Fresh New Shorts Podcast

Fresh New Shorts Podcast

Original short stories by award-winning short fiction writers. Sample from over 25 short stories! Many stories are found in the eBook -- "A Physicist's Guide to Love" from Amazon. See the [ 〉 ] on PodBean's left sidebar for more information.

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December 12, 2020 25 min

In 42, a 20-something works random midnight shifts at a fast-food joint to connect with a youth he lost. During these graveyard shifts, he competes in burger-making contests with his younger colleagues, hiding his sense of being mismatched with his age behind a calm, confident demeaner.

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In 1994, a girl and her father travel up from Newfoundland for work as the economics of home become worse and worse. Staying with friends dredges up a past incident, and the girl questions her father’s choice to put them in this predicament. Their situation is not unique; everyone and everything on the island is making such calculations on their past and future.

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November 23, 2020 16 min

“Where Things Rise, Unannounced” by Erin MacNair won EVENT magazine’s 2018 Creative non-fiction contest, and was also long listed for the 2018 CBC nonfiction contest. EVENT magazine contest judge Lori Ann Wilson said: (MacNair) is acutely aware what’s on the surface is always underwritten by the past, the unknown and the unseen.” The various themes of mental illness, eco-anxiety, and parental guilt are woven into this story of stru...

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November 8, 2020 18 min

Cinnamon, Sask, is perhaps the driest place on earth, with a drought spanning years. After her divorce, a woman and her son move to the town to teach. They are not the only fish out of water or waterless plain. A Dad and his daughter are building a huge boat on the prairie, attracting the suspicion and ire of a local family.

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Welcome to our All Saint’s Eve edition of Fresh New Shorts. Listen to new short fiction from award-winning writers.

The Crucifix of Nicolo Aldovrandi, by John Blackmore, pays homage to the settings, characters, and atmosphere of an Edgar Allen Poe story. A Florentine priest near the end of his life is confronted about a body missing from its grave, one that should have been interred decades ago. The priest had been dealing in corp...

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"The Chemistry of Unhappiness" by Erin MacNair is a dystopian tale where humans fall victim to their own emotional states, a silent attack from the inside out can unexpectedly cause you to freeze up or burn to ash. But... there might just be a cure to save us. It was runner up in EVENT magazine’s 2019 speculative fiction contest.

Erin is a published non-fiction and fiction short story writer. Her work has appeared in The W...

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October 18, 2020 13 min

Today's story is "Parallax," by Terence Young. You can learn more about his writing at www.terenceyoung.ca.

"Parallax" is more a lyrical narrative than a traditional short story in that it attempts to convey the long life of a couple through a succession of details, impressions and random snips of dialogue, using at times some of the elements of poetry, such as repetition.  

Terence Young has published several...

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October 11, 2020 2 min

It's Canadian Thanksgiving! We're offering a short poem from a collection that's based on seasons. This one is a wistful goodbye to summer, and to being young.

We hope everyone is safe and wish you and your families health and contentment.

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October 4, 2020 20 min

Buoyancy places us in modern-day France and a blend of fairy tales. A boy and his abandoned mother befriend a young girl living alone on a sprawling estate. The sole survivor of a family boating accident, she has made a terrible bargain to survive days of being lost at sea. The boy seems to have also unknowingly made an unnatural exchange for her love.  

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A Nation the Size of a Thimble is based on the “micro” story that won the first Writers’ Union of Canada Postcard Story contest. Two people staying in a Halifax boarding house just after WW2 strike up a relationship based on sad stories. While visiting the cemetery where many of the dead from the Titanic are buried, she explains there is a dignity in suffering, but not in surviving. He tells her his story where survival cost him de...

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September 20, 2020 22 min

In Playing with Dirt, a woman who lost her husband on 9/11 deals with grief in the year after his death. He was not a victim of terrorism, but like so many in Manhattan, his body has not been found. In the following spring, she begins to discover bones in the huge yard of the sprawling farmhouse he had always wanted. Perhaps, she considers, if she can find them all and rebuild the skeleton, they will find his body too…

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September 14, 2020 14 min

Tune in this week for Big Bear Lake, by John Blackmore. Hearing the story of a young kid with cancer, Dan determines the boy should have the chance to go fishing, even if for just one special time. It was something his father had always promised, but never delivered. Yet, his undependable friends make the plan challenging.

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July 19, 2020 16 min

This week’s story is The Rogue Elephant, by John Blackmore. Reunite with the couple from The Tornado Lovers before they married. Charlotte and Bernard are backpacking in India and learn what happens when your sense of wonder, awe and love weakens, even in the presence of a wild elephant.

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July 12, 2020 14 min

In Skaterman Part 2, French athlete Alain has triumphed in the subway as the Silver Skater. He heads to the tip of Manhattan to see the Statue of Liberty and is met by the woman who gave him the ride from Lake Placid. In the special Liberty hotel suite, they learn together a lesson about love and relationships. Note: contains profanity and adult situations.

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July 12, 2020 24 min

This week’s story is Skaterman by John Blackmore, and is in two parts. In Part 1, French athlete Alain Boisclair places fourth in all five speed-skating events at the Lake Placid Olympics.

Bitterly disappointed, he borrows a fellow Olympian’s bronze medal and hitches a ride to see the Statue of Liberty in New York City. His plans go awry during a violent altercation on the subway. Note: contains some profanity and adult situations...

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June 28, 2020 30 min

This week’s story is The Destroying Angel, by John Blackmore. An annual fall camping trip for three 40-something friends is upended by the inclusion of Tanner, a non-stop talker and alpha male. The situation goes from irritating to deadly with the discovery of a beautiful, poisonous mushroom.

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This week’s story, Mastering Surface Tension, is by Barbara Black. It won the Writers’ Union of Canada Short Story competition for 2017. Mastering Surface Tension takes us into the home and mind of an ordinary man with a sudden, extraordinary imagination. After a fall puts him in a coma, Bert experiences the world as if he were various insects. While human sympathy and the mundane play out around him, Bert learns to fly, mate, and ...

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June 14, 2020 29 min

This week’s story, Atomic Distances, takes us to a beach in Florida where an electrician watches over a group of partyers. He became addicted to saving people in mortal circumstances after trying to revive a colleague. That’s when he discovered the space separating life and death is measured in angstroms, or the width of atoms. And, that traversing those distances releases potent energy. Rip currents, as he notes, are killers.

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June 7, 2020 20 min

This week’s story, Ash, follows a young couple perilously close to the birth of their first child, the threat of ash falling on their carefully planned neighbourhood, and an older couple living next door who seem to be building a tower of household goods in their driveway.

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May 31, 2020 19 min

In The Passage, a photographer reflects on how he got his start at 15 with a heart-breaking photo he didn’t expect from the girl he loved but could never have. It takes place at the beginning of the 1950s in St. John’s, shortly after Confederation, when Protestants and Catholics were separate tribes. "This story stuck with me for days after reading it," said the Writers’ Union Final Jury.

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