He divides his time between mundane tasks and the question of whether he is worth loving. 

Two Daydrinking Stories photo
September 15, 2016 | Fiction

Two Daydrinking Stories

Bud Smith

We go to a bar for lunch that serves free candy.

Boss photo
September 14, 2016 | Fiction


Bud Smith

I got a flat tire last month and my life spiraled out of control just a half mile from the rest stop.

Jared Machetes the Porch photo
September 12, 2016 | Fiction

Jared Machetes the Porch

Austin Hayden

Jared punches like dang. Gouges, arm-bars. Breaks windows at theme parties.

Descent Against Carbon Dark photo
September 9, 2016 | Fiction

Descent Against Carbon Dark

Jason Namey

For the past month Wrat, a man removed from the dogtooth of language, had been hearing a scratching, needling noise clip the outmost walls.

Dead Squirrel photo
September 5, 2016 | Fiction

Dead Squirrel

Ben L. Ziegler

On the job site one morning they found a dead squirrel. There was no indication of what had killed it.

Slight of Hand photo
August 30, 2016 | Fiction

Slight of Hand

Hilary Leichter

When you lost the third finger, things got out of hand. I didn't know what to say to make it better, and so I made it worse

Eight Scenes from the Life of a Professional Raven photo
August 29, 2016 | Fiction

Eight Scenes from the Life of a Professional Raven

Tom McAllister

When my team scores a touchdown, I have a few seconds in the spotlight to do my dance, to captivate the crowd. I pretend in front of my flock that I don’t enjoy it but I do. I am more vain than I let on

Girls on Hands and Knees photo
August 23, 2016 | Fiction

Girls on Hands and Knees

Aleyna Rentz

And I would blush and kind of lightly touch his shoulder, saying oh, Robert. Just Robert, because why shouldn’t we be on a first name basis? I’ve read all his poems—I know the man

Formerly Dante's photo
August 16, 2016 | Fiction

Formerly Dante's

Kate Jayroe

Mama Vincenzo’s Ristorante Italiano is located in hell

Hugs, Handshakes, Goodbyes photo
August 10, 2016 | Fiction

Hugs, Handshakes, Goodbyes

Ashton Politanoff

Bill and Mary were leaving because Mary felt old, when a woman’s hand fell on his shoulder.

Recent Books


Flashes of Life

Micah Ling

Featuring poems that engage songs by artists ranging from The White Stripes to Bruce Sprinsteen, David Bowie to Otis Redding; lists of albums; daily timestamps as poems; remixes and everything in between; Flashes of Light evokes not just the way we listen to music, but all the ways we interact with the music in our life.



Over For Rockwell

Uzodinma Okehi

They say it takes an average person about 10 years to master a given thing. This was my thinking in 1995 when I dropped out of college in Iowa City to draw comics.



Baseball Handbook


We’ve had the idea and wanted to do some kind of “best of our online baseball issues” for years, and here is one iteration of that book. We’ve been doing it for so long (this year is our 13th!), we have too many favorites, so we made some arbitrary rules...