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Flash Worlds

16 Aug

At times like these, a little transcendence is in order. We asked you to take us to strange new worlds, and you didn’t disappoint. The ten stories you’ll find below are bleak and beautiful, grotesque and glistening. They transport us to other dimensions, drag us into the sea, push us to the brink of extinction, and discover strange new realms within the familiar walls of home. 

These ten stories will appear in our 2017 Prize Winners Anthology print issue, which is due out in the fall. And details for our next quarterly contest (horror-themed as always in the fall) will be released within a few days.

Until then, lose yourself in Flash Worlds.

Where we’re going we don’t need roads.

– The Editor

1st Place

Listening to the Animals

by Emily Livingstone

2nd Place

Come Away to the Water

by Celia Daniels

3rd Place

Dog Eat Dog

by Christina Dalcher

 

4th

 Stuck in the Bathroom

by John Barrale

5th

Tribe

by Nikolaj Volgushev

6th

The Deceased of 120 Primorsky Street

by Michael Carter

7th

Auroras of Arverne

by Voima Oy

8th

Libation

by Gregory Ariail

9th

This Ape’s on Fire

by Lazarus Gray

10th

A Visitation

by Chloe Seim

Volume 8, Issue 7

7 Aug

Animals have taken over Issue 8.7. We’ve got pet birds flying into walls, death from above pig farms, and mutant-ladybug-afflicted dogs. 

With our #FlashWorlds contest just wrapping up (results August 14th and mega-issue shortly thereafter), keep your eyes peeled for our horror-themed fall contest to coincide with Halloween, a holiday we perhaps enjoy too much around Molotov HQ. And our third annual Prize Winners Anthology print issue is just around the corner, too. 

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

– The Editor

Dig 

by J. Bradley

The Height

by William Stoddart

Epizootic

by Erick Mancilla

 

Shadow Award 2017

17 Jul

Our second annual Shadow Award mega-issue is brimming with dark and offbeat poetry. We may not publish poetry often, but we don’t mess around when we do. Below you’ll find the 10 poems that rose to the top of a record-setting turnout, and primary judge Mary Lenoir Bond toiled long and hard to make sure we published the very best.

The poems you find here will also appear in our third-annual Prize Winners Anthology, due out this fall. Take a look at the results page to check out those poets who made it to the short list, but didn’t quite rise into the Top 10. And don’t forget that our Flash Worlds flash fiction is in full swing, with soft deadline fast approaching (July 31st). 

But enough yammering. Let’s get to the poems…

Shadow Award 2017 Winner

Ten Years Later

by Erin Kirsh

2nd Place

Elegy for Nuestra Señora la Reina

by Matilda Berke

3rd Place

Elements Lost and Found

by Mori Glaser

 

4th – The Message

by Susan Adler George

5th – Soft and Supple Flesh

by Nicholas De Genova

6th – Fingers for the Ferryman

by Dan Diehn

7th – Kitchen, Sinister

by Laura Potts

8th – Why the Coyote Doesn’t Just Order Chinese

by Phill Provance

9th – Disco Vertigo

by Sam Morris

10th – Unsacred Cow

by Christopher P. Mooney

Volume 8, Issue 5

6 Jul

Issue 8.5 takes the road less traveled.

This issue will tap into your lizard brain, give you a whole new perspective on the ocean, and make you snuff out cigarette butts on your arm.

Get cracking on your Flash Worlds contest entries. That July 31st soft deadline will creep up on you. And as of this publication, there’s still a few precious hours left to get in on the action for our second-annual Shadow Award poetry contest with our Procrastinator’s Special.

Don’t ever feed him after midnight.” 

– The Editor

The Unfamiliar Face in the Mirror

by Jeremy Bronaugh

Atlantic

by Amelia Granger

That’s All It Ever Does

by Joshua Murray

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