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Best Small Fictions and Best Microfiction: an international reading


Best Microfiction 2020

Steven John’s writing has appeared in Pithead Chapel, Bending Genres, Spelk, Fictive Dream, EllipsisZine and Best Microfiction 2019 and 2020, among others. He’s won Bath Ad Hoc Fiction a record seven times. Steven lives in The Cotswolds, England, and is Fiction & Special Features Editor at New Flash Fiction Review. Twitter: @StevenJohnWrite
Kathryn Kulpa makes up songs in her sleep, then forgets them by morning. Her work has appeared in Milk Candy Review, Monkeybicycle, Smokelong Quarterly, and 100 Word Story, and she is a flash fiction editor for Cleaver magazine. She was born in a small state, and she writes short stories.
jj peña is a queer, burrito-blooded writer living & existing in el paso, texas. he is the winner of blue earth review’s 2019 flash fiction contest, cutbank’s 2019 big sky, small prose contest, & mythic picnic’s 2020 postcard prize. his stories have appeared in, or are forthcoming from, hobart, new delta review, wigleaf, the kenyon review and elsewhere.
Michelle Ross is the author of There’s So Much They Haven’t Told You (2017), which won the 2016 Moon City Press Short Fiction Award. Her fiction has recently appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Colorado Review, The Pinch, Wigleaf and other venues. Her work has been selected for Best Microfictions 2020 and the Wigleaf Top 50 2019, as well as been a finalist for Best of the Net 2019 and the Lascaux Prize in short fiction and flash fiction and long-listed for the Wigleaf Top 50 2017 and 2020, among other awards. She is fiction editor of Atticus Review.
Charmaine Wilkerson is an American writer who lives in Italy. She is a former journalist whose flash fiction can be found in various anthologies and magazines, including Best Microfiction 2020 and 2019. Her novella-in-flash How to Make a Window Snake is the winner of a Bath Novella-in-Flash Award and the UK’s Saboteur Award for Best Novella.
Francine Witte is the author of four poetry chapbooks and two full-length collections, Café Crazy and The Theory of Flesh from Kelsay Books. Her flash fiction has appeared in numerous journals and anthologized in the most recent New Micro (W.W. Norton) Her novella-in-flash, The Way of the Wind, has just been published by Ad Hoc Fiction, and her full-length collection of flash fiction, Dressed All Wrong for This, was recently published by Blue Light Press. She lives in New York City.

Best Small Fictions 2020

Micah Dean Hicks is the author of the novel Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones and the story collection Electricity and Other Dreams. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship, has been awarded the Calvino Prize, and is a two-time finalist for the Nelson Algren Award. His writing has appeared in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, The New York Times, Lightspeed, Nightmare and elsewhere. Hicks grew up in rural southwest Arkansas and now lives in Orlando. He teaches creative writing at the University of Central Florida.
Omotara James is the author of the chapbook, Daughter Tongue, selected by African Poetry Book Fund, in collaboration with Akashic Books, for the 2018 New Generation African Poets Box Set. She has been awarded fellowships from Lambda Literary and Cave Canem Foundation. She is a recipient of the 2019 92Y / Discovery Poetry Prize. Her work was selected for the 2020 Best Small Fictions anthology and she was a 2019 finalist for the Brunel International African Poetry Prize. Her poetry has appeared in POETRY magazine, The Paris Review, The Academy of American Poets, Platypus Press,The Believer, Literary Hub, Poetry Society of America and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in Poetry from New York University and lives in New York City.
Angie Sijun Lou is from Seattle and Shanghai. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in the American Poetry Review, FENCE, Black Warrior Review, the Adroit Journal, the Asian American Literary Review, Hyphen, the Margins and others. She is a Kundiman Fellow in Fiction and a PhD student in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Rachel Smith lives in Aotearoa New Zealand. Her writing has been published in journals and anthologies, including Best Microfiction 2019 and Bonsai – Best Small Stories from Aotearoa New Zealand. It has been short-listed for the Bath Flash Fiction Award and TSS International Flash Fiction, and placed second in 2017 NZ National Flash Fiction Day. She is script writer for a feature film Stranded Pearl due for release in 2020.
Lavanya Vasudevan is an engineer-turned-writer who lives in the Seattle area and reviews children’s books for Kirkus. Her writing has been published in Wigleaf, Paper Darts, The Masters Review Anthology, and elsewhere. Find her online at and on Twitter @vanyala.


Best Microfictions

Gary Fincke‘s latest collection is The Sorrows (Stephen F. Austin, 2020). Earlier collections have won the Flannery O’Connor Prize for Short Fiction and the Elixir Press Fiction Prize. His flash story, ‘The Corridors of Longing’, originally in New Flash Fiction Review, will be included in Best Small Fictions 2020. A new essay, ‘After the Three-Moon Era’, has been selected to appear in Best American Essays 2020.
Meg Pokrass is the author of six flash fiction collections and 2 books of hybrid prose, Cellulose Pajamas and Spinning To Mars, both of which received San Francisco’s Blue Light Book Award. Her work has appeared in hundreds of magazines including Electric Literature, McSweeney’s, Washington Square Review, Craft, SmokeLong Quarterly, Jellyfish Review and Wigleaf, and her flash has been widely internationally anthologized in two Norton Anthology Readers, The Best Small Fictions, Wigleaf Top 50 and numerous other anthologies. She currently serves as Founding Co-Editor of Best Microfiction 2020, Founding Editor of New Flash Fiction Review, Flash Fiction Editor at Mslexia, Festival Curator for Flash Fiction Festival U.K. Meg teaches flash fiction workshops online and in person. Find out more at

Best Small Fictions

Nathan Leslie is the editor of Best Small Fictions. He won the 2019 Washington Writers’ Publishing House prize for fiction for his collection of short stories, Hurry Up and Relax. Nathan’s nine previous books of fiction include Three Men, Root and Shoot, Sibs and The Tall Tale of Tommy Twice. He is also the author of a collection of poems, Night Sweat. Nathan is the founder and organizer of the Reston Reading Series in Reston, Virginia, and the publisher and editor of the new online journal Maryland Literary Review. Previously he was series editor for Best of the Web and fiction editor for Pedestal Magazine. His fiction has been published in hundreds of literary magazines such as Shenandoah, North American Review, Boulevard, Hotel Amerika and Cimarron Review. Nathan’s nonfiction has been published in The Washington Post, Kansas City Star and Orlando Sentinel. Nathan lives in Northern Virginia, US, with his wife, Julie.


Constance Talbot. Constance Talbot is the Chair of the Wellington Writers Walk and Area Director, Toastmasters New Zealand in Wellington. She also serves on the Central Committee for National Flash Fiction Day NZ. She is an active member of the Wellington literary community and chairs the local NFFD city event there.

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