Flash Fiction | October 22, 2016

Bucket List by Kate Sparks

Kate Sparks is a farmer in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and a MFA candidate at Queens University of Charlotte. Her short fiction has appeared in the Citron Review and WhiskeyPaper and was recognized in the 2015 New Millennium Writing Awards. She’s recently finished a novel about cowboy poetry and the obese pet mortician who loves it.

Flash Fiction | October 22, 2016

Remain Alert and Have a Safe Day by Kate Sheeran Swed


Kate Sheeran Swed loves hot chocolate, plastic dinosaurs, and airplane tickets. Her work has appeared in Andromeda Spaceways, Daily Science Fiction, Electric Spec, and Fantasy Scroll Magazine. She lives in New York City and holds an MFA from Pacific University.

Flash Fiction | October 22, 2016

Chinese People by Michael K. Meyers

Fiction: The New Yorker, Chelsea, Fiction, Quick Fiction, Work Riot, SmokeLong, Alice Blue, Eclectica, NANO, Spork, Bound Off, 2River, The 2nd Hand Journal, Chicago Noir, Requited Journal, Word Riot’s 10th Anniversary Anthology & Drunken Boat. Video: in Ninth Letter, apt, Studio Literary Journal, Word/Sound Play and website, michaelkmeyers.com. Audio: Studio Literary Journal, Fringe deClassified, 2River, Mad Hatter’s Review, Drunken Boat, sound/text, Bound Off & Word/Sound/Play.

Flash Fiction | October 22, 2016

Pink Sock by Amy Landau


Amy Landau is a native New Yorker who lives and writes in Northampton, MA. In her writing, she is fascinated by private states of emotional upheaval. Her work has appeared in Ducts.org and HopeDance Magazine.

Flash Fiction | October 22, 2016

Casting Off by Ann Hillesland


Ann Hillesland’s work has been published or is forthcoming in many literary journals, including Fourth Genre, Sou’wester, Bayou, The Laurel Review, Corium, and SmokeLong Quarterly. It has been selected for the Wigleaf Top 50 Very Short Fictions, won the grand prize for prose in a Spark contest, and has been presented onstage by Stories On Stage. She is a graduate of the MFA program at Queen’s University of Charlotte. For more of her work, see http://annhillesland.com.

Flash Fiction | October 22, 2016

Just to Spite the Recession by Kawika Guillermo


Kawika Guillermo’s stories can be found in Feminist Studies, The Hawai’i Pacific Review, Tayo, Smokelong Quarterly, and many others. He writes monthly blogs for Drunken Boat and decomP Magazine, where he serves as the Prose Editor. His debut novel, Stamped, will be released in 2017 by CCLAP Press.

Flash Fiction | October 22, 2016

At the town baseball fields by Julie Doar

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Julie Doar is a student from Pine Plains, New York.

Flash Fiction | October 22, 2016

Apocalypse 1983 by Ann Lightcap Bruno


Ann Lightcap Bruno lives in Cranston, Rhode Island and teaches English at the Wheeler School in Providence. Her stories and essays have appeared in such publications as Sweet, Alimentum, Painted Bride Quarterly, Talking Writing and Barrelhouse. She occasionally Tweets @annlbruno.

Flash Fiction | October 22, 2016

All That by Julie Benesh


Julie Benesh lives in Chicago and has taught or teaches at DePaul University, the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and the Newberry Library, among other places. Her stories have been published in Tin House, Bestial Noise: The Tin House Fiction Reader, Crab Orchard Review, Gulf Stream, and North Atlantic Review. She is thrilled to publish her creative work for the very first time in a web venue in Word Riot!

Flash Fiction | July 23, 2016

After The Revolution by Emil Ostrovski

After The Revolution, I came home to find my youngest child dying.       Food was scarce in those days, and electricity intermittent. Maybe my son had gotten food poisoning, the doctors suggested. But they didn’t really know.       He was only ten, and loved war stories. When my father was still alive, my son would badger him, asking him about the War of Independence, and my father, though he had lived in some far-flung village that had not seen any fighting to speak of, would oblige, taking details out of popular movies and sometimes making up events altogether.       Now