Short Stories

Kelly L. Simmons' short stories have appeared in a number of publications including Dime Show Review and Forge Literary Magazine

Photo Credit: Gabriel Jiminez

Photo Credit: Gabriel Jiminez


Luck was published in Prick of the Spindle Spring 2013. 

Photo credit: Suhyeon Choi

Photo credit: Suhyeon Choi


Phoenix was published in Lost Coast Review December 2014



Honyockers is a dark, aesthetic narrative spotlighting the themes of homelessness, mental illness, and abuse. Honyockers gives a physical, ineludible embodiment to issues society tends to sweep to the corners of social consciousness.

Honyockers was published in The Forge Literary Magazine in February 2017. It was adapted into a one-act play of the same name by Elizabeth Simmons Preston at Open Door Theatre in November 2017. 

Photo Credit: Sven Gauditz

Photo Credit: Sven Gauditz


Carolyn is as used to slinking unnoticed into the shadows as the coyotes who cloak themselves in the crags of the Utah canyons. She prefers it that way.

On a road trip with her husband, Dave, they make a quick pit stop in Scipio, a tiny borderless town whose insignificance on a map belies its powerful name. Carolyn soon finds herself stranded, and she is forced to acknowledge her own inconsequence, something she has long numbly acquiesced. Now, forsaken in Scipio, the vestige of a famous warrior and today nearly forgotten, Carolyn faces the actuality of a life hidden in the daylight.
Kelly L. Simmons’s Scipio, published in Dime Show Review and a 2018 Pushcart-prize nominee, explores the sequestration and loneliness of a character consigned to her own powerlessness in a town that mirrors a faded potential.

Scipio was published on the online version of Dime Show Review in August 2017, and the print version December 2017. 

Nominated for a 2018 Pushcart Prize