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!

Lee Anne Gallaway-Mitchell: Combustion

Our family members may be far, Reader, and in their own worlds, might as well be, but we know them across that space anyhow. Today’s share does it: here’s an honorable mention from our 2019 flash contest, Lee Anne Gallaway-Mitchell’s “Combustion.”

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

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!

Francine Witte: When Tom walks in

Reader, it is a fine time to take stock of the situation and see it afresh, with Francine Witte’s “When Tom walks in“:

This flash was an honorable mention in our 2018 Force Majeure Flash Contest, and appeared in SC 7.1, available in print and as an ebook right here. Do subscribe for more, and read on!

Jennifer Lynn Krohn: The Heads of Animals

Our share today, and it is so good, was an honorable mention in the 2018 Force Majeure Flash Contest, and is a harrowing tale of familial distress. Here’s Jennifer Lynn Krohn’s “The Heads of Animals“:

This flash appears in in SC 7.1, available in print and as an ebook right here. Do subscribe for more, and read on!