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Artefacts by Iryna Klishch

They find her bones floating in a swimming pool the color of seaweed. Her tongue has been cut out and a pile of fingernails has been placed next to the lawn chair. Her teeth are found later, all but one incisor, little stones of metal. There’s no such thing as a perfect murder but this has to be close. She had plastic eyes. At least that’s what you’d thought; at least that’s what she’d said.

You read about it the next day and the words taste like honey. At the funeral, you don’t know what to do with your

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I Don’t Make the Rules by Matthew Barrett

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Matthew Barrett is a 2011 graduate of Gettysburg College and a second year MFA Fiction candidate at UNC Greensboro. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and his work has appeared in Wigleaf, Timber, and Appalachian Journal.

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Where We Off To, Lulu Bee? by Rosie Forrest


Rosie Forrest is the winner of the 9th Annual Rose Metal Press Short Short Chapbook contest. Recent publications include SmokeLong Quarterly, Whiskey Island, Ampersand, and forthcoming in Dogwood. In 2013, she was the writer-in-residence with Interlochen Arts Academy; now she makes her home in Nashville, Tennessee. More can be found at

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Eight Rings by Meghan Pipe


Meghan Pipe lives and writes in Minneapolis, though her squawking vowels hint at New York roots. When she isn’t writing short fiction, Meghan works at the Loft Literary Center and collects stamps in her Passport to the National Parks. Her work is forthcoming in Lunch Ticket.

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He Could Play The Clarinet by Anthony Varallo


Anthony Varallo is the author of This Day in History, winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award; Out Loud, winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize; and Think of Me and I’ll Know (Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly Books). Currently he is an associate professor of English at the College of Charleston, where he is the fiction editor of Crazyhorse.

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The Grizzly Bear’s Cave by James R. Gapinski

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James R. Gapinski holds an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College, he’s managing editor of The Conium Review, and he teaches writing at Bunker Hill Community College. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in theNewerYork, Juked, NANO Fiction, Atticus Review, and elsewhere. He lives in the Boston area with his partner and a collection of 8-bit video games.

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When a Hitman by Pete Stevens


Pete Stevens is the fiction editor at Squalorly. His work has appeared or is forthcoming at Blue Earth Review, Yemassee, BULL, and Hobart, among others. Currently, he is working towards his MFA in fiction at Minnesota State, Mankato. More at

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Dragon by Kim Magowan

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I have a short story and an essay forthcoming in “Arroyo Literary Review.” I have published fiction in “Breakwater Review,” “The Gettysburg Review,” “Indiana Review,” and “River City,” and criticism in “Film Quarterly” and “Studies in American Fiction.

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Stuck by Emil Ostrovski

The bee was trapped between the screen and glass in the window above the tub.       Alan slid the window open and tried, with dripping hands, to dislodge the screen, create a space through which the bee could escape outside; the screen wouldn’t give.       Stuck, the doors in the house, now the windows too. The bee skittered close to his hand and he slammed the window closed.       His mother had always called bees industrious; she had nagged him about finding a girl ever since he started college. He found a boy instead. “A fine couple,” she said bitterly,

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Aliens by Eva Garber

Eva Garber is a Toronto native living in Los Angeles completing her MFA in creative writing at Otis College of Art and Design.

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