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Image is a color photograph of a person holding a bag of apples; title card for the new flash fiction, "The Woman Who Looked Like Patti Smith," by Catherine McNamara.

The Woman Who Looked Like Patti Smith by Catherine McNamara

May 17, 2024

  It’s an ugly thing to follow a woman along the street but this is what I did. She was a copy of Patti Smith during the early Mapplethorpe years, before Horses and Mineshaft and all the BDSM, when they…

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Image is a color photograph of a rainbow peeking out of storm clouds over a city; title card for the CRAFT 2023 Flash Prose Prize Winner, "Southern Womb," by Heidi Richardson.

Southern Womb by Heidi Richardson

April 26, 2024

  Trula be gone, selfish-flown some say or eyeing a new man. I say, Tru chugged by her own factory steam—didn’t one of us help or remind her of the mold blooming up the sides of her curtainless house—that Judson…

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Image is a color photograph of a hospital patient sitting on a bed with a disposable cap in their hands; title card for the new flash prose, "The Two Denvers" by Rebecca Starks.

The Two Denvers by Rebecca Starks

April 19, 2024

  The first thing they had to do was name us, as if we were rescues or strays. As if they would need a way to gossip about us, to get our attention. We mostly did not like our new…

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Image is a color photograph of a metronome and some sheet music; title card for the CRAFT 2023 Flash Prose Prize Winner, "Analysis of a Fugue," by Annabel Li.

Analysis of a Fugue by Annabel Li

April 12, 2024

  /fjuːɡ/ noun A piece of music popularized during the Baroque period in which a primary melody, or subject, is introduced by one voice, then systematically passed to and developed between others in a polyphonic, intertwined texture.   1. Subject…

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Image is a color photograph of an empty airport lounge with a view of an airplane through the windows; title card for the CRAFT 2023 Flash Prose Prize Editors' Choice Selection, "To the Man Watching Porn at the Fort Lauderdale Airport," by MJ Tuttle.

To the Man Watching Porn at the Fort Lauderdale Airport by MJ Tuttle

April 5, 2024

  “I like your look,” you say, cradling your laptop, maneuvering past the jutting armrests to sit next to me. “Thanks.” I put a limp bundle of shoestring fries into my mouth. The armrests, you explain, are to keep people…

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Image is a color photograph of books leaning against a window; title card for the CRAFT 2023 Flash Prose Prize Editors' Choice Selection, "Don't Laugh," by Val Bramble.

Don’t Laugh by Val Bramble

April 3, 2024

  Sometimes Mrs. Bowman rode the school bus to her jobs. She’d be waiting on the road with her children—her daughter, Suzette, and son, Buddy—both of whom I knew to be in High Levels of reading and math, as were…

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Image is a color photograph of a pile of mail; title card for the new flash story, "Landscape Grown Cold," by Carolyn Mireault.

“Landscape Grown Cold” by Carolynn Mireault

March 15, 2024

  On the settee, and smoking, Susan Dunn watches out the glass door to the yard, where one squirrel rapes another. She feels no need to stop it, hasn’t creased a brow or pursed a lip, and goes on smoking…

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Image is a color photograph of a foggy pier; title card for the new flash fiction, "Riverine," by Ladi Opaluwa.

Riverine by Ladi Opaluwa

February 16, 2024

  Over the phone, I urge my sister to recount the event of the morning, several years ago when we were kids and our mother was away in nursing school, that she, being the eldest, woke up early as usual…

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Image is a color photograph of two pairs of garden gloves on a weathered wooden deck; title card for the new flash fiction, "Sweet Knife," by Dana Brewer Harris.

Sweet Knife by Dana Brewer Harris

January 19, 2024

  When Ford made love to Calla, she felt something in him fight. It wasn’t against her ugliness. That matter was settled business, though Calla, in her youth, had held onto the idea that she was a winter-apple sort of…

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Image is a color photograph of a landline next to a couch; title card for the microfiction stories "Sacrament", "Living on Stilts" & "Oh my god your voice sounds so haole" by Melissa Llanes Brownlee.

Sacrament, Living on Stilts, & Oh my god your voice sounds so haole by Melissa Llanes Brownlee

November 17, 2023

  Sacrament Pua shifts in the pew as the water and bread are passed out by the chosen boys, her mu’umu’u scratchy and stiff against her skin. She wonders if it will be white or wheat bread. Her mother pinches…

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