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

Volume 7, Issue 7

5 Jul



After our first foray into publishing poetry, we’re back with some juicy morsels of flash fiction.

This issue pops pills, lives by the sword, and finds a nasty surprise.

We’ve got our #FlashIcon contest in full swing, so get those weird stories involving a famous person, place, or thing get sent over if you know what’s good for you.

Name’s Ash… housewares.” 

– The Editor

A Hundred and Forty Beats

by Bryan Bowie

Secret Ministry

by Seth Augenstein

In the Driver’s Seat

by G.D. Watry

The Shadow Award

17 Jun

 shadow award cover4

Well, this is new.

The Molotov Cocktail has been around for well over six years now, and this is the very first time that poetry is gracing our pages. We were ecstatic to see such a strong turnout, and the quality was out of this world. Our primary poetry judge, Mary Lenoir Bond, had her work cut out for her.

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, Flash Icon, is in full swing and requires that you include an iconic person, place or thing. Get weird with it!

But enough about me…


Shadow Award Winner

The Devil’s Taken His Dress Off

by Amanda Chiado

2nd Place

stark raving naked

by Christopher P. Mooney

3rd Place

Children of the Damp

by B.T. Schweitzer


Honorable Mentions

4th – The Divine Heap

by Amanda Chiado

5th – Mud Ceremony

by Sara Ryan

6th – Visitation

by Frances Klein

7th – Persephone Hangs Insulation

by Elizabeth Vignali

8th – Changeling

by Hannah Craig

9th – A Water Can Sprays a Flowerbed City

by John Gosslee

10th – The Black Dog and Goat

by Forrest DePoy

Shadow Award Results!

14 Jun

The dust has settled…


…and revealed our Shadow Award winners.

Well, here’s something you don’t see every day. We’re happy to announce the first-ever poems that will be published in The Molotov Cocktail—the winners and honorable mentions for our Shadow Award contest. As with any new endeavor, we weren’t quite sure what to expect for this poetry contest, but you all turned in some truly dark, strange, and unsettling stuff. Primary contest judge Mary Lenoir Bond had her work cut out for her, and she put in many long, painstaking hours of deliberation. She also had the following to say:

Thank you to everyone who entered our Shadow Award contest! What a pleasure it was to read all of your work. I fully expect one of these days a few of your books will be added to my vast shelves. Please follow my new(ish) blog and see my most recent post, where I discuss more about our contest judging process. I plan to write more about the flash fiction contests very soon, and speaking of that, I’m insanely excited to read the Flash Icon stories for August! I wish I could enter it as well, heh.

Thank you again, you wonderful weirdos, you fellows of freakdom. – Mary Lenoir Bond

We were also happy to see poems trickle in from all around the globe. Sure, we saw a good share from our compatriots here in the States, but we also saw a strong response from Canada, the U.K. and Ireland, with other entries coming in from Australia, Greece, Malaysia and elsewhere! The poets whose work will be featured in our Shadow Award mega-issue can revel in the fact that they will literally be read all around the world (still working on a marketing strategy to break into Antarctica). 

Though this contest has reached its end, we’ve always got something cooking at tMC. Our next quarterly flash fiction contest, Flash Icon, is now accepting submissions at an early-bird rate. That contest will require writers to include an iconic person, place, or thing, and we hope you get real weird with it.

But now on to the good stuff. We had an exceptional number of high-quality submissions whose authors are worthy of mention. However, we capped our non-cigar shout-outs at 20. 

Close-but-no-cigar mentions go to:

Ian Barbosa
F.E. Clark
Ophelia Darkly
Forrest DePoy
Laura Garrison
John Gosslee
Rosemary Harris
Sean Hooks
Zebulon Huset
David Marston (2)

Kathleen McCoy
Sheena Power
Carrie Redway

G.G. Silverman
James Stewart
Elijah Tubbs
G.D. Watry
Stephen Scott Whitaker
MB Vigil

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 Shadow Award poetry mega-issue, which will run by Friday, June 17th. They will also be included in this fall’s second-annual Prize Winners Anthology print issue, which will feature the Top 10 finishers from our quarterly flash fiction contests as well. You can check out last year’s Prize Winners Anthology here

 And now, here’s something we hope you’ll really like.

10th Place – “The Black Dog and Goat” by Forrest DePoy
9th Place – “A Water Can Sprays a Flowerbed City” by John Gosslee
8th Place – “Changeling” by Hannah Craig
7th Place – “Persephone Hangs Insulation” by Elizabeth Vignali
6th Place – “Visitation” by Frances Klein
5th Place – “Mud Ceremony” by Sara Ryan
4th Place – “The Divine Heap” by Amanda Chiado


And now for the poems we really couldn’t keep our hands off.

caligari shadow

3rd Place ($50)

“Children of the Damp”
by Brett Schweitzer


2nd Place ($100)

“Stark Raving Naked”
by Christopher P. Mooney


1st Place ($200)

“The Devil’s Taken His Dress Off”
by Amanda Chiado


Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in our first-ever poetry contest.We literally couldn’t do this without you. Check back by Friday, June 17th for the Shadow Award mega-issue!



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