Franklin swam onto his first lists!


A WHALE IN PARIS made it on the Scholastic 50 Magical Books for Summer List!

“In this magical-realist adventure set during the Nazi occupation of Paris, a girl whose mother is lost at sea and a whale become beacons of hope. We find humanity in odd places, and feel we too know the mysteries of whales.” (Scholastic)

Our novel also made on the Barnes&Noble List 10 New Middle Grade Books We Love and the MackinVIA Community’s Great Speculative Fiction List.

Thank you all so much!

More about A WHALE IN PARIS.

Summer 2018 Publications

My latest stories are below. Thank you, dear editors, for publishing my work!


  • Amsterdam (online and print ) —7 micros/1 short story— in: Heavy Feather Review
  • Matter of Time”  —micro fiction— in: New Flash Fiction Review
  • Breathlessness”  —micro fiction— in: Moon Park Review
  • The next” —flash fiction— in: Jellyfish Review
  • “Limbo Land” —flash fiction— in: Lost Balloon, forthcoming
  • “Growing Pains” —flash fiction— in: The Sunlight Press, forthcoming
  • “Inner Thief” —flash fiction— in: FlashBack Fiction, forthcoming
  • Three flash fictions in: Atticus Review, forthcoming
  • “New Leader” —micro fiction— in: Cheap Pop, forthcoming


  • “A Tasting of European Chefs”  —flash fiction— in: RipeningNational Flash Fiction Anthology
  • “How to Kill Your Grandmother”  —flash fiction— in: Flash: the short-short story magazine
  • “Field Trip” and “Tabula Rasa”  —micro fiction— in: Blink Ink

A Whale in Paris — in Paris

Yes! The Whale has arrived—and I’m in love! ♥♥♥

This is us in front of our home, and you can receive the Whale in your home, too, anywhere in the world.

I hope you will all send us pictures when that happens!

Clean Hands

I have a new story up at Monkey Bicycle!
March 2018

He’s only a park gardener. Shaves, makes coffee, watches porn, wipes up the mess.

She’s only a traffic controller. Does her crunches and pushups, skips breakfast, curses everyone on the bus before charging out into the street.

They both love Johnnie Walker and unsoiled sheets. They wash their hands before going to bed—soap them, scrub them, rinse them. They don’t want the dirt and grime of life to defile their sleep.

There’s a kid, too, their kid, although they didn’t make him. He’s only twelve and already no good.

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Interview: Farsickness Journal

Intro: “Paris-based novelist Claire Polders discusses how watery places—from Iceland to Greece to the shores of her native Holland—have inspired her work.”

Megan Harlan interviewed me for Farsickness Journal. February 2018.

“There wasn’t really one place that most captivated me. It was the concept of mobility, of flowing, of changing horizons, that made me fall in love with traveling. I’m not bound to one spot and not bound to one opinion. I can change my mind as easily as I can change my perspective, and the two often go hand in hand.”

Photo: Iceland, 2008

Read the rest of the interview here.



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.