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

 

Volume 9, Issue 8

18 Sep

You never know what you might find in Issue 9.8.

This time around we’ve got fiercely carnivorous spouses, soggy houses, and physically caustic mothers.

Our Flash Monster 2018 contest is now if full swing, so send us your abominable literary creations for our Halloween mega-issue. 

The Voids Underneath

by Maura Yzmore

Out of Gin

by Kevin White

TORO

by J. Bradley

Flash Beast

27 Aug

 

I

Cocoon

by Julia Pike

II

Riding Deep Night

by Alpheus Williams

III

Gutted

by Barlow Adams

 

IV

Bear Necessity

by Aeryn Rudel

V

Hunger

by Elinam Agbo

VI

The Lions

by Alexandra O’Neil

VII 

They Who Keep the Sky

by Travis Chambray

VIII 

Fish Brain Therapy

by Neil Clark

IX

The Boy with Birds in His Heart

by Quentin Norris

X

The Spoils

by John Skewes

Flash Beast results

21 Aug

Who will emerge?

Without hyperbole, this was by far the most challenging contest we’ve ever judged here at Molotov HQ. The quality of submissions has never been higher, making even the Close-But-No-Cigar shortlist a challenge to crack with such fierce competition. 

We saw U.S. entries roll in primarily from the East and West Coasts, with some Midwest thrown for good measure (and a smattering of the landlocked West), and we were thrilled to also read submissions from writers stationed in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, India, Ireland, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.  

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:

Dmitri Akers
Kristopher Armstrong
Beth Bauman
Brook Bhagat
Mason Binkley
Andrew Bourelle
Andy Brown
Michael Carter
Travis Chambray
Christina Dalcher
Phillip Dixon
Mitchell Duran
Robert Fael
Justin Florey
Kate Garklavs
Jenna Gersie
Candace Hartsuyker
Nikki HoSang
Ama Kirchner

Levi Krain
Jennifer Lynn Krohn
Emily Laubham
Veronica Lavia
Rebecca Matteson
Emma Miller (2)
Emma Neale
David Northedge
Alexandra O’Neil
Alyn Spector
Christopher Stanley
Ernest Gordon Taulbee
Ingrid Taylor
Liza Taylor
Deanie Vallone
Alpheus Williams
Michael Worthington
Maura Yzmore
Angel Zapata

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Flash Beast mega-issue, which will drop on Monday, August 27th. They will also be included in our fourth-annual Prize Winners Anthology print issue, to be published in Fall 2018. 

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

10th Place – “The Spoils” by John Skewes
9th Place – “The Boy with Birds in His Heart” by Quentin Norris
8th Place – “Fish Brain Therapy” by Neil Clark
7th Place – “They Who Keep the Sky” by Travis Chambray
6th Place – “The Lions” by Alexandra O’Neil
5th Place – “Hunger” by Elinam Agbo
4th Place – “Bear Necessity” by Aeryn Rudel

 

And now on to those three stories that really separated themselves from the pack.

 

 

3rd Place ($50)

“Gutted”
by Barlow Adams

 

2nd Place ($100)

“Riding Deep Night”
by Alpheus Williams

 

1st Place ($200)

“Cocoon”
by Julia Pike

 

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

Check back on Monday for the Flash Beast mega-issue.