Fiction Issue 2016

The 2016 Fiction Issue

'Derek Jeter,' a Story by Thessaly La Force

Two young women in the fashion industry try to keep their heads above water, whether it's by dating rich guys or stealing clothes from the magazine where they work.
Thessaly La Force
The 2016 Fiction Issue

'Your Character'

Forty different ways writers torture their characters.
Deb Olin Unferth
The 2016 Fiction Issue

'Hell,' a Short Story by Benjamin Nugent

A professional interrogator teaches frat boys how to run a proper hell week.
Benjamin Nugent
The 2016 Fiction Issue

'A Paraguayan Getaway,' a Short Story by Christine Smallwood

A woman in Buenos Aires starts sleeping with an effete American. Together they get away to Paraguay, where the man's naïveté and weakness is laid bare.
Christine Smallwood
The 2016 Fiction Issue

'Meta,' a Short Story by Charles Bock

A woman whose wife is dying in the hospital meditates on the meaning of life.
Charles Bock
The 2016 Fiction Issue

'A Fair Price,' a Short Story by Joshua Ferris

A man heading into adulthood and marriage hires a day laborer to help him move his things out of storage. But the day laborer bears a resemblance to the young man's abusive stepfather, and miscommunications between the two escalate to violence.
Joshua Ferris
The 2016 Fiction Issue

'Job Market'

A divorced man remembers the last days of his marriage, when he tried to convince his wife to get a job.
Tim Parks
The 2016 Fiction Issue

'My Fame'

A young woman remembers the glory days when she was semi-famous in Milwaukee, before the haters took her down.
Patty Yumi Cottrell
The 2016 Fiction Issue


The narrator recounts six brushes with rape in college. In short troubling episodes, he describes things he heard and victims he met—both accuser and accused.
Rafil Kroll-Zaidi
The 2016 Fiction Issue

'He Had Tried to Have His Testicles Removed on the NHS'

A metaphysical meditation on the meaning of life, told in the form of the spiritual awakening of a man who wanted to be a woman in Britain.
David Keenan
The 2016 Fiction Issue

'I Don't Know What I Did Last Summer'

A love triangle between a Danish Poet, a Danish Artist, and a cool young woman who may be a little too smart for her own good.
Kaitlin Phillips
The 2016 Fiction Issue

'Family Picnic,' a Short Story by Robert Coover

A family takes a picnic in their new smart car. They are attacked by helicopters and have other troubles.
Robert Coover