A Moment, A Song by Rica Lewis

We saunter into the hotel lobby, wet flip flops slapping the tiles. I choose a wobbly table and sit, scan the room: A young mom and her lanky husband, flinging…

A Reckoning by Sarah Arantza Amador

I understand the Witch now. A little over a year ago, I succumbed to a bad flu — the kind of true influenza that leaves you dry, spent, delirious. Alone…

The Beach by Billy Petersen

Horse. Orange. Chevrolet. Daisy. Three weeks ago, at the sparkling, remodeled hotel, we decided (against better sense) to ascend the marble staircase. We had been here before, for our honeymoon.…

Behind Glass by Janelle Hardacre

They walk around their city wearing those masks that surgeons wear. Four little boys, younger than me with shaved heads, stare right at me out of the telly. I can…

To Dad, on Turning 70 by Dominic Laing

– 0 – You are born, in Scotland. In February. It is cold outside. And wet. Perhaps you shake and shiver, newly exposed to this strange world all at once.…

A Game of Two Halves by Hannah Storm

[CW: Domestic abuse] When the full-time whistle blows, she knows the game has only just begun. She’s spent the last 90 minutes, feverishly praying for his side to win. She…

Waves by Anna Ascott

It’s the middle of the afternoon, the sun hotter and harder than I’m used to, and Kay and I are aboard the Manly ferry. We separate soon: she wants to…

Vixen and Dog by Meriel Harrison

Last year the foxes came back to our garden. The roof of the little shed had rotted and fallen in, but the floor was still intact and two litters were…

Perfect Conditions by CR Smith

We drive past built-up areas, past mountains, past white-coated plains, to a place where light pollution is merely a rumour. An eerie stillness greets us as we disembark. The sky…

Peach Fuzz by Chris Yeoh

When he started to grow peach fuzz on his face, he led himself around the world by his chin. He would proudly thrust it forward across the thresholds of rooms…