Emerging from the waning panic of the pandemic, Alta Journal’s 2021 fiction featured vastly different settings in which characters from all walks of life dealt with the punches the world throws. Read our best fiction from the past year here:
Institutional racism and unfortunate circumstances prevent a young man from becoming a cop.
A woman is called back to the land of her home in Kailyn McCord’s short story about freedom and sacrifice.
A high schooler goes to extreme lengths to forge a connection.
From Alta’s managing editor comes a short story of a desperate character longing for help and love.