Fiction Issue

Stories by John Updike, Tobias Wolff, Marjorie Kemper, Constance Squires, Sana Krasikov, and Bradford Tice; Edward J. Delaney assesses America's top writing programs; poems by Brendan Galvin, Linda Pastan, and others; Ann Patchett on writing, friendship, and censorship; our 2007 student poetry contest winners; and much more.

The Atlantic - Fiction Issue


The Topaz Room

The Mice

The Believer


How Killer Blue Irises Spread

A winner of the Atlantic's 2007 Student Poetry Contest

The Wide Receiver Declares Himself Ready

A winner of the Atlantic's 2007 Student Poetry Contest

Tío Pancho’s Farewell

A winner of the Atlantic's 2007 Student Poetry Contest


The Apparition

Milford did not want to draw too close to Lorena. At his age, he preferred to observe at a safe distance.

Specific Gravity

Father Timothy’s generosity had caused money problems. How much would he give up to solve them?

Running Out of Music

Lucinda felt like a spy, trading dangerous information with Private Nately that could end the Cold War in one fell swoop—and she really wanted that Rolling Stones album.


Her abductor didn’t want money or sex. So what was he after?

Maia in Yonkers

It was hard to be alone, so far away from her son. Could she bear to deny him this one thing?


Elder Case wanted to win enough converts to make district leader. Elder Joseph was … confused.

Where Great Writers are Made

Assessing America’s top graduate writing programs


Where the Wild Things Go

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.


Adults Need Playtime Too

When was the last time you played your favorite childhood game?


Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.


The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air



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