Pointer #9 – Twelve Stories

* Online lit mags are publishing some of the most intriguing writing available today. Every Monday, I post a pointer to a site that offers fiction and/or poetry either as free content or as samples from subscriber issues. Today’s pointer is to Twelve Stories.

Another one to add to my bookmarks– quality fiction of various lengths presented in a clean and readable design.


via the About page:


Twelve Stories is an online literary journal dedicated to publishing quality short fictions of up to 1,500 words each.


Why not? Terrific literary journals abound; and, like them, we value writers and superior writing. Twelve Stories is a place to celebrate these things.

We pride ourselves on our streamlined, story-centered design. Nowhere on this site will you find advertising or much else but a clean portal for what we hope are stories readers can connect with.


Fiction excerpt from Ben Loory’s “The Shield: A Fable”:

A man and his wife are walking through a museum when the man sees a shield on the wall. Look at that! he says. Isn’t that remarkable?

The two of them walk a little closer.

What’s so remarkable about it? says his wife.

Well, the workmanship! says the man. It’s exquisite!

It’s just a shield, says his wife. It’s a big hunk of metal. There’s not even anything painted on it.

Well I think it’s nice, the man says, after a while.

But there isn’t really much more to say.

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