STORY OF THE WEEK

Occasions of Sin By Sandra Scofield

Occasions of Sin

Later, in college, I had to decide for myself about boys: Romance was a dead end but I thought sex would be fine.

POEM OF THE WEEK

Solstice Prayer By Philip Metres

Solstice Prayer

In the name of the middle, in the snow of the gloom, in the name of the straddle between road and home.

EXPLORE. ENGAGE.

EXPLORE. ENGAGE.

ENTER TODAY

Six-Word Stories

Six-Word Stories

Narrative is looking for six-word stories that can stand alongside the best that have been written. Read some examples and see the guidelines here.

Fall Issue

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

Fall Issue

FICTION

The Fate of Others By Richard Bausch

The Fate of Others

The old man looked over at him, not quite smiling. “I pissed in the fountain.” He heaved a long, slow sigh. “Twice.”

FICTION

OTP By Ann Beattie

OTP

The babies were going to be triplets, but one dematerialized. The remaining ones are a boy and a girl.

FICTION

The End of Life By Yoon Choi

The End of Life

He thinks with joy and conviction that the Japanese are his enemy. It is a wonderful thing to have an enemy.

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

Love Takes Hold By Michael Croley

Love Takes Hold

When he came back, the drinks freshened, she had slipped out of the dress. He was surprised by how unsurprised he was.

FICTION

The Letters By Nicholas  Delbanco

The Letters

He had touched a nerve in her, a memory of what it felt like years before to be possessed by fiction and forcing a phrase into form.

FICTION

Naming By Yelena  Furman

Naming

I sensed that a name defined who I was and would be in the future. Renaming myself was a little like being reborn.

FICTION

iSTORIES

GO BEYOND
THE MFA

FICTION

Late Rumspringa By Austin Smith

Late Rumspringa

One morning, after chores were done, chores his boys used to do, Abraham Zimmerman told his wife that he was going to town.

iSTORIES

Toby and Cooper By Tracy McCallum

Toby and Cooper

Toby’s also got this pug dog that sits under his chair, with a harness that says Service Dog on it. It’s kinda plug-ugly, like him.

GO BEYOND
THE MFA

GO BEYONDTHE MFA

FEATURES

FICTION

NONFICTION

FEATURES

My Dear Friendand Yours By George Saunders

My Dear Friend
and Yours

“What would Tobias Wolff do?” is a question that often appears in my mind at moments of duress.

FICTION

Flotsam By Nancy Hale

Flotsam

It would never do to offend the conductor of a vessel containing the life not only of herself but of the being most precious to her.

NONFICTION

On Nancy Hale’s “Flotsam” By Ann Beattie

On Nancy Hale’s “Flotsam”

The child does not yet know that having your facts straight won’t make life clear and protect you.

SPRING
CONTEST
WINNERS

First Place





Second Place


NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

Video

SPRING
CONTEST
WINNERS

First Place

Grief By David Rabe

Grief

He listened, standing motionless and attentive, to the silence, realizing that in compliance with an earlier impulse, he was listening for ghosts.





Second Place

Badger Mountain By Ryan Cannon

Badger Mountain

Sky takes laps around the kitchen table with the child screaming into his ear. Nobody’s going to come all the way out here, not in the storm.


NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

Video

Reading Two Poems By Donald Hall

Reading Two Poems

The dog stopped and stared. A woman's long bare legs stretched up at the edge of the graveyard.

POETRY
CONTEST
WINNERS

First Place





Second Place





Third Place

POETRY
CONTEST
WINNERS

First Place

Addendum and Other Poems By Hannah Perrin King

Addendum and Other Poems

On its string of starlight, the moon rose, a stomach of stone. In the yard, the coyotes yipped till it sunk.





Second Place

I Carried My Father Across the Sea By Gbenga Adesina

I Carried My Father Across the Sea

He was a child. He was dead. He was the shaft of a Long-tailed Astrapia. He was a forest of bruise.





Third Place

Karyotype andOther Poems By Rebekah Denison  Hewitt

Karyotype and
Other Poems

I’m told I should rethink resolution. Let myself go darker. The way my body does—without permission.

CLASSICS

POETRY

POETRY

CLASSICS

The Joy of Writing and Other Poems By Wisława Szymborska

The Joy of Writing and Other Poems

I’m working on the world, revised, improved edition, featuring fun for fools, blues for brooders.

POETRY

Wintercearig Waltz and Other Poems By Kelli Russell Agodon

Wintercearig Waltz and Other Poems

I add powdered sugar to the angel food cake, Made with real angels, I say to the shadows.

POETRY

By Land By Tyree Daye

By Land

I’ve lived on dirt roads that bent and ended at a gate of pines, the dust skipped up didn’t make my mother look like a dream.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Presence andOther Poems By Dan Gerber

Presence and
Other Poems

His mooseness was implacable, the light behind him from the trees.

POETRY

When I Lose and Other Poems By Richard Kenney

When I Lose and Other Poems

When I have fears that we may cease, another genus losing its single species, then I lose speech.

POETRY

Ode to Left-Handedness and Other Poems By Gregory Orr

Ode to Left-Handedness and Other Poems

So all I could do was cut in clumsy zigzags and feel like a fool.

POETRY

iPOEMS

iPOEMS

POETRY

A Soliloquy Would Imply That the Stage Is Empty By Michael Wasson

A Soliloquy Would Imply That the Stage Is Empty

I’m kneeling—praying for this sinner to be saved.

iPOEMS

Red By Shangyang  Fang

Red

By the firewood door I halt and watch a monk, under plum boughs, sweeping flitting shreds of red.

iPOEMS

Priest Lake By Christopher Warner

Priest Lake

Oar blades, vast swirls of cirrus at dawn. The dead move within us in unmoored astronomies.

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2019-11 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2019-11

New laughs from Pat Byrnes, Seth Fleishman, Mick Steven, P. C. Vey, and Kim Warp.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2019-10 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2019-10

Great new toons by Pat Byrnes, Joe Dator, Andrew Dicus, Felipe Gomez Galindo, and Mick Stevens.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2019-09 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2019-09

New art and humor by Pat Byrnes, Andrew Dicus, Drew Panckeri, Julia Suits, and Chris Weyant.