In this is­sue

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Icon­o­clasts and trou­ble­mak­ers run amok in this is­sue.

A young vagabond risks her soul against mag­i­cal forces to save a world that’s been any­thing but kind to her in the open­ing chap­ter of Brenda Carre’s novel Gret; and Spencer Stevens en­coun­ters a rebel heiress in his search for his own lost love in ‘The High­way­man’s De­cep­tion’, Book Four of the Seven Swans mys­ter­ies by Mel Anas­ta­siou.

Aliens, drag­ons, and trolls are not what you might ex­pect in A M Soto’s ‘Pack Up Your Trou­bles’, Char­ity Tah­maseb’s ‘A Knight at the Royal Arms’, and Kris Sayer’s ‘Gruff ’.

Chill out by the pool in two Cal­i­for­nian tales. Mur­der and sex­ting go hand in hand in Adam Golub’s ‘The Pool Guy’, and ‘Can­nery Row’ by Su­san Pi­eters is a bittersweet com­ing of age tale.

Our po­etry edi­tor Dan Cow­per has se­lected three bril­liant works for this is­sue. In Ben­jamin Her­twig’s ‘In­gle­wood Courts, Ed­mon­ton’, a young Croa­t­ian ven­tures into strange ter­ri­tory;

Ni­cholas Christian’s ‘Was­sail in Ink’ leaves us guess­ing at seven words; and Jenny Black­ford star­tles with ‘The Hair in the Bag’.

Short and sweet with a sting: this is­sue holds the Bum­ble­bee Flash Fic­tion con­test win­ner ‘Crushed Vel­vet’, a comic tale of re­bel­lious cloth­ing by In­grid Jen­drze­jew­ski; and run­ner-up ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’, Jay Al­lisan’s glimpse into a utopian yet all-too-fa­mil­iar fu­ture.

You may re­lax, but these char­ac­ters can­not: a hurt and hun­gry man takes cen­tre stage in An­gela Post’s ‘Sourdough’, the Sur­rey In­ter­na­tional Writ­ers’ Con­fer­ence Sto­ry­teller’s Award run­nerup; and JM Lan­dels’s Al­laigna wields swords and magic in her search for her fa­ther in the lat­est in­stal­ment from Book Two of the fan­tasy tril­ogy.

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