Lost Balloon launched on February 1st, 2017. 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.

Pieces from the magazine have been (or will be) anthologized in Best Small Fictions 2020 (Sonder Press), Best Small Fictions 2019, and Best Microfiction 2019 (Pelekinesis Press). They have been long-listed for the Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions and for Best of the Net. To learn more about our award-winning pieces, please click here.

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. Her fiction has been published in journals such as Passages North, gravel, and Cheap Pop, 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. Her stories have been longlisted for Wigleaf’s Top 50 (2019 & 2020). 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 (2017, 2018, 2020). You can find her on Twitter at @maddieanthes, and find more of her work at madelineanthes.com.