bestmicrofiction 2023

“Here is a single place to celebrate all the wondrous and wonderful bigness of the tiniest of stories. Best Microfiction is amazing. A great accomplishment.”—Grant Faulkner, executive director of National Novel Writing Month

We are pleased to say that Best Microfiction 2023 will be published by Pelekinesis in the summer of 2023. 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 Deb Olin Unferth serve as final judge.

We are accepting submissions on a rolling basis from October 15th, 2022 and continuing through to a deadline of December 1st, 2022. Each nomination should be a separate submission. At the top of each submission, please write your own name, the name of your magazine, and the author’s name and e-mail address.

Instructions for Literary Magazine editors:
You are welcome to nominate up to six microfiction stories that were published by your publication in 2022. Please do not include work that has already appeared in an anthology or 'best-of' list, or that has won a prize from another competition. If your nomination wins an award after our selections have been made, that’s fine. But if the work has already won an award, please do not submit it here.

So, to summarize...

  1. 400 words or less
  2. Limit of six nominations published in 2022
  3. Deadline December 1st, 2022
    At the top of each submission, write:
  1. your name
  2. the name of your magazine
  3. author’s name and e-mail address
    Not accepted:
  1. work previously published in anthologies
  2. work published in ’best of’ lists
  3. prize-winning stories from other competitions

Thank you for your interest in contributing to the Best Microfiction anthology series, and good luck!