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!

Chila Woychik: The Importance of Air

The 1st Prize winner of our 2019 Force Majeure Flash Contest is this gem by Chila Woychik [>>], “The Importance of Air.” Enough of us, get to reading!

This flash appears in Storm Cellar #8.2, nicknamed “Sisal,” available in delicious print and ebook editions in our store. Read on!

2020 Flash Contest open now!

The 2020 FORCE MAJEURE FLASH CONTEST is open now! $500 in prizes for flash of any kind. Deadline April 30. Guidelines and enter: https://stormcellar.submittable.com/submit/72759/force-majeure-flash-contest

2019 Force Majeure Flash Contest Winners

Announcing the winners of the 2019 Force Majeure Flash Contest!

1st Prize:
Chila Woychik – The Importance of Air

2nd Prizes:
Anthony DiPietro – Possession Diary
Z Kennedy-Lopez – Scrounge

Honorable Mention:
Lindsay Reeve – Cake
Pınar Yaşar – The Future
Lee Anne Gallaway-Mitchell – Combustion

This year’s short list and winners were selected from hundreds of flashes, and all our entrants made the decision super hard! Our heartiest thanks to everyone for participating.

The winners will be published in SC 8.2. Love to all, and: Read on!

Issue #7.1 Out Now

The new new issue of Storm Cellar is “Back Fire” — a fire used to fight another fire by stealing its food — out now! Check it over here. Vol. VII no. 1 has hot baths, falling lizards, crossed lines, apples, immigrants, secrets, blackouts, needles to the neck, and a lot of offspring. Plus the winners of Continue reading “Issue #7.1 Out Now”