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Image is a color photograph of a small teddy bear left on a cement stoop in front of a weathered door; title card for the new short story, "Empty Nester," by Jennifer Lewis.

Empty Nester by Jennifer Lewis

May 10, 2024

  I hold the things I need in my arms. Since the pandemic, I don’t use a basket. Today, I’m cradling a bottle of Advil gel caps, blue mascara, and a ginger lemon kombucha. Customer service associate needed in the…

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Image is a color photograph of dimly lit pews; title card for the new short story, "Churchgoing," by Jenny Feldon.

Churchgoing by Jenny Feldon

March 8, 2024

  I go to churches because they’re quiet. The world is too loud. The first time I went, I was hiding. I’d been paying for a flat white at the café near my old office when my ex-fiancé and his…

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Image is a black-and-white photograph of the binary signage for man and woman; title card for the new short story, "The Dress," by Tim Raymond.

The Dress by Tim Raymond

February 9, 2024

  It was raining that day, and when Daisy came home early from work she found me not only in the sundress I’d bought in secret from the underground market at Sadang Station, but in her bra and a pair…

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Image is a color photograph of foggy mountains through the windshield of a car; title card for the new short, "Stick Shift," by Jawziya Zaman.

Stick Shift by Jawziya Zaman

January 12, 2024

  After the texts fizzled out with the fifth guy in six weeks, Naz finally gave up and changed her app settings to full-on gay. Self-cannibalism would’ve been less painful than having a conversation with these one-neuron fools and she…

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Image is a color photograph of baby socks on a clothesline; title card for the short fiction story "Wet" by Jaclyn Desforges.

Wet by Jaclyn Desforges

November 10, 2023

  Mother, this house is full of babies. From the mouth of the kitchen I hear their cooing and from the top of the staircase I hear their cooing. I stand and hear their cooing from the living room. I…

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Image is a color photograph of a clothesline outside an apartment building; title card for the first-place winner of the 2023 Short Fiction Prize, "Blackbird" by Chinonyelum Anyichie.

“Blackbird” by Chinonyelum Anyichie

October 27, 2023

  Ifunanya called you ugly, and you answered her with a slap. A slap so charged it was the envy of thunder, and you didn’t even care you were in Chuckies, the school restaurant, teeming with people eating, laughing, coming…

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Image is a color photograph of the silhouette of a bird on some tree branches; title card for the second-place winner of the 2023 Short Fiction Prize, "A Line of Wings" by Uyen Phuong Dang.

A Line of Wings by Uyen Phuong Dang

October 20, 2023

  Dau used to live in the apartment below me. He had skin so dry it fell like leaves on a windy day, so much he pixelated his floor with tiny fog-colored flakes, each thin and flappy as a plastic…

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Image is a color photograph of striped pillows on a bed; title card for the third-place winner of the 2023 Short Fiction Prize, "Cillian" by Janey Tracey.

Cillian by Janey Tracey

October 13, 2023

  When the night was over, and everyone else had gone, Cillian took me to an Irish bar, scratched the small of my back, and told me his theory of everything. He told me political polarization was related to wave…

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Image is a color photograph of red wine on a tree stump in the middle of a field; title card for the fiction story "The Ghost of Amy Winehouse" by Clara Otto.

The Ghost of Amy Winehouse by Clara Otto

September 8, 2023

  Content Warnings—alcohol overdose, death   Welcome to the Grocery Supreme Aptitude Test™. This test is divided into the following five sections: Commuting and Tardiness, Opening Duties, Product Management, Customer Service, and Long Answer Questions. A few important notes: You…

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Title card shows a cluster of cacti against a background of gray sky; title card for the new short story, "The Bodies," by Andrew Potter.

The Bodies by Andrew Potter

August 11, 2023

  Our therapist made us go camping. Her suggestion was to sleep outdoors for three nights and then get a hotel room. She said camping would force us to rely on each other for comfort, and the hotel stay would…

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