Fiction Issue

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

'Your Character'

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

'The Grave Bench'

A writer struggles to get a hold of the story of his grandmother-in-law's Christmas wish, for a bench that will sit by her tombstone.
Ben Stroud
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

A Story from Roxane Gay's Upcoming Collection, 'Difficult Women'

A girl goes with her father to see his mistress regularly. When her father dies, she pays the mistress one last visit and learns something surprising.
Roxane Gay
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

A Deleted Scene from the Screenplay 'Hema Hema'

Masked guests assembled for an anonymous ritual attend a play within a play: the illustration of the death experience.
Khyentse Norbu
The 2016 Fiction Issue

'How to Beat Your Wife at Chess,' a Short Story by Paul Maliszewski

A husband sleeps in the basement and schemes about how to outmaneuver his wife at chess, while she may be having sex with a man from Berlin in their bedroom.
Paul Maliszewski
The 2016 Fiction Issue

An Excerpt from Rachel Cusk's Upcoming Novel, 'Transit'

A teacher has a student to her house and helps the student unwind her obsession with the painter Marsden Hartley, The student realizes the fixation first began with an older man and a midnight walk in Paris.
Rachel Cusk
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

'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