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Place: Sandra Arnold

The Seventh Son When my mother’s new boyfriend moved in I kept out of his way by hiding in the garden of a derelict house. The garden was full of trees, but the one I loved most was a hundred…
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Place: Sheree Shatsky

Front Porch Swing My guess is most Southerners have a story about a front porch swing and mine is likely similar to most, only to add that it is truly impossible to fight or argue when one’s vestibular system is…
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Archival Brilliance — 1

Flashes from the Past  by Al Kratz, NFFR Fiction Editor It’s like finding a $20 bill in an old pair of jeans. It’s like scrolling through your photos on Facebook, seeing yourself doing something you forgot you ever did….
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Place: Sudha Balagopal

Saguaro Cacti Hold up Their Arms I ride the 120 miles of desert road―Phoenix to Tucson―on Amy’s bike. Pink tassels hang from the handlebars of her woman’s bike. My palms rest where hers had. If she saw me now, she’d…
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Anton Chekhov Prize For Very Short Fiction, 2019

Results from Judge, Angela Readman Winner: “Urineworts” by Bruce Meyer 2nd Place: “More Than Sex” by Carmen Marcus 3rd Place: “Something Like Drowning” by Gaynor Jones Judge’s Report by Angela Readman The winning stories all stood out for not wasting…
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