Fiction

   The Star welcomes submissions of essays for its “Guestwords” column, of between 700 and 1,200 words, and of short fiction, between 1,000 and 2,000 words.
   Authors can either e-mail their pieces (in text...

   Mary killed herself at age 85. “Why did she wait so long?” asked Gilda, her daughter. “Had she done so 50 years ago, it would have let some sun and air into my life.” After that first explosion of anger, Gilda...

   The Star welcomes submissions of essays for its “Guestwords” column, of between 700 and 1,200 words, and of short fiction, between 1,000 and 2,000 words.
   Authors can either e-mail their pieces (in text...

   “Truth is, Jack, I’m a spy.” I nodded as I wiped down the bar. “I can kill a man with just my thumb.”
    “Mmhm.”
    “No, Jack, I’m...

Part Two
   Every night she pretty much did the same thing once she got home and bolted all the locks on the front door.

    The Star welcomes submissions of essays for its “Guestwords” column, of between 700 and 1,200 words, and of short fiction, between 1,000 and 2,000 words.
    Authors can either e-mail their...

   Ellen Aspumante stood in front of the mirror hanging over her dresser and thought she looked terrific. Her hair was just like she liked it — the curls bouncing and framing her face perfectly, the little wave at the end of her...

   Standing outside of Saint Philomena Church, Father Stoltz exchanges pleasantries with his parishioners.   Please join us for dinner tonight, Father. My dad is visiting us for the long weekend,” a well-dressed woman...

   My mother didn’t have a long childhood. The Great Depression didn’t allow it. Her father, a bricklayer, couldn’t find steady work. Her mother couldn’t either; but her biggest financial contribution made up for...