Flash Felon

16 May


Our Flash Felon mega-issue is full of sinister figures lurking in the shadows. 

Two of our Top 3 stories in this contest come from writers were who honorable mentions in previous contests. Always good to see.

Don’t forget to check out our results page to take a peek at the coveted close-but-no-cigar shout-outs. Our next quarterly contest theme will be Flash Icon and will require an iconic person, place or thing. Details within a week or two. And keep those dark and offbeat poetry submissions rolling in for the Shadow Award poetry contest. Soft deadline 5/31. 

And now, on to the goods.

Say ‘hello’ to my little friend.” 

– The Editor

Flash Felon Winner

The London Umbrella Company

by Jan Kaneen

2nd Place


by Henry Whittier-Ferguson

3rd Place

Blood Feather and Soft Feather

by Melissa Monks


Honorable Mentions:

4th – Everything Must Go

by Emily Livingstone

5th – Beyond the Briars

by Joshua Patterson

6th – The Sitting Room

by Aeryn Rudel

7th – Jokers to the Right

by Rich Larson

8th – Libertas

by Warren Buchanan

9th – The Noose on the Roof

by Charles Scott

10th – Space Monkey Mafia

by Allison Spector

Flash Felon Results!

14 May

We asked you to get nefarious and you didn’t disappoint. We asked you to get creative with your crime-based flash fiction and you rose to the task. Once again, it was a joy (and a challenge) to judge so many remarkable entries. You brought our favorite brand of weirdness to one of the more structured genres out there, and the crime stories featured in Monday’s Flash Felon mega-issue will leave readers gobsmacked and breathless.  

And while we’ll be celebrating these 10 sinister and offbeat crime-themed stories for the next few days, the focus will soon shift to the Shadow Award. Our first-ever poetry contest—primarily judged by our associate editor and kick-ass poet Mary Lenoir Bond—is in the home stretch with a May 31st soft deadline, so send over your dark and weird poetry for a chance at cash prizes and the honor of being among the very first poetry that The Molotov Cocktail has ever published. 

Stay tuned in the near future for details on our next quarterly flash fiction contest, which will be branded #FlashIcon and will seek stories that involve an iconic person, place or thing. Completely open to all genres; it just has to revolve around an icon. Should be a fun one.

And now to the goods…

We had a slightly lower than average turnout this time around, but that didn’t translate into fewer quality entries. On the contrary, the deliberation process became painstaking as we got down to under 30 top entries. As a result, there’s plenty of non-cigars to hand out. Close-but-no-cigar mentions go to the following writers:

Seth Augenstein
Christina Dalcher
Calvin Demmer
Ryan Dempsey
GJ Hart
DI Hughes
Shona McCombes
Charlotte Merckens
Christopher P. Mooney (2)
Jonathan Ochoco
Brad Rose
Aeryn Rudel
Lucas Snoey
Christopher Stanley
Derek Thompson
G.D. Watry

We are truly grateful to have the chance to read each and every entry that came in. Your hard work and creative minds are what make these contests a success.

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Flash Felon mega-issue, which will run on Monday, May 16th. They will also be included in this fall’s Prize Winners Anthology print issue, which will feature the Top 10 finishers from our other quarterly contests and the Shadow Award poetry contest. You can check out last year’s Prize Winners Anthology here

That’s enough yammering from me. 

10th Place – “Space Monkey Mafia” by Allison Spector 
9th Place – “The Noose on the Roof” by Charles Scott
8th Place – “Libertas” by Warren Buchanan 
7th Place – “Jokers to the Right” by Rich Larson 
6th Place – “The Sitting Room” by Aeryn Rudel 
5th Place – “Beyond the Briars” by Joshua Patterson 
4th Place – “Everything Must Go” by Emily Livingstone


And now on to the three entries that really blew our minds:



3rd Place

“Blood Feather and Soft Feather”
by Melissa Monks

2nd Place

by Henry Whittier-Ferguson

1st Place

“The London Umbrella Company”
by Jan Kaneen


Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in the Flash Felon contest.We literally couldn’t do this without you. Check back Monday, May 16th for the Flash Felon mega-issue!

Volume 7, Issue 3

3 May

Issue 7.3


Issue 7.3 will grab a hold of you.

This issue we’ve got papier-mâché-muskrat-making gators, troublesome eyebrows, and mirrors that don’t look back. This go-round is an especially international issue, with writers hailing from New Zealand, Ireland and the U.K. 

Our initial deadline for our Flash Felon contest has come and gone, but late submissions are accepted through our Procrastinator’s Special until Thursday, May 5th. Meanwhile, we’re under one month left until our Shadow Award poetry contest deadline, the first time we’ll be publishing poetry within these pages.

“Damned alligator bit off my hand.”

– The Editor


Alligators Aren’t Crocodiles

by Elizabeth Morton

The River

by Rebecca Harrison

Ziggy Stardust Ruined My Life

by Karl MacDermott


Volume 7, Issue 2

18 Apr

Issue 7.2
Issue 7.2 will really stick with you.

This issue finds phantoms skulking around abandoned amusement parks, a series of murdered canines, and stoners floating on inflatable donuts.

Time’s ticking on our Flash Felon contest. You’ve got until 11:59 PST on April 30th to get those crime-themed flash fiction entries sent over for a chance at cash prizes and publication both online and in our annual Prize Winners Anthology. And don’t forget about our Shadow Award poetry contest, which is accepting entries until the end of May. 

“One of us. One of us. Gooble-gobble, gooble-gobble.”

– The Editor


The Ghosts You Meet in Maricopa

by Eric Shattuck

Let Dead Dogs Lie

by Michael Bracken

The Canoeing Joint 

by Matthew Dexter

Volume 7, Issue 1

1 Apr

Issue 7.1

Issue 7.1 will really make you read between the lines.

That’s right: Volume 7. That means The Molotov Cocktail has just turned six years old. We’re now as old as a kindergartener or the term of a U.S. Senator, whichever is more impressive.

We’re kicking off our seventh year of existence with baptismal whales, frigid babies and old faces stowed away in shoe boxes. 

Don’t forget about our Flash Felon crime stories contest, which runs until 4/30, and our Shadow Award poetry contest, which is accepting submissions until the end of May.

You ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight?
– The Editor



by J. Bradley

The Baby

by Andrew Bertaina


by Izabella Grace

Volume 6, Issue 21

18 Mar

Issue 6.21

Take a look inside Issue 6.21.

This issue we’ve got a literally infectious smile, sinister hot dogs, and loads of fish guts.

Early-bird deadlines for both our Flash Felon crime stories and Shadow Award poetry contests are about to hit on April Fool’s Day, which just so happens to be our six-year anniversary of existence. Volume 7 is just a stone’s throw away.

In heaven, everything is fine…

– The Editor


Punch’s Grin

by Eric Hawthorn


by Preston Lang

That Damn Fish Smell

by L.L. Madrid

Volume 6, Issue 20

3 Mar

Issue 6.20

Issue 6.20 is a world unto its own. 

This is truly an international issue. We’ve got writers hailing from Sri Lanka, Japan, and the good ole U.S. of A.

In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve also got our Shadow Award poetry contest in full swing, along with our Flash Felon crime fiction contest. Enter either or both and we’ll think you’re too cool for school. 

I live, I die, I live again!”

– The Editor



by Chloe Clark


by David Golding

Another Kind of Courage

by C.D. Wight


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