End of Year Writing Roundup

Publications in 2020Red berries on winter bush

It felt like 2020 wasn’t a very good year for writing.

Let’s face it: 2020 wasn’t a very good year for anything.

As the year began, I was at work on a novella-in-flash made up of linked stories about twin sisters caught up in (ironically enough) a climate crisis and global pandemic. Living through a real-life global pandemic caused me to put that project on the back burner. Instead, I wrote microfiction. Lots of microfiction: 13 out of 20 stories published this year were under 400 words.

I did a lot of online writing meetups and informal prompt workshops, and I credit these with nurturing my creative spirit and inspiring me to keep going. I also taught quite a few classes, and I’m really proud of the success my students have had with their writing.


“Slip,” nominated for Pushcart Prize by MacQueen’s

“Road Runners,” nominated for Best Microfiction by Milk Candy Review

“Snow Day,” Runner-up, No Contact magazine’s No Contest

Microfiction (400 words or fewer)

“Road Runners,” Milk Candy Review, November 12, 2020

“Seeing the Sights,” The Ekphrastic Review, November 12, 2020

“Snow Day,” No Contact (Runner-up, No Contest), November 7, 2020

“Coffin Bell,” Autumn Sky Poetry Daily, August 25, 2020

“Slip” and “War Bride,” MacQueen’s Quinterly, July 2020

“Paul’s Room,” The Write-In (National Flash Fiction Day), June 7, 2020

“Church on the Hill,” The Write-In (National Flash Fiction Day), June 7, 2020

“Follow It Down,” Flash Flood, June 6, 2020

“Devil’s Breath,” 100 Word Story, May 24, 2020

“After Wings of Desire,” Milk Candy Review, April 23, 2020

“Attachment Theory,” trampset, March 31, 2020

“The Artist Poses his Muse Before a Goldfish Bowl,” New Flash Fiction Review, March 7, 2020

“Mary’s Dress Waves,” Large Hearted Boy, Flash Dancers/Ekphrastic Singles Series, No. 1, February 6, 2020

Flash Fiction

“Skywalkers,” The Phare, November 5, 2020

“El Rancho Divorce-o,” Wigleaf, September 16, 2020

“Knock,” Women’s Studies Quarterly, May 2020

“Upstairs, Downstairs,” Ilanot Review, Vol. 19: Home/Work, Winter 2020

“What the Selkies Know,” Atlas and Alice, February 24, 2020

“In the Time of Climate Change,” X–R-A-Y Literary Magazine, February 8, 2020

“In the Shadow of Their Wings,” Ligeia Magazine, Winter 2019


International Women’s Writers Guild –  Flash Fiction Distillery (January-February, 2020)

Truro Center for the Arts – Flash Fiction: Prose Distilled (Summer 2020; forthcoming Summer 2021)

Cleaver Magazine – The Art of Flash (Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020; forthcoming Winter 2021)

Microfiction Masterclass with Meg Pokrass (forthcoming December 26-31, 2020)

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