Short Fiction

Marriage in the Sun

Marriage in the Sun

Robert was passed out in the bed. Jackie stared at her drunken husband with a mix of anger, pity, and relief. The anger was directed solely at Robert – he had started the fight, after all. And he was the one…

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Elizabeth Markley

Elizabeth Markley is a writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. She has been previously published in The Write Launch, The Mighty Line, Cleaning Up Glitter, Haunted Waters Press, and Castabout Literary Magazine. When she is not writing she is kept busy by her children, two rambunctious boys under the age of four.

Floating on Tires

Floating on Tires

I lost my shoes in Ecuador. But I lost Da’uud in the swamp. I remember how his long lashes blinked back dampness the day we were married, his borrowed clothes pressed, his hair too closely trimmed, everything scrubbed till it shone.…

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Jerri Jerreat

Jerri Jerreat is a teacher and writer in Inverary, Ontario, who grew up with strong women. Her fiction has appeared in; The Ottawa Arts Review,The Yale Review Online, The Penmen Review, WOW, The New Quarterly,The Antigonish Review, The Dalhousie Review, Room, and is in the SF anthology, Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers, and their upcoming anthology, Solarpunk Winters.

The Silver Sharpie Prophecy

The Silver Sharpie Prophecy

The prophecy is written in silver sharpie on the girls’ bathroom wall, “Jamey Jenson Class Whore ’94”. Jamey’s stomach lurches as the words sink in. She wants to puke. Instead, she pulls down her pants and sits on the toilet, wishing…

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J. L. Perez

J.L Perez is an emerging fiction author who lives high in the Rocky Mountains near Boulder, Colorado. Her work is often dark and brutal; inspired by the secrets people keep and the social issues that shape us. She never skis but loves hiking the Rockies and binging on Star Trek whilst sipping Earl Grey in her footie pajamas. Her work can be found in Plains Paradox, and The Same Online Literary Journal.

Stephanie’s Station

Stephanie’s Station

Stephanie’s right hand was stuck inside the door of a baby blue Lexus. While she was in no pain—that would come later—she couldn’t wiggle her fingers. She worried they’d no longer be three-dimensional once the door opened again. In the front…

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Paula R. Hilton

Paula R. Hilton is a novelist who explores the ways deeply flawed people can still be forces of good in the world. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Pittsburgh and an MFA from the University of New Orleans. Her fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion website, and NPR’s This I Believe, as well as in a number of literary journals, including The Tulane Review, Kalliope, and Ellipsis. Hilton’s debut novel, Little Miss Chaos, received the Kirkus star for books of exceptional merit. The novel was also a short-listed finalist in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition and selected as a 2016 Best Indie Teen Read by Kirkus. She lives in Florida with her husband, son, and daughter and is working on Daphne and the Delirious Girls, her second book for young adults.

She Gives Me Life

She Gives Me Life

“Non-existence I call the beginning of Heaven and Earth. Existence I call the mother of individual beings,” Tao Te Ching. It had been sweltering hot all day, in the hundreds the radio said. I didn’t see much of the outside as Mama pulled down…

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Michel Bordeau

My name is Michel Bordeau, aka Area Frenchman. I am a Therapist and an Education Coach in private practice in Atlanta. Born in France, I have spent half my life in the US. I am culturally French and academically American, so you can safely assume that I know a thing or two about love (gender respectful, validating, unconditional, non-threatening) and the pleasures of life (many friends, much cheese, little w(h)ine). When I don't blog about mansplaining, teen assertiveness, guru shaming, toxic work environments and toxic people, motherhood, mindful parenting, immigrant entrepreneurs, bipolar disorder and body dysmorphic disorder, I dedicate my time speaking about the lessons I have learned as a therapist and a coach. I am the host of Le Kindness Couch on Youtube. I created this channel to demonstrate that today's therapeutic modalities are kind, validating, and solution-focused. We don't read mind or blame your mom for everything.

Two Tall Women in NYC

Two Tall Women in NYC

Losing my identity was not in our plan. Mary and I came to the big city to celebrate finishing our books—my psychological thriller and her memoir of love and loss in Zimbabwe. Starving on San Diego’s thin cultural gruel, our reward…

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Sheila A. Sharpe

Sheila A. Sharpe is a psychologist, writer, and teacher from Del Mar, CA. Her previous work in in painting and film criticism (MFA from UCSD) has provided important background for her fiction and non-fiction writing. Her publications include a professional book, "The Ways We Love," and several peer-reviewed articles on love and family relationships. She has recently completed her first novel, Locked in a Box, a psychological thriller.

Caught

Caught

I do not know if I should cut my hair. It is very long. Some people call it obscenely long. It’s the color of wheat, and very often air dried so that it falls in irregular waves down to just above…

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Jordan Hagedon

Jordan Hagedon is a fiction writer from Michigan, USA. She has stories in Flash Fiction Magazine and in an anthology by Stringybark Stories. Jordan is interested in the history of houses, old growth forests, and literature.

Rebecca

Rebecca

“Don’t stare at me like that!” I had cried out in a fury, but Duak kept her gaze locked on me. Looking at her blood red lips. Burdened, I repeated gently, “Don’t stare at me like that. They’re going to figure…

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Ozge Gozturk

I am a London based published author, multi-award winner scriptwriter, and journalist at KaosGL (An LGBTQ community magazine) I'm also judging New York Screenplay Awards and the founder of The London Independent Story Prize. Rebecca is one of my short stories. It's about a woman in pain. Many of my characters genders are liquid, they don't questions or struggle with it either. Rebecca is one of them. This is a scene I wrote while working on emotional architecture in my stories. It was inspired by a statue and a painting. I hope you'll enjoy reading.