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As Planned, We Stopped for Sandwiches by Kyle Seibel

As planned, we stopped for sandwiches in St. Louis on the way to Chicago. We left early enough to get there before noon but by the time we parked, the line for the deli was already wrapped around outside. “You gotta see these things,”… Continue Reading “As Planned, We Stopped for Sandwiches by Kyle Seibel”

More Than an Acquired Taste by Shareen K. Murayama

“You distinguish yourself by not doing what others do.” ~ Alan Dundes, American Folklorist My cousins and I pinch our noses, squealing from the absent parts of the pig not on Baabaa’s cutting board. Whenever she cooks pig’s feet soup, we dare one another to… Continue Reading “More Than an Acquired Taste by Shareen K. Murayama”

Package Holiday: Monastir, All Inclusive by Kathryn Aldridge-Morris

She wants to go back up to the room, like the other families hours ago, but her father’s holding court at the poolside bar and beckoning a group of men in yellow oilskins, dragging their boat ashore, humping their catch onto the sand. Now… Continue Reading “Package Holiday: Monastir, All Inclusive by Kathryn Aldridge-Morris”

The Famous Sasha by Kim Magowan

This afternoon I have a teeth-cleaning appointment downtown, and afterwards when I approach the crowded bus stop, I see my fourteen-year-old, Rose. Some instinct makes me stand back. What’s she doing here? It takes me a second to remember the class field trip to… Continue Reading “The Famous Sasha by Kim Magowan”

The Scales by Maria Poulatha

“If I had a drachma for every fish I cleaned,” we heard Grandma lament again and again. Grandpa emptied bucketfuls onto the rotten door turned workbench and separated them like laundry: “These for soup, these for the grill, these for the fryer.” Grandma sighed… Continue Reading “The Scales by Maria Poulatha”

The Note on the Back of My CVS Receipt by Courtney Clute

I regret to inform you that this receipt is inaccurate—I stole Hubba Bubba, a stress ball, Revlon tweezers, and a travel sized pack of Trojan condoms. The items sit in my hoodie pocket, pressing into my stomach like the hot stones they put on… Continue Reading “The Note on the Back of My CVS Receipt by Courtney Clute”

No One is Behind Her by Sage Tyrtle

At two in the morning Ivy is sprinting, flat out, breath roaring in her ears. Her Coach handbag bounces against her hip with every step. She relishes her ragged gasps, ripping in and out of her throat, evidence of how fast she is flying… Continue Reading “No One is Behind Her by Sage Tyrtle”

Press 3 for Random Track by Dri Chiu Tattersfield

*THE BLUE FROG 1st PLACE WINNER* Introduction by Guest Judge TARA ISABEL ZAMBRANO: The first time I read “Press 3 for Random Track”, it gave me a great sense of place. When I read it again, the language unlocked like a song. On subsequent readings,… Continue Reading “Press 3 for Random Track by Dri Chiu Tattersfield”

Alligator Girls by María Alejandra Barrios

*THE BLUE FROG 2nd PLACE WINNER* Look at what we’ve done, we say to the stupid stupid man who brought us the milk. We look at him from out styling chairs in our salon (people always say we look related and are strong and… Continue Reading “Alligator Girls by María Alejandra Barrios”

Why I Say We’re Cousins by Shih-Li Kow

*THE BLUE FROG 3rd PLACE WINNER* When Nain and I reached the Mersing Jetty, a storm was rolling in. The ticketing clerk shrugged when I asked about the stalled ferry service to the islands. “Don’t know. Wait and see,” he said. We waited. There… Continue Reading “Why I Say We’re Cousins by Shih-Li Kow”