Short Stories | June 15th, 2015

Duck by Zach VandeZande

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Zach VandeZande is the author of Apathy and Paying Rent (Loose Teeth Press, 2008) and the forthcoming Lesser American Boys (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2016). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Gettysburg Review, Portland Review, Cutbank, Passages North, PRISM International, Atlas Review, Necessary Fiction, Crack the Spine, The Boiler, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere.

Short Stories | June 15th, 2015

Warmer, Colder by Kim Magowan

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Kim Magowan lives in San Francisco and teaches in the English Department at Mills College. She has fiction published or forthcoming in Arroyo Literary Review, Breakwater Review, Corium Magazine, Fiction Southeast, The Gettysburg Review, Indiana Review, JMWW, River City, Valparaiso Fiction Review, and Word Riot.

Short Stories | June 15th, 2015

Over There by Shebana Coelho


Shebana Coelho is a writer and director, originally from India, now living in New Mexico. She received a Fiction Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a Fulbright grant to Mongolia. Traveling and writing led her – by accident, on purpose – into her own life. She is especially inspired by the motto of Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego: fin del mundo, principio de todo, the end of the world, the beginning of everything. Visit her website at

Short Stories | June 15th, 2015

Moments by Sandra Brekke

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Sandra Brekke lives in Madison Wisconsin and has her MBA from UW Oshkosh. The MBA is completely unrelated to her writing but sounds a little fancy. She lives with her roommate, Mittens, a cranky senior cat who is begrudgingly proud to see her first piece in print here at Word Riot.

Short Stories | May 18th, 2015

The Red Door by Sean Towey

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Sean Towey has published work in The Rumpus, The Rusty Nail, Hot Metal Bridge, and elsewhere. A former Jesuit seminarian, he recently graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a MA in English and will begin working on his PhD in English/Creative Writing at Florida State University in the fall of 2015. Follow him at @toweysj

Short Stories | May 18th, 2015

Piano Nights by Alicia Schaeffer

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Alicia Schaeffer holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her fiction will be published forthcoming in Post Road.

Short Stories | May 18th, 2015

Learn Acting for Film by Jim Meirose


Jim Meirose’s work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including Collier’s Magazine, the Fiddlehead, Witness, Alaska Quarterly review, and Xavier Review, and has been nominated for several awards. Two collections of his short work and three novels have been published. A fourth novel will be released in 2015 by Montag Press.

Short Stories | April 15th, 2015

Summertime by Srđan Srdić


Srđan Srdić (born 3 November 1977 in Kikinda, Serbia) is a novelist, short-story writer, essayist, editor and creative reading/writing teacher. He has published two novels (The Dead Field and Satori), two short story collections (Espirando and Combustions), and a book of essays (Notes from Reading). He has contributed as a writer and/or editor to numerous short story collections and literary magazines. Srdic was editor of the international short story festival Kikinda Short from 2008 to 2011. He is now a co-editor in the literary magazine Severni bunker and was one of the editors for The European Short Story Network. He won a prize for the best prose work at the literary contest organized by the magazine Ulaznica in 2007 and the Laza Lazarevic Award for the best unpublished Serbian story in 2009. In 2010 Srdic won the only Serbian literary scholarship from the Borislav Pekic Foundation. For his second book, a short story collection called Espirando, he was awarded the Biljana Jovanovic Prize and the Edo Budisa Prize. Srdic’s prose has been translated into English, Albanian, Slovenian, Polish, Romanian, Ukrainian and Hungarian.

Short Stories | April 15th, 2015

Henry, Out to Sea by Daniel Wessler Riordan


Daniel Wessler Riordan’s fiction has appeared in Caketrain, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Indiana Review, SmokeLong Quarterly and others, and has been listed as notable in Best American Nonrequired Reading. He is the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and a recent graduate of the NEOMFA in Cleveland, OH.

Short Stories | March 15th, 2015

Wild Dogs and Children by Bruce Holbert

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Bruce Holbert’s fiction has appeared in the Iowa Review, Hotel Amerika, Other Voices, The Antioch Review, Crab Creek Review, among other journals. His non-fiction has appeared in The New York Times, The New Orleans Review, RiverLit and Quarterly West. His novels LONESOME ANIMALS (2012 Spur Award Finalist) and THE HOUR OF LEAD (2014 Best Novels/Historical Novels Kirkus Review) are published by Counterpoint Press.