Tim’s dry, red eyes lost focus again.
His mind had begun to wonder while reading story after fifty-word story, most of which were asinine drivel.
The hour was late and he needed to select just one more before he could rest. Finally throwing in the towel, he chose this one.
Marcus Benjamin Ray Bradley grew up in Perryville and now lives in Versailles, KY, with his wife and daughters. Other work can be found in the pages of Chiron Review.
Editor: Most of the submissions are definitely not “asinine drivel”, but I enjoyed the joke behind the story. Cheers, Marcus!
“Rats roam the library at night,” I told the Dean. “Students bring in food, don’t clean up after themselves. There’s roaches, too.”
She asked for a solution.
“Get rid of them,” I responded.
“Obviously,” she said, then asked, “Rodents or students?”
“They’d still find a way into the building.”
Matthew Gregory is a writer and filmmaker whose short films “Alamogordo, NM,” “guarda innanzi che tu salti,” and “Joseph Jefferson Solves the Hunger Problem” have been featured in the 1:1 Super 8 Cinema Soirée. He has also worked as a writer and camera operator for the forthcoming film Papa
. He lives in South Florida.
Adam and the work friends he’d dragged to the exhibition were silent in the Uber back to Manhattan. The four of them scrolled through the messages on their phones without looking up, and no one mentioned the photographs they had just seen, worried about seeming to have missed the point.
Bowen Dunnan lives and writes in New York City.
Jones looked for God in organised religions, in a bottle, and at fast food outlets. He searched high and low until, desperate, he finally found her where he thought she would never be.
Now God has to look for a better place to hide, or take out a restraining order.
Connell enjoys reworking and reimagining quaint comical expressions he has heard.
She knew he was there, waiting. She opened the door and there he stood, grinning sheepishly. She felt faint.
She took in that goofy grin, those deep dark eyes, that silly hat… She left the rest outside.
She had a thing for snowmen, but he was melting way too fast.
Pat Campbell is a retired Professor of Drama. She has been writing short stories for twenty-five years and is a published Haiku and Tanka poet. She loves the challenge of writing a complete story in just fifty words.
Two brothers shared a toupee. It was a lady magnet.
“The rug’s mine tonight,” Fred said.
“Okay,” said Ed.
He had plans of his own, though. When Fred wasn’t looking, Ed departed, with toupee atop.
Fred was furious.
Ed got the girl. But beneath her wig she was entirely hairless.
As a follow-up to her frivolous and fun career in broadcasting, Sally Basmajian is working on a variety of writing projects. She has won a few prizes for short fiction and creative non-fiction, and has recently completed a fantasy novel for young adults.
“This is the ultimate. I can hardly believe it myself. Mankind will never need to go beyond my creation.”
Leaning back in his deck chair, the now famous ship designer puffed cigar smoke into the cold sea air and called for another Martini.
“With ice?” asked the head waiter, timidly.
Robin Upton is an economic dissident turned English teacher. He remembered 50 word stories from his youth and is trying them out as an English teaching tool in an international school in Dhaka. Visit him at RobinUpton.com and unwelcomeguests.net/Robin_Upton.
Their first date went swimmingly. She hugged him often.
Suddenly he couldn’t find his money. He blushed and let her know. She rolled her eyes, tossed some bills on the counter, and left.
Outside she took a wallet out of her purse, removed cash and cards, then threw it away.
Katya Duft is a translator, interpreter, and language teacher, and enjoys writing short stories, poetry, and her blog, “Tales from the Bus”.
Peter came crashing through the cottage door, his shirt speckled with blood, multiple punctures on his neck, ears like cauliflowers, his left eye practically swelled shut.
“Forty-two to twenty-six!” he exclaimed triumphantly.
“Looks like a painful run,” his wife replied. “Is that a record for deer fly kills and bites?”
Norman is a writer from Ottawa who has encountered too many deer flies. He has been published in Saturday Night Reader and 101 Words.
and then they quit their jobs and burned their McMansion to the ground.
Holding hands, their smiles disappeared as she mentioned they had no toothbrushes.
He got a job first. They purchased the essentials. Then cars, iPhones, designer clothes.
After another stressful work day, they exchanged glances, and then they
Kenneth Hamner works in Atlanta, Georgia.