“Writers who do short shorts need to be especially bold. They stake everything on a stroke of inventiveness.”—Irving Howe

We are pleased to confirm our earlier announcement that the anthology Best Microfiction, 2018 will be published by Pelekinesis Press in the spring of 2019. The Best Microfiction anthology series considers stories of only 400 words or fewer. Co-edited by award-winning microfiction writer/editor Meg Pokrass, and Flannery O’Connor Prize-winning author Gary Fincke, the anthology will have the well-known novelist and short story writer Dan Chaon serve as final judge.
    In order to produce the best possible compilation, we are asking journal editors to submit up to eight pieces published during 2018. Editors, keep your eyes open for excellent 400-word stories, and remember we are accepting submissions through Submittable on a rolling basis beginning April 1st and continuing through to a deadline of December 31, 2018.



Meg Pokrass is the author of four collections of flash fiction, a novella-in-flash and craft essay (Rose Metal Press, 2014) and an award-winning collection of prose poetry, Cellulose Pajamas, which received the BluelightBook Award in 2016. Her stories and poems have been internationally anthologized in two Norton Anthologies: Flash Fiction International (W.W. Norton, 2015) and the forthcoming New Microfiction (W.W. Norton, 2018) and have appeared in the prestigious Wigleaf Top Fifty. Meg has been an editor at Smokelong Quarterly and New World Writing, and is regularly asked to serve as an International flash fiction contest judge. Her microfiction, flash fiction and poetry have been published in over 250 literary magazines, including Tin House and McSweeneys. Meg is the founder of New Flash Fiction Review and co-founder of San Francisco’s Flash Fiction Collective reading series. Meg recently moved to England, where she teaches flash fiction workshops and serves as the Festival Curator for the Bath Flash Fiction Festival in Bath, U.K.

Gary Fincke: Author of the forthcoming The Out-of-Sorts: New and Selected Stories and Winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and the Ohio State University/The Journal Poetry Prize, Gary Fincke has published thirty-one books of poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction, most recently, Bringing Back the Bones: New and Selected Poems, A Room of Rain: Stories, and The Killer’s Dog: Stories. Within the past year he has won three national book prizes, one in each of the genres of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, including, most recently, The Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose offered by Pleiades Press.
An upcoming guest editor at SmokeLong Quarterly and frequent judge of national manuscript competitions, Gary’s stories have appeared in such periodicals as The Missouri Review, Newsday, The Kenyon Review, Black Warrior Review, and CrazyHorse. He has been twice awarded Pushcart Prizes for his work, recognized by Best American Stories and the O. Henry Prize series, and cited fifteen times in the past eighteen years for a "Notable Essay" in Best American Essays. He has just retired as the Charles Degenstein Professor of English and Creative Writing at Susquehanna University.

Guest Editor Dan Chaon’s most recent book is Ill Will, a novel. Other works include the short story collection Stay Awake (2012), a finalist for the Story Prize; the national bestseller Await Your Reply and Among the Missing, a finalist for the National Book Award. Chaon’s fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize Anthologies, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. He has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction, the Shirley Jackson Award, and he was the recipient of an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Chaon lives in Ohio and teaches at Oberlin College.

Contributing Editors

Miles Bond writes short stories. Currently studying at the University of Edinburgh, he also teaches creative writing to kids and adolescents. He likes to read and climb mountains.