Bill Merklee is a writer in love with short stories, short films, and really short songs. He lives in New Jersey.

Twitter: @bmerklee
Instagram: @bmerklee

2021-best_microfiction-front_coverHis story “Magic Bullet” is included in Best Microfiction 2021available from these booksellers.

The Best Microfiction anthology series recognizes outstanding literary stories of 400 words or fewer. Co-edited by award-winning microfiction writer/editor Meg Pokrass, and Flannery O’Connor Prize-winning author Gary Fincke, the 2021 edition features Amber Sparks as final judge, and one hundred and five of the world’s best very short short stories.


Grand Canyon, 1967 in Milk Candy Review
Papi in the House in Potato Soup Journal
At the Movies in Cheap Pop
Cupcakes in The Cabinet of Heed
Magic Bullet
in Flash Flood Journal
Empty Nest
in Ellipsis Zine
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes in Bending Genres
God at 60 in X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine
Portugal in Ghost Parachute
A Note originally in Columbia Journal


Harry Twenty Years On originally in HIV Here & Now


Breath originally in Gravel, reprinted in Anti-Heroin Chic
We Are What We Consume originally in The Record
The Lost Detail originally in New Jersey Monthly
A Lifetime in Bergenfield Belies Author’s Version originally in The Record

Selected Blog Posts

Parting words left on my LinkedIn profile
Remarks At My Mother’s Memorial
Unsung Hero
Fine Tuning
Neil deGrasse Tyson Brings Radio to the Bronze Age
Dakota Cats
My Sister, Her Daughter, and the Kindness of Nanci Griffith
The Civil War Is Always With Us
The Ballad of Young Bill Merklee
Dreams So Real
Mark Becker (1960-2014)
Harry Root Merklee (1912-1971)