vol. 61

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.

Every Snake Needs a Place to Hide

Kathleen Hellen

I might have acted as the violence of language / had commanded. With strike-speed struck /your saddled stick, eight inches balling in a fist, / your heart exploding.


Barry Seiler

Who doesn’t have sympathy for the door / Forever separating the out from the in, / The here from the wherever?

Recent News

1 month 2 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

3 months 3 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

4 months 5 days ago

Our congrats go out to fb alums, Paul Auster and

6 months 2 weeks ago

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