STORY OF THE WEEK

Long Weekend By Claire Seymour

Long Weekend

He’s looking at me, eyes on my throat, my chest, my waist, and I feel so utterly seen, and I’m saying to myself, none of this counts, it’s the weekend.

POEM OF THE WEEK

Coda: Sehnsucht By Malachi Black

Coda: Sehnsucht

All that I’ve had, I’ve left propped up in a glass vase: cut stems at rest within a thin preservative of sugar water tipped with vinegar.

FINAL WEEK TO ENTER

FINAL WEEK TO ENTER
Deadline: Tues., Mar. 31, at midnight, PDT.

Narrative winners and finalists have gone on to win honors, including the Pulitzer Prize, and have appeared in collections such as The Best American Short Stories.

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FICTION

Blackout By Janet Burroway

Blackout

The locals are being a little reckless in the lights-out department. He passes a restaurant where the door opens and laughter and a yellow glow spill out.

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Spring Issue

FALL CONTEST WINNERS

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The Elephant Box By Russell Working

The Elephant Box

July the “Two-Story Elephant” was getting claustrophobic, shackled in a dank hold like the criminally insane.






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Budapest 1984 By Marcella Hunyadi

Budapest 1984

I also knew something the tall man didn’t: when my mother smiled at people she hated, her smiling was just a warm-up.

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We Spoke of Death and Other Poems By Kelsey  Hennegen

We Spoke of Death and Other Poems

I’m careless with my desire like when I claw the ice on my windshield without gloves and my fingertips burn white.



Second Place

The First People on Mars and Other Poems By Felicity Sheehy

The First People
on Mars and
Other Poems

Of course there are writers. And artists. In love with one or the other, not at the same time.



Third Place

Bodily Assumption and Other Poems By Erin  Marie Lynch

Bodily Assumption and Other Poems

A suit of skin can be filled, emptied, filled again. Or ripped, split, sewn. Like a metaphor of violence, which is a violence.

FICTION

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FICTION

FICTION

A Small Blip on an Eternal Timeline By Ifeoma Sesiana Amobi

A Small Blip on an Eternal Timeline

My family came to America when I was one, and in my tiny luggage bag my mother stuffed dreams too large for me to carry.

FICTION

The Rage of the Squat King By Rick Bass

The Rage of the Squat King

What would make a sane, much less an educated, person want to watch such blood sport?

FICTION

The End of Life By Yoon Choi

The End of Life

He thinks with joy and conviction that the Japanese are his enemy. It is a wonderful thing to have an enemy.

FICTION

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FICTION

FICTION

You Can’t Keep Going Like This By Shane Delaney

You Can’t Keep Going Like This

I appreciate the Plunge is special to you, sir, the guard said. But it’s special to everyone else too.

FICTION

Naming By Yelena  Furman

Naming

I sensed that a name defined who I was and would be in the future. Renaming myself was a little like being reborn.

FICTION

Butterfly By Vivian Ludford

Butterfly

“Do I look pretty?” Wenci would ask. “Do I look like I live here?” She could have lived anywhere and made it hers.

FICTION

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Off to Zamboanga By Robert Stone

Off to Zamboanga

A splinter of opportunity was presenting itself that might profitably be seized by a desperate man, one with nothing to lose.

FICTION

End of Story By Marian Thurm

End of Story

During those months when she was hooking up with her affair partner, she was still helping get my mother into her nightgown.

GO BEYOND
THE MFA

GO BEYONDTHE MFA

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iSTORIES

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Hoopster By Bill Barich

Hoopster

My father came up with a simple plan. If I weaseled out of Bible study a little early, he’d pick me up and speed me to the gym.

NARRATIVE 10

Ten Questions for Vanessa Hua

Ten Questions

Q: The book you wish you could read again for the first time?

A: Maxine Hong Kingston’s Woman Warrior.

iSTORIES

Donahue’s By Andrea Marcusa

Donahue’s

Everyone said the woman at the end of the bar was once an Argentinean prima ballerina with royal blood.

CLASSICS

POETRY

POETRY

CLASSICS

The Joy of Writing and Other Poems By Wisława Szymborska

The Joy of Writing and Other Poems

I’m working on the world, revised, improved edition, featuring fun for fools, blues for brooders.

POETRY

Miracle of Lights / Ode to MyImperfect Love By Sara Brickman

Miracle of Lights / Ode to My
Imperfect Love

Olive oil and paprika slant, just a little bent to the eye that’s looking.

POETRY

Sleep Apnea By Ian T. Hall

Sleep Apnea

I’m grateful she took me for forthright, cause I’m not fit to give her the blood-honest truth.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Snapshot of My Natural Father and Other Poems By Edward  Hirsch

Snapshot of My Natural Father and Other Poems

A short flight from Phoenix, he could go to Vegas on a hunch.

POETRY

Suitors Know Best and Other Poems By Vandana Khanna

Suitors Know Best and Other Poems

Every night, the moon is a smooth omen staving off the inevitable—all the Suitors breathing behind the door, warping the wood with their want.

POETRY

from “The Last Bohemian ofAvenue A” By Yusef Komunyakaa

from “The Last Bohemian of
Avenue A”

Sweet talk an antihero with wet kisses on his eyelids, saying, Come over here & lie down.

POETRY

POETRY

iPOEMS

POETRY

The Night I Watched My Twelve-Year-Old Brother Get Cuffed & Taken from Our Home, Tearing Up, Saying: “I Didn’t Do It!” By Anacaona Rocio Milagro

The Night I Watched My Twelve-Year-Old Brother Get Cuffed & Taken from Our Home, Tearing Up, Saying: “I Didn’t Do It!”

i was ten, his right hand.

POETRY

The keepers By Talin Tahajian

The keepers

I’m in love with the boy for whom the abandoned warehouse in North London, quaking with bodies, trembles with sound and smoke.

iPOEMS

Feathered Cup By Shangyang  Fang

Feathered Cup

Read this beautiful, dreamlike poem—a complete universe on a single screen.

READERS’ NARRATIVES

READERS' NARRATIVES

SIX-WORD STORIES

READERS’ NARRATIVES

Washington, DC By Jonathan Fink

Washington, DC

My wife calls to say my daughter’s eye is out, initially suspected lost on the National Mall.

READERS' NARRATIVES

Manila, Philippines By Rowena Leong Singer

Manila, Philippines

I often observed my grandmother as she cracked shells, pinched off heads, twisted necks, and pulled off feathers.

SIX-WORD STORIES

First Lady By Jane Seskin

First Lady

A literal interpretation of the First Lady’s initiative, imagined in just six words.

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2020-03 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2020-03

New laughs from Seth Fleishman, Mary Lawton, Glen Le Lievre, Mick Stevens, and P. C. Vey.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2020-02 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2020-02

Great new toons by Pat Byrnes, Charlie Hankin, Glen Le Lievre, Mick Stevens, and P. C. Vey.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2020-01 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2020-01

Unreal and all too real toons by Seth Fleishman, Charlie Hankin, Mary Lawton, Drew Panckeri, and David Rowles.