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)
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!