Storm Cellar #9.2 out now!

Arrives today, Storm Cellar vol. IX no. 2, summer 2021, nicknamed “Fusion,” full of amazing writing and art for your gustation! Available in print and ebook formats. Click links for PDF samples, [>>] to author site.

Contents:

FICTION
Lisa Slage Robinson • Devil’s Hole Road 
Deva Eveland • To Display Our Infirmities on the Steps of the Temple
Jennifer Love • Lighthead
Sarah Arantza Amador • The Unfortunate Murder of the Infante
Jihoon Park • The Grandfather Museum 

FLASH
Jackie Yang • Media Vita
Austin Treat • The Health Inspectors
Karol Lagodzki • Martial Law Fact Sheet: Poland 1981–1983
Grace Q. Song • Self-Care for Kittiwakes 

NONFICTION
Valerie Witte • Ordinary Movements: Erasing the Boundary Between Performance and Reality

POETRY
Brianna Cunliffe • studio, bulb flickering, June
Beth Brown Preston • Blind Love
Mel Sherrer • Corn Silk
Anthony Aguero • Today I Offer Something Tender
Kelsey Day • duke energy: a pipeline protest poem
Berico Henry • My Many Lovely Katies
María Teresa Andruetto translated by Laura Chalar • Muchacha de Ucrania/2003 [Ukrainian Girl/ 2003] 
Sam Lane • Smoke in WA, September 2020 
Gwen Hart • Your Anxiety’s Middle Name Is “The Hard Way”
Sophia Liu • O Cousin, I Meet You 

IMAGES
Darren M. Edwards • Rebirth
K.R. Segriff • Moth, Eaten
Lauren Paredes • Acts of Nonviolence No. 1
Natascha Graham • A Walk in December
Sydney Yount [>>] • Meal Tray Series #3 & #14 

PLUS
Cover by Dawei Wang [>>]
Rejected: First Novel Titles 

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!

Storm Cellar 9.1 arrives today!

The midsts of winter are passing and a new seasonwise year is upon us, dear Reader. Celebrate with us and the latest issue of Storm Cellar, Vol. IX No. 1, nicknamed “Fission”!

Contents

2020 FORCE MAJEURE FLASH CONTEST
1st Prize – Negesti Kaudo – The One Where My Femme Swallows You Whole
2nd Prize – Stephanie Niu – A Guide to What Lives Between Land and Sea
2nd Prize – Taylor Drake – Rumination
Honorable Mention – Noah Farberman – Grown Ass Person
Honorable Mention – Suphil Lee Park – Heartland
Honorable Mention – Rebecca Morton – I Remember Meeting You, My Son Says While Trying on Big Kid Shoes; I Pull and Pull at the Tongues, I Remember Meeting You, Too

FICTION
Abbigail N. Rosewood – Allendy Is Free
Maurice Moore – Transcript- Suga – Oral and Visual – Volumes 2 of 10
Elizabeth Kirschner – Lullaby with an Exit Sign
Xuan Nguyen – Luminous, Misting

CREATIVE NONFICTION
J.O. Haselhoef – One Week, Six Stories, Fifteen Emotions
Diana Emmons – Stop Rewind Play
Chelsey Clammer – Home Is Where the Hoard Is

FLASH
Chandra Steele – Lives of the Saints
Randy William Santiago – just You.
Tessa Yang – Ernest Tanaka Seeks God in a Variety of Places
Christopher Santantasio – Role Play

POETRY
Casey Knott – The World Wants What the World Wants
kevin latimer – love poem
Charles J. March III – Perked Up
John Barton – They Always Get Their Man
Christos Kalli – Pulitzer Prize-Winning Book Kills a Cockroach
Elspeth Jensen – Midnight Snack
Jake Bailey – Deboning Perch

IMAGES
Kelly McQuain – The World Is Never Silent
Grant Yun – Cow
Angie Mason – Nest
Alana King – under the overpass
Rachel Singel – Pennantia corymbosa (Kaikomako)
K. Johnson Bowles – Sounds from the Back of My Head

PLUS covers by David Mack, and our list of Rejected Years

Storm Cellar 8.3 Out Now!

It’s here and fab, so get it for your eyes and your life: Storm Cellar Vol. VIII No. 3, Summer 2020, nicknamed “Hemp”; click for the delicious print and ebook editions.

Contents

FICTION
Angie St. John – Them Trophies
A.J. Atwater – Bob
Yasumi Tsuhara translated by Toshiya Kamei – My Neighbor Makino
Corina Bardoff – How Nice
Colby Vargas – Refusing to Drop

FLASH
Michelle Spokes – Suburban Amsterdam

NONFICTION
Jay Hansford C. Vest – Song of the Rain Crows

POETRY
Stephanie Chang – Church of the Greenland Shark
Asad Emaan Ali – Supercomputer
Meghan Purvis – Mermaids
Michael Chang – that was not a threatening gesture
Emily Kerlin – House Fire
Darius Atefat-Peckham – Windchimes
Simon Perchik – * [It starts at the foundry]

IMAGES
Salka Ritva Karela Pomfret, Kevin Kong, Sarah Simon, Jason R. Montgomery, Helen Fukuhara, Sally Brown Deskins, C.R. Resetarits, Jennifer Roche, Laura Giardina, with covers by Kyle Taylor [>>] (front, leaf, leaf, back)

PLUS
Rejected Time Wasters

2020 Force Majeure Flash Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Force Majeure Flash Contest! This year’s contest included hundreds of entrants presenting dazzling approaches to the short form. We were blessed with a tough choice between many strong flashes, and thank everyone who participated so, so much!

The winners:

1st Prize to Negesti Kaudo for “The One Where My Femme Swallows You Whole”

2nd Prize to Stephanie Niu for “A Guide to What Lives Between Land and Sea”

2nd Prize to Taylor Drake for “Rumination”

Honorable Mentions: Suphil Park, “Heartland”; Noah Farberman, “Grown Ass Person”; and Rebecca Morton, “I Remember Meeting You, My Son Says While Trying on Big Kid Shoes; I Pull and Pull at the Tongues, I Remember Meeting You, Too”

These flashes will appear in Storm Cellar Vol. IX No. 1, coming this winter. Look out for it!