The Time Traveler's Pocket Guide

Short Short Stories

Sixteen writers tell sixteen very different stories -- each one only a single sentence in length. In these quick literary journeys you'll meet astronauts, werewolves, knight errants, super spies and storytellers... The stories are comic, suspenseful, wistful, joyful and even epic... But each one ends before the first full stop.

Stories by Mari Ness, Megan Engelhardt, Alex Shvartsman, and thirteen others. Edited by Matthew Bennardo, with sixteen illustrations by K. Sekelsky.

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J. Brosnan would rather split firewood than see a show; sail a sailboat than win an award, write words than eat. She is currently busy with that last--writing copious words, beside a river in Florida. A number of her short pieces are available here.

Ron Collins has appeared in Asimov's, Analog, Nature, and several other magazines and anthologies. His writing has received a Writers of the Future prize, and a CompuServe HOMer Award. He lives in Columbus, Indiana with his wife, Lisa. The obligatory cat's name is Keiko.

Sue Ann Connaughton writes from a drafty old house in New England. Her short pieces have recently appeared in The Bicycle Review; Fabula Argentea; The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts; Barnwood Poetry Magazine; The Linnet’s Wings; The Meadowland Review; thickjam; and Boston Literary Magazine.

Judy Darley is a British journalist and fiction writer. You can find her at and @EssentialWriter.

Richard J. Dowling hopes his fiction brings a smile to the faces of lifeforms throughout the universe. Email: Web:

Xanthe Elliott is the alter-ego of a mild-mannered Maryland accountant. After counting beans by day, she seeks the meaning of life in the written word. Xanthe can be hailed at

Megan Engelhardt is a lapsed librarian who lives in a crooked little house in northwest Ohio. She has previously been published in Daily Science Fiction, The Drabblecast, and Crossed Genres. Her book Wolves and Witches, a collection of fairy tale retellings written with her sister Amanda C. Davis, was released in February 2013 by World Weaver Press. You can find her online at and on Twitter @MadMerryMeg.

Joanne Fox is a UK writer of short fiction. Her work has appeared in a variety of women's magazine and small press publications. She loves finding stories in unexpected places, especially while walking, or travelling on trains. She also enjoys writing workshops that stimulate and challenge. Her blog is at

A. T. Greenblatt works in a firmly non-writing field when the sun is up and writes under a desk lamp at night. Fueled by a sheer love of books and a tyrannical imagination, she writes the stories that appear over her morning coffee and won't leave her alone until they are put down on paper. She writes, raves, and blogs at and on Twitter @AtGreenblatt.


Wayne Helge was in the Coast Guard for a dozen years, but now writes and works in Virginia. His recent publications include a story in the Corrupts Absolutely? anthology from Damnation Press, and he tweets the occasional hot stock tip at @waynsdeepkimchi.

Lisa Marie Lopez has had short stories published in The Storyteller magazine and in various anthologies including The Spark, Volume One, by Scribbcrib Publishing. She lives with her husband in Concord, California.

Mari Ness has published short fiction and poetry in multiple print and online publications, including Clarkesworld, Apex Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, and Strange Horizons. A list of her works can be found at her blog,, or you can follow her on Twitter at mari_ness. She lives in central Florida.

TJ Radcliffe is a Canadian poet and physicist who works in embedded systems and robotics. Find him at:

Alex Shvartsman is a writer and game designer from Brooklyn, NY. His short stories appeared in Nature, Daily Science Fiction, Galaxy's Edge and many other magazines and anthologies. Read more of his fiction at

Abigail Wyatt writes poetry and short fiction which has been widely anthologised. She is a founder member of the Red River Poetry Collective and one of the editors of Poetry24. Her "Old Soldiers, Old Bones and Other Stories" is available at She blogs at

Some of the places Kit Yona's works have appeared include the original Machine of Death anthology and Femme Actualle magazine. He is a rare nerd/jock hybrid and when threatened will either ruck over or pelt with d12s. He can be contacted/harrassed/mocked at and followed on Twitter at @theKitastrophe.


M. Bennardo's short stories appear in Asimov's Science Fiction, Lightspeed Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and other places. He is also editor of the Machine of Death series of anthologies. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio, but people everywhere can find him online at


K. Sekelsky lives in Pennsylvania. She has had illustrations published with the Harvard University Press and featured in Cooper-Hewitt’s National Design Triennial. Her art can be seen on her mother’s refrigerator (by appointment only) and at Her words can be seen Twitter at @Sekelsky.