2020 Force Majeure Flash Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Force Majeure Flash Contest! This year’s contest included hundreds of entrants presenting dazzling approaches to the short form. We were blessed with a tough choice between many strong flashes, and thank everyone who participated so, so much!

The winners:

1st Prize to Negesti Kaudo for “The One Where My Femme Swallows You Whole”

2nd Prize to Stephanie Niu for “A Guide to What Lives Between Land and Sea”

2nd Prize to Taylor Drake for “Rumination”

Honorable Mentions: Suphil Park, “Heartland”; Noah Farberman, “Grown Ass Person”; and Rebecca Morton, “I Remember Meeting You, My Son Says While Trying on Big Kid Shoes; I Pull and Pull at the Tongues, I Remember Meeting You, Too”

These flashes will appear in Storm Cellar Vol. IX No. 1, coming this winter. Look out for it!

Ann Marie Gamble: A Shot of B

It’s the last moment, we see, for a quick escape (this was prepared in advance even while we think on our feet) — we take all our advice with Ann Marie Gamble’s [>>] “A Shot of B“:

This story appears in Storm Cellar #7.1, nicknamed “Back Fire,” available in delicious print and ebook editions in our store. Read on!

Konstantin Nicholas Rega: Of The

It’s a blackout day, a mystery of touch and want, oh Reader, and here among the fantastical countryside of the mythical past comes a blacked-out poetic explosion, Konstantin Nicholas Rega’s [>>] “Of The“:

This poem appears in Storm Cellar #7.1, nicknamed “Back Fire,” available in delicious print and ebook editions in our store. Read on!

Kari Bell: River of Grass

Today’s share is full sun and full vibrant, it’s Kari Bell’s River of Grass (2018).

This painting appears in Storm Cellar #7.1, nicknamed “Back Fire,” available in delicious print and ebook editions in our store. Read on!

ali lanzetta: wishbones

Today’s share is calcium and all its flying buttresses, Reader, the remains that fuel a spell: ali lanzetta’s [>>] “wishbones.”

This essay appears in Storm Cellar #7.1, nicknamed “Back Fire,” available in delicious print and ebook editions in our store. Read on!