Be it hope, happiness, healthcare, or a heart, I wish 2018 will bring everyone what they need most in life.

My main dream for the new year is for more and more girls to understand the patriarchal society they are born in, and grow up to be wise, free, responsible, and powerful women. And for my writing to encourage their consciousness and their goals.

End of the Year

Very honored to have received three Pushcart Prize nominations this year! One from TriQuarterly for my story “The Men on the Fence,” one from Paul Crenshaw for the same story, and one from matchbook for my story “Woman of the Century.”

I was also nominated twice for The Best Small Fictions, by Connotation Press for “The Anxious One” and by matchbook for “Woman of the Century“.

Earlier this year Connotation Press nominated “Speaking of Ovid” for The Best of the Net.

I’m deeply grateful to the editors for selecting and championing my work!

Recently published:

  • The short short “Dawn” (finalist in the Fineline Competition) in Mid-American Review
  • The flash fiction “The Hardest Thing” (finalist in the flash fiction competition) in Iron Horse
  • The short essay “The Gravity of Air” in The Forge
  • The flash fiction “One-Way Family” in (b)OINK

As I’m finishing my novel and have already started a new one, I haven’t written much short fiction this year, but I can announce one piece forthcoming in 2018:

  • “The Brazilian Lover” in: Fiction International

Last bit of news: Three previously published short shorts (“Woman of the Week”, “Back to Back”, and “Dimensions”) will be published in the AROHO’s Waves Anthology, A Confluence of Women’s Voices, 2018

Fall 2017 Publications

Happy to announce I have two essays published this season. A longer one, “Beach Bodies,” on Syrian refugees and the Greek islands as a holiday destination, in Room Magazine (available for order here). A shorter one, “Possible Reactions,” on living and writing in dark times, in The Pinch (available for order here).

More flash fictions on the net have appeared in Whiskey Paper (“Classic Woman“), matchbook (“Woman of the Century“),  Blue Fifth Review (“Atmospheric Betrayal“), and Flash Frontier (“Seven Causes of my Mother’s Bicycle Accident“).

Thank you, dear editors, for giving my words such beautiful homes, and thank you, dear readers, for your time.

Debate in Tilburg

My Alma Mater, Tilburg University, has invited me
to speak about the past, present, and future of the university in our society.
Find me in Tilburg, the Netherlands, on Sep 21, 2017.

Come and join the debate (or the after-party)!

A Whale in Paris

In a far, far togetherness, in a bed beneath a slanted roof, Daniel and I once made up a story about a French girl and a whale. Not too long ago, we decided to write it down so we could share it with the world. And the result will be readable as a beautifully illustrated children’s book (10+) in summer 2018!!!

From Publisher’s Marketplace: “Claire Polders and screenwriter Daniel Presley’s debut A WHALE IN PARIS is a hopeful and heroic story about a girl who befriends a whale that appears in the Seine during the Nazi occupation of Paris.”

 Thanks to Marie Lamba (& Jennifer DeChiara) for making it all possible, to Reka Simonsen for welcoming us to Atheneum (Simon & Schuster), and to Erin McGuire for the wonderful cover. (Soon to be revealed…)

The picture above is a painting by Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson.


Shamed into Writing

Superstition Review has asked me to contribute a podcast to their Authors Talk series.

Visit their blog to hear me speak about the role of the Dutch in Indonesia, shame, and my need to explore shadows through my writing.

Summer 2017 Publications

Thanks to many terrific editors and literary magazines, my words have found some lovely homes.

The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review published “On Her Skin.” (If you subscribe and “adopt” me, I receive 60% of the funds.)

Cheap Pop gave “The Spider and I” an audience.

Tears in the Fence chose “Snapshots of Yesterday’s Tomorrow” (print only) as the Third Prize Winner for their annual flash fiction competition. The magazine will be out this summer.

Sleep is a Beautiful Colour, The National Flash Fiction Anthology (UK) included  “Swing State” (print and eBook only).

The National Flash Fiction Day (NZ) chose “Spring Cleaning” (scroll to June 10th) for the long list of their
Micro Madness competition.

Litro published my essay “Con Artists” in their summer issue (print only).

Blink Ink included my tiny “Aurora, Giselle, Jasmine” (print only) in June.

SmokeLong Quarterly asked me to list my favorite flashes on a theme of my choosing. I chose (Dead) Fathers.


Winter 2017 Publications

Writing a novel is a longterm project. At least, it is for me. I may write a 1,000 words a day, but I’ve never written a novel in three months. I write and read back and rewrite and pause and question and restructure. At the moment, I’m about three quarters of the way with a first draft of my new novel. And to give myself some air, some amusement, some exercise, I write short prose pieces that I send out into the world. This winter, these amazing journals captured some of these pieces on their pages.

TriQuarterly: The Men on the Fence

The Offing: “Papers

New World WritingFour Micro Fictions (“Specialties” + “Meteorological Rest” + “How to Kill a Rose” + “Sunflowers”)

Vestal Review: “Swan Lake” (Readers’ Favorite in the Valentine issue)

Mikrokosmos:“The Alps in Fall Time

Pithead Chapel: “Liabilities

Connotation Press: Three Stories (“Speaking of Ovid” + “The Anxious One” + “The Killer”) (will go live on March 15)

The fiction editor of Connotation Press, Jonathan Cardew, also did an interview with me for this issue.