Beauty & the Beast by Shawn Murrell

“But I love you. I love you with all my heart. You can’t go.” Avery stifled a groan. Grand declarations of love wasn’t something she ever expected when she first befriended Garret. She thought he was sweet, but he was, once again, taking things too far. Another strong...

Drink Me by Joshua Richard

With a gunshot of thunder, more of the bleak cliff slid into the devouring ocean, and another piece of Carrie’s childhood home perched atop was lost. The sea, made red by unnatural dusk, screamed against an eroding shore, each wave claiming another one of Carrie’s...

Goldilocks 2.0 by Juliana Burns

The family of three bears, Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Little Bear, went out to the local mall on a mild spring day. Because they lived in such a good area of town, the bears often went out and left their front door unlocked. This was much to the displeasure of Mama...

The Mermaid by LeeAnn Reynolds, Prose Winner

Albert lived alone in a dank, cramped two-room apartment, unable to afford anything much better. Even if he could have, it was unlikely the thought would occur to him to move to a place that had regular heating, or didn’t attract rats, cockroaches, and other vermin....

Devil’s Game by LeeAnn Reynolds

 The white chess squares formed an “x” on the board, as if trying to cross out the black that so greatly outnumbered them. It was unfair, Lisa thought. Unfair the tiny, snow-white squares had to stand up to the overbearing black.   “How is anyone supposed to win...

EXIT by Shawn Murrell

The red light glared angrily in his eyes as he blinked away the sweat and tears that gathered there. He had seen this before. It hung lazily, inoffensively, above the door, but the blood colored sign sent mighty waves of heat over his body. The EXIT sign gave off the...
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