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This Mens Room Is Not For Everyone photo
November 14, 2016 | Fiction

This Mens Room Is Not For Everyone

J.L. Montavon

We left after midnight. We entered the forest, dark and green all around us, hundreds of miles deep.  Woven together in the little cocoon of our car, our world was as large as the headlight beams in the dark forest.

Beam of Light photo
November 11, 2016 | Fiction

Beam of Light

Brian Allen Carr

For four days in 1997 I was a beam of light. Fuck off if you don’t believe me: I lit shit up. Daniel Ladinsky says Hafiz says, “The oil in the lamp the sun burns come from forests you once were, from rich deposits you left [behind],” but he was probably speaking metaphorically. 

Bestiary photo
November 10, 2016 | Fiction

Bestiary

L.M. Davenport

If you require more of your ferret than simple love and affection, our staff of specialized trainers will provide you with an ATTACK FERRET for your security.  

Boys Everybody Wants photo
November 9, 2016 | Fiction

Boys Everybody Wants

Anthony Casella

They aren’t the most attractive boys at school—not smarter or more stylish and certainly no more articulate. Their appeal is a mystery to anyone who isn’t under their spell.

Incompatible With Life photo
November 8, 2016 | Fiction

Incompatible With Life

Amanda Miska

The problem was I’d forgotten about the change in altitude. The grief counselor had suggested a getaway, so I fled the Alleghenies for the Rockies and the guest bedroom of my best college friend on a quiet block in Denver.

Tribulation photo
November 4, 2016 | Fiction

Tribulation

Steve Trumpeter

I believe it now—I’d be a fool not to—but that doesn’t mean I agree with it.

The Card Game photo
November 2, 2016 | Fiction

The Card Game

Sarah Viren

It was a franchise, the Prez thing, but one as secret as the mob.

Girls Love Circles photo
October 27, 2016 | Fiction

Girls Love Circles

Kenta Maniwa

The blonde girl I liked made a scooping motion with her hands while saying things like ‘it’s not even that late’ and ‘come on, come on’ and ‘it’ll be soooo much fun’ and ‘let’s go you fucking piece of shit.’

Only The Real Crazies Paint photo
October 25, 2016 | Fiction

Only The Real Crazies Paint

Elizabeth Green

My friend takes caffeine pills between classes and shakes in the bathroom, on the floor under the sinks.

Did You Hear That? photo
October 25, 2016 | Fiction

Did You Hear That?

Benjamin Woodard

Okay, so there’s that sound again, and you know it isn’t Tommy or Lindsey trying to scare you, because they’ve been asleep for over an hour and you’re certain the sound is coming from the basement

Home photo
October 24, 2016 | Fiction

Home

Tanner Lee

I kissed Jesus up the neck until his hearing aid caught my gums like a chicken bone.

Disappearing photo
October 20, 2016 | Fiction

Disappearing

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

Dreamcrasher

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

Homonyms

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.

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Elizabeth Ellen

a set of linked stories with some of the same characters from Person/a and a lot of new ones and the world is the same but different from the world in Person/a and the stories take place in a year absent from Person/a. if that makes sense. contains the Pushcart Prize winning story "Teen Culture" from American Short Fiction, if that's something that moves you to buy books. <3

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Chloe Caldwell

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