bestmicrofiction 2021

“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 the 3rd anthology Best Microfiction 2021 will be published by Pelekinesis in the summer of 2021. 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 Amber Sparks serve as final judge.

In order to produce the best possible compilation, we are asking journal editors to submit up to six pieces published during 2020. Magazine Editors, please nominate six (only) 400-word stories. We are accepting submissions on a rolling basis from October 1st, 2020 and continuing through to a deadline of December 15th, 2020.

Instructions for Literary Magazine editors: In your cover letters please let us know your own name, the name of your magazine, author's name and e-mail address. Please submit  (nominate) up to 6 microfiction stories that were published by your publication in 2020. Word requirement: 400 words or less only. You must submit each nomination as a new submission. 

Please note: we will not be including work which has, to the best of our knowledge at the time of selection, been previously published in anthologies, 'best of' lists, or prize-winning stories from competitions. If you know that a story exists in an anthology or 'best of' list or has won a prize, please do not submit that particular story. We do this so that stories which have not yet been celebrated will have a chance to be recognized. Inevitably there may be stories that we are not aware of that have been anthologized, won awards, etc. or that will be chosen for awards after our selections have been made.

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