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
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!
We’ve got a bit of a play on words for you today, Reader, a bit of rough chuckles in the teeth of the systems we’re in, although ants don’t have teeth, now we think about it, so here’s Matthew Woodman’s [>>] “Decolonization“: