Fiction

Fiction

“You Don’t Live Here” by Krista Diamond

19 April 2019 on Fiction

I’m hunched over a trash can at South Station, vomiting out pools of blue Gatorade, when Mason Riley appears for the first time in years. The milky light streams through...

Fiction

“Fixtures” by Elliot Greiner

15 March 2019 on Fiction

Ben was the first one I buried, followed by Jane, and then Sam. Good rats all. Days later I found out it was the avocado that did it, same as...

Fiction

“Luggage” by Erin Jamieson

08 February 2019 on Fiction

August Compton entered the world a handsome baby: flushed, chubby cheeks; lively hazel eyes; wisps of chestnut hair. He cooed while the nurse swaddled and cleaned him, sighed as he...

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“Cloudbringer” by Tess Allard

07 December 2018 on Fiction

Kate is sixteen, willowy, freckled. Her calico dress is hemmed for a girl an inch shorter. She is standing in the dusty square and watching the man with the rain...

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“Love Drugs” by Nathan Elias

02 November 2018 on Fiction

Gray would take the pill and stop loving his wife forever. Down the hatch, sleep it off, and wake up without the same fervent, relentless, crippling heartache. That was the brand...

Storystorm

Why We Love Our Favorite Short Stories

05 October 2018 on Blog, Fiction, Storystorm

I’ll never forget the first time I read “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. My tenth-grade English teacher passed around a Tupperware container filled with folded squares of loose leaf—one piece...

Fiction

“No Fireworks Tonight” by Annie Schoonover

28 September 2018 on Fiction

Once, in a fit of rage, Megan Kennedy cut off all of her daughter’s hair. They had less than an hour before they had to leave for Carrie Mullen’s birthday...

Fiction

“Wild Animals” by David Braga

20 April 2018 on Blog, Fiction

The last time I saw Allison Moore, there was a cougar loose in our town. This happened from time to time. Every couple of years, a cat would come down...

Fiction

“All Them Saints” by Kim Bussing

16 March 2018 on Fiction

As a dressmaker’s daughter, she should have known the risk of a bad seam. Rosemary had grown watching her father in his workshop, his couturier’s fingers finding piousness in velvet,...

The Writer's Hot Seat

The Writer’s Hot Seat: Alice McDermott

09 March 2018 on Blog, Fiction, The Writer's Hot Seat

National Book Award Winning author and UNH alumna Alice McDermott recently visited University of New Hampshire as part of UNH’S Department of English Writers Series. Enshrined in the glow of...

Fiction

“A Single Red Feather” by Jacqueline Guidry

09 February 2018 on Fiction

Lee pulled up her shade. Workers in bright orange vests scurried around the plane, their movements impressively purposeful, though she had no idea what they were doing. She’d never flown...

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What do we look for in fiction submissions?

09 February 2018 on Fiction, Storystorm

Barnstorm’s fiction readers have varied reading tastes and interests, but they share a common passion for stories. Recently, they weighed in on what they look for as they read fiction...

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