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Over the Pond We Go: Fiction Writer Paul McVeigh Talks Plotting

Loren Kleinman | Posted 04.03.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Paul McVeigh has written plays that have toured the UK and Ireland as well as comedy for stand-ups, including shows in London's West End and the Edinb...

A Knight On The Town

Mark Budman | Posted 02.24.2014 | Fifty
Mark Budman

It's a midsummer night, a party at a friend's backyard. You stand under a newly-erected tent, clutching a paper cup filled with diet cranberry juice. ...

In The Word

Willett Thomas | Posted 02.10.2014 | Fifty
Willett Thomas

It had been two weeks since the child was delivered to my doorstop. Two months since I stood on my stoop and watched the woman with her little foster ...

Rattlesnakes & The Moon

Darlin’ Neal | Posted 02.03.2014 | Fifty
Darlin’ Neal

The full moon shines into the bedroom. Scotty gets up, careful not to wake his wife, Sophie, and goes into the kitchen to take the insulin he forgot e...

Mandarian Training School

Mary Maddox | Posted 01.27.2014 | Fifty
Mary Maddox

She has forgotten their names, but she remembers the nicknames Zitrina gave them. "Zitrina" was the nickname inflicted on Zitrina by herself. Her pa...

Baldessari Portrait of Curator Sparks Short Story

Bettina Korek | Posted 03.16.2014 | Arts
Bettina Korek

I don't remember when I first met the great novelist Frederic Tuten, but I know I was with my friend, editor Karen Marta. And while Bookforum has call...

Taking Applications

Roxie Emerson | Posted 03.15.2014 | Fifty
Roxie Emerson

Reality TV is basically surreal. So is the art of dating. Just how many "How To" and "How Not To" books are out there? The lines just blur. . . One...

The Gender Question

Harrison Demchick | Posted 03.09.2014 | Books
Harrison Demchick

Sometimes, authors become so focused on the idea of being convincing writing a character of the opposite gender, or a different race, or different cultural background, that they neglect to write a convincing character.

The Woman Of Many Containers

Chuck Nyren | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Chuck Nyren

Her arm was in the air. She studied it - first lengthwise, then side to side with patient rotations, then by kneading and pinching it. She reached f...

Shadowed Solitude

Donald Baker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Donald Baker

Vince hid the look of disbelief as he stared at the twenty-something punk who had just asked him the ridiculous question. Worse, had done it with a s...

Inclinations

Eugenie de Rosier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Eugenie de Rosier

Susan Benedict was leaving the grocery store when she noticed a black man in a leather fedora waiting at the bus stop some distance off. A clerk pushe...

Foreshadow

Kathlena Contreras | Posted 02.15.2014 | Fifty
Kathlena Contreras

"Mama?" A tapping sound. "Mama, open the door. Please?" Hesitation, listening, maybe, then three sharp knocks. "Mama, please come out, please!" Dee b...

Ol' One-With-Nature

Pieter Hudsen | Posted 02.08.2014 | Fifty
Pieter Hudsen

Sometimes it is necessary to lie about the little things in order to tell a larger truth. Like the time I was attacked by a herd of bears. I was ...

Did They Tell You

Greg Kiser | Posted 02.01.2014 | Fifty
Greg Kiser

The light is dark and somehow blurry but that doesn't make any sense because that's not how you describe light. Light is photons and photons are not ...

The Death Of Peter Rabbit: A Tale From The Shire

Steve Davis | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
Steve Davis

Smithshire is a town born of a railroad from a prairie bog, less than a town but more than a crossroads, in fact no road crosses in Smithshire, but th...

Here's How To Sharpen Your Mind In Less Than 10 Minutes

Maddie Crum | Posted 11.26.2013 | Books

What's that? Your job leaves you with scarcely enough time or energy to cook occasional healthy meals, let alone lose yourself in a great book? We're ...

Lesson Plan

D.N. Campbell | Posted 11.04.2013 | Fifty
D.N. Campbell

Teaching seventh grade is certainly a challenge, some would say a problem and a few, a horror. This used to be described as a time of transition from ...

Skeletons And Angels

Eric Schneider | Posted 12.31.2013 | Fifty
Eric Schneider

"Shhh! Hannah! You must keep him quiet," Arthur hissed, "or we will die here!" Late one night in the fall of 1937, Hannah and Arthur Bloomberg hid in...

We

Leslie Lass | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Leslie Lass

Chapter One He kill Win in the wood and dump her in the soupy part of the Sunderland. All the children was woo-wooing down the street with the candy ...

Too Busy to Live

Paul Ratner | Posted 12.25.2013 | Books
Paul Ratner

This story is from "The Mundane Uses of Magical Objects", my upcoming book of flash fiction fairy tales for adults.

Time/Space Discontinuum

Kay S. Hooper | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Kay S. Hooper

My key opens Mom's apartment door, but I call for her anyway, not wanting to frighten her by my sudden appearance. I wonder if she is dressed or if sh...

What To Do About Arthur?

Ronnie Ray Jenkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Ronnie Ray Jenkins

It was a quiet tree lined street in an older part of a neighborhood just outside of the city. The houses for the most part were modest, and owned by u...

On Teaching the Work of Alice Munro

Daniel Pena | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Daniel Pena

Alice Munro's writing, like all great writing, teaches us to be human. It engages big questions in small spaces: What does it mean to be regional? What does it mean to be Canadian? What does it mean to be a mother? What does it mean to be betrayed?

What Makes A Good Short Story

Heidi Pitlor | Posted 12.07.2013 | Books
Heidi Pitlor

Here are some things I wish I saw more frequently: humor, genre-bending, humor, risk-taking, a more direct addressing of real world matters, humor.

The New Suit

Ron Friedman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Ron Friedman

On his 75th birthday my father walked into the kitchen freshly shaved and dressed in a pair of tan gabardine slacks and a white dress shirt open at th...