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Image shows two security cameras on a pole in front of a blue sky; title card for the new flash fiction, "The Replacement," by Paul Rousseau.

The Replacement by Paul Rousseau

March 10, 2023

  4. It is prom night. A group of us are out to eat at The Urban Hive, on the rooftop. Couples sit in pairs around a table forged of meteorite. Smoky black, with a network of tiny bubble cells,…

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The image is a photograph that depicts sharp corners of industrial rooftops with a crow flying between them in a background of white sky; title card for the new flash fiction, "There Are Hundreds of Beautiful Asian Women Waiting to Meet You," by Tessa Yang.

There Are Hundreds of Beautiful Asian Women Waiting to Meet You by Tessa Yang

February 10, 2023

  Later, you’ll claim there were warnings. Unusual bird calls. That double rainbow you snapped for Instagram. A knowing gleam in the eyes of the hibachi waitress. To make sense of a thing is to make it your own, and…

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Image is a photograph of a traffic light at night; title card for the new flash fiction, "Mom, Chronicled (January)," by Tyler Barton.

Mom, Chronicled (January) by Tyler Barton

January 13, 2023

  I was a lucky little kid, and I’m a luckier little whatever this is now. —Mom, Diary (January 2021) Not sharing is what they call it when one puppy eats another’s dinner, drawing blood from anything that tries to…

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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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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 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 black and white photograph of a cemetery; title card for the flash fiction pieces "Three Very Sad Homos" by Shastri Akella

Three Very Sad Homos by Shastri Akella

July 22, 2022

  My Favorite Elvis The boy and the dog were both named Elvis. Whenever Daddy hollered “Elvis” they both came to him. Even when it was one of them he wanted: the boy for a chore, the dog for a…

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alt text: image is a color graphic of a zoomed-out terrain; title card for Madari Pendas's flash fiction piece "Instructor Feedback"

Instructor Feedback by Madari Pendás

May 20, 2022

  Thank you for your submission. We must begin with the lines—far too restated in this piece. Like I’ve mentioned before, a good artist looks more at their subject than at the paper. Think about what your mind is naturally…

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alt text: image is a color photograph of a desert road; title card for the flash fiction piece "De Nuevo" by A.J. Rodriguez

De Nuevo by A. J. Rodriguez

April 29, 2022

  The blocks of the Westside development whipped by us. All the houses bled into one another, a single stroke of adobe beige. No veterinarian had settled into this part of Albuquerque—it was too new, plastic, hollow. If one had…

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alt text: image is a color photograph of teal paint strokes; title card for the flash fiction piece "Riders" by Pete Stevens

Riders by Pete Stevens

April 22, 2022

  My wife wants to know what my new job is, the title, so I tell her what the woman at dispatch told me, that I’m a nonemergency medical driver, which means I’m there when the situation isn’t dire, when…

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