Issues

Every Issue We’ve Ever Published

This page links to every issue we’ve ever published. Downloadable PDF versions of complete issues are available roughly six months after the Web versions are published. We plan to offer e-book versions of past issues within the reasonably near future, too.


Issue #28: DARKNESS (available in HTML only)
Stories in which some kind of darkness, whether literal, metaphorical or both, plays an important role.

Issue #27: CHANGES  (also available in downloadable PDF)
Stories in which one or more characters are grappling with some kind of significant change, however small or large.

Issue #26: STRAIGHTFORWARD (also available in downloadable PDF)
Stories which are told in chronological order, with no scenes set set before a previous scene (no flashbacks) and no scenes showing glimpses of the story’s future (no flashforwards).

Issue #25: LEARNING (also available in downloadable PDF)
Stories in which one or more characters try to learn something.

Issue #24: PROPERTY (also available in downloadable PDF)
Stories which feature property, the idea of property, or the property of something as an important story element.

Issue #23: DECISIONS, DECISIONS (also available in downloadable PDF)
Stories which feature one or more characters facing a difficult decision.

Issue #22: 21 UP! (also available in downloadable PDF)
Stories which could use any premise from our first 21 contests.

Issue #21: INSTRUCTIONS (only available in downloadable PDF)
Stories in which a set of instructions, or just one instruction, are an important story element.

Issues 11 through 20

Issue #20: INNER WORKINGS (only available in downloadable PDF)
Stories in which the way someone, something, or some place functions is an important story element.

Issue #19: HOLIDAY (only available in downloadable PDF)
Stories in which some kind of holiday (not the “vacation” kind) plays an important role.

Issue #18: TIME (only available in downloadable PDF)
Stories in which time plays a much more important role than usual.

Issue #17: AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT (only available in downloadable PDF)
Stories which make readers laugh, and maybe do more than just laugh.

Issue #16: HOME (also available in downloadable PDF)
Stories in which the idea of home, or at least some idea related to home, feature prominently.

Issue #15: MYTHS AND LEGENDS (also available in downloadable PDF)
Stories in which a myth or legend feature prominently.

Issue #14: NUMBERS, NUMBERS, NUMBERS (also available in downloadable PDF)
Stories in which numbers are important somehow. Either specific numbers, or the concept of numbers, or maybe just one number.

Issue #13: QUESTION (also available in downloadable PDF)
Stories in which one or more characters try to answer an unusually difficult question of great importance to them.

Issue #12: STRENGTH (also available in downloadable PDF)
Stories in which one or more characters either exemplify strength themselves, or encounter someone, something, or some place that exemplifies any kind of strength.

Issue #11: MISUNDERSTANDING (also available in downloadable PDF)
Stories in which one or more characters misunderstand an important communication of some kind.

Issues 1 through 10

Issue #10: DELICATE (available only in downloadable PDF)
Stories in which one or more characters have to handle an object, person, or situation that they consider “delicate” (whether it really is or not).

Issue #9: THE PLAN (available only in downloadable PDF)
Stories in which one or more characters attempt to execute a specific plan, and the plan fails.

Issue #8: FIRST (available only in downloadable PDF)
Stories in which one or more characters encounter someone, something, or some place for the first time.

Issue #7: AGAIN (available only in downloadable PDF)
Stories in which one or more characters encounter someone, something, or some place from their past that they had good reason to believe they would never encounter again.

Issue #6: REVELATION (available only in downloadable PDF)
Stories in which one or more characters discover that something believed to be true is actually false.

Issue #5: FOUND (available only in downloadable PDF)
Stories in which one or more characters *unexpectedly* find one or more physical objects somewhere—objects that raise questions the characters want answered.

Issue #4: GOODBYE TO ALL THAT (available only in downloadable PDF)
Stories in which one or more characters face living without a person, place, thing, or idea that has had a powerful effect on their lives.

Issue #3: DISGUISED (available only in downloadable PDF)
Stories in which one or more characters use some kind of physical disguise to pretend to be somebody or something they’re not.

Issue #2: THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA, FOR INSTANCE (available only in downloadable PDF)
Stories in which one or more characters want to find a supremely capable detector—one that can discern something almost imperceptible. (Original title of premise was “Detector.”)

Issue #1: WRONG TURN (available only in downloadable PDF)
Stories in which one or more characters, for some reason, fail to arrive at an intended destination.