Flash Rage

16 Apr

Resistance is in the air lately, and in the case of our Flash Rage contest, it’s made for some great art. This time around we asked for stories of rebellion, revolution, and revenge. You answered that call with one of our strongest contests to date, and the ten stories you’ll find below reflect the high quality of submissions that came from around the world, with entries received from the USA, U.K., Ireland, Canada, Australia, Germany, Spain, Kenya, Israel, Thailand, and Korea.

Keep your eyes peeled for our second annual Shadow Award poetry contest, which will open within a few days. And our next quarterly flash fiction contest will be open shortly after that. 

We came, we saw, we kicked its ass!

– The Editor

1st Place


by Christopher Stanley

2nd Place

Give Me the Gas

by Lazarus Gray

3rd Place

Indigenous Rising

by Philip Webb Gregg


Honorable Mentions:

4th – Healing Powers

by Timothy Gustafson

5th – The Memory of Elephants

by Christina Dalcher

6th – Illumination

by Jessica Granger

7th – Welcome to Europe

by S.K. Azoulay

8th Lydia and Jacob

by Fred Nolan

9th – Better This Way

by Christina Dalcher

10th – No Names Left to Say

by Lisa Mecham

Flash Rage results!

14 Apr

There must be a lot of anger out there, because the Flash Rage contest resulted in one of our very best turnouts ever. That means the competition was especially cutthroat this time around, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Great to see such a wide variety of subject matter, with the rebellion, revolt, resistance and pure rage themes not only taking political and sociocultural overtones but also branching out to cover inanimate objects, vengeance-minded animals, dinners from hell, staple-gun mayhem, coups at the old folks’ home, and Vlad the Impaler’s wife. 

We’re still putting together the details of our next quarterly flash fiction contest, but within a few days we’ll open our annual Shadow Award poetry contest for submissions. So keep an eye out for that as we’re looking forward to our annual diversion into dark and offbeat poetry.

Without further ado, let’s get to the goods.

Close-but-no-cigar mentions go to the following writers:
(who hail from the USA, U.K., Canada, and Germany)

Quinn Alexander
Raluca Alexandru
Michael Carter
Jack Caseros
Amanda Chiado
Dan Diehn
David Gilbert
Daniel Greene
Wiebo Grobler
Chris Holaday
D I Hughes
Cleo Keahna Uran
Jacqueline MacDonald
Jennifer McCarthy
Erin O’Shea
Amy Rossi
Sandra Schmidtke
J Schnader
William Stoddart

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Flash Rage mega-issue, which will run over the weekend. They will also be included in our third-annual Prize Winners Anthology print issue this fall. You can check out our Prize Winners Anthology Vol. 2 here.

But you’re probably not reading this part anyway, so…


Honorable Mentions go to:

10th Place – “No Names Left to Say” by Lisa Mecham (California, USA)
9th Place – “Better This Way” by Christina Dalcher (Virginia, USA)
8th Place – “Lydia and Jacob” by Fred Nolan (Texas, USA)
7th Place – “Welcome to Europe” by S. K. Azoulay (Israel)
6th Place – “Illumination” by Jessica Granger (Ohio, USA)
5th Place – “The Memory of Elephants” by Christina Dalcher (Virginia, USA)
4th Place – “Healing Powers” by Timothy Gustafson (Minnesota, USA)


And now on to stories that really take the cake.

3rd Place ($50)

“Indigenous Rising”
by Philip Webb Gregg (U.K.)


2nd Place ($100)

“Give Me the Gas”
by Lazarus Gray (Australia)


1st Place ($200)

by Christopher Stanley (U.K.)

Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in the Flash Rage contest. Once again it was a blast to read the insanity you cooked up. We literally couldn’t do this without you. Check back over the weekend for the Flash Rage mega-issue.

Volume 7, Issue 21

25 Mar


Issue 7.21 will make your skin crawl.

This issue tells stories to frozen corpses, attempts to weaponize black widow spiders, and finds out if its family tastes like pork. 

Crunch time for our Flash Rage contest. Sure, you can always count on our patented Procrastinator’s Special (patent-pending), but our soft deadline is approaching fast. Get those submissions in by end of the day (PST) Friday, March 31st. 

And keep an eye out for our 2nd annual poetry contest. Details dropping on that soon.

“Oh, what a day. What a lovely day!”

– The Editor



by Christopher Dorsey

Marrow’s Sweet Decay

by L.P. Melling

Shiny and Black

by Steve Passey

Volume 7, Issue 20

8 Mar

Issue 7.20 is hot off the press.

This go-round features pieces from three first-time contributors, flash fiction that huddles for warmth in a charred apocalyptic wasteland, gets pulled down by a trash-choked river current, and finds tiny alligators crawling out of its barnacle wounds.

Less than a month left until our Flash Rage contest soft deadline (due March 31st), so get cracking on those entries about revenge, rebellion, revolution, or just plain righteous fury. 

I am never gonna see a merman, ever.” 

– The Editor


Injured Pigeons

by Toni Marshall


by Mariah Montoya

Bad Zeitgeist

by Caleb Michael Sarvis

Volume 7, Issue 19

17 Feb


Current affairs are still leaving us all doom and gloom here at Molotov HQ, so much so that Issue 7.19 features two close-but-no-cigars from our recent Flash Doom contest—and the other piece revolves around an asbestosis contagion.

Our next quarterly contest, Flash Rage, is up and running, seeking resistance/rebellion-minded flash fiction. And if you haven’t scored a copy of our second annual Prize Winners Anthology, you should really get on that.

Survival of the fittest, Max, and we’ve got the fucking gun!

– The Editor


The Life Sentence

Hannah Mathewson


by John Vurro

Asbestos Breath

by Alex Creece

Flash Doom

20 Jan


If you’re reading this then that means a vast nuclear arsenal is now in the tiny hands of a rancid circus peanut. Good times. Thankfully, in response to the orange menace, we here at The Molotov Cocktail believe in channeling doomsday angst into some dark and offbeat art. We’re always pleased to be transported to the strange and surreal places that you writers take us, and this contest you’ve really outdone yourselves. Another strong global turnout, with our Top 10 featuring four writers living in the US, three in the UK, two in Canada and one in Japan.

Assuming the world’s still spinning this fall, these stories will all be featured in our third annual Prize Winners Anthology print issue. You can grab our recently released Vol. 2 here. A great way to stave off madness while in quarantine or confined to a subterranean bunker. 

But I do say, no more than 10 to 20 million killed. Tops.”

– The Editor


1st Place

The End Is Always

by Philip Webb Gregg

2nd Place

One Last Decision

by Bill Adler Jr.

3rd Place


by Rachel Cassidy


Honorable Mentions:

4th – Wernicke 27X

by Christina Dalcher

5th – Right Number

by Aaron Housholder

6th – The Ballad of James Malloy

by GJ Hart

7th – An Incident on Dover Street

by Aeryn Rudel

8th – The Remnant Bloom

by James Guthrie

9th – In Dreams

by Sherry Morris

10th – Starve

by Nicolas Poynter

Flash Doom Results!

19 Jan



Welp, we’re less than 24 hours away from a deranged circus clown taking over the White House. In spite the bleakness of world affairs at the moment, or perhaps because of it, we had a killer crop of imaginative doom-oriented flash fiction to sort through for this contest. We’re always gobsmacked by the creative dark and offbeat scenarios written about in our quarterly contests, and this one might’ve taken the cake for strange and surreal premises. Truly a joy to read them, and it’s always difficult to whittle them down to the ten stories that you’ll find in our Flash Doom mega-issue.  

We had quite a few close-but-no-cigars that were in the running right down to the final moments (and we encourage these stories to be submitted for consideration for our regular issues). Cannibals, surly sasquatch, jailhouse contagion, asteroids, diminishing body parts, boulder-hurling giants, electrified executions, alligators, ice dummies, gold towers, killer swimming pools, parasitic ladybug mutants? Yeah, we had all that and more, but as they say, close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. 


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

Michael Croban
Calvin Demmer
Dan Diehn
Benjamin Finateri
Wiebo Grobler

Emmaleene Leahy
Emily Livingstone
Erick Mancilla

Toni Marshall
Jamie Mason
Hannah Mathewson
Lee Melling 

Jonathan Ochoco
R.A. Roth

Aeryn Rudel
Allison Spector (2)
Christopher Stanley
Mike Sweeney
Michael Tanner
John Vurro

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Flash Doom mega-issue, which will run tomorrow on Trumpocalypse. They will also be included in our third-annual Prize Winners Anthology print issue this fall. You can check out our recently-released Prize Winners Anthology Vol. 2 here.

But you didn’t come here for my yammering. 

Honorable Mentions go to:

10th Place – “Starve” by Nicolas Poynter
9th Place – “In Dreams” by Sherry Morris
8th Place – “The Remnant Bloom” by James Guthrie
7th Place – “An Incident on Dover Street” by Aeryn Rudel
6th Place – “The Ballad of James Malloy” by GJ Hart
5th Place – “Right Number” by Aaron Housholder 
4th Place – “Wernicke 27X” by Christina Dalcher 


And now on to the really bomb stories.



3rd Place ($50)

by Rachel Cassidy


2nd Place ($100)

“One Last Decision”
by Bill Adler


1st Place ($200)

“The End Is Always”
by Philip Webb Gregg


Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in the Flash Doom contest. We literally couldn’t do this without you. Check back tomorrow for our Flash Doom mega-issue.