Short Fiction

True Murders

True Murders

When Lin had imagined a murderer’s mistress, she had pictured leopard print and spandex, glittering baubles and high heels. She would never have pictured Eliza Hanson as she was now: kitted out in a soft pink cardigan, a puffy matching headband…

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Brenna Ehrlich

Brenna Ehrlich is the director of content and culture (indie and rock) at TIDAL. She's also the author of PLACID GIRL and STUFF HIPSTERS HATE, and has had short stories published in Moonchild Magazine, Cease, Cows, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Anon magazine, Impose magazine, Beyond Books and the Ginger Collective. Her other writing credits include a weekly column on Internet etiquette for CNN and articles for Rolling Stone, Bandcamp, Mashable, Heeb magazine, Broadly, Brooklyn Magazine and Nylon.

Sweet Nothings of a Foreign Exchange

Sweet Nothings of a Foreign Exchange

She picks up her bag and walks away from the café by the port where Kevin is lost in a four-hundred-page philosophical tome. Elena does not look back. She knows not to disturb him and that she has a few hours…

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Effie Pasagiannis

Effie Pasagiannis is a first-generation Greek-American lawyer, writer and curator based in NYC. Her poetry has appeared in the Write Launch, Snapdragon Journal, the Platform Review and Pen + Brush's inaugural print publication "In Print." Effie has appeared as a featured poet at the Bowery Poetry Club, Arlo Hotels and the Assemblage. She is currently working on a collection of short stories with female protagonists at a crossroads of choice with life-altering consequences. As a curator, Effie organizes and hosts literary and art salons, where writers and artists collaborate and showcase their work in soul-nourishing spaces. She is an avid proponent of economic, educational, criminal justice, immigration and environmental reform, and often incorporates these causes and themes into her work.

Sweetheart

Sweetheart

I watched the sky fade from a pretty pink color to dark. I sat in my room dreading the night, as I always did. The front door opened and all I heard was the sound of heavy boots walking in the…

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Hannah Poynor

I am a college student who enjoys writing short stories.

Woodstock

Woodstock

(inspired by Maggie B. who was there~) Woodstock was both a peaceful protest and a global celebration –Richie Havens   Everybody’s naked. This cat resembling Jim Morrison asks me to fool around. His curly, brown hair streams over one side of…

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Kim Sisto Robinson

Kim Sisto Robinson is a mother, lover, poet, writer, educator, obsessive blogger, lover of cats, cheese puffs, chocolate chips cookies, Sylvia Plath, addicted to books, women’s stories, walking with audio books ( Lolita was off the charts!), and powerful, transformative words. Her work has appeared in Scary Mommy, Bella On Line, Glass Woman, Migrations, Rebelle Society, and Feminine Collective. She created her blog, My Inner Chick, to honor her sister, Kay, whom was murdered by her estranged husband in 2010. Her mission is to give “Voice” to all women without one. She was honored the "Men As Peacemaker's Award" in 2015 for her work with domestic violence.

Her Unwitting Accomplices

Her Unwitting Accomplices

As the automatic doors swished open, my mother began her search. The grocery store’s bakery was on our immediate right. Mom zeroed in on her target, pushing her shopping cart toward a plain woman in a peacock blue trench. To keep…

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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.

Perhaps

Perhaps

Perhaps she would drop a few ice cubes into her glass of wine, staying for a bit after picking up her grandson, my son, from basketball practice. I’d stop whatever I was doing – prepping dinner, or helping my daughter with…

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Lisa Witz

Lisa Witz grew up the youngest of nine children on a sprawling cattle and sheep farm north of San Francisco. She left the small town to feed her wanderlust, living in Japan, Spain and the Pacific Northwest. She now lives near San Diego with her husband and three children, and they often visit the farm to hike the trails of her childhood. Visit http://www.lisareginawitz.com for more of her writing.

Scar Tissue

Scar Tissue

I cringe every time Dad touches her. He compulsively straightens the Blue Jays pin my brother attached to her favorite blouse, the yellow one I bought her in the States last summer. He rearranges her crossed hands, over then under, then…

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Cate Carlyle

Cate Carlyle is an author and librarian. Her first YA novel “#NotReadyToDie” will be released by Common Deer Press in 2019 and she is also the co-author of "Your Passport to International Librarianship"(ALA 2018). Her short story “The Brothers” was shortlisted in the WFNS 2018 Nova Writes competition. Cate currently manages the curriculum resource centre and library at an Atlantic university and has also worked in public and school libraries and volunteered in and researched libraries in Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua. She is a lifelong Alice Munro fan and has a mild obsession with writing short stories. Cate lives in Prospect, Nova Scotia with her partner and supportive first-reader, Bruce.

Maybe It Wasn’t My Fault

Maybe It Wasn’t My Fault

Lacey could tell something was off. “What’s wrong, Mom?” “Nothing, Honey. But we need to talk – all of us.” Her mother meant all of “the girls” She looked at her three daughters warily. “Something’s happened, and I don’t know how…

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Reagan Brooks

Reagan Brooks is a college student from Texas. She had a difficult upbringing and finds writing her experiences helpful for her healing process. She hopes her story can help others and bring peace to those that need it.