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Seven Million Minutes in Heaven photo
January 20, 2022 | Fiction

Seven Million Minutes in Heaven

Rin Kelly

It was during the seventh experiment that I died, or I think I died—I mean, I must have died because if I hadn’t there surely would have been a lawsuit of some sort, and I’d know about it by now if I hadn’t died. Maybe I’d be filthy rich and wouldn’t have to keep signing up for these research studies and tests just to pay my bills. And to buy my pills.

Two Episodes in the Life of a Mental Health Professional photo
January 19, 2022 | Fiction

Two Episodes in the Life of a Mental Health Professional

Harris Lahti

The man who used to be my husband wanted to hook up.  “Right here,” he said after parking our Nissan Sable in the road we used to live on and killing the headlights

Horse Poor photo
January 14, 2022 | Fiction

Horse Poor

Alexander Lumans

After last night, I’m no longer allowed at The Mint Bar. You could say it’s because I choked the owner’s daughter up against the wall next to the jukebox that only plays Cash songs—pushed her hard enough that a quarter fell from the coin slot—or you could say she deserved it.

Adjudicate photo
January 12, 2022 | Fiction


Michael Snyder

I’m in accounting. Sally in the lab. Among her other duties, Sally is an odor judge. Her nose is rather ordinary to look at, what my grandma might have called a button nose. But Sally’s nose is legend.

An Accessory to the Orchestra photo
January 10, 2022 | Fiction

An Accessory to the Orchestra

Tommy Dean

Just another dead body in a city of dead bodies, right? This world is out to eat me, Chase. I feel the scratch of its teeth.

Absent Goras photo
January 3, 2022 | Fiction

Absent Goras

Avee Chaudhuri

The Chetrams were from Trinidad and listened to Bollywood music on the weekends. They were good, hardworking people. Their kids were polite. They were not Muslims as far as their neighbors could tell, since Chetram liked Miller Lite and the daughter wore high-waisted shorts in the summer. It was not polite to inquire.

One More Inch of Shadow photo
January 1, 2022 | Fiction

One More Inch of Shadow

Tara Stillions Whitehead

Joe’s uncle bought rain barrels and fertilizer. A.J.’s dad emptied the family checking account, $300 at a time, from the Circle K where he bought cartons of cigarettes, where my brother was robbed at

December 31, 2021 | Fiction


Ross McMeekin

My child could draw that.

Pageant photo
December 31, 2021 | Fiction


Nathan Goodroe

Adam and Deb’s kid— Jonathan— is standing center stage, looking out at the crowd and desperately trying to remember his next line. It’s probably his first play, unlike my little Lucy. She did her time

The Day The Billionaire Exploded photo
December 22, 2021 | Fiction

The Day The Billionaire Exploded

Joe Marczynski

When the first billionaire exploded I was at the drive-thru with my dad.

The Cursed Treasure of the McDaniels Kids photo
December 21, 2021 | Fiction

The Cursed Treasure of the McDaniels Kids

Tyler McAndrew

Mom couldn’t understand why we were so interested in him, the old man who shuffled through the park, waving his metal detector over the thick summer grass, digging up hub caps and toothbrushes and

Screen Test: Ahab and the Whale photo
December 17, 2021 | Fiction

Screen Test: Ahab and the Whale

Lauren Friedlander

The whale, halter top and pigtails, flops back onto the couch with a script.

A Brief Excerpt from Leigh Chadwick Is Your Favorite Poet: An Unauthorized Biography, Written and Edited by Leigh Chadwick photo
December 8, 2021 | Fiction

A Brief Excerpt from Leigh Chadwick Is Your Favorite Poet: An Unauthorized Biography, Written and Edited by Leigh Chadwick

Leigh Chadwick

Leigh Chadwick goes into the bathroom, turns off all the lights and spins around three times while chanting, Leigh Chadwick, Leigh Chadwick, Leigh Chadwick

Daughter of Ants photo
December 3, 2021 | Fiction

Daughter of Ants

Natasha Ayaz

His voice, crisp like apple vodka, poured into the September air.

The Reformer photo
November 29, 2021 | Fiction

The Reformer

Claudia Ross

I looked up at Rudy, his back hitting the air like a ruler. The mind is an act of balance, he said, looking at me. It is a lever for the body.

The Weather in Minnesota photo
November 25, 2021 | Fiction

The Weather in Minnesota

James Sullivan

Who could need this much flesh? Four pounds of Louisiana crawfish, one pound of Alaskan king crab legs, six pounds swordfish steaks, a pound of oysters, three pounds lobster tails, five ribeye steaks, three New York strips, six T-bones, four packs of stew beef, two family packs of chicken drumsticks, and enough shrimp to fill five plastic shopping bags.

Two Stories photo
November 22, 2021 | Fiction

Two Stories

Esther Manov

In Geometry class, Vicky said that a man had broken into her bedroom in the night and that she’d talked to him until he left.

@AssistedLiving photo
November 19, 2021 | Fiction


Joseph Cummins

HEY THERE, Bill Baxter. This is your friend Sue Parnet. I just now saw your name pop up and decided it is time to see how you are doing.

Last Days at Metropolitan Ave Kmart photo
November 17, 2021 | Fiction

Last Days at Metropolitan Ave Kmart

Sean Williamson

At the Metropolitan Ave Kmart, there was a parking lot in the sky.

Boring People Standing Still photo
November 15, 2021 | Fiction

Boring People Standing Still

Zee Carlstrom

I wish I could say this is a recent phenomenon, mourning-related, the convergence of a breakup and a death in my family, but you could carve Got Too High and Ordered McNuggets onto my gravestone, and it would be accurate.

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), or, The Part of the Novel photo
November 13, 2021 | Fiction

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), or, The Part of the Novel

Brian Alan Ellis

DAY 10:

The part of the novel where your character goes to Applebee’s to forget.

Coral Bleaching photo
November 12, 2021 | Fiction

Coral Bleaching

Simon Graham

He told me he was in the process of determining the next stage of his life.

The Frog photo
November 10, 2021 | Fiction

The Frog

Jeff Newman

There was a frog in our house.

Earl photo
November 8, 2021 | Fiction


Peter Krumbach

We’d thought he only taxidermized celebrities’ pets. But then we saw him crossing the yard carrying Mickey Rooney.

Rambler photo
November 5, 2021 | Fiction


Glen Pourciau

She smiles and waves at me. I return her smile, mine more faint than hers, and I see her catching sight of something or someone behind me.

Recent Books

Exit, Carefully

Elizabeth Ellen

"I loved reading Exit, Carefully. It’s unusual, and in my opinion exciting, to publish a play without previously receiving a major production."

                      -Walker Caplan, Lithub


Garielle Lutz

“Lutz’s work is a marvel of the possibilities of language.  Each of her sentences is an intricately crafted thing, deeply complex yet crystalline in its clarity . . . her command of each and every word remains supreme.”     

  --Mira Braneck, The Paris Review Daily


Garielle Lutz is the author of The Complete Gary Lutz, among other books.


Mik Grantham


"Mik Grantham is a real killer. One of my favorite artists working today. HARDCORE is not hard to read"

 - Bud Smith, author of Teenager (Vintage)