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Volume 8, Issue 4

16 Jun

You never know what might surface in issue 8.4. 

This issue features bejeweled facial prostheses, small but terrible changes, and hobnobbing corpses. 

Keep an eye on the calendar. You’ve got until the end of June to turn in dark and offbeat poetry for our 2nd annual Shadow Award poetry contest, and our next quarterly flash fiction contest, Flash Worlds, is underway and runs through July. 

…go to the Winchester, have a nice, cold pint, and wait for this all to blow over.

– The Editor

Chrome Face

by Troy Farah

Bathwater 

by Angel Dionne

The Night the Lambs Came to Dinner

by Jack Somers

Volume 8, Issue 3

26 May

 

Issue 8.3 will do some weird things to your head.

This time around we’ve got a language of bee stings, post-apocalyptic coitus, and an old guy in the closet who likes to set hair on fire.

Our Shadow Award poetry contest is in full swing, with a little over a month left until our deadline. Three poems per submission, so get cracking. And we’ve just opened our next quarterly flash fiction contest. Push the limits of imagination in Flash Worlds. Top 10 from both contests will be featured in our third-annual Prize Winners Anthology print issue, due out this fall. 

“That gum you like is going to come back in style.”

– The Editor

Bees

by Mark Cassidy

School Buses

by Mary Renzi

Clean Water

by Lesley C. Weston

Volume 8, Issue 2

8 May

You’ll stumble upon some unsettling discoveries in Issue 8.2.

We’re kicking off our first regular issue of our eighth year of existence with severed fingers, rodeo delusions, and parasite-riddled sand worms.

Our 2nd annual Shadow Award poetry contest is now open to submissions. Submit now to get your poems near the top of the pile (we read in order received) and to take advantage of the early-bird period. Our next quarterly flash fiction contest will be up within a week or so. Keep your eyes peeled for the deets.

Can you fly, you sucker?! Can you fly?

– The Editor

 

Emptying Passages

by David Golding

Digits

by Michael Carter

One Last Ride

by Pablo Dos Almas

Flash Rage

16 Apr

Resistance is in the air lately, and in the case of our Flash Rage contest, it’s made for some great art. This time around we asked for stories of rebellion, revolution, and revenge. You answered that call with one of our strongest contests to date, and the ten stories you’ll find below reflect the high quality of submissions that came from around the world, with entries received from the USA, U.K., Ireland, Canada, Australia, Germany, Spain, Kenya, Israel, Thailand, and Korea.

Keep your eyes peeled for our second annual Shadow Award poetry contest, which will open within a few days. And our next quarterly flash fiction contest will be open shortly after that. 

We came, we saw, we kicked its ass!

– The Editor

1st Place

Gettysburg

by Christopher Stanley

2nd Place

Give Me the Gas

by Lazarus Gray

3rd Place

Indigenous Rising

by Philip Webb Gregg

 

Honorable Mentions:

4th – Healing Powers

by Timothy Gustafson

5th – The Memory of Elephants

by Christina Dalcher

6th – Illumination

by Jessica Granger

7th – Welcome to Europe

by S.K. Azoulay

8th Lydia and Jacob

by Fred Nolan

9th – Better This Way

by Christina Dalcher

10th – No Names Left to Say

by Lisa Mecham

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