STORY OF THE WEEK

A Dark Place

The smells of hay and sweat and winter coming were like whiskey to his mind, and it took every bit of his will to not step closer to Jesse.

POEM OF THE WEEK

Hunting Season

Having shot your first deer, cut toward its warm center, sip a bit of blood. Girls who do this inch in, are grudged. For boys the threat is rubied.

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.

FICTION

The Caterer

This client was the second wife of some stockbroker disgraced by the SEC, now in “early retirement.” The occasion of the party was the next day’s sentencing of Bernie Madoff.

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

White Houses

We kept ourselves to ourselves, and mostly people thought of us whatever people think of middle-aged ladies and that’s all.

FICTION

Let Him Go On, Mama

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

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

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

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.

FICTION

Stepfather

He saw how at least on one count Grace had been right—once started, it would go on for the rest of their lives.

NONFICTION

NONFICTION

NONFICTION

NONFICTION

The Under-Assistant West Coast Promotion Man

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

NONFICTION

Shirt

Shit. That particular word in chalk was the first gauntlet thrown down in a battle of dire consequence, a flare in the night sky.

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.

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

POETRY

POETRY

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

Crossing Borders

That is the whole idea that I want to crack. We’re around you more than you want to credit us for.

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

READERS' NARRATIVES

iPOEMS

A Center

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

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

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2018-01

New art and humor from Bob Eckstein, Corey Pandolph, Ellis Rosen, Julia Suits, and P. C. Vey.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2017-12

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

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2017-11

New laughs from Pat Byrnes, Glen Le Lievre, John Klossner, Amy Kurzweil, and P. C. Vey.