Story of the Week #14 — “Elegy in Running Water” by Alex Friedman

I have always loved Alex’s work. Right away when we began workshop together, when I was still a scared undergraduate in my head, I noticed that this guy wrote the kinds of stuff I like to read: the weird stuff, like watercolor dragons and alien flamingos. This guy has an imagination. His work stood out – and at the risk of sounding cliche or sappy, I knew we were gonna be friends. … More Story of the Week #14 — “Elegy in Running Water” by Alex Friedman

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Story of the Week #13 — “Lower Your Muzzle” by Megan Giddings

This week’s story is by a former classmate of mine. Megan graduated with her master’s degree a year before I did and is now studying for her MFA. Her writing is definitely what I would call Literary with a capital ‘L,’ and it’s no surprise to me that her stories are getting picked up left and … More Story of the Week #13 — “Lower Your Muzzle” by Megan Giddings

Story of the Week #12 — “Cygnet Lake” by Doug McBride

Since I’m bringing Story of the Week back after probably a year of neglect, I will treat you dear Readers to something short and sweet to start things off again. And since the deadline for the Fall 2014 issue of NEAT. is rapidly approaching, I think it’s appropriate to showcase one of the fiction pieces from … More Story of the Week #12 — “Cygnet Lake” by Doug McBride

Story of the Week #10 — “Morning Aroma” by Noah C. Patterson

In honor of Halloween and of my finding this wonderful little mag/blog MicroHorror, I decided to make one of the entries in the 2013 Contest our Story of the Week. MicroHorror is a neat website run by Nathan Rosen that has striven to be “the Web’s premier free repository for horror microfiction” since 2006. That … More Story of the Week #10 — “Morning Aroma” by Noah C. Patterson

Story of the Week #9 — “Chance” by Conor Powers-Smith

Found a horror/fantasy/speculative fiction mag called Black Treacle the other day. They are a Canada-based online magazine that publishes bimonthly. Though I’m not from Canada (and they give preference to Canadian writers), I submitted something anyway. The worst they can say is no. This week’s Story of the Week is, actually, written by a guy … More Story of the Week #9 — “Chance” by Conor Powers-Smith

Story of the Week #8 — “State Forests” by David Ryan

Finally getting back into the Stories of the Week with this wonderful little story by David Ryan. “State Forests” was published by Booth, the graduate literary magazine of Butler University. The basic summary of the story is this: a man encounters another standing on a bridge waiting to jump. They both jump, but the man … More Story of the Week #8 — “State Forests” by David Ryan

Story of the Week #7 — “The Proposal” by Amelia Jane Nierenberg

In the spirit of having been published this week by Burningword Literary Journal, I figured I would review a story in the July 1 issue. This flash fiction story by Amelia Jane Nierenberg hits rather close to home for me. Read the story here. This fantastic little piece manages to capture the essence of my … More Story of the Week #7 — “The Proposal” by Amelia Jane Nierenberg

Story of the Week #6 — “With Human” by Carol Guess and Kelly Magee

Apparently I’m on a pregnancy/babies kick the past couple of weeks. I read this a while ago and just remembered that I wanted to talk about it. My friend pippicannotread over at tumblr posted it saying that one of these lovely ladies was a professor of hers in her undergrad. Read the story here. My … More Story of the Week #6 — “With Human” by Carol Guess and Kelly Magee

Story of the Week #5 — “A Sunday Brunch in Amber” by Kelly Ann Kiehl

I want to apologize to my readers for the long absence. A summer malaise seems to have latched onto me and is only gradually starting to abate. I keep telling myself that it’s because I needed a break after school let out, but a tiny voice in the back of my head knows that that … More Story of the Week #5 — “A Sunday Brunch in Amber” by Kelly Ann Kiehl