“Inside, Crying” by Gail Marlene Schwartz, 2019 Fiction Fall Contest Winner

*This story has content that some might find difficultor disturbing.* 10:30 a.m. Kelly bats her eyes at little Maeve as she pulls the empty bottle out of her daughter’s mouth. “We were hungry, sweet baby, weren’t we?” Maeve smacks her lips and Kelly dabs spots of milk around her mouth. “Time for burpies.” Kelly hoists … Continue reading “Inside, Crying” by Gail Marlene Schwartz, 2019 Fiction Fall Contest Winner

“A Project’s Tale” by Michael H. Pasley – Summer 2019 Fiction Winner

When I saw on the internet that an entire family had died in a fire, it made me think of the new kids. It happened at the same government housing complex, what we called the Projects, where I grew up. It wasn’t the new kids who died. No they would be adults now. My name’s … Continue reading “A Project’s Tale” by Michael H. Pasley – Summer 2019 Fiction Winner

“Lady Azalea” by Stephanie Joyce, winner of the 2018-2019 Winter Fiction Contest

            Pete wrestled the wooden stepladder into the azalea thicket. Like him it was old. Unlike him it was getting heavier every year. Ducking, sidling, backtracking the ladder like a dance partner through the thrust and wallop of the branches, he headed for the spot he'd chosen. Right between the two oldest azaleas. He had … Continue reading “Lady Azalea” by Stephanie Joyce, winner of the 2018-2019 Winter Fiction Contest

“The Voice of Hatred” by N.J. Linnehan, Winner of the 2018 Fall Fiction Contest

I sit within my sound-proof cubicle inside the Tai-lonian Social Services Department.  The light of my glass-top computer pulsates, the notifications for my messages never ceasing.  I swipe the user-interface, and the monitor goes black.  I turn to a single piece of decoration on an adjacent wall.  The details of the aged landscape painting have … Continue reading “The Voice of Hatred” by N.J. Linnehan, Winner of the 2018 Fall Fiction Contest

“Togetherness Is A Fable (We Tell Ourselves In The Hope Of Not Being Alone)” by Frederick Barrows

15° “Ella?” The man’s eyes fluttered. Even in the subdued light, he had striking, golden-hazel irises. “No,” she said. “I am Dr. Shi.” “Ella…” He looked too rangy for the adjustable bed’s standard-sized frame. “I…” He lifted his large hands and stared at them, astonished. “My God…” He shuddered. “You brought me back. You … … Continue reading “Togetherness Is A Fable (We Tell Ourselves In The Hope Of Not Being Alone)” by Frederick Barrows

Spring Fiction Winner: “A Wartime Guide to Confession” by Michael Pesant

A Wartime Guide to Confession   “May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most incomprehensible and ineffable Name of God be forever praised, blessed, loved, adored and glorified…” The Golden Arrow Prayer     Daddy! The girls call in their father like an air strike. Their voices are girly, ear-bleedingly high-pitched, but the word … Continue reading Spring Fiction Winner: “A Wartime Guide to Confession” by Michael Pesant