Volume 10, Issue 11

31 Dec

Last issue of the decade! And be sure to check out details on our latest quarterly contest, Flash Frenzy.

Progeny of a Dung Beetle

by Robert P. Kaye

A Shotgun and a Shovel

by Steve Passey

Marlboro Fish

by Carmen Price

Volume 10, Issue 10

26 Nov

Invasive Species

by Chris Panatier

Blue Tip

by Rick Krizman


by Riley Krembil

Flash Monster 2019

31 Oct

This one goes to 11. 


Dead Man from the Ocean Floor

by Neil Clark


Happy Is He

by Christina Harrington


Our Dream Town

by Laila Amado



There Was a Curse upon Them

by Benjamin Woodard


It Wasn’t a Black Dog, It Was Never a Black Dog

by Anika Carpenter


What Happened to John

by Najla Brown



by Joanne Withers


Naught but Shadows Walking

by Levi Krain


The Farmhand

by Gareth Durasow


Climate Change

by Jan Kaneen


Ice Window

by Jonathan Duckworth

Flash Monster 2019 results

30 Oct

Flash Monster prize winners,

come on down!

This may be our sixth annual Halloween contest, but that doesn’t mean it gets any easier. Once again, carving down this bevy of quality entries to a Top 10(ish) was brutal. 

Once again, we were thrilled by the international turnout. In addition to the States, we read work from writers stationed in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, the U.K., and the former Republic of Yugoslavia.

But you’ve got Halloween shenanigans to prepare for, so let’s get on with it. 


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:

John Adams
Jonathan Baker
Edward Barnfield
Clark Boyd
Michael Carter
Amy Casey
Nancy Dassy
Andrea DeAngelis
Mitchell Duran
Donna Greenwood
Christina Harrington
Eric Hayward
Abi Hennig
Robin Jeffrey
David Klose
Nick Lachmund
Rachel Abbey McCafferty

Brett Milam
Chris Milam
Tiffany Promise (2)
Patrick Rexroat
Aeryn Rudel (2)
Trevor Ruth
Daniel Scamell
Chelsea Stickle
Adam Trodd
David Tromblay


The Top 10* (yeah, that’s right, it’s actually 11—a Halloween miracle!) that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Flash Monster 2019 mega-issue, which will drop on Halloween. They will also be included in a future Prize Winners Anthology print issue.

10th Place – “Climate Change” by Jan Kaneen / “Ice Window” by Jonathan Duckworth
9th Place – “The Farmhand” by Gareth Durasow
8th Place – “Naught but Shadows Walking” by Levi Krain
7th Place – “Inheritance” by Joanne Withers
6th Place – “What Happened to John” by Najla Brown
5th Place – “It Wasn’t a Black Dog, It Was Never a Black Dog” by Anika Carpenter
4th Place – “There Was a Curse Upon Them” by Benjamin Woodard


And now on to the three stories that really made a splash.


3rd Place ($75)

“Our Dream Town”
by Laila Amado


2nd Place ($125)

“Happy Is He”
by Christina Harrington


1st Place ($250)

“Dead Man from the Ocean Floor”
by Neil Clark

Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in our Flash Monster 2019 contest! 

Check back tomorrow for the Flash Monster mega-issue.

Volume 10, Issue 8

4 Oct

We’re kicking off October with unnerving, sinister flash fiction. Issue 10.8 features mad scientists, disembodied faces appearing behind eyelids, and dead grandmothers speaking to children. If that doesn’t get you in the spirit for our sixth annual Halloween contest, nothing will.

But Then the Mice Began to Change

by Rachel Abbey McCafferty


by Jim Hohenbary


by Xenia Dylag

Shadow Award 2019

25 Sep


I Need That Ride

by Amanda Chiado



by Fredric Koeppel


Lily 19

by Stuart Airey



If I Am Then I Must Be Now 

by Andrew Romanelli


How did you die

by Erin Kirsh


My father, bored as a parrot

by Julia Webb


The New Model

by Jennifer Lynn Krohn


Yard Sale

by Karen Mandell


He Smelled Like Grass

by Amanda Chiado



by J V Birch

Shadow Award 2019 results!

20 Sep

The smoke has cleared on
the Shadow Award…


A very special thanks to the immensely talented Mary Lenoir Bond, who served as primary judge throughout this contest and made the tough calls on another impressive slate of dark and offbeat poetry. Selecting winners is never easy. You took us to strange and surreal places with these poems, and we hope that all these entries will find good homes. 

We had a particularly international Top 10, with poets from USA, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand making the grade.

But you didn’t come here for me to go on and on. Let’s get to the goods.


Below you’ll find our short list. The following poets submitted entries that made it through several rounds of cuts, but didn’t quite squeak into the Top 10. 

Close-but-no-cigar short list shout-outs go to:

Joanne Alfano
Melissa Andres
Andy Brown
William Brown
James Christy (2)
F.E. Clark
Ryan Dematteo
Ann DeVilbiss
Dan Diehn (2)
Stuart Forrest
Jordan Franklin (2)
Fredric Koeppel
Frances Koziar
December Lace
Richard Leis
Robert Libbey (2)
Dave Lull
Brett Milam
Janna Miller
Scott-Patrick Mitchell

Jeff Morgan
Charlotte Muse
Michael O’Ryan
Tony Peyser
Stephen Pollock
Caroline Randall
Michael Rumney
Ryan Scariano
Alex Sobel
Jeanne Stauffer
Svetlana Sterlin
Rae Stinger
David Tagnani
Faye Turner-Johnson

Mary Wallach
J. Summerisle Wilson
Joanne Withers
Scott Withiam
Elliott Zee (2)

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Shadow Award 2019 poetry mega-issue, which will run early next week. They will also be included in this winter’s fifth-annual Prize Winners Anthology print issue. You can check out last year’s Prize Winners Anthology here.

10th Place – “Rebirth” by J V Birch
9th Place – “He Smelled Like Grass” by Amanda Chiado
8th Place – “Yard Sale” by Karen Mandell
7th Place – “The New Model” by Jennifer Lynn Krohn
6th Place – “My father, bored as a parrot” by Julia Webb
5th Place – “How did you die” by Erin Kirsh
4th Place – “If I Am Then I Must Be Now” by Andrew Romanelli


And now for those poems that really rocked us.

3rd Place

“Lily 19”
by Stuart Airey


2nd Place ($100)


by Fredric Koeppel


1st Place ($200)

“I Need That Ride”

by Amanda Chiado


Congrats to the winners, and a huge thanks to everyone who participated!
Check back early next week for the Shadow Award 2019 mega-issue.