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.)
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
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.