short short short story by Jody Forrester

State Fair

“One dime, one thin dime, that’s all it takes to win here!” That was my rap, variations of to be repeated all day. Even though his father told him it was sissy, the little boy hoped to win the stuffed pink dog. He didn’t know that the glass plates had been coated with furniture oil. When his third and last dime slid off and my boss turned his back, I placed it back on a plate, and said, “We have a winner!”.


Jody A. Forrester is a recent graduate from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her story Train won honorable mention in the 2007 Anderbo/Open City Competition, and story Watts was chosen for the 6th Annual Emerging Voices Group Show at the New Short Fiction series in Los Angeles. She is currently working on a collection of short stories.


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About benjaminrybeck

Benjamin Rybeck reviews books for Electric Literature’s The Outlet, HTMLGIANT, Kirkus Reviews, The Rumpus, and Three Guys One Book. He is a former editor-in-chief of Sonora Review, and a current reviews editor for The Destroyer. His fiction has appeared in DIAGRAM, Guernica, Monkeybicycle, Ninth Letter, PANK, The Seattle Review, and elsewhere, and has received “notable story” and “special mention” distinctions in The Best American Nonrequired Reading and The Pushcart Prize Anthology, respectively. He lives in Houston, where he recently finished a novel and a short story collection.

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