Exploring the art of prose



Image shows peaches in a white linen cloth; title card for "Frenzied, Desperate Birds" by Ra'Niqua Lee.

Frenzied, Desperate Birds by Ra’Niqua Lee

December 2, 2022

  MAY Grandma Robbie led Anthem heart-center of the peaches, a quiet intersection between four groves, perfect as the holy cross. The trees weren’t much taller than Anthem. Tall as the big sister she never had. Growing up an only…

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Image is a photograph of two vanilla bean pods crossed on a white background; title card for the new flash fiction story "Story of You" by Christine H. Chen.

Story of You by Christine H. Chen

November 11, 2022

  When you were three years old, you climbed up your Ma’s massive mahogany bed, you poked her gently, then shoved, and when she still didn’t move, you tried to pry open her eyes with your fingers because you didn’t…

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Image is a photograph of white lilies in a vase against a white background; title card for the short story "Here and There and Everywhere," by Robert Herbst.

Here and There and Everywhere by Robert Herbst

November 4, 2022

  I ended it in Chicago, when the snow bloomed in every direction and plows passed over and over across the major roads like blunted razors. It was no use; people abandoned cars in the middle of streets. Cafés shuttered.…

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alt text: image shows a gray bicycle with brown handlebars; title card for short story "Question Twenty-Eight," by Lisa K Buchanan

Question Twenty-Eight by Lisa K. Buchanan

October 28, 2022

  When my widowed father was the age I am now, he married a woman the age I was then. The thirty-year difference didn’t bother his friends, though some objected to his haste, claiming he had but transferred my mother’s…

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alt text: image shows chain link fence in the foreground and vinyl siding in the background; title card for the short story "Ghosts," by Amy Stuber

Ghosts by Amy Stuber

October 21, 2022

  People will say Ry must have planned the robbery for weeks. They’ll want purpose and emotion and strategy. They’ll say she had a gun tucked into a pocket. They’ll say she must have been desperate: four kids at home…

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alt text: image shows a dark cabin partially obscured by dense trees in a forest; title card for the short story "Pine Barrens," by Billy Middleton

Pine Barrens by Billy Middleton

October 14, 2022

  “The 2024 election will be all about Taiwan,” our boyfriend, Jeremy, says. We’ve turned off all the lights except the one over the stove in the attached kitchen, and now we’re getting high on the plaid sofa in the…

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alt text: image is a color photograph of a white house on a large lawn; title card for new flash fiction "The Final Girl as a Middle-Aged Woman" by Amber Sparks

The Final Girl as a Middle-Aged Woman by Amber Sparks

September 16, 2022

  This final girl is fleeing like all the others, flinging open the front door of a small suburban house. This final girl is screaming, long hair streaming, all torn T-shirt and superficial injuries and sudden athletic desperation. But something…

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alt text: image is a color photograph of goldfish in a plastic bag; title card for Hana Choi's short story "Ready for School"

Ready for School by Hana Choi

September 9, 2022

  The day I discovered pleasure was the day I lost my mother. It happened in the fall of 1995 when I was eleven years old. That afternoon I was standing naked on the balcony of our apartment, my skin…

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alt text: image is a color photograph of a baby's crib; title card for the flash fiction pieces "Genetically Predetermined Chemical Imbalances" by Eliot Li

Genetically Predetermined Chemical Imbalances by Eliot Li

August 19, 2022

  My dead Aunty May visits me while I assemble the baby’s crib. Her pale blue fingers catch my wrist while I’m twisting the Allen wrench to secure the right side panel. Delia, my wife, is at work. Aunty May…

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alt text: image is a color photograph of a deck overlooking the water; title card for the short story "Late Summer" by Isabella Barrengos,

Late Summer by Isabella Barrengos

August 5, 2022

  The smell of weed did nothing to calm Roland’s nerves as he reached the bottom of the stairs. He found her, the smoker, splayed out with a book on the long end of the couch in a bright blue…

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