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Welfare, an excerpt  photo
May 23, 2019 | Fiction

Welfare, an excerpt 

Steve Anwyll

I only get twenty bucks that day. Trevor tells me to call him next week. He'll have some more work for me. But I never see him again. Or even hear his voice. I lose him number. Greaseback is never around. And then the phone gets cut off. I'm back to where I started.

The Things She Did photo
May 23, 2019 | Fiction

The Things She Did

Lauren Davis

Smart girls don’t tempt the devil. I was a bullseye, a bloody Rorschach blot, walking into the prison flaunting my muleta.

A Five Pound Duck photo
May 17, 2019 | Fiction

A Five Pound Duck

P.J. McCain

About earlier, he had started to say —

— is that all you can think about, your duck?

The Triple Crown photo
May 15, 2019 | Fiction

The Triple Crown

Luis Neer

The Triple Crown is alcohol, weed, and Adderall. Hank did the Triple Crown on prom night at Emma’s parents’ house.

Double Zero photo
May 9, 2019 | Fiction

Double Zero

Jenny Hayes

Our first stop was Red Rock Canyon, down at the bottom end of the Sierras. The rocks, as promised, were red. It was pretty. We ate our... more

Two People photo
May 7, 2019 | Fiction

Two People

Matthew Garner

When I was a freshman in college (many years ago, before the marriage and the children and the divorce and the loss of faith in God), I saw a man order eight McDoubles at a McDonald’s on campus and then proceed to eat them all.

Pathetic Fallacy photo
May 3, 2019 | Fiction

Pathetic Fallacy

John Elizabeth Stintzi

While they wrote about the never-ending snowstorm in the first pages of their novel: outside of their apartment, snow began to... more

Save photo
April 30, 2019 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Save

David E. Yee

I watched Jim Johnson try to close out the 9thin front of a half-capacity Camden Yards. My father was supposed to come, but he was six blocks up... more

At Old Seals Stadium photo
April 26, 2019 | BASEBALL, Fiction

At Old Seals Stadium

Steven Kennedy

Old Seals Stadium is a shopping center now. It is a parking lot, a grocery store, a 24 Hour Fitness, a Ross Dress for Less, a... more

Waiting For the Break photo
April 25, 2019 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Waiting For the Break

Caleb Michael Sarvis

I’m sitting on our carpet, legs crossed, beer in my crotch. 

Role Model photo
April 23, 2019 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Role Model

Greg Oldfield

He said that Thompson could be the fastest to hit five hundred, a first ballot Hall of Famer, but I just nodded and sipped my coffee.

Summer League photo
April 17, 2019 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Summer League

Terrance Wedin

Take your pick. Me, they said I hung my off-speed stuff, lost track of the count, lacked mental toughness. I waved off too many signs.

Fan Interference  photo
April 11, 2019 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Fan Interference 

Thomas Genevieve

The smell of grilled hot dogs is in the near distance. 

When Gills Gets Sent Down photo
April 9, 2019 | BASEBALL, Fiction

When Gills Gets Sent Down

John Jodzio

After tonight, I’ll be demoted to my parents’ couch and a job at my uncle’s lumberyard.

The Conquest of Bread photo
March 30, 2019 | Fiction

The Conquest of Bread

Joshua Hebburn

It tasted like apple cider — apple and something astringent — cinnamon, a strong cinnamon, warming, brown sugar, and sprinkled throughout the loaf, unadvertised, was some kind of dried fruit with a mild taste — raisins, probably — partially rehydrated by the thawing process.

Fable of the Everyman photo
March 29, 2019 | Fiction

Fable of the Everyman

Tucker Leighty-Phillips

My mother and father are stuck in an optic deadlock, her looking at him like she is trying to solve a puzzle or remember the name of a particular film, him looking like he’s just deciphered answers to both.

Work photo
March 28, 2019 | Fiction

Work

Lily Wang

When I clock out at the end of the night my chit says I worked over 10 hours. Before I leave big brother tells me he has a great idea: walk like you need to get to the toilet. I see chef in line at a McDonalds. 

Rubber Mother photo
March 27, 2019 | Fiction

Rubber Mother

Adam Falik

I’m on a date with this dude, the guy’s gorgeous, and ripped, skin all sunburnt like a surfer with... more

In Which You Fly Home For Your Brother's Funeral photo
March 26, 2019 | Fiction

In Which You Fly Home For Your Brother's Funeral

Bridget Adams

You elaborate: Christmas just makes people emotional. "No," she says, raking at her hair with French-tipped nails. "I don't think so."

Aisle of Scary Preserved Things photo
March 23, 2019 | Fiction

Aisle of Scary Preserved Things

Jeremy Kniola

We’re riding the red line south when Xue suggests stopping in Chinatown to purchase thousand-year eggs. I picture her... more

Muscle Memory photo
March 21, 2019 | Fiction

Muscle Memory

Michelle Ross

Also, every time they flew and he had that damn backpack on, he forgot that the space he occupied extended beyond his physical back. He whacked bystanders in the shoulders or the chest, and, at least once, the face.

Many Fathers Away photo
March 19, 2019 | Fiction

Many Fathers Away

Babak Lakghomi

Before that, the father had been away. It was a time that many fathers were away.

On the Yard (An excerpt from The Great American Suction) photo
March 16, 2019 | Fiction

On the Yard (An excerpt from The Great American Suction)

David Nutt

They bang their silverware and take turns slamming the toilet seat. They drag their garbage bins too late to the curb and leave them abused by stark weathers all week. Shaker knows there is an awkward progenitor situation.

The Runner photo
March 15, 2019 | Fiction

The Runner

Noelle Rose

I have coffee in my cup. I could toss the hot liquid on her and rush through the revolving door to my appointment, make her the slug.

When She Leaves photo
March 14, 2019 | Fiction

When She Leaves

Kyle Summerall

Dixie leaned against the door, feeling the blood rush to one side before pounding it against the wood.

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Elizabeth Ellen


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WOMEN

Chloe Caldwell

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Saul Stories

Elizabeth Ellen

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