My flash fiction story, "On Return from the Land Where One Never Dies," is live now in issue 46.3 of The Journal. I submitted to this literary magazine a lot back in the 2013-2016 era of my writing, so it's a publication I've been after for a long time. Lovely for it to finally happen, and for me to move something out of the forthcoming column and into the published space.
It's heavily influenced by one of my favorite fairy tales of all time: "The Land Where One Never Dies," which you can find in Italo Calvino's Italian Folktales.
Think of it less as a retelling and more of an extension. What happens after a fairy tale ends? What happens when fairy tale logic meets our world? What if the magic doesn't work the way you hoped it would?