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25 Most Recent Mainstream Short Stories

Broken Horns by Geoffrey Gluckman
A short short about a broken heart...
Changing Tides Chapter Three Part Three by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen
I knew that these childhood days were going to be gone all to quickly, and I was grateful that I had this time, and that Shilah was a good girl. I loved her with my whole heart. ..
Changing Tides Chapter Two Part Two by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen
I was finally going to be able to watch my daughter fall asleep again, and I was glad for that. Three months without tucking my daughter into bed had been to long. ..
Broken Memories (A Conversation Between Maddie, Kia, and Kyra W/ S.T & L) by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen
Kia,Kia,Kia says: thank you Kyra that was embarrassing Kia,Kia,Kia says: Maddie you want to explain *mssoc Kyra says: no problem Kia,Kia,Kia says: Maddie you falling alseep over there? *mssoc K..
Bruised Apples by Debra Purdy Kong
This is a story of family angst and unresolved sibling rivalry. It has appeared on Joyous Publishing's website and in Sheroes Rag e-zine...
Bubbling Under by Kevin Nenstiel
Jerry sat in silence, the noise of the restaurant and lounge not penetrating his sphere of awareness. He had his hands folded, his elbows on the table, his index fingers steepled, and his forehead resting on his thumbs. A smoldering cigarette poked unheeded from his folded right hand, a gnarled fi..
Burgers At Finn's by Ronald Malfi
Originally published in "Grub Street."..
By the Grace if God Chapter Thirty Seven by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen
In the few days I spent at the hosptial I was taken back a lot to the time after I was paralyzed in the war. I was one of the lucky ones though, at least that’s what I was told, I believed I was more blessed, but the fact was I did not come home in a body bag, instead I..
By the Grace of God Chapter Thirty Eight by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen
I opened my Bible to the book of Revelation Chapter Three pondering over the words. ..
By the Grace of God Chapter Thirty Five by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen
“I am going to head off to the office now.” Mom said. “Try not to work to hard on your articles, you look like you could use some fresh air.” ..
By the Grace of God Chapter Thirty Four by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen
Why should it have taken you by shock you are a really talented author, and your works need to be shared? You have the ability to tell a story without preaching at the reader, and yet you manage to get the message in, a message of faith, that is important to us and important..
By the Grace of God Chapter Thirty Nine by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen
I was surprised a few weeks before the school new year to get a call from the school board. It had been over two years since I had decided to give that fight to the Lord, and now they were calling me. I knew I had been right to give it to the Lord, but as I lo..
Call of the Wild by NEILSON WILLIAMS
Calling American Parents: Rise Up & Meet the Challenge of Rising China by Jennifer Bouani
Everywhere we turn, we hear about the rise of China and the likely prediction that its shadow will soon eclipse the American Dream. I don’t know about you in regards..
Capital Bookfest by Sylvia Beverly
Capitol Book Festival is a festival that I enjoy participating in. It gives me the opportunity to meet other authors and publishers. ..
Carla's Dad (Novel Excerpt, Ch. 5) by Eva Pasco
From UNDERLYING NOTES: Carla attempts to confront a troubled past haunted by guilt. ..
Catalogue Girl by David Schwinghammer
A young boy is seduced by a woman he first saw in the Sears catalogue...
Caught and Released (A Convo Between Lousia and Maggie/ W/S Tagert) by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen
It was My Husband who did this Louisa May says: Btw I have some news Maggie McGee says: what? Louisa May says: According to the papers, Bill was killed by another inmmate ..
CGC Halfmoon: Streamers by Mark Lichterman
Standing on the port side of the lookout bridge, he tried to find a place where there was even minimal protection from wind and water, but the pitching ship offered no concealment. (A "Becoming" Excerpt)..
Ch.5, Pt. 2, Journey from Shanghai by Lucille
Excerpt from prize-winning novel, Journey from Shanghai...
Changing Tides :Chapter Three Part Two by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen
"I had a bad dream again Mommy." Shilah said. this had been her second in four nights. ..
Changing Tides :Chapter Two Part Three by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen
"I'm glad you are home Mommy." ..
Changing Tides Chapter Five Part One by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen
"Just because you can't walk Mommy, it does not mean you aren't a good Mother." ..
Changing Tides Chapter Four Part Four by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen
She was my daughter, first and foremost ..
Changing Tides Chapter Four Part One by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen
seemed that nine years had went in a blink of the eye. What would the next nine be like? ..
Changing Tides Chapter Four Part Three by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen
"Mommy you still love me, and I still love you, and that's what really matters, and Jesus matters most of all." ..
Changing Tides Chapter Four Part Two by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen
"Honey none of it's your fault, besides I can still watch you skate, and that alone makes me happy." ..
Changing Tides Chapter One Part One by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen
"Mommy when are you going to come home?" ..
Changing Tides Chapter One Part Two by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen
"It's okay Shilah, Mommy is just glad that she is here to watch you grow up." ..
Changing Tides Chapter Three Part One by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen
It seemed that just yesterday Shilah was a baby, and now she was almost nine. ..
Chapter 8 of Final Paradox, the second in The Osgoode Trilogy by Mary Martin
IN this chapter, you find a bit about the fraud surrounding the ELixicorp shares--a story which runs through this book and the third, A Trial of One. This seems like a good place to stop. I don't want to give too much away! I hope you're intrigued enough to order the book and see what happens ne..
Chapter Two Homeward Bound by Jack Daley
The first dozen or so pages from Chapter Two Homeward Bound where the main characters hang out at the Employment office in Shelby Montana looking for a job on a wheat ranch...
Charitable Tabou - an erotic tale - Prologue by Miki Rogers
"Today's top breaking story. A man was discovered early this morning shot dead in his Oakland Park home. The identity has not yet been released as his family has not been notified…" the news anchors voice droned on in the background. I paid no attention to the morning's heartbreaking revel..
Charley by William Neven
As a man watches his son die, a neighbor adds to his anguish while a storm nears...
Chili Again by Joyce Tres
What happens when a writer is one thousand words from finishing a best seller and the computer eats it?..
Christmas Eve, 1952 by Mark Lichterman
On his third visit to the U.S.O., when the record player began a slow one, without asking, she had taken him by the hand, pulled him to his feet and onto the floor and… What could he do—be rude?..
Christmas Eve, 1955 by Mark Lichterman
“We’ll take the ferry to Staten Island… Come on!” Going to the table, taking the pen from her hand, bodily pulling her to her feet. “You can’t go aboard, but I’ll show you Halfmoon, then maybe we’ll head back to Manhattan, grab a bite to eat and see if there’s another play we can catch, or see a ..
Christmas in Evanston Pt 1 by Mark Lichterman
Standing in front of a Marshall Field window, Myra, Walter and Mitchell watched an animated display depicting Santa on his sleigh snapping a whip above the heads of his troop of reindeer led by the newly born Rudolph, thanks to Gene Autry’s recently popular recording of “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reinde..
Christmas In Evanston2 by Mark Lichterman
Quite often distance will help people appear to look prettier or handsomer, but upon coming closer the illusion frequently changes; blemishes and facial lines appear, eyes become shadowed and light-colored hair will sometimes show roots of black… Part two (captioned in red) follows part one..
Christmas in Evanston3 by Mark Lichterman
5:20… Oh, come on, already! 5:28… 5:35… Shit, what’s twenty-five lousy minutes? His hand shaking, he dialed: S-H-3-5-7-5-8. The phone rang once… twice… and ri… into the third ring. Part 3 High-lighted in red follows part 2 ..
Christmas Mexicana by Jerelyn Craden
Christmas magic on the oldest street in L.A...
Circus by Mark Lichterman
A dozen lights dancing across the three sawdust-covered rings; the parade began. Lions and tigers growled as their trainers walked alongside the rolling cages snapping their whips in the dust. Acrobats on elephants. Clowns tumbled and fell. Beautiful women in glimmering, scanty costum..
Clarisse and Her Boy Charlie by Jerelyn Craden
An experiment of punctuation and form. Would love your feedback on this. I had a ball writing it...
Coats Old and New by Elaine Carey
I've worn an odd collection of coats, sweaters, and jackets through the years. They absorb their wearer's aura, the flavors of seasons and events, and comfort in the chilly storms...
COLD DEAD LOVE by Jerelyn Craden
A freak accident and a loved one who wants to know why?..
Comfort Me with Apples by Brenda Townsend Hall
i>Would you dare take a second chance of happiness?/i>..
Coming Home by Richelle Putnam
Coming Home has won several writing awards. Hope you enjoy...
Coming of Hippolyta by Laurel Lamperd
Fantasy - an unexpected visitor changes Madge's life...
Common Sense and Chemistry by Rachel Greentree
A short story about the perils of travelling to work...
Compassion Zone Putas by David Arthur Walters
Putas are exchanged in Downtown Kansas City..
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