I Am the Word for God and Boy
‘We are sitting in a cafe, on planet Earth, on the night before our wedding day.’
Fiction by Aidan Cottrell-Boyce.
‘There sat the joy of the shopping centre, what I thought of as its secret heart. A white rabbit.’
A short story by Dizz Tate.
‘My mother is only seventy, but she has the bones of a ninety-year-old, the marrow like lace.’
A story by Jane Delury.
‘Laurence’s busy pre-mourning himself and his lover; he knows their thing’s got an end date, it’s not far off now.’
A story by Kevin Lambert, translated from the French by Jeffrey Zuckerman.
Where Life Lives On
An excerpt from Tess Gunty’s debut novel The Rabbit Hutch.
‘She turned toward the voice and there he was, standing there, like Death.’
A short story by Rebecca Miller.
Scattered All Over the Earth
‘You don’t understand. The country where I used to live is now gone.’
and the earth drank deep
Ntsika Kota is the winner of the 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa.
The Last Diver on Earth
Winner of the 2022 Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize for Asia.
‘It is easy, when we are young, to have ideals and to live according to them.’
An excerpt from Guadalupe Nettel’s Still Born.
‘I sensed that as she listened she looked right through my skull and saw the cringing figure living there, the figure that keeps guard over all my secret strategies and disguises.’
New fiction from Ralf Webb.
A Hat for Lemer
Winner of the 2022 Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize for Canada and Europe.
Dogs of Summer
‘There was no one around that day, so we decided to put on our bikini tops for the ﬁrst time.’
An extract from Andrea Abreu’s debut novel. Translated from the Spanish by Julia Sanches.