A Tiny And Colorful Literary Journal

Archive for January, 2020

Best of 2019

Best of 2019” stories were selected for their unique use of 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 writers whose work was selected for this special issue.  And thank you to every submitter, contributor, and reader of 2019. Nailpolish Stories wishes you a happy new year. May 2020 bring you all the tiny gems you desire!

from April:


Copper Penny by Todd Mercer

Jimmy’s buddy claimed he derailed trains
by leaving pocket change
atop railroad rails. Jimmy wagered
the train would flatten Lincoln, continue.
Test run: Evening Express.

Todd Mercer was nominated for Best of the Net in 2018. Recent work appears in: The Drabble, The Lake, The Magnolia Review, Praxis and Softblow.


from July:


Two pieces by Ellie Fabe

Prairie Gold 1970

Set out for sunrise, Dr. Scholls—
in the shimmering heat
we crack like secrets in a magazine
lollipops fade
and sleep
just before it rains.

Peppermint 1974

Charlie Brown never saw how it turned out
He was just kind—
cool with a dog
and a world of kids
shuffling to his house

Ellie Fabe is an artist and singer/songwriter in Cincinnati. She loved toenail polish, but doesn’t wear it anymore. In 2016 she illustrated a new edition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice Illustrated By Ellie Fabe. http://www.elliefabe.comhttp://www.beautypanicpress.com



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