We Want Your Stories


Extract(s) is always looking for great stories to share with our readers. We admit, we are are pretty tough when it comes to accepting work, but if you have something you believe matches up with what we love, let us have a look! Our word limit for stories–fiction, personal essay, and creative non-fiction–is 1,500 words. … Continue reading

Story: Samantha Stier


Portraits Together we look at other people’s portraits. We love self-portraits, especially those by Renoir, who is a master at capturing his inner essence. Our favorite self-portrait is by Norman Rockwell. We like the self-reflexive nature of that one. We like how we become part of the piece just by looking at it. We like … Continue reading

Story: Donna Vorreyer


The Alphabet of Avoidance There is no easy way to say it. Words are useless, though there are so many. Cantaloupe. Armageddon. Undulating. (These are a few of my favorites. But they don’t apply to this situation. Well, maybe armageddon.) I sort through the thesaurus to look for some assistance: Blight. Catastrophe. Disaster. Eruption. Fiasco. … Continue reading

Story: David James


A Story Problem No one knows how these things happen; he decided to live a decent and faithful life from here on. Up to this point, his list of wrongs, faults, grievances, and errors could fill a book. But he decided he could erase that dark past one good deed at a time, with the … Continue reading

Story: Kevin Callaway


Un-Ambulation Bodies grind-shift through the Los Padre mountains, looping around pine trees and dry rivers. Shadows tag onto lifting lights. The valley is sunk. I’ve climbed this range too many times and by that I mean I’m indistinguishable—racing in the dark and never really cresting before the sun—sermoning to the broke-down-boys of our generation. We … Continue reading

We Want Excerpts from your new book (or one you love)!


Do you have a new book out on an independent press? Do you have one forthcoming in the next three months? Then send it to us for consideration for this spot right here! Each Friday we excerpt new and forthcoming books from independent presses (and occasionally larger publishers) and we just can’t keep up on … Continue reading

Story: Stephanie Austin


Maybe We Were Never Creative Enough My husband’s new roommate asks me to come upstairs and help her pick out an outfit to wear to a job interview. She used to be a legal assistant, she says, and she loved it but life happens and once she lived in New Mexico and she misses her … Continue reading

Story: Brian Michael Barbeito


Angels and Popsicles or St. Theresa at American Malls It’s a crescent moon there, but only for quick seconds. It gets drunk up like a quick libation by the storm clouds. See, the afternoon was overcast and now the night joins in on the trouble. It begins to rain. And hard. It hits the bricks … Continue reading

Story: Christopher DiCicco


So My Mother She Lives Among the Clouds* The thing about my father is he tells stories you wouldn’t believe. He says, “Simon, did you know there are dragons in these woods?” I have to shake my head because I don’t, because it’s necessary to admit I have no idea dragons live here if I … Continue reading

Three Questions: Kyle Muntz

Kyle Muntz, author of GREEN LIGHTS.

We featured an excerpt from Kyle Muntz’s Green Lights (Civil Coping Mechanisms)in April. He is the author of three novels (The Crippled Giant is forthcoming from Mixer Publishing) and the writer and designer of The Pale City, an independently produced role playing game for PC. You interweave plot and character and color so intricately in … Continue reading


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