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

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

Carved 

by Riley Krembil

Flash Monster 2019

31 Oct

This one goes to 11. 

I

Dead Man from the Ocean Floor

by Neil Clark

II

Happy Is He

by Christina Harrington

III

Our Dream Town

by Laila Amado

 

IV

There Was a Curse upon Them

by Benjamin Woodard

V

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

by Anika Carpenter

VI 

What Happened to John

by Najla Brown

VII

Inheritance

by Joanne Withers

VIII

Naught but Shadows Walking

by Levi Krain

IX

The Farmhand

by Gareth Durasow

X.a

Climate Change

by Jan Kaneen

X.b

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.