Phantom Flash results!

13 Feb

Let’s have a look, shall we…

 

Well, you certainly don’t make this easy on us. We asked you to go real weird with it, and you didn’t disappoint. It feels like we say this every time, but the judging process was an especially arduous one, with a lot of back and forth debate before we finally settled on our strange and surreal Top 10. 

A strong global turnout once again. As always, there was a hearty showing of writers in both the U.S. and the U.K., with Australia bringing the heat lately as well. We also read work from writers in places as far-flung as Canada, France, Ireland, Malta, New Zealand, and South Korea. 

But you didn’t come here for a geography lesson…

 

The following writers had stories that made it through several rounds of cuts, but didn’t quite squeak into the Top 10.

Close-but-no-cigar shortlist shout-outs go to:

Barlow Adams
Ekagra Agarwal
Jonathan Bennett
Neil Clark
Kristin Cox
Christina Dalcher
Justin Eells
Joaquin Fernandez
Wiebo Grobler (3)
Emily Harrison
Gaynor Jones
Levi Krain
Jennifer Lynn Krohn
Lyndsie Manusos
Allie Marini
Sherry Morris
Emmett Nahil
Quentin Norris
Tom Over
Aeryn Rudel
Kelly Schrock
Christopher Stanley (2)
Lydia Stucki
Korey Wallace
Alpheus Williams (2)
Tanya Zilinskas (2)
Maria Zoccola

 

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming
Phantom Flash mega-issuewhich will drop within the next week. 

 

10th Place – “The Last Horizon” by Michael Carter
9th Place – “Threes” by Christina Dalcher
8th Place – “The Unopened Bar of Chocolate” by Steve Campbell
7th Place – “What the Crows Said” by Erin Fingerhut
6th Place – “Crop Circles” by Christina Dalcher
5th Place – “The Places We Go Where Others May Not Follow”
                       by Liz Schriftsteller
4th Place – “Day Ninety-One” by Joanne Withers

 

And now on to the three stories that really broke through
to the other side.

 

3rd Place ($50)

“Mandible”

by Phillip Dixon

 

2nd Place ($100)

“The Black Cat’s Breakfast”

by Chandra Steele

 

1st Place ($200)

“Angels of Purgatory”

by Chris Panatier

 

Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in our Phantom Flash contest! Always a pleasure to read your work, and we couldn’t host these contests without you.

Check back soon to read these fantastic, uncanny, and otherworldly stories. 

Volume 9, Issue 13

24 Jan

Issue 9.13 is dripping with the dark and offbeat. We’ve got necrotic nuptials, a surreal Scranton, and snakes in seedy motel walls.

The Phantom Flash contest soft deadline is only a week away, so send us something weird. And Vol. 4 of the Prize Winners Anthology will soon be emerging at long last. 

The River Wedding

by Tim Roberts

I Want People to Be Afraid
of How Much They Love Me

by Delaney Saul

The Thrill of It

by Emily Laubham

Volume 9, Issue 12

23 Dec

Issue 9.12 is here to rattle a few chains.

This issue features enticing sirens, huge chompers, and an inner struggle between ferality and humanity.

Thanks to everyone who’s helped make 2018 such a great year here at Molotov, and don’t forget to check out our latest quarterly contest, Phantom Flash

I Sing

by Anastasia Kirchoff

Keith

by John Holland

The Kitsune

by Candace Hartsuyker

Volume 9, Issue 11

21 Nov

Wait’ll you get a hold of Issue 9.11. 

Within these pages we’ve got dehydrated demons, peel-away faces, and milk-and-honey executions. 

Our fourth-annual print anthology will be out before year’s end, so keep an eye out for that. And our next contest, Phantom Flash, is now open to submissions. 

And now on to the good stuff…

Jenny Haniver

by Jaq Evans

Winding and Widdershins

by Shannon Phillips

The Persian Boats: A Love Story

by Christina Dalcher

Flash Monster 2018

31 Oct

This is Halloween.

 

I

Ursa Major

by Jen Corrigan

II

The Lamppost Huggers

by Christopher Stanley

III

Our Immortal Night

by Neil Clark

 

IV

Indoors

by Travis Dahlke

V

I’ve Seen the Other Shadow in the City

by Emma Miller

VI

Manticore

by Stuart Airey

VII

Ink

by Alpheus Williams

VIII

Sawdust 

by James Turner

IX

Morkus

by Justin Eells

X

The Scaredy Men

by S.E. Casey

Flash Monster 2018 results!

30 Oct

Who made the cut?

After a grueling selection process, 10 stories have made it out alive. This marks our fifth Halloween contest, and while the quality of submissions always bowls us over, carving these tremendous entries down to a Top 10 was brutal. 

This contest saw a higher than average percentage of entries from American writers, but as always, we are thrilled to see submissions trickle in from around the globe. In addition to the States, we read work from writers stationed in Australia, Bahamas, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, and (of course) the U.K.

And now on to the good stuff…

 

The following writers had stories that made it through several rounds of cuts, but didn’t quite squeak into the Top 10.

Close-but-no-cigar shortlist shout-outs go to:

Sarah Barbet-Sawyer
Sean Barrett
Nathan Blixt
Alicia Bones
Andrew Bourelle
Gordon Brown
Michael Carter
Karolina Connolly
Celia Daniels
Christina Dalcher
Jaq Evans (2)
Robert Fael
Donna Greenwood
Wiebo Grobler 
Aaron Housholder
Anastasia Kirchoff
Mark Left

Matt Leibel
Emily Livingstone
Rachel McCafferty
Brianna McNish (2)
Chris Milam
Quentin Norris
Erin Perry Willis
James Potter
Timothy Roberts
David Rochon
Aeryn Rudel (2)
Jeffrey Spinazzola
Christopher Stanley
Alyssa Striplin
William Thompson
Kaleb Tutt
Margret Wiggins
Brian Wilson

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Flash Monster 2018 mega-issue, which will drop on Halloween. They will also be included in our annual Prize Winners Anthology print issue, to be published next year. 

10th Place – “The Scaredy Men” by S.E. Casey
9th Place – “Morkus” by Justin Eells
8th Place – “Sawdust” by James Turner
7th Place – “Ink” by Alpheus Williams
6th Place – “Manticore” by Stuart Airey
5th Place – “I’ve Seen the Other Shadow in the City” by Emma Miller
4th Place – “Indoors” by Travis Dahlke

 

And now on to the three stories that really blew us away.

 

3rd Place ($50)

“Our Immortal Night”
by Neil Clark

 

2nd Place ($100)

“The Lamppost Huggers”
by Christopher Stanley

 

1st Place ($200)

“Ursa Major”
by Jen Corrigan

 

Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in our Flash Monster 2018 contest! Always a pleasure to read your work, and we couldn’t host these contests without you.

Check back tomorrow for the Flash Monster mega-issue.

Volume 9, Issue 9

12 Oct

Issue 9.9 comes crawling out of the woodwork. 

This issue brings you an eloquent thief, a robotic”fucked-up anteater” and some missing chompers. 

Flash Monster 2018 soft deadline hits October 21st, so get those monster-themed entries turned in. Top 10 will be published on Halloween. 

A Mugging 

by William Hawkins

Pangolin

by Ama Kirchner

Tell-tale Teeth

by Ben Whitnall