La Chambre Claire 2018
The Best Short Prose Published Online in 2018 According to Claire
There were stories I loved that I didn’t include. There were probably stories I would have loved, had I read them. So the list below is non-exhaustive and unfinished, which is exactly how I like my lists.
Thank you, dear authors and editors, for all you have given me. This year of reading has left me enriched.
“The Less Said” by Jolene Mcilwain in New Orleans Review
“The Whole Girl Detective Thing” by Cathy Ulrich in Black Warrior Review
Five Micros by Kathy Fish in Pidgeon Holes
“Smile, Lisa” by Lynn Mundell in Monkey Bicycle
“New Words for the New World” by Paul Crenshaw in Tin House (Flash Fidelity)
“Monstrous, Chaotic Things” by Maureen Langloss in Cheap Pop
“One More Time” by Melissa Goode in Jellyfish Review
“Desert Island Diet” by Megan Giddings in The Adroit Journal
“Checkmate” by Jacqueline Doyle and “Echoes” by Nod Gosh in Blue Fifth Review
“You Won’t Believe What Really Happened to the Sabine Women” by Amber Sparks in The Collagist
“The Magician” by Kara Oakleaf in Wigleaf
“The Sky Is Just Another Neighborhood” by Lori Sambol Brody in SmokeLong Quarterly
“The Boy with the Glass Eye” by Stacy Trautwein Burns in New Flash Fiction Review
“Stranded Sea Mammals” by Meg Pokrass in Jellyfish Review
“What Is Left” by Jen Michalski in Heavy Feather Review
“Knock Knock” by Jessica Barksdale in matchbook
“Snow” by Kathryn McMahon in New Delta Review
“Us” by Leonora Desar in Cheap Pop
“Subsoil of Memory” by Julie Zuckerman in The Coil
“Plastic” by Corey Farrenkopf in Lunch Ticket
“After The Fog Come The Hunters” by Jad Josey in Jellyfish Review
“This Is All We Need” by Jennifer Todhunter in Atticus Review
“We All Know About Margo” by Megan Pillow Davis in SmokeLong Quarterly
“The Woman with a Box at the Church” by Alina Stefanescu in Wigleaf
“Weather Proverbs, Explained” by Ingrid Jendrzejewski in StreetLight
“Mother of the Year” by Lindsay Hunter in Kenyon Review Online
“It’s Called Deception” by Jan Stinchcomb Gone Lawn
“We Knew Not What” by Lisa Ferranti in Spelk Fiction
“And Sometimes We Meet” by Dina Relles in matchbook
“Out of My Hands” by Jayne Martin in Hippocampus Magazine
“Melanzane Al Forno” by Jennifer Harvey in Jellyfish Review
“Chimaera” by Stephanie Hutton & Sophie Van Llewyn in Connotation Press
Cannot wait to dig into these!
Thank you! Good reading ahead (and in some cases, re-reading — but still good).
Love the list and the writers. Nice work, Clare.
Thank you for the kind comments! I will bookmark all the highlights in 2019 and will create another room next year!
Jessica Ann Barksdale
Thank you so much for including my story in this list! :)
Thank you for writing such a great story!