2018 Best Microfiction

The Citron Review is proud to announce our nominations for the inaugural edition of Best Microfiction (Pelekinesis Press). This new anthology series asks writers to tell our best stories of 400 words or less. It is co-edited by award-winning microfiction writer/editor Meg Pokras, and Flannery O’Connor Prize-winning author Gary Fincke. Dan Chaon is this year’s judge.

Each of these unique pieces was first published in The Citron Review in 2018. Since we just happen to be An Online Journal of Brief Literature, it’s no surprise that in a few mere words, these writers give us an unforgettable sensory experience, an emotion that we didn’t recognize before, a snapshot that haunts our being, a tactile challenge to the way we process our lives. These stories implode worlds and build them again.

We proudly present The Citron Review’s nominations for Best Microfiction, 2019.



Tim Hawkins, “The Townsfolk in Winter”
Originally published in the Spring 2018 issue

Stephen D. Gibson, “Forging Warmth”
Originally published in the Summer 2018 issue

Heather Bourbeau, “Passenger”
Originally published in the Summer 2018 issue

Tommy Dean, “Covenants”
Originally published in the Summer 2018 issue

Jake Zawlacki, “Vision”
Originally published in the Summer 2018 issue

Francine Witte, “In the dark, everything looks like nothing”
Originally published in the Winter 2018 issue

Christopher Gaumer,
“He Died We Left Him Til Morning”

Originally published in the Winter 2018 issue

Andrea Marcusa, “Freedom”
Originally published in the Winter 2018 issue


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Leah Mueller's "escapee" is a resilient wisp of a poem. https://citronreview.com/2020/03/19/escapee/ Books include: Misguided Behavior, Tales of Poor Life Choices (Czykmate), Death and Heartbreak (WeaselPress), & Cocktails at Denny’s (AlienBuddhaPress.)
Contributor @jerzypoet has launched a new poetry journal, The Night Heron Barks. @heronbarks https://nightheronbarks.com/ We reviewed his poetry chapbook Demolition in the Tropics in our very first Zest - https://citronreview.com/2019/06/21/chapbook-review-by-eric-steineger/ #amreading #litmags
A chiller from contributor Cathy Ulrich's Murdered Ladies series - in the excellent new issue of @adroitjournal. https://theadroitjournal.org/issue-thirty-two/cathy-ulrich-prose/ We reviewed her Ghosts of You ( @okaydonkeymag) https://citronreview.com/2020/02/09/debut-fiction-review-by-jr-walsh/ #amreading #litmags
In "Polaroid" by @starlightgrrl, Charlotte Hamrick we see the big picture in a micro moment. Look closer in our Spring Issue! https://citronreview.com/2020/03/19/polaroid/ Charlotte Hamrick’s poetry, prose, and photography has been published in Foliate Oak, Moria Online, Connotation Press, Gone Lawn, The Rumpus and elsewhere. She is Creative Nonfiction Editor for Barren Magazine and lives in New Orleans with her husband and a menagerie of rescued pets. #amreading #microcreativenonfiction
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A parental pair of Creative Nonfiction pieces that's music to our ears: "Opera Mom" and "Opera Dad" brings transcendent melody to our Spring Issue. https://citronreview.com/2020/03/19/opera-dad/ https://citronreview.com/2020/03/19/opera-mom/ Claire T. Lawrence is a Professor of Creative Writing at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. She has a PhD in Fiction from the University of Houston - Creative Writing Program and an MFA in Fiction from the The University of Utah. She has published fiction, poetry, and memoir in numerous magazines including Crab Orchard Review, TriQuarterly Online, Event Magazine, Terra Nova, and Western Humanities Review. #amreading #creativenonfiction

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