Volume 7, Issue 13

7 Oct


Issue 7.13 is full of writers who work their fingers to the bone.

This issue features smoldering peach groves, Kratom-fueled time-space nostalgia and nonlinear worms. Time’s ticking on our #FlashFear contest. October 15th is our soft deadline (although you can probably expect our week-long Procrastinator’s Special after that). We’ll also be taking a one-issue hiatus to finalize our second-annual Prize Winners Anthology print edition, so we’ll be back in action with the Flash Fear mega-issue on Halloween.

“Look what your brother did to the door!”

– The Editor


Gary Dies in the Wrong Order

by Alex Smith

Great Jones Street

by Les Bohem


by Lindsey Baker

Volume 7, Issue 12

19 Sep



Issue 7.12 dumps bodies in the desert, calls out specters of proto-fascists, and dangles its feet down into the sky.

This time around we’re happy to feature work by two returning contributors and one first-timer.

Under a month left to get those #FlashFear horror entries in. And keep your eyes peeled for an announcement about our forthcoming second volume of our Prize Winners print anthology, coming in late October.

Can’t sleep. Clown’ll eat me.”

– The Editor


The Well

by Rebecca Harrison

Ayn Rand’s Chainsaw

by Seth Augenstein

New Mexico Desert

by Cyndy Hendershot

Volume 7, Issue 11

5 Sep



Issue 7.11 clings upside from the rafters, chugs the communion wine, and mimics human form.

There’s still time to take advantage of our Flash Fear contest early-bird rate, so get cracking on those early entries. Contest runs until mid-October, with the Flash Fear mega-issue appearing on Halloween.

Destruction is a form of creation.”

– The Editor

Rotten Eggs

by Sophie van Llewyn


by Corinne Mahoney


by Merran Jones

Flash Icon

18 Aug


Have a close encounter of the word kind.

Flash Icon is here at last. We’ve got a handful of usual suspects making their way back into the Top 10, along with plenty of first-timers. This was an especially difficult contest to judge, but the results speak for themselves.

Strap those thinking caps back on for our next quarterly contest, a horror-themed contest titled #FlashFear, the issue for which will run on Halloween. We want you to run the gamut from bleak, sophisticated terror to genre splatter. Guidelines will be up within a few days.

Here’s looking at you, kid.”

– The Editor

1st Place

The Solstice Shade

by F.E. Clark


2nd Place

The Father of Terror

by Aeryn Rudel


3rd Place

My Own Private Idol

by Fiona Smith


Honorable Mentions

4th – The Further Adventures of Dorothy Gale

by Fred Senese

5th – Boleskine

by Christopher Stanley

6th – Crumbs

by Gabriel Thibodeau

7th – The Stories Hadley Hemingway Lost

by Robyn Ryle

8th – Visitation

by Allison Spector

9th – Post-Inauguration Day

by Shane Gannaway

10th – Trekkie

by Henry Whittier-Ferguson

Flash Icon Results!

14 Aug

When it comes to dark and offbeat flash fiction, nothing is sacred. We asked you to mess with iconic people, places, or things and you came through with something truly weird creations. This contest was wide open as far as tone is concerned and we were thrilled to see you all take icons to some bizarre and fantastical places.

Stay tuned in the near future for details on our next quarterly flash fiction contest, which will be a horror-themed #FlashFear contest, with our prizes winners mega-issue appearing on Halloween. 

And now to the stuff you really care about…

Some high-quality work this contest, which made it all that much more difficult to judge. Making cuts was no easy task, and many entries made it through the first couple rounds. That means we have a ton of non-cigars to hand out.

Close-but-no-cigar mentions go to the following writers:

Seth Augenstein
Sarah Beaudette (2)
Christina Dalcher
Alyssa Durst
Wiebo Grobler
G.J. Hart
D.I. Hughes
Kate Imbach
Hope Linden
Emily Livingstone

Jan Kaneen
Jennifer Kapral
Corinne Mahoney
Lisa Mecham
Chris Milam
Sherry Morris
Eric Newman
B.T. Schweitzer 
Jack Somers
Nick Soto
Allison Spector
Matt St. Hilaire
Christopher Stanley
Mike Sweeney
Guinotte Wise

We are incredibly 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 Icon mega-issue, which will run within the next few days. 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

I’m going to shut up now and make with the results…

10th Place – “Trekkie” by Henry Whittier-Ferguson
9th Place – “Post-Inauguration Day” by Shane Gannaway
8th Place – “Visitation” by Allison Spector
7th Place – “The Stories Hadley Hemingway Lost” by Robyn Ryle
6th Place – “Crumbs” by Gabriel Thibodeau
5th Place – “Boleskine” by Christopher Stanley
4th Place – “The Further Adventures of Dorothy Gale” by Fred Senese



And now on to the three stories that really knocked us out…


3rd Place ($50)

“My Own Private Idol”
by Fiona Smith


2nd Place ($100)
“The Father of Terror”
by Aeryn Rudel


1st Place ($200)

“The Solstice Shade”
by F.E. Clark


Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in the Flash Icon contest. We literally couldn’t do this without you. Check back within a few days  for the Flash Icon mega-issue!


Volume 7, Issue 9

5 Aug

Issue 7.9


Issue 7.9 is a sight to behold.

This go-round we have flattened felines, kicking cousins, and umbrellas glued to the ceiling.

You still have a few days left to take advantage of our Flash Icon contest thanks to our patented Procrastinator’s Special. Results 8/14, and the winners and honorable mentions will appear in our second annual Prize Winners Anthology, which is due out in October.

Why are you keeping this curiosity door locked?!”

– The Editor 

Cat Lover

by Ron Riekki

Getting Out

by Ryan Dempsey

You’re Telling Me Pro Wrestling Isn’t Real
(Part XI)

by Mathew Serback

Volume 7, Issue 8

18 Jul



Issue 7.8 is out of this world.

This issue has got every drug under the sun (but no benzos), little men in little top hats riding little horses, and baby sharks severing water lily stems.

Time’s ticking on our #FlashIcon contest. Our soft deadline is 7/31, so get messing with iconic people, places, or things for a shot at prizes and publication. Starting work on the 2016 print issue of our Prize Winners Anthology soon too.

I ain’t afraid of no ghost.”

– The Editor


by Nicholas Olson

The Woebegone in Little Top Hats

by Kate LaDew


by Miriam Kumaradoss