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by Bonnie ZoBell

One of the main things I hear writers talk about, whether they already have collections out or are thinking of putting one together, is how in the world do you decide which story goes where? What kind of stories should be close together or far apart? Is there some magical way to do this that everybody knows but you?

As you will see below in the intriguing responses writers reported organizing their work, there definitely isn’t one way. In fact the variety of answers is fascinating. There are metaphysical ways, metaphorical ways, musical ways, architectural ways, from-the-gut ways, instinctive ways, and physical ways.

All of the following authors write flash fiction. Many are talking about organizing flash fiction chapbooks, and some are talking about books that merely have some flash fiction in them.

Pay attention!

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 xTx, author of Billie the Bull

To me, chapbooks are like little gifts. They are a mix tape. They are a bouquet. They are a basket of treats. Considered, prepared and arranged with certain emotions and presented for highest impact. Or not. Maybe instead of a punch to the gut they deliver a caress to the cheek. A fistful of daises rather than a crystal vase overflowing with roses. In putting together a chapbook, you first need to decide what you want your receiver to experience and move forward from there.

When I build a chapbook, I need it to be a gift that keeps on giving. I need to give the reader the most bang for their buck. Chapbooks are usually tiny things, so I feel they need to be more than they are, like one of those fake cans of nuts that explode into giant snakes when you open them. In putting my chapbooks together, I don’t necessarily require an overall cohesion, although I try to keep that in mind. What I’m usually looking for is a concentrated variety. A nice mixture of length, of feel, of style of strength. There cannot be any “throw away” pieces, no “clutter,” only pieces with 10-inch dicks. Each one can be different, but each one has to MATTER. It’s important to me that each piece gives the reader something to chew on and something that chews back. Something that will make them keep that tiny gift close by because they need to keep picking it up and picking it up and picking it up. I want the reader to love it so much they leave it sitting on their desk in full bloom, Mylar balloons antennaed from it so everyone who comes into their office has to ask where it came from and they excitedly smile and say, “xTx!”

Robert Vaughan

 

Robert Vaughan, author of Addicts & Basements, Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + DipshitsMicrotones

A suggestion that worked for me was to print each piece and lay them out on the floor of a large room, like a giant puzzle. Your opener, the first piece, ought to be an attention grabber, one that either has an attention-grabbing opening line or entire paragraph. (To get an idea, select three short fiction collections right now and try opening them up to their first lines). Or pretend you are in the corner of a packed room. Which piece would be the most exciting guy or gal to approach and say “HEY!” As for the last piece, I try not to over-think it. This, for me, usually comes, well, last. I might switch this one several times, and in the case of my second chap, Diptychs + Triptychs, I added it long after the manuscript was accepted. The last piece could be your personal favorite, or perhaps one you’ve been told by other readers resonates or simmers long after they read it. Another approach is to try to look for the arc or overall themes and see how they are presented in the last perspective piece.

As far as the consecutive order, I would say this is part trust and part gut instinct. Pay close attention to order with every story or poetry collection you read. Some recommendations are to follow the shade or overarching tone of one piece, with a different tone, rather like movements of a symphony. Consider tempo, pacing, dynamics. Perhaps place a sadder or intensely dramatic piece, following a whimsical, more absurd or quieter, internal piece. Also check whether your piece is told in first, second or third person, or varying points-of-view. Try to mix the overall lengths of your pieces. Keep your reader interested in whatever ways you can. Of course, your editors and publishers might have suggestions about the layout, design and overall content. Bear them all in mind, too. Don’t be afraid to take risks! Each book is collaboration (unless you are self-publishing, and even still it might be!), so take whatever you learn from each project, and apply it toward your next publishing adventure.

 

Amber Sparks, author of May We Shed These Human Bodies and Desert Places (with Robert Kloss)

I’ve sold one and a half short fiction collections, so I’m no expert – this is just what works, I think, for me. I find putting together the collection a strange, mystical sort of process – and I think you may find the same thing. A lot of it is just experimental, messing around with order, reading and rereading – and it just feels, or doesn’t feel right. You’ll know it when you see it, right? That sounds incredibly vague, and if you need something more concrete, let me instead suggest this: frontload the sucker.

Put your best story right up front. (Unless it’s super long or dense – start a little bit easy, and work them into your tougher stuff. Get them hooked first.) Once you’ve got a winner up front? Then stick another winner behind. And then another. And then another. It should be hard to decide because they’re all so good. Close with a killer story.

I’m not one that believes your stories all need to be connected, but I do think there should be at least a very vague, overarching theme. If there isn’t, see if you can construct one. What do all the stories have in common? Once you’ve got that theme (and don’t share it with anyone else – it’s just for you), cut stories that don’t fit. Since the editors reading your collection will be likely reading it all in a sitting, or a few sittings, it’s good for it to have a sense of unity, a certain tone that pervades. And readers appreciate that, too, I think.

 

EthelRohan Ethel Rohan, author of Goodnight NobodyCut Through the BoneHard to Say, and the short e-book memoir, His Heartbeat in My Hand, forthcoming from Shebooks later this year.

My ultimate criteria for compiling work is centered on the rhythm of the prose—phonetically, poetically, and emotionally—from the book’s first word to its last. Initially, I ordered the pieces in each book according to a subjective and instinctual checklist, trying to vary the work in terms of tone, theme, length, pacing, momentum, and the protagonists’ age, gender, and central conflict. Once I’d compiled the collection into an order I felt worked—and again this sense of the order “working” hinged largely on variety, pacing, and instinct—I read the book aloud from beginning to end. I find it instructive, indeed critical, to read every “finished” work aloud.

As I read out loud, the work needs to build on the levels of timing, flow, and emotion. Nothing should sound jarring, dragging, flat, convoluted, repetitious, or out of kilter. There also needs to be a sense of post-climax satisfaction at the close of the book. If all the latter criteria aren’t met, then I reorder the collection until each part of the whole beats to the right rhythms and delivers a meaningful emotional thrust. When all of the aforementioned criteria are met, the work feels complete. It moves and sates me. In a nutshell, if the collection read aloud sounds as seamless, climbs as climatically, and impacts as much as the great songs, then I know I’ve done my best by the book’s compilation.

 

Kristine Ong Muslim, author of We Bury the Landscape

When I organized the 100 flash fictions and prose poems for my book, We Bury the Landscape, I experimented with different arrangements—there’s the organic look, a.k.a. the random mess, and then there’s the sequential approach where I grouped the thematically congruent pieces together. Mostly, I settled on the general mood of the piece as the main ordering scheme. The angry-sounding pieces together, the meditative ones together, and so on. The resulting arrangement I framed at both ends—the first and the final stories—with my two most favorite pieces.

 

Sean Lovelace, author of They Could No Longer Contain Themselves and Fog Gorgeous Stag

Before MP3, iTunes, shuffle, on and on, we had a novel idea—the album. The Wall, Pet Sounds, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. These albums were more than an aggregation of individual songs. Each song often told its own story, yes, but together they conveyed a larger story, in scope and breadth. (Rumours, by Fleetwood Mac, is a devastating [in a good way] example.) These albums were more than a sum of their parts. They were artifacts. They were a concept.

This is what I attempt when ordering a flash collection. Like the songs of heartbreak in Rumours, each text needs to talk to its neighbor(s). The members of Fleetwood Mac were undergoing great interpersonal turmoil within the band, and each talked to the other through song. Every text within a collection should likewise have some relationship (though not necessarily strife!) with their fellow texts. If they do not, then why are they even in the same book? How might texts relate to one another? In many, many potential ways. Might be subject. Might be tone. Might be structural interests. Might be repetition of these ideas, like a recurring chorus in a hit song. Maybe the author is weaving certain motifs, and their reoccurrence becomes a sort of unifying thread. On and on. My point is that ordering a collection involves a great deal of intent. It is actually an art in itself, much like ordering words, ideas, and concepts within an individual work of art. Form is function. Or to use Yeats’s dictum: “How can we know the dancer from the dance?” In a fully realized collection, we cannot. The art is micro, and macro, and therefore rewarding.

 

Cynthia Litz, author of Imprints

Imprints is a collection of  twenty-eight flashes written over several years, many of them informed by the human body in image, youth, illness, and aging. The order of the pieces creates a life arc by age and world view of the narrator or characters–the youthful getting to go first.

I also worked to place the pieces so that their musicality, when read aloud, flowed well from one to the next. This, along with the arc of aging, hopefully makes the collection have movement for the reader.

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This is Part 1 of a Two-Part Article – Come back on February 20  to read about the captivating ways Kim Henderson, Kyle Hemmings, Casey Hannan, Beverlyn Elliott,  Peter Cherches, Daniel Chacon, and Rusty Barnes have experimented with putting their collections together.

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BZoBell

Bonnie ZoBell’s new connected collection with Press 53 is on pre-order here—What Happened Here, where it will then go on regular sale. Her fiction chapbook, The Whack-Job Girls, was published by Monkey Puzzle Press in March 2013. She’s received an NEA fellowship, the Capricorn Novel Award, and others and is currently working on a novel. Visit her at www.bonniezobell.com.

 

Part 7 of Flash Fiction Chronicles’ ongoing series, “Creating and Publishing a Flash Chapbook” by Bonnie ZoBell.”  Click HERE to find links to the entire series which includes articles and interviews by Bonnie ZoBell and Marko Fong.

by Bonnie ZoBell 

The busy Victor David Giron is with us today to talk about flash fiction chapbooks from his perspective as president, publisher, and accountant of Curbside Splendor Publishing based in Chicago and carried by Consortium Distribution based out of Minneapolis. The publishing outfit includes the imprints Curbside Splendor the journal, which looks for gritty, real, “urban” prose, poetry, and photography. And then there’s Another Chicago Magazine (ACM), which is more of a themed issue. And now Curbside Splendor also has Artifice Magazine, which seeks work that’s aware of its own artifice, and Artifice Books, which will start publishing books next year. Victor is a CPA and bar owner who says he can’t let go of his desire to be a philosopher. He started Curbside Splendor in 2009 to publish his debut coming-of-age novel Sophomoric Philosophy, but then was “like dang, publishing is fun,” and so here we are. Sophomoric Philosophy won Latino Literacy Now’s 2011 Latino Books into Movies Award. Victor’s short stories have been published in several literary journals.

BZ:  Hello, Victor. Glad you had some time to talk today.

VDG:  Hey, what’s up?  No problem, happy to talk.

 BZ:  What would you say Curbside Splendor Publishing is looking for in the way of fiction chapbook submissions?

VDG:  We look for stuff that’s punchy, that we’re excited about both in the writing and the fact that the author is someone who we think is writing great stuff but also has a vision, a dedication to promoting themselves.

BZ:  Does Curbside Splendor have a philosophy?

VDG:  We seek to play our part in supporting independent publishing and to publish work that is found interesting and entertaining by the casual urban reader.  We view our authors as brands and as partners.  We work hard to, and quite enjoy, promoting our authors and getting their books discussed by the press. We view ourselves as extensions of our author’s creative machine.

 BZ:  What mistakes do you see writers making who submit to you?

VDG:  Mainly that they haven’t edited their work well enough, and also they haven’t taken the time to understand what we’re seeking by reading the work we’ve published and are just blindly submitting.

 BZ:  What’s your idea of a perfect submission?

VDG:  I don’t know if there is such a thing.  Reviewing and accepting submissions can be pretty subjective.  We’re not pretending or advocating that we’re accepting only the *best* writing.  We’re self-funded, not affiliated with a university or public funding, and so we’re simply accepting books that we as individuals feel we should put our time and money behind.  Our staff members have regular (or irregular) jobs, some of us are parents, and we’re all writers ourselves.  So Curbside is this vehicle we use to publish and promote creative writing and art we’re excited about, that we’re inspired by, and we just think tons of people should be reading it.

BZ:  Name a few writers whose chapbooks you’ve published and tell us a few words about their books.

VDG:  There’s Franki Elliot, or at least that’s what she calls herself.  We published her first book, a small little pocketbook, Piano Rats, in 2011.  It’s 44 short raunchy pieces that cross across prose and poetry.  She works in the music industry and writes on the side, quite a lot, and we discovered that she had self-published a version of Piano Rats and dug the book so much that we decided to re-release it at a wider scale and have since agreed to publish her second book Kiss As Many Women As You Can in 2013. There’s Michael Czyzniejewski, the beer vendor / collegiate creative writing instructor whose chapbook Chicago Stories:  40 Dramatic Fictions we published in 2012.  It’s an amazing collection of 40 flash fictions each told in the persona of a famous Chicagoan and illustrated by Chicago artist Rob Funderburk.  And then there’s Amber Sparks, the Washington DC-based author whose short stories have been published all over the Internet, and we put together a volume of them in a handsome book called May We Shed These Human Bodies designed by Alban Fischer.  She’s a powerful writer whose work mesmerizes, drawing upon mythologies and fables for inspiration. 

BZ:  If you could put a fold-out in one of your chapbooks, who or what would it be of?

VDG: Um, I don’t know.  Marilyn Monroe I guess, because she’s hot and I love all her quotes.

 BZ: Talk a little about the production of your chapbooks. What size are they? How are they made? How much color do you use? What is the page range of most of them?

VDG:  Our standard ones are 5 x 8, about 150 pages long, though the smallest Piano Rats was only 72 pages long and it’s 4 x 6, and the largest now is this huge 10 x 10, 240 page-long anthology about beds and the things that happen there called The Way We Sleep coming out soon (though I suppose that’s no longer a chapbook).  TWWS will feature prose along with color comics.  We have one chapbook that featured color drawings, a romance poetry book called The Chapbook:  Poems by Charles Bane Jr. that came out in 2011. We’ve since started a bilingual imprint called Concepción Books under which we’ll publish another book utilizing color called Always / Siempre, a collaborative photo-poem book by Helen Vitoria and B.L. Pawelek. The book will be stunning with color pages and photographs. So we’re definitively into using color when it makes sense, but plenty of our other books feature art in black and white because that also makes sense sometimes. We like using Lightning Source to print because they’re an “on-demand” printer and allow a ton of flexibility from a print-run perspective—we can set our print runs based on demand basically. Their quality is good, but they’re limited in terms of print sizes and color, so when we want to get highly creative we us other “traditional” printers.  Lightning Source is improving all the time though.

 BZ:  Do you accept manuscripts all year round or only during certain times of the year?

VDG:  Yeah, we pretty much are always open. Check the guidelines to know what’s up.  For books, it’s basically you email us a pitch, a query letter / email telling us about your book and yourself, and if we think we can get behind it, we’ll ask for more. 

BZ: Are you interested in chapbooks from new writers who haven’t had books or chapbooks published before?

VDG:  Yes. See Franki Elliot, who had never been published anywhere before. Some of our more recent and now planned projects are with more “established” writers or brands, but that’s because they dug us and we dug them and got to working on something.  But as we work with these more established writers to bring out their projects, we’ll continue to seek out the diamonds in the rough and work to put their work out as well.

BZ:  How many stories in the chapbooks submitted to you do you like to see already published?

VDG:  It ranges from zero (again see Franki Elliot’s Piano Rats) to 100% (Amber Sparks and Michael Czyzniejewski).  It’s good if the work has been published as it means the author has built appeal / a potential fan base, but not always necessary. In general I would say that if you are compiling a story collection, you should try as hard as you can to get them published. It only helps, plus you can get a sense as to what objective readers think of your work.

BZ: Any last advice or tips you’d like to give writers?

VDG:  Keep writing, keep editing, have other objective readers like not your mom or sister read your work and give you feedback.  Read your work aloud.  Go to your local open-mic and throw it down, even if it scares the crap out of you.  Have fun with it. Pour yourself into it.  Make sure you take the time to know the publishers you’re submitting to because it pays off.  Oh, yeah, and read, a lot, and go out and experience stuff.

BZ:  Thanks so much for all this valuable information, Victor.

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Bonnie ZoBell’s fiction chapbook THE WHACK-JOB GIRLS is forthcoming with Monkey Puzzle Press in March 2013 and her short story collection WHAT HAPPENED HERE is forthcoming with Press 53 in spring 2014. She’s received an NEA, the Capricorn Novel Award, a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, and a spot on Wigleaf’s Top 50. Her work has appeared in Night Train, The Greensboro Review, New Plains Review, PANK, Connotation Press, and elsewhereShe received an MFA from Columbia, currently teaches at San Diego Mesa College, and is Associate Editor of The Northville Review. More of her work can be found at www.bonniezobell.com.

Thanks to all of you who spent the time tracking down your favorite stories,  we’ve created a long list of “Readers’ Choices” on line which I think is a very good thing.  There are STILL many many many terrific stories out there not on this list so we will have to do this again. Just a reminder.  These stories are in random order as FFC received them.  No one story is considered better than another.  That’s for YOU to decide.  (But don’t vote for them here. This isn’t a contest).

Please take the time to scroll through the list and read some pieces you might not have read before.  Let the author know if you loved it.  Share with others.

  1. ACTION by Daryl Scroggins suggested by Alexander Burns
  2. OUR OWN FLESH AND BLOOD by Becky Margolis suggested by Erin Kelly
  3. THE WAY WE SPEAK NOW by Angi Becker Stevens suggested by Erin Kelly
  4. HEART SOUNDS by Dale Phillips suggested by Virgie Townsend
  5. BETTA FISH by Tara Laskowski suggested by Gay Degani
  6. WITHOUT NAPIER by Michael Ehart suggested by Alexander Burns
  7. SEVEN ITEMS IN JASON REYNOLDS’ JACKET POCKET, TWO DAYS AFTER HIS SUICIDE, AS FOUND BY HIS EIGHT-YEAR-OLD BROTHER, GRADY by Robert Swartwood suggested by Gay Degani
  8. LOLITA’S LYNCH MOB by Sarah Hilary suggested by Camille Goodenham Campbell
  9. ABOUT ME AND MY COUSIN by Scott Garson suggested by Tara Laskowski
  10. ABOUT THINGS THAT ARE LOST AND THE PLACES THAT THINGS GET LOST by Andrea Kneeland suggested by Erin Kelly
  11. NIGHTTIME PENGUINS by Jen Gann suggested by Erin Kelly
  12. THE BET by Anton Chekhov suggested by Jim Harrington
  13. THE CHRYSATHEMUMS by John Steinbeck suggested by Dennis Vanvick
  14. XARLES, XAVIER, XENOS by Matt Bell suggested by Gay Degani
  15. THE HARVEST by Amy Hempel suggested by Gay Degani
  16. GOOD COUNTRY. PEOPLE. by Heather Fowler suggested by Michelle Reale
  17. WE CANNOT CROSS THE RIVER by Jensen Beach suggested by Joe Kapitan
  18. THE LITTLE ROOM WHERE WE’D FIT by Nicole Monahan suggested by Barry Graham
  19. REMEMBER HOW THEY GO BACK TOGETHER by Liesl Jobson suggested by Karen Jennings
  20. THE TERRIBLE OLD MAN by H.P. Lovecraft suggested by Brenda Blakey
  21. SAVING DARTH VADER by Kip suggested by J.C. Towler
  22. COG-WORK CAT by Joyce Chng suggested by J.C. Towler
  23. THE DESTINY OF ARCHER DEFT by Douglas Campbell suggested by J.C. Towler
  24. TEARS OF THE ANDROID by JR Hume suggested by J.C. Towler
  25. BOTS D’AMOR by Cat Rambo suggested by Kim Montgomery Offenburger
  26. THE SHORT HAPPY LIFEOF FRANCIS MACOMBER by Ernest Hemingway suggested by Kim Montgomery Offenburger
  27. JUST LIKE EARTH GIRLS by Randall Brown suggested by Nicole Scarpato Monaghan
  28. RICE by Dorothee Lang suggested by Susan Gibb
  29. HARRY’S CATCH by Vanessa Gebbie  suggested by Heather Fowler
  30. THE TATTOOED PEOPLE by Seth Harwood suggested by Barry Graham
  31. THE HOUSEHOLD POISONS by Thomas King suggested by Barry Graham
  32. A BETTER ANGEL by Chris Adrian suggested by Barry Graham
  33. BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE by Jeanne Holtzman suggested by Douglas Campbell
  34. THE STEPS MY LOVER BUILT by Michelle Garren Flye suggested by Jeff Brown
  35. DREAM HOUSE by Rachel B. Glasser suggested by Kyle Hemmings
  36. HOW BIG A BOAT by Terese Svoboda suggested by Joe Kapitan
  37. THIEVES by Len Kuntz suggested by Michelle Reale
  38. NOTHING TO FLAWNT by Meg Tuite suggested by Michelle Reale
  39. BLOWN by Stephanie Freele suggested by Michelle Reale
  40. SLOW MOTION RIDERS by Richard Osgood suggested by Jeanne Holtzman
  41. ALICE DROWNING by Dessa Wander suggested by Aubrey Hirsch
  42. JACOB’S CHICKEN by Milos Macourek suggested by Nancy Stebbins
  43. JEALOUS HUSBAND RETURNS IN THE FORM OF A PARROT by Robert Olen Butler suggested by Nancy Stebbins
  44. ABOUT THE FLOWERS by Digby Beaumont suggested by Kate Hutchings
  45. LIGHT IS LIKE WATER by Gabriel Garcia Marquez suggested by Christopher James
  46. RESCUING SID by Digby Beaumont suggested by Kate Hutchings
  47. THE MAN OF THE CASA by Ethel Rohan suggested by Gay Degani
  48. KNIVES by Susan Tepper suggested by Susan Gibb
  49. ROSE PERIOD by Jimmy Chen suggested by Nicole Scarpato Monaghan
  50. A SHANTY FOR SAWDUST AND COTTON by Sarah Hilary suggested by Gay Degani
  51. MY MOTHER, MARILYN MONROE by Len Kuntz suggested by Dorothee Lang
  52. COMA by Kyle Hemmings  suggested by Cynthia Litz
  53. DRIVING KAKEK by Christopher James suggested by Zin Kenter
  54. FAMILY THERAPY by Pamela Painter suggested by Randall Brown
  55. HOW YOU KNOW YOU’RE AN ADULT by Steve Almond suggested by Anna Peerbolt
  56. I USE COMMAS LIKE NINJA STARS by Sam Nam suggested by Zin Kenter
  57. IT DOESN’T by Randall Brown suggested by Anna Peerbolt
  58. JUST ANOTHER STRANGER by Douglas Campbell suggested by Elizabeth Creith
  59. ON THE ROAD TO KIRKUK by Beth Thomas  suggested by Richard Osgood
  60. PIE by Beverly Akerman suggested by Barry Friesen
  61. SPARK by Mary Miller suggested by Thomas Kearnes
  62. THE MICE by Lydia Davis suggested by Anna Peerbolt
  63. THE WIG by Brady Udall suggested by Randall Brown (available in Letting Loose the Hounds)
  64. WHAT FILLS A BALLOON by Ross McMeekin suggested by Randall Brown
  65. MY LIFE WITH THE WAVE by Octavio Paz suggested by Susan Gibb
  66. 10,000 DOLLAR PYRAMID by Robert Vaughan suggested by Meg Tuite
  67. BOYS IN DRAG by Roxane Gay suggested by Robert Vaughan
  68. ALMOST THERE by Michelle Elvy suggested by Robert Vaughan
  69. DEAD PEOPLE I HAVE KNOWN by Charlie Taylor suggested by Gill Hoffs
  70. HEAVY WATER by Kirsty Neary suggested by Gill Hoffs
  71. CHARCOAL/VANILLA by Spencer Dew suggested by Linda Simoni-Wastila
  72. MARRIED WOMAN, AND OTHER DEGENERATES by Stephanie Bryant Anderson suggested by Meg Tuite
  73. HEMOPHILIA by Jesse Bradley suggested by Meg Tuite
  74. HELEN AND ALL HER PROPERTIES by Sheldon Lee Compton suggested by Meg Tuite
  75. STAND-OFF by xTx suggested by Robert Vaughan
  76. VETERANS by Kate Thornton suggested by Gay Degani
  77. A VERY QUIET EVENING by Foster Trecost suggested by Susan Tepper
  78. MOTHER BURNING by Marcus Speh as suggested by Susan Tepper
  79. NELSON by Michael Hawley suggested by Susan Tepper
  80. BE BOP by James Robison suggested by Susan Tepper
  81. RETREATING, I RETREATED by Tania Hershman suggested by Christopher Allen
  82. BRIMSTONE AND LIARS by Stephanie Scarborough suggested by Erin Brinkman Kinch
  83. BABYFAT by Claudia Smith suggested by Robert Vaughan
  84. THREE STORIES by Amy Clark suggested by Robert Vaughan
  85. WHAT KIND OF PERSON GIVES SECRETS TO THE SKY by Kathy Fish suggested by Robert Vaughan
  86. APOTHEOSIS CAKE by Alexander Burns suggested by Stephanie Buchanan
  87. A MILLION FACES by Erin Kinch suggested by Alexander Burns
  88. HEAT by Joyce Carol Oates suggested by Pat Pujola
  89. RISING LAUGHTER by Dave Pescod suggested by Digby Beaumont
  90. MEMORY FREEZE by Meg Tuite suggested by Susan Tepper
  91. BROT UND KASE by Matt Potter suggested by Susan Tepper
  92. VILLA MONTEREY APARTMENT, BURBANK by Meg Pokrass suggested by Susan Tepper
  93. SIGNS AND SYMBOLS by Vladimir Nabokov suggested by Virgie Townsend
  94. ADOBE RAIN by Donna D. Vitucci suggested by Gay Degani
  95. GIRLS WITH BARRETTES by Michelle Reale suggested by Gay Degani
  96. SUNDRESS* by Terese Svoboda suggested by Tiff Holland
  97. SHAME by Thomas Kearnes suggested by Gay Degani
  98. ALL THE IMAGINARY PEOPLE ARE BETTER AT LIFE by Amber Sparks suggested by Gay Degani
  99. THE EASIER OPTION by Collen Higgs suggested by Karen Jennings 
  100. BODY-SNATCHING by Gay Degani suggested by Nicole Scarpato Monaghan
  101. FROM DARK by Karen Jennings suggested by Gay Degani
  102. THE HAMBURGER STORY by Lauren Becker suggested by “Jason” at Bark

*Although not available online, we’ve provided an Amazon link.