Jen Knox

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An Ohio-born writer, Jen Knox's writing has been featured in The Best Small Fictions 2017 (Braddock Avenue Books), The Adirondack Review, Chicago Tribune's Printers Row, Chicago Quarterly Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, Fiction Southeast, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, MJI News, The Saturday Evening Post, The Santa Fe Writers Project Quarterly, NPR, and Sequestrum, among others. Jen's writing has been nominated for a Pushcart and multiple Best of the Net anthologies. She is a Writing Coach, educator, and the Academic Programs Manager at OSU's Leadership Initiative. Jen earned her BA in English from Otterbein and her MFA from Bennington. She is the author of After the Gazebo (NYC, New York: Rain Mountain Press), and she recently completed a collection of short fabulist fiction, The Glass City, which won the 2016 Prize Americana (Hollywood Books International). An excerpt of The Glass City also earned finalist status in the 2016 Calvino Prize from The University of Louisville. Jen's work has earned finalist status in the Dundee International Book Competition and a semifinalist status in the Book Pipeline Competition. Find her here:

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West on N Road

Feb 12, 2019 · 3,746 words (14 minutes)

Literary Fiction Strange

"Rattle walked the loop at sunrise and sunset. At dawn, he was quick-footed, ignoring joints that ached and scraped as though rusted. He pushed on, to the first big rock, shaking the bones and waking the tendons. The stiffness would ease after a quarter-mile."

Our Sky, the Ocean

Dec 19, 2018 · 735 words (3 minutes) · 71 views

Literary Fiction

Two sisters learn to see the world in new ways.

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The Suit

Dec 14, 2018 · 2,261 words (9 minutes) · 70 views

Literary Fiction

"Miranda could get anyone to smile, and there was nowhere people needed to smile more than on public transportation in northwestern Ohio."


Nov 23, 2018 · 4,247 words (16 minutes) · 101 views

Literary Fiction

Jeff will be my first arrest. I don’t dislike the guy, but it’ll be easy, make me look tough out of the gate. The first arrest is a big deal, and I happen to know that Jeff will break the law any given day he finds breath in his lungs.

Senile Cradle

Nov 15, 2018 · 3,073 words (12 minutes) · 92 views

Horror Literary Fiction Strange

An unexpected visitor shows up in the garage on a winter day.


Oct 28, 2018 · 4,487 words (17 minutes) · 5 views

Literary Fiction Love

Her brother took a video game too far, and she tries to stop him before he loses everything.

Gather the Ingredients

Oct 10, 2018 · 5,838 words (22 minutes) · 220 views

Classic Literary Fiction

Lost Her Way

Oct 1, 2018 · 3,623 words (14 minutes) · 1 view

Literary Fiction

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Open Times

Sep 15, 2018 · 2,380 words (9 minutes) · 2 likes · 491 views

Classic Literary Fiction


Jun 14, 2018 · 1,517 words (6 minutes) · 144 views

Literary Fiction Strange