2021 Force Majeure Flash Contest Winners!

After a big eyeball-lift and a sluice of delicious writing, we’re panned out our most shiniest flakes of gold! It is our massive honor this year to announce the winners of the 2021 Force Majeure Flash Contest:

1st Prize: Serrina Zou, “Bái Chī”

2nd Prize: Sherrell McLafferty, “Can Elizabeth Bishop Relate?”

2nd Prize: Justine Teu, “The Water Cycle”

We are also pleased to note these flashes of distinction, our Honorable Mentions in this year’s contest:
• “Congratulations, You’re Approved! We Are Pleased to Welcome You to Your New Habitation!” by S. Erin Batiste
• “An Incomplete Inventory of What Once Belonged to My Mother” by Jax Connelly
• “Praisesong for Fornication” by Erica Frederick

All of these flashes will appear in Storm Cellar Vol. X No. 1, due in winter 2021-22. Our deepest thanks to everyone who entered the contest — we are exhausted in the best way by the volume of excellent flash we read this year. Thank you so much!

Kelly Fordon: White Women Flinging Cans of Paint at the Wall

Let’s be admissive, shall we? Let’s acknowledge and slide sideways out of cowardice, with Kelly Fordon’s [>>] “White Women Flinging Cans of Paint at the Wall“:

This poem first appeared in SC 7.2, available in our shop as an ebookRead on!

Natalia Prusinska: two poems

We’re flashing rare today, Reader, so here are two poems starting and stopping at exactly the right moments, Natalia Prusinska’s “Strange” and “Dry Orgasm”:

This poem first appeared in SC 7.2, available in our shop as an ebookRead on!

Regina Ernst: Vuelta

We’re coming around again, Reader, won’t you ride with us? Here’s a flash by Regina Ernst [>>] we wanted to see again and again, “Vuelta“:

This flash piece first appeared in SC 7.2, available in our shop as an ebookRead on!

Jasmyn DiMeglio: How I Learned to Be Gay Here

It’s your place, Reader, to find how your place is yours, how you are of and in this place for as long as you are of and in it, so take heart in Jasmyn DiMeglio’s “How I Learned to Be Gay Here“:

This poem first appeared in SC 7.2, available in our shop as an ebookRead on!