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A Life Made of Wood

A Life Made of Wood - story

Sheikha Hussein Helawy

Someone looking at the large photograph hanging on the spacious sitting room wall would imagine that there was something anomalous about it. An anomaly impossible to define at first glance, and perhaps not at second…

Madame Bovary from Neveh Tsedek

Madame Bovary from Neveh Tsedek - story

Nurit Zarchi

Like at other periods of metaphysical ardor, at this time too, the body (that of a woman, to be sure) wasn’t taken very seriously.  This may be why even the dockworkers in the port that…


Chocolate - story

Manju Kapur

Tara was fat. Her husband made it clear that it didn’t do his image any good to have her waddling around, jiggling rolls of flesh. “I don’t waddle,” she said, hurt. “You do,” said Abhay…

A Woman in a Space

A Woman in a Space - story

Tehila Hakimi

A woman is workspace when will someone love you? Have you ever stayed seated in your chair until lunchtime, you drink lots of water- your body took the shape of a chair. A woman in…


Liling - story

Kelly Cherry

During the early years of the Ming Dynasty, one young woman in particular was praised for her beauty. Of course there were other beauties, but wherever Liling went, admirers clapped, as if she were on…

My Sister – ‘My Flash Story’ contest– tenth place

My Sister – ‘My Flash Story’ contest– tenth place - story

Hilary Sigismondi

I peered out the passenger seat window of my mother’s car. She shifted from second to third gear. “You want to be committed; I’ll commit you!” she spewed while the car lurched forward. My sister…

Medusa Wore Red or Testing the Waters – ‘My Flash Story’ contest- seventh place

Medusa Wore Red or Testing the Waters – ‘My Flash Story’ contest- seventh place - story

Stephanie Lewis

“This song’s about you.” He leaned against the slick mahogany bar, watching a jazz trio perform Lady in Red. She glided past him and stood a few feet away, so as not to appear that…

Tertullian’s Law – Third Place

Tertullian’s Law – Third Place - story

Tia Levings

Maggie is an expectant mother in a state that grants personhood at conception and protects the child’s rights over those of their mother.   The world changed when I wasn’t looking. That’s what it felt…

Red Enters the Eye

Red Enters the Eye - story

Jane Rogers

Before she went to Nigeria Julie bought twelve pairs of sharp dressmaking scissors. Good equipment showed respect. And buying things made it easier not to panic. She was afraid the women would resent her swanning…

What You Looking at?

What You Looking at? - story

Tamar Merin

The light has turned green and my son shows no sign that he wants to cross the street. He won’t budge from the traffic island, his eyes squinting against the lashing sun, his hands on…