13 Months Old, Carybdea Sivikisi

Thirteen Months Old

Many of the stories we see centre around a relationship of some kind. Not all, certainly, but a bunch. Relationships desired, relationships held, relationships lost, and relationships most definitely not wanted at all! And every possible combination of the four. Every time we think we’ve seen everything there is to see, along comes something new, some original way of seeing. That seems to be exemplified more than ever in this month’s stories.

Duets, by Madeline Anthes

The Perks of Being A Fake Friend, by Mileva Anastasiadou

The Hurry, by Robert Hilles

Community Service, by Sean Daly

Deception, by Abha Iyengar

Prognosis, by Michael Loveday

The Black Leather Pants, by Dylan Brie Ducey

The Roadblock, by Joe Bedford

It Only Hurts When I Smile, by T. L. Sherwood

The Heifers, by Jennifer Macbain-Stephens

Thank you as ever to the writers. The relationship we have with all of you is the greatest story of all. (Haha! Goodness, I’m coming over all Hallmark!Ok – no more of that, I promise.)


Pushcart Nominations

You might have already read our notice – we have nominated six stories for the Pushcart Prize, and they’re all so damned good I think we’ve probably got this whole shebang in the bag.

Lori Sambol Brody, No Problem, No Problem

Kaj Tanaka, How to Tell a Story

Noa Sivan, Plaza Trinidad

Lucy Durneen, What We Talk About When We Talk About Rockets in the Night

Melissa Goode, No One is Home

Michelle Ross, Accomplice or Hostage


A note about the image

This is a picture of the beginning of the Carybdea Sivickisi jellyfish’s reproductive courtship dance. The two of them will dance together, led by the male, until their oral openings touch. This picture is from the Smithsonian.