vol. 61

Friday Prayers

Haitham Alsarraf

A small concrete mosque resides in the center of a residential area. Light brown, cracking paint wraps its simple geometric walls. One minaret stands erect on the southern corner, silently heaving toward the sky.

The Living

April Sopkin

Marguerite ducked into the wind and rode the mare through the darkening valley, past the crooked shapes of abandoned homesteads and towards the sun as it slid behind the hard, perfect line that expressed a distance she hoped to one day know, but could not yet.

Statler and Waldorf

Austin Kelley

The day the Muppets came to my neighborhood will forever be associated in my mind with the onset of my illness.

Recent News

2 months 3 weeks ago

Although we are equally proud of all the works that have appears in failbetter the past year, we are particularly honored to nominate the follow fbfolks and works for possible 2017 Pushcart Prize consideration

4 months 4 weeks ago

Congrats go out to fb alum, Daniel Alarcón, whose story collection, The King Is Always Above the People, is among the 10 finalists for the National Book Award in fiction!  Alarcón has been a busy man since we had the pleasure of featuring his work

5 months 1 week ago

Our congrats go out to fb alums, Paul Auster and

7 months 3 weeks ago

You made it!  It’s failbetter volume 61.  As you’ve noticed, things are a little bit different around here