Fiction

  • A pile of freshly chopped parsley on a knife-scarred cutting board
       By Bel Olid
    Photo: Sarah C / Flickr She makes the little balls with extreme care, as if for a sphericity contest, and then she puts each one next to the other. This order, which she must disturb to fry them...
  • A digitally altered photo of a woman through a window with scenes of the street outside projected on to her face
       By Bibiana Camacho
    Photo:  Omid Armin / Unsplash A stalled train and shifting visage make for an eerie commute. I could’ve stayed in bed a little longer, but what for? Surely that would only make things worse...
  • Grafiitti on the side of an off-ramp, dominated by a repeating figure of a man in a suit, sporting a halo like Byzantine iconography
       By Miguel Gomes
    Photo: Cory Doctorow / Flickr What a world. In life we have to make choices, face the most loathsome decisions; and, there up ahead, all you see are forks in the road. Hang a left, or maybe a right....
  • A close up of a white horse's head
    Photo: Victor Grabarczyk / Unsplash An encounter between a tonga driver and the “cruelty folks” seizes a university student’s attention on his way to class. Sometimes I remember strange thi...
  • A silhouette of a coyote against a rose-tinted dawn sky
       By Zsuzsa Selyem
    Photo:  Ray Hennessy / Unsplash In May 1974, in New York’s René Block Gallery at 409 West Broadway, Joseph Beuys (1921–1986) carried out his performance “I Like America and America Likes Me.” Ar...
  • A long exposure photograph of the moon in eclipse
    Photo: Zoltan Tasi / Unsplash A mother’s conflict with her daughter causes her to reflect on Khawnaa, a mathematician-astrologer and light of the Bengali medieval court.  When my daughter rai...
  • The empty seats of a soccer stadium as soon while looking down toward the field (which is not in the panel)
       By Sepideh Zamani
    Photo: Philipp Bock/Flickr Banned from entering soccer stadiums since Iran’s 1979 revolution, the young women in this story hatch a risky plan to get inside the stadium on game day.  She ha...
  • A pair of childish legs stand perched on a mossy rock in a brook
       By Mika Seifert
    Photo: Jordan Whitt/Unsplash In this coming-of-age tale with a dark twist, two brothers engage in a deathly game. MY BROTHER LEMMY taught me how to die. I was then eight, a...
  • A photograph of a white rose all but enveloped in darkness
       By Myronn Hardy
    Photo: Annie Pratt/Unsplash While on a pilgrimage to the site of Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation in Tunisia, which sparked the Arab Spring, the narrator meditates on revolution, death, and im...
  • A hole cut out of a piece of black matte card stock, revealing black matte card stock beneath
       By Clelia Farris
    Un Uovo Vuoto, illustration by Damiano Cenderelli Italian sci-fi master Clelia Farris conjures a solitary egglike being and the company eager to provide a piercing solution.  I AM...
  • A half-ripe mango, tipped in pink on top gradating toward green at the bottom
    Photo: Bishnu Sarangi A girl is forced to reexamine the myths surrounding her aunt when her aunt moves in with the family in Texas after leaving her husband in India. Is she more goddess, more wit...
  • A close-up of green lichen
       By Asja Bakić
    Photo: NettPix/Pixabay In this story from Asja Bakić’s debut collection, Mars, two women exist in a dangerous symbiosis. Lichen: nature’s chaos. A body of algae and mushroom, the sym...
  • Lumps of worked dough, covered in flour
    Photo: Wine Dharma/UNsplash In his bildungsroman, the “People’s Poet of Azerbaijan” describes a time when “all the world smelled of bread.” I’d taken off my clothes and climbed into bed. But...
  • Playfully illustrated figures swim in an abstract sea
    “Gravity” by Dani Montesinos Feet to Feet   My wife and I have a way of sleeping that might seem a bit bizarre: neither face-to-face nor back-to-back, but with the soles of our feet pressed together....
  • A watercolor illustration of an elephant, dominated by red and orange hues
       By Sonya Chyu
    llustration by Shanti Sparrow A nine-year-old wonders whether her story of a publicly shamed elephant is responsible for her immigrant mother’s mysterious condition. O nce upon a recent time,...
  • Colorful, geometrically tangent houses cascade up a hill
       By Jóanes Nielsen
    Photo: James Stringer/Flickr A chance encounter with a magnetic stranger shifts something inside the narrator of this story set in the streets of Tórshavn. I first met her around th...
  • A black and white photograph of an old black Cadillac
       By Milena Solot
    Photo: Steve Oprey/Pixabay In this story from Milena Solot’s manuscript A Possible Place, the recently named matron of a successful whorehouse in Mexico City walks into the car...
  • An illustration done in colored pencil of a rabbit sitting in a forest garden
    A small birch tree with arctic thyme, lupine, sea thrift, angelica, marsh marigolds, welsh poppies, oriental poppies, rhubarb and red currant. Watercolor by Roshni Robert A woman’s comp...
  • A black and white photograph of the interior of a vintage Cadillac with the focus on the steering column and gauges
       By Sylvie Weil
    Photo: Chris Devers/Flickr A bar mitzvah brings multiple generations of a family together in celebration, far from the reach of the evil eye. NEW ROCHELLE...
  • A photograph of a pot of broth steaming on a white stove
       By Moshe Sakal
    Photo: Sarah McGee/Flickr While visiting a kibbutz to give a lecture, and after dining on both hot desert-root vegetable soup and sushi, the speaker becomes the listener when someone in...
  • 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...
  • 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...

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