“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!
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.
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
just before it rains.
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