Flash Monster 2021 results!

29 Oct

Who has emerged?

This may be our 8th annual Halloween contest, but you all certainly don’t make judging it any easier. The frightful flash you cooked up didn’t stick to the usual horror tropes and there were some sinister and truly bonkers abominations from top to bottom in this one.  Even when stories involved classic ghouls, they manifested unique twists, casting the familiar in a uncanny light. From translucent specters to amorphous blobs, hulking beasts to microscopic malevolence, apt metaphors to hellish absurdities, we never quite knew just what to expect around the next corner. We love to see it.

Judged by reading your accursed entries aloud, and by the light of flickering jack-o’-lanterns (and, well, a backlit phone screen), this contest livened up the unholy festivities around Molotov HQ, and we’re grateful for each one we read.

We saw literary monsters slither in from Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, UAE, UK, and 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 shortlist shout-outs go to:

Stuart Airey
Colin Alexander
Edward Barnfield
Nathan Cantor
Jonathan Cardew

Yvonne Clarke
Paul de Denus
Anna Denisch
Bryan Harvey
Alissa Hattman
Henry Heffer
Abi Hennig
Chip Houser
Gaynor Jones
Veronica Klash
Matt Leibel
Emily Livingstone
Levi Krain
Kate MacCarthy
Chris Milam
Janna Miller
Amy O’Neil
Shane Page
Nick Petrou
Belicia Rhea
Kristina Saccone
Addie Schweiss
Rob Smith
Alyssa Striplin
Christopher Stanley
Rebecca Turkewitz
Yael Veitz
Lisa Weber
Alpheus Williams (3)


The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Flash Monster 2021 mega-issue, which will emerge on Halloween. They will also be included in a future Prize Winners Anthology print issue.

10th – “Bait” by Nicki Blake
9th  – “The Lake Michigan Monster” by Jen Myers
8th – “Periphery” by Luke Sprunger
7th – “Our Bellies Full at Last” by Margret Wiggins
6th – “Inhale, Exhale” by MM Schreier
5th – “The Way She Stretched Whatever Limbs Were Left” by Robert Taylor
4th – “Mary, Mary” by Rin Willis


And now for the three stories that really made our skin crawl…

3rd Prize ($100)

“Donny’s Small Engine Repair”
by Michael Carter


2nd Prize ($200)

“The Mountains’ Bones”
by Neil Clark


1st Prize ($300)

by Jo Withers


Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in our Flash Monster 2021 contest! 

Check back on Halloween for the Flash Monster 2021 mega-issue.

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