The best in literary short fiction compiled from Flash Fiction Online's 2016 selection and curated by Suzanne W. Vincent.

As powerful as they are beautiful, let the power of literary fiction transport and transform you in such powerful tales as "My Mother's Death-A Sonnet" by Pulitzer nominee, John Guzlowski.

Learn to live beyond grief with the help of an almost-spiritual connection in "So This" by Chloe N. Clark. But there is probably little to rival a mother's bedside vigil in "Now Watch as Belinda Unmakes the World" in this dark surrealist story by Lynette Mejia.

Explore the bounds of family and the other side of love in "Heartwood" by Shawn Proctor. Or for those who like their literature a bit more adventurous, try "Mamita" by Stephen S. Power. The striking voice leaves the reader immersed in a world where family is all that matters.

Plus stories by Naru Dames Sundhar, Jennifer Todhunter, Anton Rose, Hannah Dela Cruz, Xin Rong Chua, Okafor Emmanuel Tochukwu, and Lydia Ondrusek.