FICTION

2 05, 2017

Kimberly King Parsons | The Touch

2018-11-24T14:16:37+00:00

Born landlocked, the animal trainer had been plagued all his life by whale thoughts. It made no sense. He had never seen one, would never, still his dreams brimmed [...]

Kimberly King Parsons | The Touch2018-11-24T14:16:37+00:00
2 05, 2017

Simone Person | Bunny Man

2018-11-24T14:16:33+00:00

Sheri shakes me awake. She’s half out of her sleeping bag, a flashlight pressed under her chin. It’s spreading shadows across her fleshy face. Most of her sleepover had [...]

Simone Person | Bunny Man2018-11-24T14:16:33+00:00
2 05, 2017

Kate Jayroe | Office Max

2018-11-24T14:16:35+00:00

Two weeks ago, we packed our bags and left the civilized world. We moved into an Office Max. One with trouble maintaining full lighting. Downtown. Though it is the [...]

Kate Jayroe | Office Max2018-11-24T14:16:35+00:00
2 05, 2017

Laurel Sharon | Buried Alive

2017-05-05T11:24:53+00:00

Her parents had moved to a retirement community with low humidity and warm sun. There was tennis and golf, indoor calisthenics and shuffleboard on outdoor courts. There were daily walks [...]

Laurel Sharon | Buried Alive2017-05-05T11:24:53+00:00
2 05, 2017

Kate Axelrod | A Third Party

2017-05-06T17:10:10+00:00

Charlie breaks up with you over the phone but later you fly to Seattle and insist he do it in person. The initial conversation had gone something like this: You [...]

Kate Axelrod | A Third Party2017-05-06T17:10:10+00:00
2 05, 2017

Asha Thanki | Seven Days

2017-05-06T17:10:34+00:00

I. On the first day it rains, we smoke in Arif’s basement. The table between us looks like it should be caving under the weight of the elaborate metal-and-clay hookah [...]

Asha Thanki | Seven Days2017-05-06T17:10:34+00:00
2 05, 2017

Richard Chiem | Animal

2017-05-06T17:11:25+00:00

Before anything else, he realizes he is a person. He has somehow reached this point in his success to consider the question of what is a good person? He is [...]

Richard Chiem | Animal2017-05-06T17:11:25+00:00
2 05, 2017

Matthew Phillp | The Impresario

2017-05-06T17:11:27+00:00

Alex, suddenly cold and awkward in own his skin, clicked play on Jolene. Once Dolly was well into her desperate plea, he moved away from his desk through the leaning [...]

Matthew Phillp | The Impresario2017-05-06T17:11:27+00:00
2 05, 2017

Aura Xilonen | Gringo Champion (an excerpt)

2017-05-06T17:11:31+00:00

From THE GRINGO CHAMPION, by Aura Xilonen. Copyright  © 2015 Aura Xilonen Arroyo Oviedo. English translation copyright  © 2016 by Europa Editions, translated by Andrea Rosenberg. First publication 2017 by [...]

Aura Xilonen | Gringo Champion (an excerpt)2017-05-06T17:11:31+00:00
7 03, 2017

Jess Pane | Oh, How I Want to Go Home

2017-03-07T09:57:32+00:00

In the Retreat Club Diner, Bud Howard drank his second morning coffee while watching the morning news on a small television set secured in the corner. The other regulars had [...]

Jess Pane | Oh, How I Want to Go Home2017-03-07T09:57:32+00:00
6 03, 2017

Jesse Ruddock | from Shot Blue

2018-11-24T14:16:15+00:00

Excerpt from Jesse Ruddock's story collection Shot Blue, out February 20, 2017 from Coach House Books. Available for order now here. Her mother tried to show her how to pack a [...]

Jesse Ruddock | from Shot Blue2018-11-24T14:16:15+00:00
6 03, 2017

Angie Sijun Lou | Jukai

2017-05-05T22:18:02+00:00

After dusk in Seattle, look for the moon. Sometimes it burns pale fire over the tree line, other times it hangs crookedly nailed to the sky; a slivered hangnail bitten [...]

Angie Sijun Lou | Jukai2017-05-05T22:18:02+00:00
6 03, 2017

Natalia Hero | Poison

2017-05-05T22:30:04+00:00

  Listen, I know I said I'd go to meetings. I know I said I'd get a sponsor. But I'm busy. My work is my meetings. My work is my [...]

Natalia Hero | Poison2017-05-05T22:30:04+00:00
6 03, 2017

Kristen Arnett | With Teeth

2017-03-06T16:12:06+00:00

Sitting in the chair means the mouth of it swallows your ass. You don’t take to the chair, it takes to your body and keeps parts after you’ve risen from [...]

Kristen Arnett | With Teeth2017-03-06T16:12:06+00:00
12 02, 2017

Chris Ames | Gutting a Pale Fish

2017-05-05T22:20:05+00:00

Gutting a pale fish with my father, the strongman. He turns it in his hands once, twice, plops it on the chopping block, belly up. Swallows the air. The thing [...]

Chris Ames | Gutting a Pale Fish2017-05-05T22:20:05+00:00
12 02, 2017

Edie Meidav | MODERN PARABLES #1: THEFT

2017-05-05T22:20:11+00:00

. Excerpt from Edie Meidav's story collection Kingdom of the Young, out April 11, 2017 from Sarabande Books. Available for pre-order now here. Don’t worry, I didn’t take all the soaps. I [...]

Edie Meidav | MODERN PARABLES #1: THEFT2017-05-05T22:20:11+00:00
12 02, 2017

Blair Hurley | The Girl

2017-05-05T22:20:38+00:00

The girl is dead. Is she a girl? She’s old enough for shimmer lipgloss, for a boyfriend. There she is in photographs, her brother’s arm large on her shoulders, grinning [...]

Blair Hurley | The Girl2017-05-05T22:20:38+00:00
12 02, 2017

Ridwan Tijani | Capital Discourses

2017-02-13T13:31:31+00:00

Roland was a Marxist—probably the only Marxist in Lagos or even the whole country, he was sure. He believed that there was a “ruling class” in Nigeria and he was [...]

Ridwan Tijani | Capital Discourses2017-02-13T13:31:31+00:00
15 01, 2017

Gabe Bump | Jonah and The Dunk

2018-11-24T14:16:14+00:00

Excerpt from Gabe Bump‘s forthcoming novel Get Down, Claude. July before I started 8th grade, Paul had this scare. A fuzzy blemish on an x-ray. After tests and hours of [...]

Gabe Bump | Jonah and The Dunk2018-11-24T14:16:14+00:00
14 01, 2017

Brittany Bronson | Safari Night

2017-02-12T15:47:10+00:00

At the Meet-Up event, most of the women wore sexy tribal costumes, but I dressed up as Pumba from the Lion King. The elastic snout kept falling down over my [...]

Brittany Bronson | Safari Night2017-02-12T15:47:10+00:00
14 01, 2017

Bridget Brewer | Moth

2017-05-05T22:21:25+00:00

Moths died in daylight, nocturnal no longer.  That summer.  It was always one hundred and two degrees.  The moths and their noon wing death.  That summer.  It was hard for [...]

Bridget Brewer | Moth2017-05-05T22:21:25+00:00
14 01, 2017

Caroline Crew | GULDIZE

2017-05-05T22:21:29+00:00

Lizzie sits in a room because everything is a room. Right now, the room is a field and the field is corn. The sun is slow and turning the wheat, [...]

Caroline Crew | GULDIZE2017-05-05T22:21:29+00:00
19 12, 2016

Zoe Goldstein | Walking Distance

2016-12-20T10:35:45+00:00

1. The neighbor had upwards of eighty succulents laced around the wood beams of his staircase. You saw him every day watering the plants, sometimes in nothing more than a [...]

Zoe Goldstein | Walking Distance2016-12-20T10:35:45+00:00
19 12, 2016

Fortunato Salazar | I Am Zelda

2016-12-20T10:41:47+00:00

I am Seth Rogen’s Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and I’m obsessed with the words “harlequin” and “inquiline.” The caryatid stops by our table one morning and asks if she can [...]

Fortunato Salazar | I Am Zelda2016-12-20T10:41:47+00:00
19 12, 2016

Mahreen Sohail | Heat Wave

2016-12-20T13:05:38+00:00

Early on in the summer, my mother, my father and I ran out of adjectives to describe exactly how hot we were feeling. Then my mother caught depression. Also from [...]

Mahreen Sohail | Heat Wave2016-12-20T13:05:38+00:00
14 11, 2016

Michelle Tea | Black Wave

2017-03-25T01:01:53+00:00

Excerpt from Michelle Tea‘s novel Black Wave, released in September from Feminist Press. Michelle wasn’t sure when everyone started hanging out at the Albion. She had managed to pass the corner dive [...]

Michelle Tea | Black Wave2017-03-25T01:01:53+00:00
31 10, 2016

Stephanie Wong Ken | Face

2017-05-05T22:24:13+00:00

INAUGURAL COSMONAUTS AVENUE FICTION PRIZE WINNER After much thought, Pam and I decide to fix our faces. We save up until we can afford what we want and get a [...]

Stephanie Wong Ken | Face2017-05-05T22:24:13+00:00
31 10, 2016

Natalie Eilbert | Malignant

2016-11-16T11:52:24+00:00

No one should ever speak to anyone else if they aren’t willing to risk total exposure. Alex had a nasty habit of twirling her hair, twisting it into beetle-dense knots, [...]

Natalie Eilbert | Malignant2016-11-16T11:52:24+00:00
31 10, 2016

Naima Coster | The Spot

2017-05-05T22:24:10+00:00

We used to come here for driftwood. That was when Sidney first took me in, when I wasn’t sure yet whether or not he was a perv. He kept his [...]

Naima Coster | The Spot2017-05-05T22:24:10+00:00
31 10, 2016

Saba Waheed | The Crows

2016-11-18T12:03:49+00:00

Pamir roared from the bottom of his stomach, clapped loudly, pounded his feet on the ground and screeched, “Keeeeeeek! Keeeeeeek!” But the crows lined up on the power line didn’t [...]

Saba Waheed | The Crows2016-11-18T12:03:49+00:00
30 10, 2016

Andrew Cothren | West

2016-11-15T12:20:34+00:00

Ben blows through a stop sign and I say You’re a goddamn jackass Ben. Two states from home and he’s already giving the cops excuses. Turn signals and speed limits [...]

Andrew Cothren | West2016-11-15T12:20:34+00:00
30 10, 2016

T.J. Kurita | Royal Jelly

2016-11-15T12:21:49+00:00

There were no flowers near the house, no decorative plants. Just grass, cut short enough to kill it in some places and several trees. The grass was edged cleanly along [...]

T.J. Kurita | Royal Jelly2016-11-15T12:21:49+00:00
29 10, 2016

Meredith Alling | Two Stories

2017-03-25T01:02:04+00:00

Excerpts from Meredith Alling's story collection Sing the Song, out November 18, 2016 from Future Tense Books. Available for pre-order now at futuretensebooks.com   Symbiosis I was in a brightly lit [...]

Meredith Alling | Two Stories2017-03-25T01:02:04+00:00
15 10, 2016

Ilana Masad | For Context

2017-05-05T22:24:25+00:00

Charlie really wasn't stalking her. Really. It took daily talking-to-self to convince Charlie of that, but Charlie knew. This wasn't stalking. This wasn't the first time they'd had this conversation. [...]

Ilana Masad | For Context2017-05-05T22:24:25+00:00
13 10, 2016

Mika Taylor | The Botanist

2016-11-15T12:14:51+00:00

She planted a single seed in each of his ears while he slept, tweezing in the first, then waiting patiently for him to turn. They weren’t seeds she could readily [...]

Mika Taylor | The Botanist2016-11-15T12:14:51+00:00
13 10, 2016

Sarah Brown | Lessons from the Sea

2018-11-24T14:16:11+00:00

Out where we’re from, anything unpredictable is female. Countries, weather, the sea. “She’s gonna be some hot,” Henry would say when we climbed aboard in the wee hours. Or [...]

Sarah Brown | Lessons from the Sea2018-11-24T14:16:11+00:00
13 10, 2016

Katherine Fustich | Michelle

2016-11-15T12:26:45+00:00

When it’s hot, I think of Michelle. Usually, when she crosses my mind, I’m filled with a regret that makes my pores sizzle with dread. For that reason, I try [...]

Katherine Fustich | Michelle2016-11-15T12:26:45+00:00
11 09, 2016

Gregory Sullivan | Coyotes

2016-09-15T11:15:45+00:00

When we came upon Number 15 the last time, he’d already been killed, having been shot fatally by local law enforcement in a Northwest Georgia carpet-manufacturing city, which had been [...]

Gregory Sullivan | Coyotes2016-09-15T11:15:45+00:00
11 09, 2016

Julia Chan | Stinging nettle

2017-05-05T22:25:22+00:00

She grips the handle of her suitcase hard, so hard her fingers begin to cramp. The wave of passengers buoys her toward Arrivals. A sudden intestinal twist in the corridor [...]

Julia Chan | Stinging nettle2017-05-05T22:25:22+00:00
11 09, 2016

Erin Khar | David

2016-09-15T11:20:25+00:00

I woke up this morning thinking about David. I woke up this morning, next to Graham, my sleeping husband, thinking about David. I woke up this morning, next to Graham, [...]

Erin Khar | David2016-09-15T11:20:25+00:00
11 09, 2016

Julie McArthur | A Polite Woman

2016-09-15T11:20:13+00:00

Marla was a polite woman. If a man wanted to sleep with her she never refused. With each new man, she adopted a cat—Fluffers McGee for John, Marion for Paul, [...]

Julie McArthur | A Polite Woman2016-09-15T11:20:13+00:00
11 09, 2016

Sandra Alland | Toronto

2016-09-15T11:20:29+00:00

These are the things that have changed about Toronto since I left it. There are about 239 new identical 25-floor condos, where young urban dwellers buy overpriced apartments called ‘cubes,’ [...]

Sandra Alland | Toronto2016-09-15T11:20:29+00:00
11 09, 2016

Rachel Hall | After All

2016-09-15T11:23:06+00:00

In her last days, when they no longer try to lure her from her narrow bed, she hears singing, lullabies like those her mother sang to her in Ladino or [...]

Rachel Hall | After All2016-09-15T11:23:06+00:00
11 09, 2016

Yma Johnson | La Gringa Negra

2017-05-05T22:25:26+00:00

I hurry down the sloping street towards dealers who stand like raptors, eyes glowing in the half light of nightfall. The wall behind them is covered in gang graffiti; gold [...]

Yma Johnson | La Gringa Negra2017-05-05T22:25:26+00:00
11 09, 2016

Erica Peplin | Perfect Couple

2016-09-15T11:25:43+00:00

I had an aunt and uncle whose lives were perfect. They sent the most beautiful Christmas cards every year. They came in thick envelopes with stamps from foreign countries. It [...]

Erica Peplin | Perfect Couple2016-09-15T11:25:43+00:00
26 07, 2016

Chelsea Bieker | Any Wonder

2018-11-24T14:12:40+00:00

After I moved to Oregon, away from California for the first time, Granny came up for a visit. This was a few years ago and I was still living [...]

Chelsea Bieker | Any Wonder2018-11-24T14:12:40+00:00
26 07, 2016

Lauren Barbato | Salute [May 2014]

2016-07-28T10:37:50+00:00

The girls had heard from the boys that the boys were looking for the girls. Outside English, History, Spanish class. Inside the gyms, stables, dormitories. For one week only, they [...]

Lauren Barbato | Salute [May 2014]2016-07-28T10:37:50+00:00
26 07, 2016

Yoss | Super Extra Grande (excerpt)

2017-05-05T22:30:19+00:00

In a distant future in which humankind has colonized the universe, Dr. Jan Sangan, a veterinarian specializing in extremely large alien organisms, goes spelunking in the bowels of a creature [...]

Yoss | Super Extra Grande (excerpt)2017-05-05T22:30:19+00:00
18 06, 2016

Brenna York | A Feeling For People

2018-11-24T14:12:31+00:00

A recently-divorced 70-something took 20 minutes of my 23rd year. First, he called me an idiot savant with regards to my schoolwork. Then his eyes met my ears: “If [...]

Brenna York | A Feeling For People2018-11-24T14:12:31+00:00
15 06, 2016

Julia Sternberg | The Gift

2018-11-24T13:56:19+00:00

She wanted to see the sea lions fed, but when they arrived it was just past noon and the trainers were leaving the ring with empty buckets. The air [...]

Julia Sternberg | The Gift2018-11-24T13:56:19+00:00
15 06, 2016

Rebecca Payne | St. Francis

2018-11-24T13:54:58+00:00

This is the way he walks: north on Grace to College, east on College to Manning, south on Manning to Dundas, then west on Dundas back to Grace. It’s [...]

Rebecca Payne | St. Francis2018-11-24T13:54:58+00:00
15 06, 2016

Sarah Burgoyne | Nobody Coming

2018-11-24T13:54:38+00:00

At the top of her journey, Johanna cracked a lager. She was thirteen and thinking of the beautiful sea. The smothering western sea. The concrete stoop leading down to [...]

Sarah Burgoyne | Nobody Coming2018-11-24T13:54:38+00:00
15 06, 2016

Amy Feltman | Turnip

2018-11-24T13:53:50+00:00

It wasn’t assault, exactly. Or maybe it was. Either way it happened quickly. It stopped. Tree-scales scraped barkily against the cotton of her tee-shirt. The boy was walking away. [...]

Amy Feltman | Turnip2018-11-24T13:53:50+00:00
15 06, 2016

Amanda Boyle | Waste

2016-06-20T14:22:51+00:00

One drink in and she was laughing. It felt like she hadn’t laughed in a long time, but she was always laughing one drink in, and she drank more than [...]

Amanda Boyle | Waste2016-06-20T14:22:51+00:00
2 05, 2016

Emily Jungmin Yoon | Anamnesis

2018-11-24T13:52:36+00:00

My mother was a haenyo: she dove into cold waters for seaweed, abalone, sea urchin, and other things. My fifth year of elementary school holds my first memory of [...]

Emily Jungmin Yoon | Anamnesis2018-11-24T13:52:36+00:00
1 05, 2016

Genevieve Hudson | Skatepark

2018-11-24T13:52:04+00:00

The summer after my first year at the new school was homage to the skateboard. Girls walked right up to the edge of the wooden ramps to watch us. [...]

Genevieve Hudson | Skatepark2018-11-24T13:52:04+00:00
15 03, 2016

Noy Holland | Not So The Donkeys

2018-11-24T13:49:17+00:00

The donkeys are eating the barn. They’re bored, poor things. They are eating out the shape of a donkey, of a dull, sulking herd of donkeys, until at last, [...]

Noy Holland | Not So The Donkeys2018-11-24T13:49:17+00:00
15 03, 2016

Kenan Orhan | All the Baklanov Men

2018-11-24T13:47:56+00:00

Dad yelled at the same boxy TV he’d been yelling at since 1976. Traktor Chelyabinsk didn’t score in the first two periods. Kuzyetznov hadn’t played well. I had moved [...]

Kenan Orhan | All the Baklanov Men2018-11-24T13:47:56+00:00
14 03, 2016

A. Igoni Barrett | Blackass

2018-11-24T13:47:15+00:00

Furo Wariboko awoke this morning to find that dreams can lose their way and turn up on the wrong side of sleep. He was lying nude in bed, and [...]

A. Igoni Barrett | Blackass2018-11-24T13:47:15+00:00
11 02, 2016

Courage | Courtney Sender

2018-11-24T13:44:04+00:00

ONCE I dated a boy named courage. I should have kissed him a hundred thousand more times. . THE BOY named courage told me, “I wanted my life to [...]

Courage | Courtney Sender2018-11-24T13:44:04+00:00
11 02, 2016

Seo Hajin | Sugar or Salt

2018-11-24T13:43:06+00:00

*translated from Korean “H, do you remember me?” a man on the other end of the phone asked. His tone was cautious, as if he hoped I would remember [...]

Seo Hajin | Sugar or Salt2018-11-24T13:43:06+00:00
17 01, 2016

Pia Juul | The Murder of Halland

2018-11-24T13:41:28+00:00

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Pia Juul | The Murder of Halland2018-11-24T13:41:28+00:00
17 01, 2016

Kim Kyung-uk | The Runner

2018-11-24T13:41:20+00:00

Excerpted from God Has No Grandchildren Translated from the Korean by Kang Sunok When Eun-jae called, I was jerking off in an attempt to lift my spirits. I was [...]

Kim Kyung-uk | The Runner2018-11-24T13:41:20+00:00
17 01, 2016

Hannah Rahimi | Elegance

2018-11-24T13:36:49+00:00

A month after they married, Kevin found a job. “What a relief,” he said, and everyone agreed, though it was only a year-long contract. It meant relocating to Indiana. [...]

Hannah Rahimi | Elegance2018-11-24T13:36:49+00:00
16 12, 2015

Nelly Alard | Couple Mechanics

2016-02-10T23:17:02+00:00

translated from the French by Adrianna Hunter People were “bridging” Ascension Day with the weekend and taking the Friday off. Neither Juliette nor Olivier was working. And the children didn’t [...]

Nelly Alard | Couple Mechanics2016-02-10T23:17:02+00:00
16 12, 2015

Tom Thor Buchanan | Windhoek

2016-02-10T23:17:02+00:00

On the street a man reached out and touched my father's shoulder. “Sir! Hey Sir! Sir!” he said to my father. When my father turned to face him the man [...]

Tom Thor Buchanan | Windhoek2016-02-10T23:17:02+00:00
16 12, 2015

Annabel Graham | Bad Cat

2017-05-05T22:33:38+00:00

I am cleaning out my father’s office. A room frozen in time since his accident. His cell phone still on the charger, papers still in the fax machine where he [...]

Annabel Graham | Bad Cat2017-05-05T22:33:38+00:00