Dakota Canon

I write because I feel compelled, like a tic. I write for the characters I create. They’re good company, my besties—I write to spend time with them. I write for the God-like power in my fingertips—I can create whole worlds and send them crashing down and everyone does what I say. I write because words are like toys, and I like to tinker with them. I write because it’s good therapy. I write because I can’t seem to stop myself.

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“Marvelous, South Dakota”

On my birthday, my wife read from a paper scroll to announce our divorce. She decreed that she and her boyfriend,
2015-01-14 10:43:08


“What We Don’t Say Out Loud”

Maharishi doesn’t speak to me anymore. Neither does God.  But sometimes, the bald guy behind the counter at the Vi
2018-10-19 10:18:41


The Story Behind the Story: “I’m Blue.”

I’d like to clarify that the first person voice of “I’m Blue,” is a woman. This story started with a previous flash “
2020-05-21 20:13:28


“Everyone Knows”

Everyone at Bishop High knows which Brothers you can’t be caught alone with. The older students play many pranks on t
2020-05-18 17:16:17


“Driving Dark in the Marlboro Night”

He drove over to her house to confess his love. Oh, she of the thoroughly chomped Dubble Bubble, our lady of Red
2020-05-11 18:27:20


“Zp, Signed with Love”

I was hurt even though he said I didn’t have to be. He told me I knew. I knew all along. That she was even sleeping
2020-05-06 14:32:49


“Joan Ponders Spit”

Joan Ponders Spit It was Christmas day, so Joan was bored. Her children had already opened their presents.
2020-04-27 15:27:56


“Joan of Ark”

After the fire, Joan received a post from Next Door about free kittens. Looking at the picture of the five kittens
2020-04-16 07:33:16


“Unbeknownst to Me”

Unbeknownst to me my husband started teaching himself German. This is exactly the kind of thing my husband does. Our
2020-04-13 10:36:43


Why I Write: Allie Blum

My Motivations for Writing: A Letter to My Writing Workshop On Monday night I had trouble falling asleep. I
2020-04-13 09:15:03


About Dakota Canon

Dakota Canon’s first novel, The Unmaking of Eden, won the 2019 Caledonia Novel Award and the 2018 Hastings Litfest Crime Novel Competition and was long-listed in the 2018 Yeovil Literary Prize. She's received placement in the Manchester Fiction Prize, the Writer’s Digest Annual Short Story Contest and the Brilliant Flash Fiction competition and has short work, either published or forthcoming, in Witness, Hobart, Moon City Review, Literary Orphans, Citron Review and The MacGuffin among others. She is a reader for the literary magazine Cease, Cows. Follow her on Twitter @DakotaCanon or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/dakota.canon.author