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, and one of our pieces from 2018 will appear in the Best Microfiction anthology. 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.

If you have any questions that are not answered by the guidelines on the “Submit” page, please email us at lostballoonmag at gmail dot com.



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Editor-in-Chief: Chelsea Voulgares lives just outside Chicago with her partner and their two goofy dogs. Her fiction has been published in venues including Passages NorthJMWW JournalCheap Pop, Midwestern Gothic, and Jellyfish Review, and has been recognized by a number of organizations and magazines including The Hambidge Center, Glimmer Train, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Illinois Arts Council. You can follow her on Twitter @chelsvoulgares and learn more about her at chelseavoulgares.com.





Assistant Editor: Madeline Anthes is a writer based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Her writing can be found in journals such as WhiskeyPaper, Cease, Cows, and Jellyfish Review. Her stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best Microfiction 2018, Best Small Fictions (2017 and 2018), and her flash has been longlisted for Wigleaf‘s Top 50 Very Short Fictions (2017 and 2018). You can find her on Twitter at @maddieanthes, and find more of her work at madelineanthes.com.