Gulf Return

By Deepak Unnikrishnan
November 2014

Only for a short time, my mother promised when she left, but the shortness has grown longer, many years, almost twelve, and I am now grown.

Seven Micro-Stories on War (and Only One on Love)

By Alex Epstein, translated from the Hebrew by Yardenne Greenspan
November 2014

We reported on the two-way radio that the only nut alive asked to surrender.

Becoming

By Anna Noyes
November 2014

She hugged me goodbye and left in her boat. I didn’t wait for the boat to grow smaller. I walked into the jungle. I wanted to be something real.

Stand Still

By Shelly Oria
November 2014

We realize, of course, that one day the force may strike again, leaving one of us breathless at the side of the road.

Ghost House

By Ingrid Rojas Contreras
October 2014

The stories of the kidnapped always begin the same way.

For What Purpose?

By Karen E. Bender
October 2014

American Empires: I wanted to stop something, everything. I applied for a job in airport security and they placed me here.

Wounding Radius

By Constance Squires
October 2014

American Empires: PFC Larry Pierson, a 21-year-old Afghanistan veteran from Vermilion, South Dakota, had made off with four M-16 A2s, six thirty-round magazines of ammo, and two M67 grenades.

Mercy

By Melissa R. Sipin
September 2014

I only question my father about these half-truths now, after all these years, because of the nightmares. Because I think about my mother. Because I imagine leaving my husband.

You, Disappearing

By Alexandra Kleeman
September 2014

The apocalypse was quiet. It had a way about it, a certain charm. It could be called graceful. It was taking a long time.

Our Fathers

By Dan Sheehan
September 2014

I don’t remember the trial, of course, but I’m told there was a stink of hatred in the room that would undo your tie.

A Planet for Rent

By Yoss, translated from the Spanish by David Frye
September 2014

Science fiction from Cuba.

The Bully of Order

An excerpt from the novel by Brian Hart
August 2014

Bigness required bound­aries but this water had none save the shore we stood upon and the end of my eyeball’s reach.

Henna House

By Nomi Eve
August 2014

I knew that the Confiscator was a bad man. I knew that my father hated and feared him.

Girls

The 2014 Dzanc Books/Disquiet International Literary Program Award-winning short story by Laura Adamczyk
August 2014

Girls, the man said, I’ve got an itch.

Switchback, 1994

By Jack Livings
July 2014

The pool of blood had grown a custardy skin in the cold, so that as the wind blew, it strained and jiggled.

2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas

By Marie-Helene Bertino
July 2014

Boys cross rooms for Georgie, who is full in the way they like. Foxy is the word for it, Sarina thinks, whereas she is foxless.

More Than This

By Tracey Rose Peyton
June 2014

The boys here looked past her, their eyes steadily transfixed on the procession of tight designer jeans and heels clicking through the quad regularly on the hour.

Who Can Shave Thirteen Times a Day

By Tracy O’Neill
June 2014

“I brushed Michael Bolton’s hair once,” I said, “and moisturized George Clooney too.”

Brest Fortress

By Vladimir Kozlov, translated from the Russian by Andrea Gregovich
June 2014

We walk along the forest on the side of the road. Onishchenko stops. “Give me your word, as one of the brothers, that you won’t tell anybody,” he says.

Waterborne

By Josh Weil
June 2014

They had never been this far out in the lake, this lost, this on their own.

Crossbar

By Josip Novakovich
May 2014

Instead of sobering up upon seeing the beheading, I went along with the hooligans. Hell, I was one of them.

What Lights Up the Night

By S. Hope Mills
May 2014

“This is how your parents have explained Paula’s coming: In Northern Ireland, the Protestants and Catholics are fighting.”

Waiting for the Electricity

By Christina Nichol
May 2014

In the beginning, when God was distributing the land to all the nations, we Georgians missed the meeting.

The Interactions

By Aaron Steven Miller
May 2014

Most people experience the fullness of what it means to be a person. Most people, but not him.

A Brave Pilot From the New China

Excerpts from a novel by Ernesto Semán, translated from the Spanish by Tara FitzGerald
April 2014

For many years I had thought about my father’s suicide, about his various possible suicides.

Someone Is There

By Jean McGarry
April 2014

Every profession had its misfits and mediocrities, but few attracted, as his did, the very people it was designed to help.

Last Words from Montmartre

By Qiu Miaojin, translated from the Chinese by Ari Larissa Heinrich
April 2014

The Taiwanese novelist’s story of a passionate relationship between two young women.

Love Struck

By Haifa Bitar, translated from the Arabic by Hannah Benninger
April 2014

I had never, in my whole life, been able to understand love as a sickness.

Ezekiel Saw the Wheel

By LaShonda Katrice Barnett
March 2014

A heart-fixer is he, there is nothing he does not see…

I Will Crawl to Raleigh If I Have to

By Lauren Holmes
March 2014

My mom and I were going to stop to break up with my boyfriend on our way to Emerald Isle, but the muffler fell off of my car right before we got to the exit we needed to take to Raleigh.

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