Short Stories | April 18, 2016

The New Clowns by John Picard

John Picard

John Picard is a native of Washington D.C. living in North Carolina. He received his MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has published fiction and nonfiction in Iowa Review, Gettysburg Review, New England Review, Mid-American Review, West Branch, Ascent, Greensboro Review, North Dakota Quarterly, and elsewhere. Recent work was cited by The Best American Essays for 2015. A collection of his stories, Little Lives, was published by Main Street Rag.

Short Stories | April 18, 2016

How to Hack a Breakup by T.R. Boone


T.R. Boone is a librarian and a recovering attorney. “How to Hack a Breakup” is his first published work of fiction. He lives in Washington, DC.

Short Stories | March 16, 2016

Once Upon a Tantrum by A.K. Benninghofen


A.K. Benninghofen’s work has appeared in Passages North, Evergreen Review, Monkeybicycle, Necessary Fiction and elsewhere. She lives with her husband and children in Asheville, North Carolina, where she is completing her first novel as well as a collection of linked stories.

Short Stories | February 15, 2016

Such Stuff by Steve Finbow


Steve Finbow’s fiction includes Balzac of the Badlands (Future Fiction London, 2009), Tougher Than Anything in the Animal Kingdom (Grievous Jones Press, 2011), Nothing Matters (Snubnose Press, 2012). His biography of Allen Ginsberg in Reaktion’s Critical Lives series was published in 2011. His latest works are Grave Desire: A Cultural History of Necrophilia (Zero Books, 2014) and Down Among the Dead (Number Thirteen Press, 2014). He is now writing a non-fiction analysis of physical illness and creativity for Repeater Books and is writer-in-residence at The Function Room.

Short Stories | January 15, 2016

The Brown Note by Jessica Walker

Jessica Walker - photo for Word Riot (2)

Jessica Walker’s short stories can be found in Stoneboat Literary Journal and Sixfold. She has been a finalist in Blue Mesa Review’s Fiction Contest, Glimmer Train’s New Writer Award, Southwest Review’s Meyerson Contest and the Thomas Wolfe Award for Short Fiction. When she’s not writing, Jessica enjoys dabbling in glass art, inveterate wandering and hanging with her dog, Fritz.

Short Stories | January 15, 2016

The Makeover by Robert Sachs


Robert Sachs is a writer living in Louisville, Kentucky. He earned an M.F.A. in Writing from Spalding University (2009). He serves on the board of Louisville Literary Arts and has been a board member of Sarabande Books, a not-for-profit book publisher. His flash fiction story, “A Mistake in the Parking Lot of the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport appeared in the 10th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Collection. His story “Blue Room With Woman,” was an honorable mention finalist in the Glimmer Train November 2009 Short Story Award for New Writers. He was a semi-finalist in the Nineteenth Consecutive New Millennium Writing Competition. Additional short stories have appeared, or are scheduled to appear, in Jewish Fiction .net, Mobius, the Journal of Social Change, The Front Porch Review, Boundoff, The Writing Disorder, Red Fez, The Blue Lake Review, Northern Liberties Review, Black Heart Magazine, Literary LEO, Lowestoft Chronicle, and Diverse Voices Quarterly.

Short Stories | January 15, 2016

Talk, Talk by Edward Mc Whinney

Edward Mc Whinney lives in Cork, Ireland. He has had stories published in Cyphers and Barcelona Ink and online, most recently at Word Riot, Juked, Spilling Ink, and Contrary Magazine, where there is an index of his work. An interview appeared in The Committee Room in June 2012.

Short Stories | December 15, 2015

Hiring Process by Stephen M. Dickey

Dickey Photo

Stephen M. Dickey has published poetry in journals such as Hubbub, Colorado Review, and Indefinite Space, as well as numerous translations from Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, including Meša Selimović’s Death and the Dervish, Borislav Pekić’s How to Quiet a Vampire, and Miljenko Jergović’s The Walnut Mansion.

Short Stories | November 15, 2015

Creed by Guinotte Wise


Guinotte Wise wrote a book at his farm in Resume Speed, KS where he welds and writes. It won, got published to not much acclaim. It’s on Amazon. He got the soffits fixed with the money. A publisher says his next book, a thriller (Ruined Days) is coming in December 2015. A collection of short stories, Resume Speed, is in edits and slated for 2016. His stories have appeared in numerous literary reviews including Atticus, The MacGuffin, Prick of the Spindle and Best New Writers Anthology 2015. His wife has an honest job in the city and drives 100 miles a day to keep it. Some work can be seen at

Short Stories | November 15, 2015

Can Your Hear Me? by Emil Ostrovski

Emil Ostrovski is represented by Laura Langlie of the Laura Langlie Literary Agency. He is a Pushcart Prize nominated writer, and has had several other short stories published in Word Riot. His debut novel, The Paradox of Vertical Flight, was released in 2013 by Greenwillow.