Flashpocalypse

20 May

I

Angels Only Dance with Astronauts

by Donna L. Greenwood

II

Pets

by Nick Story

III

The Story Collector

by Quentin Norris

 

IV

Warden of the Sun

by Chris Panatier

V

After the Ghosts

by Christopher Stanley

VI

Bone Stew

by Samantha Jean Coxall

VII

Dead Trees Give No Shelter

by Dom Wilton

VIII

The Favor

by Bill Richter

IX

Mourning Cloak 

by Greg Tebbano

X.i

Formicaries

by Greg Girvan

X.ii

To Catch a Moon

by Tiffany Meuret

Flashpocalypse is nigh!

15 May

Who has emerged?

 

You’ve heard it said umpteen times in the past two months, but these are indeed strange days. All the more reason to write strange flash fiction, we say, and you delivered with one of our most hotly contested competitions to date. With the world in chaos and many 20th century speculative fiction plots playing out in real life, we found shelter in the dark and offbeat places you took us. Turns out that fictional apocalypses are a lot more fun than the real thing! The Top 10 (okay, Top 11—we couldn’t help ourselves) that has emerged strikes a compelling balance between insight into our humanity and heaping doses of gonzo escapism, giving us beauty amid blight.

This might just be our most international contest yet. We we thrilled to read entries from Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Finland, Germany, Israel, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, the UK, and the USA. 

But if you’re like us, quarantine-brain can only handle so much information before it starts turning into grey goo, so I suppose it’s about time we get to the goods.

 

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:

Christopher Aguiar
Colin Alcock
Andrew Bourelle
Jill Bronfman
Neil Clark
Christina Dalcher
Andrea DeAngelis
Patrick Downing
Frank Dullaghan
Yael Duvdevani
Wiebo Grobler
Jude Higgins
Jenny Johnson
Jackson Kuhl
Luis Jefté Lacourt
William Lanford
Miguel Lasala
Richard Leis
Connor Lucey
Lance Moody
Neil Orts
Rebecca Owen
Erin Perry Willis
Matthew Polmounter
Aeryn Rudel
Daniel Scamell
Kyra Simone
Luke Sprunger
Chelsea Stickle
Alpheus Williams
Maura Yzmore
Elliott Zee

 

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Flashpocalypse mega-issue, which will drop within a week. They will also be included in Vol. 6 of the Prize Winners Anthology print issue (Vol. 5 is one the way soon!).

10th Place (tie)– “To Catch a Moon” by Tiffany Meuret &
“Formicaries” by Greg Girvan 
9th Place – “Mourning Cloak” by Greg Tebbano
8th Place – “The Favor” by Bill Richter
7th Place – “Dead Trees Give No Shelter” by Dom Wilton
6th Place – “Bone Stew” by Samantha Jean Coxall
5th Place – “After the Ghosts” by Christopher Stanley
4th Place – “Warden of the Sun” by Chris Panatier

 

And now on to the three stories that really lit things up…

 

3rd Place ($75)

“The Story Collector”
by Quentin Norris

 

2nd Place ($150)

“Pets”
by Nick Story

 

1st Place ($300)

“Angels Only Dance
with Astronauts”

by Donna L. Greenwood

 

Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in our Flashpocalypse contest.

Check back next week for the Flashpocalypse mega-issue.

Volume 11, Issue 1

30 Apr

The Goat

by Tobiah Black

Mannequin

by Amy Barnes

Young as Hell

by E.C. Hayward

Volume 10, Issue 14

31 Mar

The Ice Palace

by Anne Gresham

A Letter to Be Read and Reread

by Paul Nevin

Grow Up

by MJ McGinn

Flash Frenzy

24 Feb

I

Sleeper 

by Stephen Hundley

II

For the Birds

by Amanda Crum

III

Penetration

by Alpheus Williams

 

IV

The Eternity Ring

by Jan Kaneen

V

In the Darkness, There Is Light

by Paul de Denus

VI

Underbelly

by Alice Kaltman

VII

Only Four Letters Arrived

by Jaylee Alde

VIII

Cohabiting

by Trahearne Falvey 

IX

Lovesong

by Alice Maglio

X

The Spare Room During a Storm

by Meg Mulcahy

Flash Frenzy results!

17 Feb

Flash Frenzy results have dropped.

We asked to unleash frenzied flash fiction, and you didn’t disappoint. A flurry of entries shocked us, thrilled us, and made our skin crawl. As always, we’re so appreciative that you’ve granted us access to these dark and offbeat corners of your brains. 

Once again, we were happy to see the international turnout. We read entries from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, the UK, and the USA. 

But you probably skipped down to the results without reading this part anyway, so… purple monkey dishwasher! 

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:

E.A. Bagby
Amy Barnes
Andrew Boulton
Laura Cody
Andrea DeAngelis
Anne Gresham
Abi Hennig
Hannah Hoare
Porter Huddleston
Omar Hussain
Conor Kenny
Daria Lavelle
Mina Manchester
KC Mead-Brewer
Benedict O’Rourke
Aeryn Rudel (2)
Delaney S. Saul
Robin Stone
Matt Weatherbee
Margret Wiggins
Alpheus Williams

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Flash Frenzy mega-issue, which will drop within a week. They will also be included in a future Prize Winners Anthology print issue.

10th Place – “The Spare Room During a Storm” by Meg Mulcahy
9th Place – “Lovesong” by Alice Maglio
8th Place – “Cohabitating” by Trahearne Falvey
7th Place – “Only Four Letters Arrived” by Jaylee Alde
6th Place – “Underbelly” by Alice Kaltman
5th Place – “In the Darkness, There Is Light” by Paul de Denus
4th Place – “The Eternity Ring” by Jan Kaneen

 

And now on to the three stories that struck a chord with us…

 

3rd Place ($75)

“Penetration”
by Alpheus Williams

 

2nd Place ($125)

“For the Birds”
by Amanda Crum

 

1st Place ($250)

“Sleeper”
by Stephen Hundley

 

Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in our Flash Frenzy contest.

Check back within a week for the Flash Frenzy mega-issue.

Volume 10, Issue 12

31 Jan

Tetragrammaton

by Eric Williams

Detached

by Andrea DeAngelis

Puddles

by Nancy Dassy