Fiction

  • A painting with numerous brown-skinned people shrouded in dusk gesturing at a wildly-garbed priest standing on the stairs of an Aztec temple
       By Rodrigo Fresán
    Blood War, 2016, by Jia How Lee. The concept art is based on the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire.   Years ago the man got married and years ago the man became unhappy in his marriage. T...
  • A spider-like junction of a production machine
    Photo: Skitterphoto/Pixabay Outside the Special Instrument Factory, protesters rally against war, corruption, and the latest in protective head gear: the Ex-Box. Procrustes-1 was t...
  • A digital illustration by Michael Manalo. A female walks away from the viewer along a cliff's edge towards a red door. Windows hang in the sky nearby, the largest of which is gushing water.
    illustration by Michael Vincent Manalo   Anything might happen beyond a door opened by a perfect wife. to the memory of María Varela Osorio If you should meet her on the street, cro...
  • An ornate brass door knocker rests on a dark turquoise door
       By Anne Richter
    Photo: Daria Nepriakhina/Pixabay T he old man lived in a vast, dark house, windows blind with frosted glass, door adorned with a heavy bronze knocker. At one time or another, all five of his children...
  • A painting of two houses, one bright and right side up, the other dark and upside down, meeting at their floors
    Duo III, 2013, oil on canvas by André Schulze Courtesy of the artist/andreschulze.com A mother inside, a daughter outside. Has her mother shrunk, or has she always been...
  • Cobblestones glittering under a street lamp
       By Inaya Jaber
    photo: arcaion/pixabay After work, my friend and I go to the Café de Prague in the heart of the Hamra district. As we sit at a table by the large window, looking out on the lighted street, I think a...
  • A lone figure stands in the polarized light of the subway at night as a train passes in front of him
       By Zsuzsa Takács
    After deciding to end it all, a woman takes a final subway ride. Z, the story writer, decided to end her diary. What is more, with an eye on approaching Christmas, she would adorn it with s...
  • Close-up of a wooden bench, painted forest green, though the paint has begun to wear out with age and use
       By Laura Legge
    Through story and stranger, two fallen-out friends mediate their way back to one another in the Edinburgh Zoo. M eet me in the waves, you bad fisherman, and I will give you Death by Water. T...
  •    And somewhere in all these, all these possible variants of the bus-taking crowd, was Karl, who would appear from out of nowhere, and I would be the only one who could see him. I did not kn...
  • Socrates statue
       By Alex Stein
    Photo: Pixabay Using Socrates’ trial as his point of departure, the author spins out a meditation on wisdom, the divine, justice, grace, and desire like “an arrow in the chest.” “We cann...
  • Padlock on a rusted door
    An apartment on the bank of the Nile River for a fair price sounds like a no-brainer, unless that apartment happens to be right next to one of the most infamous prisons in Egypt. Th...
  • Photo: Katherine Dewey Hill
    Photo: Katherine Dewey Hill This story begins with three @ handles and ends with two.With a single hashtag, repeated insistently like a mantra...
  • The Sacrifice of Isaac, 1985
    Menashe Kadishman (1932–2015), The Sacrifice of Isaac, 1985, cor-ten steel, 15' 1" x 15' 5" x 9'. Kadishman’s sculpture “was partly inspired by an experience the artist had while se...
  • Orange lifejackets piled up on the shore of an island just next to a boat moored nearby. The open ocean and a dark sky looms in the background.
       By Gianni Skaragas
    Life jackets and a boat used by refugees and migrants to cross the Aegean Sea from Turkey lie abandoned on the Greek island of Lesbos (Photo: Aris Messinis / AFP / Getty Images) An intimate yet u...
  • Berlin. Photo: Daniel Krieg
       By Andreas Baum
    Photo: Daniel Krieg In post-unification Berlin, groups of squatters compete for empty housing. Who will gain the upper hand? The next morning, a group of angry men were standing in...
  • Foxglove design
       By Alit Karp
    Illustration: flickr.com / xyzquantumpoet A Lutheran seminary student wonders what it takes to become a Jew for his girlfriend, whose embrace is “not a preface to anything else.” I ...
  • Cliff jumping at Tenkiller Lake, August 2011. Photo: Rachel Folmar
       By Eddie Chuculate
    Cliff jumping at Tenkiller Lake, August 2011. Photo: Rachel Folmar A teenager finds himself living in the shadow of his lover’s deceased boyfriend. Cordell stopped by the gallery to drop off...
  • Two boats on dark blue water with ripples
       By Daniel Dencik
    Photo: Kai C. Schwarzer A relationship is put to the test when a young couple visits a family member on an isolated island. We left home to think it over. Nanna had an abortion three years a...
  • Illustration: Heidi Tailleferr
    Illustration: Heidi Tailleferr First and foremost, we focus on the comfort of our clients.” “And what aspects of your operations are oriented toward that goal?...
  • Man in a suit with his arms crossed. Photo: YSBRANDCOSIJN / 123rf stock photo
    Photo: YSBRANDCOSIJN / 123rf stock photo Who needs confusing laws and bothersome committees when you have an autocrat writing principles for every aspect of your life?  He was not tall or br...
  • Photo: www.flickr.com/people/fineplan
       By Yuri Herrera
    Photo: www.flickr.com/people/fineplan When you are a pestilent being the world stops being pestilent. Or does it? Each night Rafa stares at the vestibule in hatred until those in li...
  • Photo: James Abbott
    Photo: James Abbott Some people feel a need to be silent, but I need to look at myself in the mirror, scream, smash things, and tear up my own writing. That’s not so bad, it really isn’t, because all...
  • Profile photo: Chandan Kumar  Photo: Michael Pham
       By Brano Mandić
    Profile photo: Chandan Kumar  Photo: Michael Pham If only people loved one another and learned to save money, if only the children at the orphanage could get foster parents, if only the sun shone bri...
  • Photo: Barn Images ift.tt/1phxbx2
    Photo: Barn Images/ ift.tt/1PhXbX2  Since you intend to kill yourself anyway, why don’t you fit your death into our plans? We need heroes, and it’s all the same to you, he...
  • Photo: Michael Pereckas
    Photo: Michael Pereckas Of Darkness is a book about love and death. These seem to me to be the only things worth writing about. When you write about love and death, the beauty in this world’s fa...

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