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.
– The Editor
by Christopher Stanley
by Lazarus Gray
by Philip Webb Gregg
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
There must be a lot of anger out there, because the Flash Rage contest resulted in one of our very best turnouts ever. That means the competition was especially cutthroat this time around, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Great to see such a wide variety of subject matter, with the rebellion, revolt, resistance and pure rage themes not only taking political and sociocultural overtones but also branching out to cover inanimate objects, vengeance-minded animals, dinners from hell, staple-gun mayhem, coups at the old folks’ home, and Vlad the Impaler’s wife.
We’re still putting together the details of our next quarterly flash fiction contest, but within a few days we’ll open our annual Shadow Award poetry contest for submissions. So keep an eye out for that as we’re looking forward to our annual diversion into dark and offbeat poetry.
Without further ado, let’s get to the goods.
Close-but-no-cigar mentions go to the following writers:
(who hail from the USA, U.K., Canada, and Germany)
D I Hughes
Cleo Keahna Uran
The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Flash Rage mega-issue, which will run over the weekend. They will also be included in our third-annual Prize Winners Anthology print issue this fall. You can check out our Prize Winners Anthology Vol. 2 here.
But you’re probably not reading this part anyway, so…
Honorable Mentions go to:
10th Place – “No Names Left to Say” by Lisa Mecham (California, USA)
9th Place – “Better This Way” by Christina Dalcher (Virginia, USA)
8th Place – “Lydia and Jacob” by Fred Nolan (Texas, USA)
7th Place – “Welcome to Europe” by S. K. Azoulay (Israel)
6th Place – “Illumination” by Jessica Granger (Ohio, USA)
5th Place – “The Memory of Elephants” by Christina Dalcher (Virginia, USA)
4th Place – “Healing Powers” by Timothy Gustafson (Minnesota, USA)
And now on to stories that really take the cake.
3rd Place ($50)
by Philip Webb Gregg (U.K.)
2nd Place ($100)
“Give Me the Gas”
by Lazarus Gray (Australia)
1st Place ($200)
by Christopher Stanley (U.K.)
Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in the Flash Rage contest. Once again it was a blast to read the insanity you cooked up. We literally couldn’t do this without you. Check back over the weekend for the Flash Rage mega-issue.
Don’t freak out!
Results will be revealed at 3pm PST on April 14th.
Procrastinator’s Special keeps late submissions open until 11:59pm PST
on Thursday, April 6th, 2017.
“Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
– Dylan Thomas
Submit to Flash Rage
Our namesake projectile may never be more apt than for our next quarterly contest. With the need for resistance and revolution at a fever pitch these days, we want to see some of that energy channeled into striking works of fiction. For our #FlashRage contest, we’re seeking incendiary and provocative work, entries that angry up the blood. While we’re certainly open to current political themes (hard to avoid in the first 100 days of the Orange Menace), we also want you to get imaginative and hit us with revolt of all kinds.
Whether the scope is as broad as a mass uprising against oppression or narrow as an individual seeking vengeance, the aim of #FlashRage entries should be to draw lines in the sand. Violence is encouraged, but so are subtler forms of rebellion. The more creative you get with it, the better, we simply want to see stories about people fighting back, through any means imaginable, whether they’re successful or not. Inspiring or bleak, make your stories thrum with the intensity of righteous anger.
The top three entries will win cold, hard cash.
$200 for Flash Rage 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 Rage mega-issue
and in a future print anthology, with free contributor copy included.
Submit to Flash Rage
Follow these guidelines, and you could have some extra coin in your pocket, and some bragging rights as the Flash Rage 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.
$7 $9 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). By entering this contest you give us permission to publish your work online and in our future print anthology.
– 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.
Soft deadline will be March 31st. Final deadline is 11:59 pm PST on Thursday, April 6th. Winners announced by April 14th and we’ll unleash the Flash Rage prize-winners mega-issue on April 15th, 2017.
– And, most importantly, this is a FLASH RAGE contest, therefore you must include some sort of revolt against persecution or tyranny. But again, this can be in any form imaginable.
So that means you can go all…
or even all…