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)
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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.
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