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Announcing the Winner of BOMB’s 2021 Fiction Contest
Photo of Edward Salem, the winner of Bomb Magazine's 2021 Fiction Contest

Congrats to Edward Salem, the winner of this year’s Fiction Contest!

Announcing the Winner of BOMB’s 2021 Fiction Contest
Photo of Edward Salem, the winner of Bomb Magazine's 2021 Fiction Contest

Congrats to Edward Salem, the winner of this year’s Fiction Contest!

Quntos KunQuest by Zachary Lazar
"Quntos and Chris" by Quntos KunQuest

Two decades into a life sentence, KunQuest remains determined to live his best life as a rapper, artist, relentless reader, and, now, a debut novelist with This Life.

Do U Like Your Shadow From Moonlite? by Tara Ison
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S M O K E by Ananda Naima González
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From the Illustrated Novel by Forsyth Harmon
Justine by Forsyth Harmon

A coming-of-age story about girlhood in the suburbs during the 1990s.

Three Boyfriends by Brontez Purnell
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A preview of Brontez Purnell’s upcoming collection, 100 Boyfriends.

Sundown at the Eternal Staircase by GennaRose Nethercott
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Four Stories by Kevin Brockmeier
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The night it occurred to him he was living inside a corpse…

Little Beast by C Pam Zhang
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At thirteen, I felt my body slopping. Though I sat in the middle of the nurse’s height-weight chart, though I’d memorized the textbook diagram with its cake-like cross-section of flesh (epidermis, dermis, hypodermis stippled yellow with fat), my problem went deeper than biology.

The Approach by Michael Baptist
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At the appointed time, the team members left their rooms and followed Phillip’s directions. They walked down the hallway and up the stairs to a room at the end of the corridor.

Heart Beats by Nora Lange
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“What’s a dinner party without a bit of schadenfreude?”

The World’s Second-Oldest Woman by Maxwell Paparella
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No one lives every day as the person they want to be. It is rare that a full hour should pass in such a feeling.

Pierre by Lee Relvas
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First I was Ren’s guest, a role that indicated only the short length of our acquaintance, rather than what it would become later: the strategic adherence to a balance of formality and intimacy designed to showcase only my most appealing qualities.

Abridged Abyss by Justin Taylor

David Berman committed suicide, and I’m like a blackbird that has flown into a bay window and awoken in a flower box, dizzy in gardenia shade, trying to get un-stunned and back on the wing before the neighborhood cats come round.

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Vi Khi Nao by Louis Elliott
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From personal ads compiled as narrative to a frame-by-frame retelling of a short film on grazing sheep, Nao’s poems and stories are acrobatic experiments in form.

Ice by Jenny Wu

Of all my clients, I liked Wen Changbao because he never touched me. I just listened to him. For a while I thought of myself as his dog, simply because he was my first friend.

Freefall by Amelia Gray

When she was twenty, the woman didn’t think much about skydiving at all. It was an exotic concept and felt far from her life as it was, though on her walks to class she passed plenty of women her age wrapped in rigging, practicing their barrel rolls on the soccer field.

The Investigators by Deb Olin Unferth
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Think high-rises, gated communities, all the places that give you a twitch of existential dread. The Amazon shipping facilities, the dying superstores, the prisons and detention centers, the pig farms, all the boxes that hold products and people and animals, the LeCorbusian landscape one skirts over or through, avoids.


An excerpt from Unferths’s novel Barn 8 (Graywolf).

Weird Political Fiction: Charles Yu Interviewed by Gabe Hudson
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On writing a novel in screenplay format, the possibilities of humor, and the plurality of Asian American identity.

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