Melissa is currently working on novels, but her previous work can be found below.


Lux Aeterna  Jellyfish Review, April 2021

Goodness and Mercy The Forge Literary Magazine, March 2021


V&A The Phare, November 2020

In Violet Fractured Lit, October 2020, nominated by Fractured Lit for The Best Small Fictions 2021

Skin Hunger The Masters Review, March 2020

Clef Gulf Stream, January 2020, featured in Miami Book Fair 2020


“Demolition” Paper Darts, December 2019; Micro Fiction Award Finalist, theme “Bright”, judged by Leesa Cross-Smith; shortlisted for The Wigleaf Top 50

The Winged Lion Jellyfish Review, December 2019

Husband or Electric Light New South Journal, December 2019

Sacred and Profane and Author’s Note CRAFT, November 2019; nominated by CRAFT for The Best Small Fictions 2020

Night in Saint-Cloud matchbook, August 2019

Interview about flash fiction writing New Flash Fiction Review, August 2019

Prayers for the Lost CutBank, July 2019; nominated by CutBank for a Pushcart Prize 2020

Give Me A Love Song The Penn Review, May 2019; Longform Fiction Pick of the Week; nominated by The Penn Review for Best of the Net 2019

“Doorkijkje” Fiction Southeast, May 2019

Nocturne Splonk, May 2019

Godless Monkeybicycle, April 2019

Points in the Air  New Flash Fiction Review, March 2019

The Sound of Silence Okay Donkey, March 2019

Fast Pidgeonholes, March 2019

Goodnight Pithead Chapel, March 2019


Golconda Atticus Review, December 2018; Honourable Mention in Atticus Review 2018 Flash Fiction Contest

Small fish Superstition Review, December 2018

One more time Jellyfish Review, November 2018

Lambs Synaesthesia Magazine, November 2018; Third Place in Synaesthesia Magazine 2018 Flash Fiction Contest

Empire of light Gone Lawn, September 2018; selected by Dan Chaon for Best Microfiction 2019

We were burning the whole time Hypertrophic Press, September 2018; nominated by Hypertrophic Press for a Pushcart Prize 2019

I Wanna Be Adored CHEAP POP, August 2018; nominated by CHEAP POP for a Pushcart Prize 2019; selected by Dan Chaon for Best Microfiction 2019; selected by Mary Miller for The Wigleaf Top 50

Here we are now X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine, August 2018

None of us should be here Pidgeonholes, July 2018; nominated by Pidgeonholes for The Best Small Fictions 2019

What I’m reading Meanjin Quarterly, May 2018 (review of Leesa Cross-Smith’s novel Whiskey & Ribbons)

Pretenders Atlas + Alice, May 2018

The Eternal City Synaesthesia Magazine, April 2018

Three stories: More than food; Red; I will not show my love in turquoise FRiGG, April 2018

Guernica jmww, March 2018

Tonight, we are awake Wigleaf, February 2018; nominated by Wigleaf for Best Microfiction 2019; selected by Dan Chaon for Best Microfiction 2019

On and on Third Point Press, February 2018

Extreme Unction The Forge Literary Magazine, January 2018; nominated by The Forge Literary Magazine for a Pushcart Prize 2019


“Brighton Blue” The Nottingham Review, December 2017; nominated by The Nottingham Review for The Best Small Fictions 2018 in January 2018

Acute intoxication, “Casey, a tattoo” and “Each night I am sorrier than the night before” published in The lobsters run free: Bath Flash Fiction, Volume 2 (print), December 2017

Dolce Vita MoonPark Review, December 2017; nominated by MoonPark Review for The Best Small Fictions 2018 in December 2017; nominated by MoonPark Review for Best of the Net 2018 in August 2018

“Can’t Help Falling In Love” Mr. Bear’s Violet Hour Saloon, Boston Free Radio, podcast of various stories of mine, November 2017

Newark (EWR)—Düsseldorf (DUS) matchbook, November 2017

It falls Jellyfish Review, November 2017; Chosen by Aimee Bender for The Best Small Fictions 2018

“The blackbird sings” published in Ellipsis Zine “One” (print), October 2017

An egg in its cup Menacing Hedge, October 2017; nominated by Menacing Hedge for Best of the Net 2018 in September 2018

Dark, still water Kill Your Darlings, October 2017

Halfway through Malachi New Flash Fiction Review, October 2017; nominated by New Flash Fiction Review for The Best Small Fictions 2018 in January 2018

Interview regarding “All of us are in pieces” SmokeLong Quarterly, September 2017

Butterscotch Reflex Fiction, September 2017

The body of a man Lost Balloon, September 2017

Düsseldorf Flash Fiction Magazine, September 2017

Michael Stipe knows everything WhiskeyPaper, September 2017

Emerald Reflex Fiction, August 2017

Our ribs hold our lungs Blue Fifth Review, August 2017

“Elvis and Bowie sang tonight” (b)OINK, August 2017

Their wings outstretched and wide Literary Orphans, July 2017

All of us are in pieces SmokeLong Quarterly, July 2017

“Before Switzerland” Pinball, July 2017

Smoking on the back steps of Bobst Library, NYU Unbroken Journal, July 2017; nominated by Unbroken Journal for a Pushcart Prize in November 2017

Acute intoxication Bath Flash Fiction Award, commended (judge, Meg Pokrass) June 2017

I know Atticus Review, June 2017

Chemistry Split Lip Magazine, June 2017; Fightin’ Words with…Melissa Goode Split Lip Magazine blog, July 2017

Best for baby Fictive Dream, June 2017

Everything bright and illuminated Foxglove Journal, June 2017

Who else could you be? TRAIN, May 2017

Crystal Spelk, April 2017

“In the same light” Penny Shorts, April 2017

Charvet, white, 16R Every Day Fiction, March 2017

It starts here (14th/8th) Foliate Oak, March 2017

“Where it is minus forty-four degrees Celsius” published in To Carry Her Home: Bath Flash Fiction, Volume 1 (print), February 2017

On a planet other than ours Litro Magazine, January 2017

“Her little name, a seed” The Fiction Pool, January 2017

Black against the blue Brilliant Flash Fiction, January 2017

Here we are Peacock Journal, January 2017


“It was all going to be so beautiful” Chicago Literati, December 2016

Bird, thief Flash Flash Click, December 2016; Angels Flight Literary West, May 2017

Morningtown Maudlin House, October 2016

Paris Street; Rainy Day, 1877 Bartleby Snopes, October 2016

The stars shine in Queens, too Five on the Fifth, October 2016

“We did this” Irish Literary Review, October 2016

“Then we reached Magnolia” Bird’s Thumb, October 2016

“On a planet other than ours” Bridport Prize 2016, Shortlisted (judge, Tessa Hadley) October 2016

“A crack in the teacup” Griffith Review, September 2016; placed second in the Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize 2016, August 2016

No one is home Jellyfish Review, September 2016; nominated by Jellyfish Review for a Pushcart Prize in November 2016

“Waiting in the cafeteria of Saint Joseph Medical Center, Joliet” Gravel, September 2016; nominated by Gravel for a Pushcart Prize in November 2016

All roads lead to the Met New World Writing, August 2016

“All of us were awake last night” The Avalon Literary Review (US print journal), July 2016

The whole damn lovely thing Cleaver Magazine, June 2016

“Everything will be okay” Mulberry Fork Review, January 2016


“The visit” Tincture Journal, September 2015

“Forgetting England”, “Leaving the State” and “The time for sleep” Bang!  July 2015 (for one month)

Keeping the foxes out Pithead Chapel, April 2015

“There are no words” Halfway Down the Stairs, March 2015

A lack of oxygen Short Fiction Break, February 2015


“In the same light” Words on the Waves 2015 Award, Longlisted, December 2014

“Tomorrow” Crannóg (Irish print journal), October 2014

“Singing goodbye” Word Hut (runner up in the Word Hut 14th Short Story Competition 2014)

“His escape” Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Competition 2014, Longlisted


“Exile” The Fiction Desk (anthology “There was once a place”), May 2014; Bridport Prize 2012, Shortlisted (judge, Patrick Gale)

“The Only Damage” was made into a short film in 2012 called The One Who Broke Your Heart by the production company Jungle. It was shown at St Kilda Film Festival (2013), Palm Springs International Film Festival (2013) and Flickerfest (2013).


“The Only Damage” Best Australian Short Stories 2005 (editor, Frank Moorhouse) (print); runner up in Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize 2005