Storm Cellar Vol. X No. 2, autumn ’22, nicknamed “Hobby Horse” → click for the delicious print and ebook editions. Contents links to PDF samples, [>>] for author site.
David Busboom [>>] – The Prairie Is My Garden
Mandy-Suzanne Wong [>>] – Café Crypsis
MAP – Knot
Carolyn Oliver [>>] – Nyctinasty
Ali Abid – The Mosque in Those Days
DM O’Connor [>>] – Round, Racy, Nut & Plum
JWGoll – Exodus
Philip James Shaw [>>] – for when the ninths of a voice been a sacrifice
Theresa Lin [>>] – The Cult of Togetherness
Tyra Douyon [>>] – The Gathering
Cecilia Díaz Gómez translated by Kiran Bhat [>>] – Ch’Ayem Ta Sjol Ko’ontik [I’m on My Way Walking]
Natalie Louise Tombasco [>>] – Fever Dream of Allen Ginsberg
Martha Zweig – Serpent
Rigel Portales [>>] – The Usual Barbershop Is Closed and I Need to Be Cut
Danielle McMahon – Madonna of the Rocks
Stephen C. Middleton – Frail Intuition (Under Assault)
Leigh Lucas [>>] – I’ll start Dear Vickie (use pen, be breezy)
Ranney Campbell – End with Past Tense
Naomi Kanakia [>>] – Before Sleep
Lesley Finn [>>] – The Gardeners
Marija Mičić – Moonlight
Melody Serra [>>] – Stained Glass
Sijia Ma [>>] – Desire
Jean Wolff [>>] – Blue Rod Painting 3
Mario Loprete [>>] – FUCKOVID
Erick Buendia [>>] – The Champ
Dylan Willoughby [>>] – Rose
Rejected Deadlines, cover by Maria Svartvadet Jakobsen [>>] – Growth
We’re proud to announce the winners of the 2022 Force Majeure Flash Contest! (It’s been a year. We know. And we found some hopeful fires amidst the fog.) Our top flashes and honorable mentions:
1st Prize: “Et-Lingua-Ligatum” by Tessa Swackhammer — a perspectival periscope, a linguistic tour de force, an empathetic pipe bomb.
2nd Prize: “Assurance” by Mike Yunxuan Li — a still life, a wholesome breathing space, a threat delivered with a smile is a kind of hug.
2nd Prize: “A History of Timber in the Valley of Lanape Wihittuck, later Nassau, Prince Hendrick’s, Charles, South River, then de la Warr anglicized Delaware” by Julian Mithra — the hedge maze of ivy and strangling figs has become sentient, it wants your blood, why did you promise it blood?
Honorable Mention: “I Really Wasn’t Having the Time of My Life, but Apparently My Dance Card Has His Name on It” by Erica Sharlette — a joke inside a joke inside a sensational anecdote.
Honorable Mention: “‘Call Me Up Anytime, Bro’” by Mike Itaya — a one-act play at the El station, a battery-powered boombox with a burnt mixtape of George Michael hits jammed inside.
Honorable Mention: “Three Belts” by Jill Bronfman — now you see.
Honorable Mention: “Games” by Sara Fetherolf — a poem or a dream or a memory of a DALL-E exercise in self-knowledge all in one bucket.
All will appear in Storm Cellar vol. 11 no. 1, coming this winter.
This year’s contest was extra-exciting because of the hundreds of inventive, dynamic entries we received. Our entrants made it a really tough call. So thank you to all of them for participating! We couldn’t do it without them.
2021 FORCE MAJEURE FLASH CONTEST 1st Prize: Serrina Zou – Bái Chī 2nd Prize: Justine Teu – The Water Cycle 2nd Prize: Sherrel McLafferty – Can Elizabeth Bishop Relate? Honorable Mention: Jax Connelly – An Incomplete Inventory of What Once Belonged to My Mother Honorable Mention: Erica Frederick – Praisesong for Fornication Honorable Mention: S. Erin Batiste – Congratulations, You’re Approved! We Are Pleased to Welcome You to Your New Habitation!
FICTION Kevin Serrano Echevarría – א (Infinite Sets) Sophie Hoss – Coney Island Sphinx Vincent James Perrone – Moon, PA
FLASH Kate Garklavs – Letter S. S. Mandani – A Tentacle of Night Edward Columbia – Full-Service Station Luke Rolfes – Human Resources Capella Parrish – Point Reyes Station S.D.S. – Des Moines
POETRY Rebecca Pelky – Kikátohkáq Moira Walsh – Written in a thunderstorm Caroline Taylor – Winepress Kristi Maxwell – Totoaba Natasha Sharma – Broken Fronds Micah Daniel McCrotty – Finishing Mud Terry Belew – Detours Meg Johnson – Mostly, I’m a Menace Mira Martin-Parker – Ancestor.com
IMAGES CJ Nye – Cueva de la Pileta Martins Deep – Focus Lisa Monique Hauck – Wolf Dreams Arinze Ndieli – Ihe Elder Gideon – A River Flows Through Eden Sarah Kimmel – Detroit Ultraviolence Zhongwen Hu – Man with pigeons Rebecca Ledbetter – The World Is Too Quiet (cover) Scott Brennan – Waterfall, Brooklyn, New York, 2021 (back cover)