Killer Flash

4 May

Kill your darlings.

I

What We Find in the Guts of the Bodies
that the River Gives Us

by Philip Webb Gregg

II

What I Am Now

by Alex Sobel

III

Animal Control

by S.E. Casey

 

IV

Grief and Gravity

by Barlow Adams

V

Bird’s Eye View

by Kathryn Burkett

VI

Philosophy of Black Holes and Time Warps

by R.Gene Turchin

VII

Mama Always Said

by Roni Slye

VIII

Baa Baa Black Sheep

by Tyler Dunning

IX

Incandescence 

by Tom Weller

X

This House a Home

by Levi Krain

Killer Flash results

1 May

Apparently, you folks are a little morbid. We were thrilled to see so many unique angles taken on this contest’s death theme. Although, with such a strong turnout and such compelling writing, that made for cutthroat competition.

We saw entries pour in from 40 states here in the U.S. (get your act together, Wyoming, et al.) as well as from writers living in Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand, Scotland, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, and Wales.

With such fierce competition, just making the shortlist required clearing quite a few hurdles. 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 shout-outs go to:

Christopher Allen
Kristopher Armstrong
K.B. Carle
Spencer Chou
Nathan Coley
Joan Cooper
John Cornelius
Dwight Curtis
Tracy Davidson
Alex Ebel
Myles Ehrlich
Jeremy Goun
Ann Graham
Wiebo Grobler
June Guralnick
Timothy Johnson
Gaynor Jones
Sam Jowett
Robert Kaye
Raki Kopernik
Rick Krizman
Jose Medina
MJ McGinn
Chris Milam
Lawrence Morgan
James Murphy
Matt Paczkowski
Robert Penner
Erin Perry Willis
Jon Ross
R.A. Roth
Aeryn Rudel
Ryan Stone
Kaleb Tutt

 

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

Now check this out:

10th Place – “This House a Home” by Levi Krain
9th Place – “Incandescence” by Tom Weller
8th Place – “Baa Baa Black Sheep” by Tyler Dunning
7th Place – “Mama Always Said” by Roni Slye
6th Place – “Philosophy of Black Holes and Time Warps” by R.Gene Turchin
5th Place – “Bird’s Eye View” by Kathryn Burkett
4th Place – “Grief and Gravity” by Barlow Adams

 

And now on to those stories that really took our breath away.

 

 

3rd Place ($50)

“Animal Control”
by S.E. Casey

 

2nd Place ($100)

“What I Am Now”
by Alex Sobel

 

1st Place ($200)

“What We Find in the Guts of the Bodies
that the River Gives Us”

by Philip Webb Gregg

 

Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in our Killer Flash contest! It was a joy to read your work, and we couldn’t host these contests without you. Check back soon for the Killer Flash mega-issue. 

Volume 8, Issue 18

6 Apr

Just wait till you get an eyeful of Issue 8.18. 

This issue features a murderous mushroom cult, the return of a dead son, and sinister odors.

Less than two weeks left until Killer Flash contest soft deadline, so get those death-themed entries turned in. And our annual poetry contest will be gearing up soon, so keep an eye out for details on that.

 

Rainbow, Fungus, Rainbow

by Liam Johnson

The Ouroboros

by Bleriana Myftiu

The Outing 

by Suzanne Farrell Smith

Volume 8, Issue 17

22 Mar

 

Issue 8.17 has a few screws loose.

This go-round we’ve got super-powered transmogrification, ponderous bathers, and sinister raccoons.

Less than a month left until our Killer Flash contest soft deadline, so get crackin’ on your death-themed entries.

The Hero’s Shadow

by Emily Livingstone

Fat Man

by John Holland

Variation on Genesis: The Temptation of Eve

by Carl Napolitano

Volume 8, Issue 16

2 Mar

Issue 8.16 is fun for the whole family! (Just add water.)

This issue features apocalyptic anthills, eel-infested dresses, and disgruntled junkyard employees shooting fireworks at birds. 

We’ve also got our Killer Flash contest up and running at full steam. So send us a death-themed entry if you know what’s good for you.

Bottle Rockets

by Lawrence Morgan

A Taste for It 

by Caralyn Davis

Sleepwalker

by Katrina Dessavre

 

Flash Hero

3 Feb

“We can be heroes, just for one day.” – David Bowie

I

Story of a Witch

by R.A. Matteson

II

Breaking the Chain

by Faith Currie

III

Superhero, Hollywood USA

by Heidi Sterling

 

IV

A Piece of Work (At First Manassas)

by Peter Parsons

V

Hiro

by Nancy Dassy

VI

Footsteps 

by Aj Jones

VII

Let Me Tell You About Helen

by Lisa Beebe

VIII

The Magician Invents Fire

by Bailey Bridgewater

IX

Tiresias in Manhattan

by Jim Nawrocki

X

Company Man

by Christina Dalcher

Flash Hero Results

31 Jan

Writing hero stories for a lit zine that emphasizes the dark and offbeat can be a tricky proposition. But once again, we were bowled over by the talent on display—your twisted imaginations took us to strange and surreal places. 

This contest involved some stiff competition, with many quality submissions rolling in from all over the globe. We read entries from writers in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, India, Ireland, Japan, the UK, and the USA. 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 shout-outs go to:

James Agombar
Steve Bertolino
Michael Carter
Matthew Di Paoli
Jaq Evans
GJ Hart
Sean Hooks
Aj Jones
Artyv K
Aaron Katzmarek
Joy Kennedy-O’Neill
Emily Livingstone
Chris Milam
Emma Musty
Fred Nolan
Ville Nummenpää
Geoffrey Philp
Aeryn Rudel
Matt St. Hilaire
James Turner
Kaleb Tutt
Carlen Vigo

 

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Flash Hero mega-issue, which will drop within the next few days. They will also be included in a future Prize Winners Anthology print issue, to be published in Fall 2018. 

Now check this out:

10th Place – “Company Man” by Christina Dalcher
9th Place – “Tiresias in Manhattan” by Jim Nawrocki
8th Place – “The Magician Invents Fire” by Bailey Bridgewater
7th Place – “Let Me Tell You About Helen” by Lisa Beebe
6th Place – “Footsteps” by Aj Jones
5th Place – “Hiro” by Nancy Dassy
4th Place – “A Piece of Work (At First Manassas)” by Peter Parsons

 

And now on to those stories that really stuck the landing. 

 

3rd Place ($50)

“Superhero, Hollywood USA”
by Heidi Sterling

 

2nd Place ($100)

“Breaking the Chain”
by Faith Currie

 

1st Place ($200)

“Story of a Witch”
by Rebecca Matteson

 

Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in Flash Hero. It was a joy to read your work, and we couldn’t run these contests without you. Check back soon for the Flash Hero mega-issue!