A little Substack for big fiction
Welcome to Works Progress
We publish short fiction about anything bigger than yourself: stories about astronauts, ICU nurses, politics, protests, alternate histories, big-world calamities, juicy personal dramas and the people who experience them. Fiction with dynamic characters who do interesting things. We don’t think stories should be slogs. We do not publish quiet stories about divorce.
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At least one piece of short fiction a month direct to your inbox.
How do I submit?
Send stories to email@example.com. Under 5,000 words, and the shorter the better.
You’ll be shocked to learn this isn’t a federally subsidized project. But we pay writers.
Mark Chiusano writes for Newsday. Lot of congressional campaigns and municipal malfeasance. His short story collection “Marine Park” was a PEN/Hemingway Award honorable mention. His stories and essays have appeared in McSweeney's, Zyzzyva, Guernica, and The Atlantic.
Scott Chiusano is a writer/editor, currently at MLB.com and formerly at the New York Daily News, with fiction published in Toasted Cheese Literary Journal and The Twin Bill. He is a fan of slow rollers and Jacob deGrom sliders.
Charlotte Alter is a correspondent at TIME and author of “The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For: How a New Generation of Leaders Will Transform America.” She likes drama and true crime, and stories about people who make drama and do crimes.