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We’re Closed

We are temporarily closing to new short fiction submissions. Any stories received after 8 a.m. Eastern Monday August 12 will not be considered during this review period. Why? We have been amazed at the response since starting Bronzeville Bee, and have had many impressive story submissions during the past few months. As of penning this...

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Fragments

Short Fiction by Amra Pajalic Srebrenica, July 1992 I threw open the front door and bolted out of the house when my mother’s guttural scream of terror stopped me dead in my tracks. I turned and went back inside. “What’s wrong?”  Mama clutched the wall, her face white with terror. “Stupid girl!” She shook me...

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Unforgettable Stories

When reviewing manuscripts and short stories I ask myself some questions. One of those questions has to do with impact. Is it memorable? If I set a book, manuscript, or short story aside for a few weeks and can’t remember what it’s about, chances are it either hasn’t gotten to the point where it has...

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Words for Home

Short Fiction by Clint Monette There was a stream I used to go to with my little brother. He was always bigger than me, but he was still my kid brother. We would dip our toes in the cool water, but we’d never go in. Little creatures would swim past while we would sing the...

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Refuge

Short Fiction by Lindy Greaves It’s dark. A deep embracing darkness that wraps my limbs into its folds. Outside the hollow tree the wind strops and lashes like a petulant child. Ice tendrils hang like fangs around the entrance and every so often a putter of snow wisps through in a grey chink of light....

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Compelling Characters

There are three core ingredients that take a work from average to exceptional: compelling characters, original concepts, excellent writing. A recent twitter poll with 725 votes ranked what mattered most in a book: new and unique ideas; quality of writing; timing of sub/pub; other. The poll is interesting and informative, although it lacks specific focus....

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Pinafore Magic

Short Fiction by Dorianne Emmerton Just like every other morning, I was heading to my favourite carrel in the library to work on my thesis, a never-ending project that consumed all my time and energy. It focuses on what I call “Pinafore Fiction.” Louisa May Alcott, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Laura Ingalls Wilder, that ilk. I...

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Feast For Small Pieces

Short Fiction by Hailey Piper Never underestimate the seductive power of a woman who’s minding her own business. “There’s just something about her,” they say. I see myself splashed across a pulp magazine cover, a distraught man in the background. The tagline reads: “He met a woman he Could. Not. Resist.” As if that’s my...