Lost Balloon launched on February 1st, 2017. Work published on the site has gained finalist nods in Best of the Net as well as the Best Small Fictions anthology. Three pieces from the magazine’s first year were long-listed in the Wigleaf Top 50. To learn more about these award-nominated pieces, please click here.

The site’s name was inspired by those small and sad but whimsical moments in life: the birthday balloon that slips from your fingers and floats into the horizon, or the dropped ice cream cone.

The magazine is edited by Chelsea Voulgares. Chelsea’s work has appeared in a number of journals, including Passages North, Midwestern Gothic, JMWW Journal, The Millions, and The Rumpus. She lives just outside Chicago with her partner and their two goofy dogs.


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