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


Snow on brush in desert

IMAGE CREDIT: Jill Katherine Chmelko. Protest Road, Winter. 2019.

🍋Our Tenth Anniversary


    Cheers to ten years of celebrating the short form.


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DS Levy's Micro Fiction takes us to "Babyland" where nothing is as you might expect it. The Citron Review Winter Issue overflows with surprises! https://citronreview.com/2019/12/21/babyland/ DS Levy's chapbook of flash fiction, @a_binary_heart, was published by @flpbooks.
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Our first poem of 2020 comes from Richard Foerster in our New Winter Issue. https://citronreview.com/2019/12/21/first-poem/ #amreading #poetry Foerster’s eighth collection is Boy on a Doorstep: New and Selected Poems (Tiger Bark Press, 2019)
Pacific Northwest writer @savannahslonewriter reminds us of our new year's resolutions in "i want to start a podcast but." https://citronreview.com/2019/12/21/i-want-to-start-a-podcast-but/ Slone is the author of several books including the forthcoming An Exhalation of Dead Things (@clashbooks, 2021), Hearing the Underwater (@flpbooks, 2019) and This Body is My Own (@ghostcitypress, 2019)
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