“Best of 2017” stories were selected for their use of unique language, breadth of story in so few words, emotional impact, and the complex and original relationship of the titles to their stories.
Congratulations to the contributors for spinning these powerful pieces that made 2017 sparkle here at Nailpolish Stories. To NS readers and contributors alike, enjoy, be inspired, and thank you for supporting the journal.
Naughty Nautical by E.J. Hagadorn
I roll up my sleeve and reach beneath the waves. Scars open, and the mermaid drinks her full moon tribute. Love is a funny thing.
E.J. Hagadorn’s published works can be found at http://www.ejhagadorn.com
Green Be My Body by Linda Imbler
Upon my death, bury me without the box.
Absorbed by worms in lilac gardens,
Will worms then travel to other gardens?
Leave my traces there?
Linda Imbler is the author of the chapbook “Lost and Found.” She is most recently the author of “New Lives” forthcoming in Ascent Aspirations: Friday’s Poems. Other poems were published by deadsnakes.blogspot.com, behappyzone.com, bluepepper.blogspot.com, buckoffmag.com, Broad River Review Literary Magazine, Fine Flu Journal, Blognostics, and Bunbury Magazine .
Three short stories have been published at Fear of Monkeys and Danse Macabre. This writer, yoga practitioner, and classical guitar player resides in Wichita, Kansas.
Pillow Talk by Madeline Mora-Summonte
Tonight, the voices slither, settle inside her with a sigh.
She shuffles from room to room, knife in hand.
Blood patters her feet like rain.
Madeline Mora-Summonte is a writer, a reader, a beach-comber, and a tortoise-owner. She is the author of the flash fiction collections The People We Used to Be and Garden of Lost Souls.
Garden Variety by Suzanne Cottrell
Battling aphids and Japanese beetles,
Watering to overcome drought conditions,
Nightly arthritic aches,
She hopes for a harvest of fresh vegetables
Suzanne Cottrell lives in rural, Piedmont North Carolina. An outdoor enthusiast and retired teacher, she now has time to pursue other interests and projects. She is a fledgling writer, working to spread her wings and ride the thermals. She particularly enjoys writing poetry, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction. Her writing has been published in Nailpolish Stories, A Tiny and Colorful Literary Journal; The Weekly Avocet; The Fall Avocet; and The Plum Tree Tavern.
Two pieces by Len Kuntz
After the divorce, their sex is better than ever. The bedroom rumbles. His Ex showers quickly, says, “I’m so glad we’re not in love anymore.”
The house sits empty now, so he fondles the pistol the way he once did his Ex, the searing bullet hot as her last kiss.
Len Kuntz is a writer from Washington State and an editor at the online magazine Literary Orphans. His latest story collection AT THE DEEP END is forthcoming from Ravenna Press in June of 2018. You can also find him at lenkuntz.blogspot.com
At the Barre
Stretch away the hangovers
trade fifths for eight counts
forget why you wanted to forget
pirouette, dizzy, but sober
Make the Cut by Annmarie Lockhart
First, finger the margin,
find the edge, then slice,
clean, take some extra.
Leave nothing behind.
Stitch the incision.
Then the scar will guide you.
Annmarie Lockhart is the founding editor of vox poetica, an online literary salon dedicated to bringing poetry into the everyday, and Unbound Content, an independent press devoted to poetry. A lifelong resident of Englewood, NJ, she writes two miles east of the hospital where she was born. You can find her words at fine places in print and online.