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Volume 7, Issue 20

8 Mar

Issue 7.20 is hot off the press.

This go-round features pieces from three first-time contributors, flash fiction that huddles for warmth in a charred apocalyptic wasteland, gets pulled down by a trash-choked river current, and finds tiny alligators crawling out of its barnacle wounds.

Less than a month left until our Flash Rage contest soft deadline (due March 31st), so get cracking on those entries about revenge, rebellion, revolution, or just plain righteous fury. 

I am never gonna see a merman, ever.” 

– The Editor

 

Injured Pigeons

by Toni Marshall

Lauceville

by Mariah Montoya

Bad Zeitgeist

by Caleb Michael Sarvis

Volume 7, Issue 19

17 Feb

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Current affairs are still leaving us all doom and gloom here at Molotov HQ, so much so that Issue 7.19 features two close-but-no-cigars from our recent Flash Doom contest—and the other piece revolves around an asbestosis contagion.

Our next quarterly contest, Flash Rage, is up and running, seeking resistance/rebellion-minded flash fiction. And if you haven’t scored a copy of our second annual Prize Winners Anthology, you should really get on that.

Survival of the fittest, Max, and we’ve got the fucking gun!

– The Editor

 

The Life Sentence

Hannah Mathewson

Sasquatch 

by John Vurro

Asbestos Breath

by Alex Creece

Flash Doom

20 Jan

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If you’re reading this then that means a vast nuclear arsenal is now in the tiny hands of a rancid circus peanut. Good times. Thankfully, in response to the orange menace, we here at The Molotov Cocktail believe in channeling doomsday angst into some dark and offbeat art. We’re always pleased to be transported to the strange and surreal places that you writers take us, and this contest you’ve really outdone yourselves. Another strong global turnout, with our Top 10 featuring four writers living in the US, three in the UK, two in Canada and one in Japan.

Assuming the world’s still spinning this fall, these stories will all be featured in our third annual Prize Winners Anthology print issue. You can grab our recently released Vol. 2 here. A great way to stave off madness while in quarantine or confined to a subterranean bunker. 

But I do say, no more than 10 to 20 million killed. Tops.”

– The Editor

 

1st Place

The End Is Always

by Philip Webb Gregg

2nd Place

One Last Decision

by Bill Adler Jr.

3rd Place

Burn

by Rachel Cassidy

 

Honorable Mentions:

4th – Wernicke 27X

by Christina Dalcher

5th – Right Number

by Aaron Housholder

6th – The Ballad of James Malloy

by GJ Hart

7th – An Incident on Dover Street

by Aeryn Rudel

8th – The Remnant Bloom

by James Guthrie

9th – In Dreams

by Sherry Morris

10th – Starve

by Nicolas Poynter

Volume 7, Issue 17

8 Jan

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You’re going to want to get your hands on Issue 7.17.

This go-round, we’ve got good deeds not going unpunished, orally-fixated thieving elves, and funerals for strangers. We’ve also got a fully international roster as well, with our writers hailing from India, Denmark, and Australia.

Still a couple of days left before our Flash Doom contest soft deadline. Get those entries in by 11:59pm PST on Tuesday, January 10th (though you can expect our customary Procrastinator’s Special to follow). Our Flash Doom issue will coincide with the Trumpocalypse, premiering on January 20th. And you can now get your hands on our second annual Prize Winner Anthology print issue here. 

Lou, get me a milk. Chocolate.

 – The Editor

 

Drop-Pockets

by Ajay Patri

Abe Consuelos’ False Teeth 

by L. Soviero

Uncle Larson

by Vanja Artak

Volume 7, Issue 16

19 Dec

 

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Issue 7.16 is all Naughty List.

This issue features two close-but-no-cigars from past contests, and another piece by a Molotov veteran. We’ve got a Grim Reaper switcheroo, sinister forms of affection, and a macabre rug that really ties the room together. 

The release of our second-annual  Prize Winners Anthology print issue is only days away. Contributor copies should go out before Christmas and, barring interference from gremlins, the anthology will be available for purchase by the end of the week.

Our Flash Doom  contest is also in full swing. Soft deadline is January 10th, so channel your sky-is-falling angst into an entry for a shot at cash prizes and publication in our Flash Doom mega-issue, which will premiere on Inauguration Day 2017, naturally.

Don’t ever feed him after midnight.” 

– The Editor

 

Sack of Souls

by Christopher Stanley

I Scary Love You

by Marta Balcewicz

Song for Rachel

by Mir-Yashar Seyedbagheri

Volume 7, Issue 15

21 Nov

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You never know what you might stumble upon in Issue 7.15.

This go-round gets a little stabby, and between the blades and blood we’ve got a crack-smoking fallen angel. 

Our next quarterly contest is up and running. Channel your sky-is-falling angst into a Flash Doom entry. The early-bird rate runs until the end of the month.

Also, our second annual Prize Winners Anthology print issue is nearing completion. Stay tuned for details on a release date and where you can find it. 

If only it was the picture that was to grow old, and I remain young.

– The Editor

 

Cats & Cradles

by Matthew Lyons

All That You Are

by William Squirrell

The Border Between Us

by Rachael Sterling

Flash Fear

31 Oct

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We’re thrilled to once again present you with a Halloween mega-issue. This year’s Flash Fear contest was filled with the ghastly and otherworldy, and the stories you’ll find below are as unsettling as they are addictive. Another great international turnout overall, and our Top 10 features writers from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Sweden. 

Keep an eye out in the coming week or two for details on our next quarterly contest, and our second annual Prize Winners print anthology will be out at the end of November. But without further ado, let’s turn to these ten tales of the mad and macabre

Hi, Lloyd. Little slow tonight isn’t it?

– The Editor


1st Place

The Taxidermist’s Only Son

by Caroline Smith

2nd Place

Black Stained Glass

by S.E. Casey

3rd Place

Masks

by Aeryn Rudel

 

Honorable Mentions

4th – Bless You

by Wiebo Grobler

5th – Passing

by Paddy Kelly

6th – All the Goldfish

by Jennifer Lynn Krohn

7th – The Locus

by Nicholas Siegel

8th – Tingles

by Michael Tanner

9th – In the Grain Bin

by Lindsey Baker

10th – Sixteen Minutes

by Premee Mohamed