I nearly forgot I had nominations to make before signing off from The Airgonaut entirely. My last act as editor gets to be about the most rewarding thing an editor of an online indie journal can do - sling some love.
So the nominations are in and are as follows (with links to stories chosen):
BEST SMALL FICTIONS NOMINEES
Nina Sudhakar - Memento Arbori
Andrew Davie - Excerpt From the Diary of Ingmar Bergman
Donora A. Rihn - The Astronaut
Howie Good - Violent Dreams Can Be a Warning Sign
Geordie Flantz - Serengeti
PUSHCART PRIZE NOMINEES
Julia Patt - The Girl in the Deer
Michael Díaz Feito - Pentecost
Lynn Mundell - The Story of Three Metals
Santino Prinzi - These Are the Rules of Our Canopy Shyness and Life
Matthew Lyons - Metastasis
Robert Boucheron - Honalee
A hearty good luck to all nominees. I would sincerely love for each of these stories to be chosen and included in the 2018 installment of both of these series.
And a word about the selection process: It was well beyond difficult to narrow favorites down to only six choices for the Pushcart and a mere five choices for BSF. I can truly say that each story I published at The Airgonaut this past year was, in my heart, as good as any published this past year at any journal.