STORY OF THE WEEK

A Sailor

He asks if she prefers him to be the kind of man who is bothered by fleeting moments, and she tells him that yes, she prefers that he be that kind of man.

POEM OF THE WEEK

The Abandoned Flying Horse Carousel, 1879

Maintenance and repair had meant the downfall of the machine because every change of location involved dismantling the animals.

FINAL WEEK TO ENTER

Deadline: Tuesday, March 31, midnight PDT.

We’re looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction.

NONFICTION

Nighthawk

Insomnia! To be awake for long hours is to seem to possess more of the day than those who merely sleep. But soon you find yourself panting in fear lying in, or on, your narrow bed.

FALL CONTEST WINNERS

FALL CONTEST WINNERS

FALL CONTEST WINNERS

FALL CONTEST WINNERS

Bangana

Most days I operate over Afghanistan. I was Air Force. Eight years flying real planes from real cockpits. We gave the drone operators such shit. Now I am one.

FALL CONTEST WINNERS

Who Are You With?

Following the Toilet Bomber’s attack, Citi Field became one of the emergency relocation shelters for those, like Lydda and Dalia and their father, unsure where else to go.

FALL CONTEST WINNERS

Where Birds
Do Not Fly

The girl stood in the shadows of the living room. She stood like a bird on a tree branch, her wings tucked and still. She was looking for somewhere else to land.

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

Narrows

Don’t worry, the doc said, if you get addicted it’ll just be psychological, not physical. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

FICTION

Unknown

He quickly opens the “recent” window on his own phone and erases the three calls. The sense all along has been that there’s some madness in her.

FICTION

The Stroke

“I hated your secretary. I still resent how cowardly you were in her presence. Why didn’t you hire someone unqualified?”

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

You Don’t Miss Your Water (’Til the Well Runs Dry)

We began to obsess over water, where it came from, where it was going, why there wasn’t enough of it.

FICTION

The Manzanos

My name is my grandmother’s: Ofelia Alma Zamora. I am eleven years old and too young to die, but I am dying nonetheless.

FICTION

hittingrod

His father said, What’s keeping your mother? His father’s face slack but coloring, his annoyance no parody now.

N30B WINNERS

N30B WINNERS

N30B WINNERS

N30B WINNERS

Arpeggio Progression in Missing Key and Other Poems

do you asks pretty
sue know what

I love what pretty
please tell us

N30B WINNERS

Belated:
A Video Story

Jeremy—
How’s everything? It’s been forever! Things with me are pretty good. I’m seeing someone, which is awesome! which is nice?

N30B WINNERS

Outsider:
A Photography Portfolio

In 2014 I set out to create an intimate photographic document of daily life in the Dhubri district along the border where the Brahmaputra River runs.

NONFICTION

FEATURES

NONFICTION

NONFICTION

If You Can’t Say Anything Nice, Write a One-Star Review

“This book sucked!” “Vastly overrated!” “Boring!” “Tedious!” “Waste of time!” Internet reviewers screamed at my friend, who got a great review in the Times.

FEATURES

Best Advice

When I write a scene—particularly a difficult one—I must ask myself, Am I truly looking at the scene before me, or have I just written what I expect to see here?

NONFICTION

Cuba Libre

History is fickle. No one long rules it, though Castro’s endurance invited an illusion of success. Cuban youth have a saying, grown tired and ironic, “Un año mas.” One more year.

NARRATIVE 10

NARRATIVE 10

NARRATIVE 10

NARRATIVE 10

Favorite Things

What’s the most useful criticism you’ve ever received?

“You’ll never be a writer.” I’m stubborn.

NARRATIVE 10

A Converstion

Ten words you use most on the page? In life?

Cocktails! (The rest are irrelevant.)

NARRATIVE 10

A Short Talk

What’s your current obsession?

Finding the perfect desk. I’m downright neurotic about desks.

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

Ma: A Memoir

Sixty years of marriage had only heated the furious war between them. Every day she waited impatiently for me to take her to the hospital.

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

Shooting Party

Getting into fistfights, maybe; hurling insults about badly dressed bridesmaids, of course; but I didn’t expect to shoot or get shot at.

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

Betrayal

That evening I went to Charlotte’s room to confess. Betrayal was written on my face, in my eyes, in the movements of my hands, and I knew it.

iPOEMS

iPOEM

iPOEM

iPOEMS

No Apples, No Clover, No Hay, No Grass, No Carrots, No Maize, No Alfalfa, No Linseed, No Deep Bag of Oats

Just sugar cubes and a crop for you.

iPOEM

Cosmology for the New Year

The light from dead stars only exists in the minds of the living. The salt-echoes of your hips fall through me.

iPOEM

The Eclipse That Quenched the Ego

Draw me a map of your agonies, all the missing rivers you dried, a star-thread species nobody could keep in the grave.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

The Crossing

You cut through the surface impelling yourself buoyant and unresisting the water holding you as before the undertow of this war.

POETRY

King and Other Poems

Riding away from whatever would save them, knowing the other direction is pointless and not worth suffering through.

POETRY

Ghazals for the Body

My love has the lifespan of an Arkansas Black apple. Every time I unfold the paperclips their shear strength is less, is less.

POETRY

POETRY

The Children and Other Poems

I wasn’t made to live alone. One night there’s a sky with clouds by Magritte, the next you’re headed over the guardrail, and who do you tell?

POETRY

Independence Day and Other Poems

The neighbor's sprinkler is set midday to soak the sidewalk and the dying summer grass, but it makes my daughter shriek.

POETRY

From the World-Womb of Our Impending Doom

What do we hope for, horse? What do we hope for at this point? There is nowhere to run.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Tiny Bird

If my feet were spears I would have descended to a tumultuous underground river that are everywhere, earth-borne by the black current.

POETRY

Two Poems

You were never a cadet, but understood the importance of angles, the heat of friction, how uncontrollable the atmosphere.

POETRY

Electricity and Other Poems

I saw buildings shooting up into the air, skylines blossoming and wilting, the whole cycle running over and over and over: blueprints to rubble.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Interior Design and Other Poems

It’s easier to say welter is the weight of the sea, to think every gibbous moon is waxing, every crescent moon remaining the same.

POETRY

If I Die in a Combat Zone

If I must be killed, I wish to be killed by a sniper. His efficient nail does not require a tree or an IED.

POETRY

Theory of Everything and Other Poems

Maybe what really interests me in the mirror is not myself but that person who looks so interested in me.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Between a Cynic and a Romantic

We just hope someone will prove us wrong—as in reptiles have three-chamber hearts, but the crocodile is equipped with four.

POETRY

Mist

Of all she taught me I like best the lore of spray-on cologne. Spray a column of air in front of you then walk through it, preferably naked.

Two Poems

Showering at night is short fiction, a history bulletin, a guidebook to invisible reservoirs of this region.

READERS’ NARRATIVES

READERS' NARRATIVES

6 MUST-READS

READERS’ NARRATIVES

Goa, on the Arabian Sea

Ulrike swam in the gentle waters of the Arabian Sea. She seemed to find relief from her gloomy partner and her subservient role.

READERS' NARRATIVES

Hollywood

She said she’d sworn off men and was living with her transsexual female slave in a loft in downtown LA. She wasn’t accepting any new clients.

6 MUST-READS

We’ve chosen a miscellany—a great classic, a hilarious audio reading, a poignant photography portrait, one of the best dog stories ever written, poetry that will blow you away, and a marvelous send-up of Ayn Rand—to entertain and delight you. Enjoy!

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2015-03

Hilarious new cartoons by Lydia Conklin, J. C. Duffy, Charlie Hankin, Glen Le Lievre, and P. C. Vey.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2015-02

More laughs from Farley Katz, Ken Krimstein, Glen Le Lievre, Rina Piccolo, and Kim Warp.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2015-01

Great humor from Farley Katz, John Klossner, Glen Le Lievre, Rina Piccolo, and P. C. Vey.