I can’t seem to control myself. There is an urge that needs to be met and only one way to do it.  I sit at the coffee shop between Hollywood and Vine. A quaint little place with vintage seating and the right amount of smooth jazz to calm the […]


First Place: Run

By Maia Thomlinson Run. Run. Run. As light bleeds into this endless plane, I run towards the rising sun. I run from destruction, from my own pounding heart. Gun shots fire. Still, I run. Pressed tight up against my chest, my baby brother whimpers. The tall grass grabs for his […]

Second Place: The Present

By DB Benningfield Earl stared down at the green mold atop the hard brown substance in his wife’s coffee cup. It had spread since three days ago – proving itself the most spirited life form in the house. Perhaps it would eventually smother everything within a week, himself included, and […]

Third Place: No Way Out

By Savannah Tripp “Pull the trigger. Pull it!” He screamed as he pushed the gun that was in the enemy’s hand harder against his own stomach. “I can’t!” his enemy screamed. “I can’t kill you!” “Why not?” No response. “Why not, Pierce? Am I too important to you? Are you […]

Three of a Kind

By Clay Cosby A five of diamonds and a seven of hearts. I’m inspecting my hand, figuratively, since the cards are animated on my five-year old MacBook’s monitor, under a heading with my name – Mark. I smile. There’s no risk giving a tell in blackjack. Especially not when you’re […]

An Ode to Innocence

By Laraya Billups “I am an invisible man, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.” Ralph Waldo Ellison Invisible Man I was born a menace to society. The public quivers upon the sight of my murderous, alarming glare. Nothing good can come from my existence. I am a fiend. […]

The Nightengales

By Rana Roshdy When you have lost everything you’ve ever lived for, what reason is there to keep you breathing? For me, there was none. I lost my husband. Then, I lost my job, I had no will to live, let alone work. And, consequently, lost my house. I had […]

Final Ending

By Aubrey Easley “I want a life.” My legs gave out. My hand still on the glass pressed harder into it. I was shaking hard, I knew James would give his life, he would think he’s the only one allowed to do it. But it had to be me. The […]


By Larry Keeton Stone Delaney swerved to miss the white-tailed buck sending his Telsa nosediving into the ravine. Minutes later, dazed, he wobbled from the wreckage, sank to his knees and vomited his morning Bloody Mary. Slumped in a sitting position, he retrieved his cell phone. No coverage. It didn’t […]

Beauty, Blessing or Curse

By Renette Steele Star cried out. “Lord, deliver me from this pit of despair.” Star and fifty other young ladies march through the court yard, paraded for all to see, like cattle being gathered for slaughter, which is exactly how Star felt. The crack of a whip whizzed past her […]

The Outlook

By Grant Jonsson A woman stood on the edge of the sidewalk looking on to her home art gallery, watching as it burnt away. Crowds of men and women stared in awe around her; all of them dressed in brightly coloured gowns and pressed white button down shirts and shiny […]

A Dream Untried

By Susan Liddle 5/26/2016 6:35 AM From:                       Gramma <> To:                            Lindsey < Subject:                   A request from beyond the grave Hi Honey, Sorry for the melodramatic email. I know […]

Soup from a Can

By Scott Van Winkle You pick a guy up at a bar, you run some risk. I met Jack that way. He was standing by the jukebox (no joke) in a cowboy hat and boots. He looked like he had just stepped out of that Carrie Underwood song, except […]

A Renewed Life

By Mitze Wakefield I have the good fortune to be a successful married man with a fantastic family, but I haven’t always been this way. At thirteen, I believed that I knew everything and was more adult than my mother. You know the type, the overworked teenager that had to […]

Seven & Seven

By Doug Spak I’ve not traveled much, but I’d bet there’s no place on this rock as breathtaking as the view from twelve tee at Augusta, leading the Masters on Sunday afternoon. You feel heroic, goddamn mythical, as if the azaleas, in full bloom, are standing guard around that green […]