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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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Place: Mason Binkley

The Meanderer I have been training my husband and children not to complain about anything I do that they can do themselves. The instant one of them expresses discontent over the noise of the vacuum, the meal I’m preparing, or…
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Place: Frances Gapper

Things Said and Done      At night she hears a scratchy skittering, mice inside the wall. An owl hoots in the copse; the mice fall silent. The owl hoots again, close to her ear. It’s him, not an owl. They laugh…
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