• The Dress

STORY OF THE WEEK

Starlight on the Veld

Suddenly a deep growl came to us from out of the dark bush. And it didn’t sound a particularly mournful growl, either.

POEM OF THE WEEK

The Arctic Variations

When the winds come and the cliff face trembles, Earth is always a step ahead, as music is always slightly ahead of itself.

OPEN TO ALL WRITERS


We’re looking for short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, and excerpts from long fiction and nonfiction.

Please see the Guidelines.

NONFICTION

The Making of
a Writer

I hope I can remember how one gradually becomes a writer. Gradually the blur that has eluded you comes into focus.

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

Talinda

That was a year ago, before I became this wretched person. A woman sleeping with her best friend’s husband, a woman waiting to take over a life.

FICTION

Let Him Go On, Mama

He was coming, bringing the storm with him, as if dragging it up from someplace downstream.

FICTION

The Kingdom

In her heart she knew no one would find her father before he found his daughter. She doubted anybody was even really looking for him anymore.

FICTION

NONFICTION

NONFICTION

FICTION

Wanting

What appears to be chance is just obscurity, perhaps. You don’t know the connections between things, as a fly blundering into a spider’s web.

NONFICTION

The Under-Assistant West Coast Promotion Man

When Alfred A. Knopf hired me, I thought my troubles were over.

NONFICTION

The Dress

My daughter and I visited an upscale bridal shop. When we told the saleslady that my daughter was nineteen, she blinked but held her tongue.

iSTORIES

iSTORIES

SIX-WORD STORIES

iSTORIES

The Matador and
the Bull

If, on your deathbed, you want to watch a lighthearted movie, don’t let me pick the film.

iSTORIES

The Getaway

Found a recipe for an instant vacation. Milliseconds to get there, and seconds to stay.

SIX-WORD STORIES

My Mother

“The Lord gives a good many things twice over, but he don’t give ye a mother but once,” wrote Harriet Beecher Stowe.

POETRY

POETRY

iPOEMS

POETRY

Legacies

“i want chu to learn how to make rolls” said the old woman proudly but the little girl didn’t want to

POETRY

Respectability and Other Poems

How long since one’s expression creased with hint of rebellion; conquest demands its cohesions.

iPOEMS

A Center

If others think you are insignificant, that’s because you haven’t held on long enough.

READERS' NARRATIVES

CARTOONS

Cleave

Our entire house could fit into this gap no father or grandfather could explain.

READERS' NARRATIVES

South Bend

I would wake in fear. My bed was a longship, the floor the wild, dark sea; monsters and sharks swirled around my bed.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2017-12

Great new toons by Olivia de Recat, Farley Katz, Amy Kurzweil, Julia Suits, and P. C. Vey.