2022 Best MicroFiction Nominations

So incredibly grateful for two Best of MicroFiction awards for 2002!

The first is for my piece “What Bones Carry” in Whale Road Review’s Fall 2022 Issue

You can read it here: http://www.whaleroadreview.com/miller-4/


The second nomination is for “No Matter How Much Time has Passed, Some Houses Don’t Die” from Janus Literary’s Issue 8

You can read it here: https://www.janusliterary.com/2022/06/29/janna-miller-no-matter-how-much-time-has-passed-some-houses-dont-die/

Thanks so much for the editors and readers of Janus Literary and Whale Road Review and best of luck to the other nominees!

Janus the Two Faced God and Two Stories (two)

A little like an echo in the room, two stories are out with Janus Literary. Like two sides of a coin, two slices of bread, two choices of dessert.

“Countess Herzinga’s Alchemy” is a drabble with magic and birds and birth. https://www.janusliterary.com/2022/06/29/janna-miller-countess-herzingas-alchemy/

“No Matter How Much Time Has Passed, Some Houses Don’t Die” is a micro with teeth, and analogies, and political ramifications, and well, Nazi ghost houses. It is about complacency and packaging. https://www.janusliterary.com/2022/06/29/janna-miller-no-matter-how-much-time-has-passed-some-houses-dont-die/.

Grateful to Janus Literary and the writing community!

A Few Publications I forgot to post about

Some really nice places have been kind in the month of June and I have not posted about them here (it happened all at once!). So ICYMI….

“Atmospheric Variations”. FlashFlood. June 18, 2022  http://flashfloodjournal.blogspot.com/2022/06/atmospheric-variations-by-janna-miller.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Her mother never touched the ground, so Su didn’t either. Her toes splayed on rooftops and gables, curled around hanging vines and gutters. (speculative, literary)


“The Sternum Ties it All Together”. Molotov Cocktail. June 15, 2022  https://themolotovcocktail.com/vol-13/vol-13-issue-1/sternum/

My teeth wandered off their tether in the night, bringing back the taste of calcium bones and morning dew. (horror)


“As Fast as She Can”. Gastropoda. June 5, 2022  https://gastropodalitmag.wixsite.com/main/post/as-fast-as-she-can-by-janna-miller

Cars then and now. Also how fast a baby-blue flower-painted 1979 Pontiac Bonneville can go along Racetrack Road in the dark. (creative non-fiction)

Best wishes to all!

End of the year wrap-up

It’s good to take stock, to turn the gaze backwards to get the level of the landscape. To determine exactly how much time I’ve spent staring at the computer screen. Actually, it’s been a great writing year, regardless of the state of the time portal.

Two things that have happened over the last month are simply astounding, for me personally. I was asked to be guest reader for SmokeLong Quarterly (https://twitter.com/SmokeLong/status/1466526373871337479) and they also nominated my piece for Best Microfiction (https://twitter.com/SmokeLong/status/1462548564853227520). Yep. Unbelievable. If I think about it for too long, I can’t feel my toes.

I’ve also been a little silly and collected some stats for the year, which are below. Just for funsies.

End of Year Stats – 2021

Short Stories:

Submissions – 111

Rejections – 103

Acceptances – 8

Publications – 6

Stories written – 38

Noms – 1

Other awards and near misses – 4 longlists/HMs


Agent queries – 18

Agent rejections – 13

3 requests (including pitch contests)

Two passes and edits of IITAOFA 

17K written of War Island

Other Lit Involvement:

Blog editor for LSQ

Guest reading for SLQ

lotsa beta reading

Took three workshops

Active in 3 writing/reading groups

I’m looking forward to writing in 2022, to channeling the joy that writing brings and the community that supports it. Wishing the same for everyone. Love to all and Happy New Year!

orange cat wearing blue and white striped shirt illustration
Picture by Anna Sushok on Unsplash – https://unsplash.com/photos/WmtH0ysU65A