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Announcing the Winner of BOMB’s 2021 Fiction Contest
Author photo of Edward Salem, who has a beard and short hair. He is wearing a shirt open at the color and is standing in front of a gray wooden fence.

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

Announcing the Winner of BOMB’s 2021 Fiction Contest
Author photo of Edward Salem, who has a beard and short hair. He is wearing a shirt open at the color and is standing in front of a gray wooden fence.

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

Self-Preservation by Margaret Malone
A green, yellow, and brown engraving of ferns and other plants looking especially curly and sensual, reaching for the sky.

A mother on getting acquainted with her postpartum libido.

Did You Enjoy The Piece? by Gideon Jacobs
Illustration for Did You Enjoy The Piece

In this short story, an artist father and his son, an art critic, have a dramatic and telling confrontation at a gallery opening.

Building a Fire for Yourself: Lillian Paige Walton by Katie Ebbitt
Meter Wide Button by Lillian Paige Walton

The writer on her debut short story collection, making the insentient sensual, the rewards of silence, and developing a mature creative practice.

Shaking Something Loose: Sam Cohen Interviewed by Gina Abelkop
Cover of Sarahland by Sam Cohen

Gossip, sex, fan communities, and friendship—a story collection about queer imagination and transformation that looks for answers in fun places.

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

Honoring the Body: R.O. Kwon and Garth Greenwell Interviewed by Greg Mania
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Sundown at the Eternal Staircase by GennaRose Nethercott
BOMB Magazine issue #154 open to GennaRose Nethercott's "Sundown at the Eternal Staircase" against a light pink background. The text is surrounded by a dark blue, geometric-patterned border.
Parts and Labor by Halimah Marcus
Zoran Tairovic abstract painting of a blue bike

The first time I saw Jane I was working at the bike shop, a veritable cacophony of grease and gunk I only survived by occupying my hands. Bikes had a purpose that had nothing to do with me—every part fit together properly so my mind could remain free and unviolated. Her left knee was scrapped, with pieces of pavement lodged in the wound. The sight disrupted my hard-earned equilibrium. I tried not to look, but it was too late. I had already imagined retrieving the bits of bloody gravel from her abrasion and rolling them like candy on my tongue.

The Approach by Michael Baptist
The Approach Mockup

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
Noral Lange Mockup

“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.

Issue #152: Michael in Light Colors by Marie-Helene Bertino
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Constellate and Create: A Conversation by Peter Kispert, Nicolette Polek & Mary South
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The writers on their debut short story collections, artifice as truth, and how music can teach you to write a sentence.

Having a Good Time: Souvankham Thammavongsa Interviewed by Zach Davidson
Book cover of How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa

On her debut story collection, happy refugees, and why personal biography isn’t art.

The Imprecation by Kathryn Scanlan
Book cover of The Dominant Animal by Kathryn Scanlan

A short story from the collection The Dominant Animal.

Work as Life: Hilary Leichter Interviewed by Diane Cook
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The writer on when the short story becomes a novel, writing about the gig economy, and claiming new meanings for words.

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.

A Woman Object (Exploding) by Lidia Yuknavitch
Bookcover displaying an illustrated wolf amid bright strips of color set on a blue background

Goddamn it to motherfucking hell, she says. I think that ought to cover it, he says. He asks her why she feels the need to swear so much, so deliberately, what depends on it, why it’s so important to her. Why, after so long, she hasn’t grown tired. Worn out in the mouth.

The Dead by Ayşe Papatya Bucak
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