Volume 7, Issue 8

18 Jul

Issue7.8(2)

 

Issue 7.8 is out of this world.

This issue has got every drug under the sun (but no benzos), little men in little top hats riding little horses, and baby sharks severing water lily stems.

Time’s ticking on our #FlashIcon contest. Our soft deadline is 7/31, so get messing with iconic people, places, or things for a shot at prizes and publication. Starting work on the 2016 print issue of our Prize Winners Anthology soon too.

I ain’t afraid of no ghost.”

– The Editor

Anterograde

by Nicholas Olson

The Woebegone in Little Top Hats

by Kate LaDew

Summertime

by Miriam Kumaradoss

Volume 7, Issue 7

5 Jul

Issue7.7

 

After our first foray into publishing poetry, we’re back with some juicy morsels of flash fiction.

This issue pops pills, lives by the sword, and finds a nasty surprise.

We’ve got our #FlashIcon contest in full swing, so get those weird stories involving a famous person, place, or thing get sent over if you know what’s good for you.

Name’s Ash… housewares.” 

– The Editor

A Hundred and Forty Beats

by Bryan Bowie

Secret Ministry

by Seth Augenstein

In the Driver’s Seat

by G.D. Watry

The Shadow Award

17 Jun

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Well, this is new.

The Molotov Cocktail has been around for well over six years now, and this is the very first time that poetry is gracing our pages. We were ecstatic to see such a strong turnout, and the quality was out of this world. Our primary poetry judge, Mary Lenoir Bond, had her work cut out for her.

Don’t forget to check out our results page to take a peek at the coveted close-but-no-cigar shout-outs. Our next quarterly contest, Flash Icon, is in full swing and requires that you include an iconic person, place or thing. Get weird with it!

But enough about me…

 

Shadow Award Winner

The Devil’s Taken His Dress Off

by Amanda Chiado

2nd Place

stark raving naked

by Christopher P. Mooney

3rd Place

Children of the Damp

by B.T. Schweitzer

 

Honorable Mentions

4th – The Divine Heap

by Amanda Chiado

5th – Mud Ceremony

by Sara Ryan

6th – Visitation

by Frances Klein

7th – Persephone Hangs Insulation

by Elizabeth Vignali

8th – Changeling

by Hannah Craig

9th – A Water Can Sprays a Flowerbed City

by John Gosslee

10th – The Black Dog and Goat

by Forrest DePoy

Shadow Award Results!

14 Jun

The dust has settled…

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…and revealed our Shadow Award winners.

Well, here’s something you don’t see every day. We’re happy to announce the first-ever poems that will be published in The Molotov Cocktail—the winners and honorable mentions for our Shadow Award contest. As with any new endeavor, we weren’t quite sure what to expect for this poetry contest, but you all turned in some truly dark, strange, and unsettling stuff. Primary contest judge Mary Lenoir Bond had her work cut out for her, and she put in many long, painstaking hours of deliberation. She also had the following to say:

Thank you to everyone who entered our Shadow Award contest! What a pleasure it was to read all of your work. I fully expect one of these days a few of your books will be added to my vast shelves. Please follow my new(ish) blog and see my most recent post, where I discuss more about our contest judging process. I plan to write more about the flash fiction contests very soon, and speaking of that, I’m insanely excited to read the Flash Icon stories for August! I wish I could enter it as well, heh.

Thank you again, you wonderful weirdos, you fellows of freakdom. – Mary Lenoir Bond

We were also happy to see poems trickle in from all around the globe. Sure, we saw a good share from our compatriots here in the States, but we also saw a strong response from Canada, the U.K. and Ireland, with other entries coming in from Australia, Greece, Malaysia and elsewhere! The poets whose work will be featured in our Shadow Award mega-issue can revel in the fact that they will literally be read all around the world (still working on a marketing strategy to break into Antarctica). 

Though this contest has reached its end, we’ve always got something cooking at tMC. Our next quarterly flash fiction contest, Flash Icon, is now accepting submissions at an early-bird rate. That contest will require writers to include an iconic person, place, or thing, and we hope you get real weird with it.

But now on to the good stuff. We had an exceptional number of high-quality submissions whose authors are worthy of mention. However, we capped our non-cigar shout-outs at 20. 

Close-but-no-cigar mentions go to:


Ian Barbosa
F.E. Clark
Ophelia Darkly
Forrest DePoy
Laura Garrison
John Gosslee
Rosemary Harris
Sean Hooks
Zebulon Huset
David Marston (2)

Kathleen McCoy
Sheena Power
Carrie Redway

G.G. Silverman
James Stewart
Elijah Tubbs
G.D. Watry
Stephen Scott Whitaker
MB Vigil

We are truly grateful to have the chance to read each and every entry that came in. Your hard work and creative minds are what make these contests a success.

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Shadow Award poetry mega-issue, which will run by Friday, June 17th. They will also be included in this fall’s second-annual Prize Winners Anthology print issue, which will feature the Top 10 finishers from our quarterly flash fiction contests as well. You can check out last year’s Prize Winners Anthology here

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

10th Place – “The Black Dog and Goat” by Forrest DePoy
9th Place – “A Water Can Sprays a Flowerbed City” by John Gosslee
8th Place – “Changeling” by Hannah Craig
7th Place – “Persephone Hangs Insulation” by Elizabeth Vignali
6th Place – “Visitation” by Frances Klein
5th Place – “Mud Ceremony” by Sara Ryan
4th Place – “The Divine Heap” by Amanda Chiado

 

And now for the poems we really couldn’t keep our hands off.

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3rd Place ($50)

“Children of the Damp”
by Brett Schweitzer

 

2nd Place ($100)

“Stark Raving Naked”
by Christopher P. Mooney

 

1st Place ($200)

“The Devil’s Taken His Dress Off”
by Amanda Chiado

 

Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in our first-ever poetry contest.We literally couldn’t do this without you. Check back by Friday, June 17th for the Shadow Award mega-issue!

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Volume 7, Issue 5

3 Jun

Issue 7.5

Issue 7.5 will make a splash.

This issue we’ve got reptilian transformations, sinister scarecrows, and conspiracy theories galore.

Our Shadow Award poetry contest is still accepting late entries until June 7th for our Procrastinators Special, and we’ve just posted the guidelines to our next quarterly flash fiction contest, Flash Icon. Get cracking on those entries!

I have to return some videotapes.”

– The Editor

The Lizard Man of Lee County 

by Joey Poole

A Straw Poll for Regime Change

by S.E. Casey

Controlled Demolition

by Christopher Acker

Flash Felon

16 May

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Our Flash Felon mega-issue is full of sinister figures lurking in the shadows. 

Two of our Top 3 stories in this contest come from writers were who honorable mentions in previous contests. Always good to see.

Don’t forget to check out our results page to take a peek at the coveted close-but-no-cigar shout-outs. Our next quarterly contest theme will be Flash Icon and will require an iconic person, place or thing. Details within a week or two. And keep those dark and offbeat poetry submissions rolling in for the Shadow Award poetry contest. Soft deadline 5/31. 

And now, on to the goods.

Say ‘hello’ to my little friend.” 

– The Editor

Flash Felon Winner

The London Umbrella Company

by Jan Kaneen

2nd Place

Postmaster

by Henry Whittier-Ferguson

3rd Place

Blood Feather and Soft Feather

by Melissa Monks

 

Honorable Mentions:

4th – Everything Must Go

by Emily Livingstone

5th – Beyond the Briars

by Joshua Patterson

6th – The Sitting Room

by Aeryn Rudel

7th – Jokers to the Right

by Rich Larson

8th – Libertas

by Warren Buchanan

9th – The Noose on the Roof

by Charles Scott

10th – Space Monkey Mafia

by Allison Spector

Flash Felon Results!

14 May
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We asked you to get nefarious and you didn’t disappoint. We asked you to get creative with your crime-based flash fiction and you rose to the task. Once again, it was a joy (and a challenge) to judge so many remarkable entries. You brought our favorite brand of weirdness to one of the more structured genres out there, and the crime stories featured in Monday’s Flash Felon mega-issue will leave readers gobsmacked and breathless.  

And while we’ll be celebrating these 10 sinister and offbeat crime-themed stories for the next few days, the focus will soon shift to the Shadow Award. Our first-ever poetry contest—primarily judged by our associate editor and kick-ass poet Mary Lenoir Bond—is in the home stretch with a May 31st soft deadline, so send over your dark and weird poetry for a chance at cash prizes and the honor of being among the very first poetry that The Molotov Cocktail has ever published. 

Stay tuned in the near future for details on our next quarterly flash fiction contest, which will be branded #FlashIcon and will seek stories that involve an iconic person, place or thing. Completely open to all genres; it just has to revolve around an icon. Should be a fun one.

And now to the goods…

We had a slightly lower than average turnout this time around, but that didn’t translate into fewer quality entries. On the contrary, the deliberation process became painstaking as we got down to under 30 top entries. As a result, there’s plenty of non-cigars to hand out. Close-but-no-cigar mentions go to the following writers:

Seth Augenstein
Christina Dalcher
Calvin Demmer
Ryan Dempsey
GJ Hart
DI Hughes
(2)
Shona McCombes
Charlotte Merckens
Christopher P. Mooney (2)
Jonathan Ochoco
Brad Rose
Aeryn Rudel
Lucas Snoey
Christopher Stanley
Derek Thompson
G.D. Watry

We are truly grateful to have the chance to read each and every entry that came in. Your hard work and creative minds are what make these contests a success.

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Flash Felon mega-issue, which will run on Monday, May 16th. They will also be included in this fall’s Prize Winners Anthology print issue, which will feature the Top 10 finishers from our other quarterly contests and the Shadow Award poetry contest. You can check out last year’s Prize Winners Anthology here

That’s enough yammering from me. 

10th Place – “Space Monkey Mafia” by Allison Spector 
9th Place – “The Noose on the Roof” by Charles Scott
8th Place – “Libertas” by Warren Buchanan 
7th Place – “Jokers to the Right” by Rich Larson 
6th Place – “The Sitting Room” by Aeryn Rudel 
5th Place – “Beyond the Briars” by Joshua Patterson 
4th Place – “Everything Must Go” by Emily Livingstone

 

And now on to the three entries that really blew our minds:

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3rd Place

“Blood Feather and Soft Feather”
by Melissa Monks

2nd Place

“Postmaster”
by Henry Whittier-Ferguson

1st Place

“The London Umbrella Company”
by Jan Kaneen

 

Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in the Flash Felon contest.We literally couldn’t do this without you. Check back Monday, May 16th for the Flash Felon mega-issue!

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