Flash Doom


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


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


We’ll be back

with Flash Doom contest results on January 19th.



And our Flash Doom mega-issue will premiere on January 20th,

just in time for the end of the world.


Stragglers rejoice!


The Procrastinator’s Special
keeps submissions open until January 16th, 2017
for a couple bucks extra.


Submit to Flash Doom



“The future’s uncertain,
and the end is always near.”

– Jim Morrison


We’re feeling a little apocalyptic here at The Molotov Cocktail lately. You may be too. But that shouldn’t stand in the way of making great art. In fact, for our next quarterly contest, we’re encouraging you to take that sense of foreboding and turn it into some of the best dark and offbeat flash fiction anyone will see before the End of Days. 

Submit to Flash Doom

With  this #FlashDoom contest, we want to see stories with backs against walls,  with sealed fates, with no way out. You can go all doomsday with a global calamity or you can go as small as an individual that’s trapped, literally or metaphorically. We want to see imaginative scenarios, and more importantly we’re interested in seeing the humanity that plays out within the dynamics created by the impending doom rather than merely following a buildup to a big, explosive climax. Doom can lurk as much as it can rage, after all. You can get as creative and loose with that parameter as you’d like, we simply require that there is some element or atmosphere of dread caused by a situation in which there appears to be no escape.


The top three entries will win cold, hard cash.

$200 for Flash Doom winner

$100 for 2nd place

$50 for 3rd place

(We also give mad props to 4th-10th place, publishing them as Honorable Mentions in our Flash Doom mega-issue and in a future print anthology, with free contributor copy included.)


Submit to Flash Doom

Follow these guidelines, and you could have some extra coin in your pocket, and some bragging rights as the Flash Doom winner.

– All submissions must absolutely be under 1,000 words, and we tend to look more kindly on 750 or fewer because…SQUIRREL!

All contest submissions will be read blind, so we won’t be playing favorites. Sorry, Mom.

– Please paste your submission into the corresponding field. Do not list your name anywhere in your submission or we’ll assume that you don’t know how to read.

– Costs $7 $9 to enter during the Procrastinator’s Special—because, you know, gotta fund the prize money somehow. (Sorry, no refunds.)

– We reserve the right to extend deadlines if necessary (and you can expect our usual week-ish Procrastinator’s Special–with corresponding increase in submission fee for you slackers).

– Submissions must be previously unpublished work, and you will retain copyright (duh).

No limit on how many entries you can submit, but you must submit them one at a time. Don’t just mash them all in there.

–  Early Bird rate in effect until December 1st, 2016. Soft deadline roughly 11:59pm PST on January 10th, 2017.  Procrastinator’s Special deadline 11:59pm PST on Monday, January 16th, 2017. Winners announced by January 19th and we’ll unleash the Flash Doom prize-winners mega-issue on January 20th, 2017, just in time for the Trumpocalypse. 

– And, most importantly, this is a FLASH DOOM contest, therefore you must include some sort of seemingly inescapable situation.

However, that doom scenario can be in any form imaginable.


So that means you can go all…



or all…


or all…


or all…


or even all…


Submit to Flash Doom

Convince us there’s no way out. 


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