Flash Phenom

Flash Phenom

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Another contest, another issue packed full of the bizarre. This mega-issue features anthropomorphic arachnids, accursed winters, dreaming gods, fun-house mirrors, overworked reflections, crows flying through walls, woodland disappearances, superpower-bestowing hats, body-shaming ghosts, and mouse-gobbling mothers. 

You people sure come up with some weird stuff. 

Enough from us. Let’s get to the goods. Don’t forget to check out our results page to see who scored our coveted close-but-no-cigar shout-outs. And keep your eyes peeled for info about both our upcoming poetry contest and our next quarterly contest, Flash Felon, with its crime-oriented theme.

Sometimes, dead is better.”

– The Editor 

Flash Phenom Winner
House Spiders

by Shane Page

2nd Place 
Season of the Dead

by Robin Jeffrey

3rd Place
Dream Logic

by R.A. Roth


Honorable Mentions:

4th – The Summer of Infinite Possibilities

by G.G. Silverman

5th – Waiting

by Jan Kaneen

6th – Wisdom Tooth

by Leanne Radojkovich

7th – The Cave

by Premee Mohamed

8th – A Man of Many Hats

by Aeryn Rudel

9th – Aria

by Seth Augenstein

10th – Finding Moonlight

by James R. Gapinski

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Flash Phenom submissions are now closed. Results January 31st.
Prize Winners mega-issue February 1st.

Submit to Flash Phenom

“Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there.


He wasn’t there again today.
Oh, how I wish he’d go away.”

Fresh off the heels of our first sequel (Flash Monster II), we’re back in business with another original contest. With the first four contests now attractively bound together in our Prize Winners Anthology, we’re moving on to our second contest of the new batch, the Top 10 of which will be included in next year’s anthology.  This time around, it’s all about strange phenomena.

The Flash Phenom contest focuses on the strange and surreal, on the otherworldly and unsettling, on the things that just don’t have any rational explanation. Let your minds wander to the darkest corners of your imagination, where the fluidity of dreams pours over concrete realities. 

The parameters for this contest are as boundless as the cosmos. The strange phenomena can be based in science or out on the farthest fringes of sci-fi. All we request is that you include some strange phenomena in your entry. We’re fans of “The Twilight Zone,” “Twin Peaks,” and some of “The X-Files,” so those types of stories are a good place to get some inspiration.

Subject matter can include telekinesis, doppelgängers, ghosts, seances, aliens, ectoplasm, Ouija boards, electromagnetic disturbances, time travel, shape-shifting, meteors, shadow men, demon possession, vortexes into other dimensions, rapid aging, supernatural visions, lizard people, solar flares, witchcraft, crop circles, superheroes, yetis, ball lightning, poltergeists, astral projection, psychedelic drugs, bilocation, the Bermuda triangle, wormholes, levitation, spontaneous human combustion, or anything else your twisted mind can cook up. We want you to branch out and weave uncanny tales the likes of which we’ve never seen before. 

The top three entries will win cold, hard cash:

$200 for Flash Phenom winner

$100 for runner-up

$50 for second runner-up

We also give mad props to 4th-10th place, publishing them as Honorable Mentions in our Phenom mega-issue and eventually in our next print anthology!

Follow these guidelines, and you could have some extra coin in your pocket, and some bragging rights as this year’s Flash Phenom 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 $6 $9 to enter during the Procrastinators’ 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 probably expect our several-day Procrastinator’s Special–with corresponding increase in submission fee so it’s still fair and all). 

– 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.

– Late submissions accepted until roughly 11:59 PST on Monday, January 18th, 2016. Winners announced by January 31st and we’ll unleash the Flash Phenom prize-winners mega-issue on February 1st, 2016.

– And, most importantly, this is a FLASH PHENOM contest, therefore you must include some sort of strange phenomena. Think “The Twilight Zone” or “The X-Files.”

However, that phenomena can be in any form imaginable.

So that means you can go all…


or all…

close encounters

or all… 


or all… 


or even all…

twin peaks

Life’s short. We want you to get real weird with it.

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