Amanda Haag: Huddle

We’re sharing today this well-met flash by Amanda Haag, “Huddle“:

This flash originally appeared in SC 6.1, available as an ebook right here. Do subscribe for more bolts from the blue, and read on!

The 2019 Force Majeure Flash Contest, with $500 in prizes, is open now. Check it out!

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2019 Flash Contest Open Now

The $500 Force Majeure Flash Contest has begun! Submission page link.

Force Majeure: a great and unexpected power. We’re looking for the best small things, any form, any content, any fine and wonderful creation.

CONTEST GUIDELINES

Top prize for a single flash $300

Two second prizes $100 each

Two ways to enter:

  • Upload 1 flash (you’ll receive an ebook of the prize issue) – $5
  • Upload 1–3 flashes in a single file (receive a print copy of the prize issue) – $12

Multiple entries are great. Simultaneous submissions are just fine; if a flash is accepted elsewhere, please notify us via a note on the submission within Submittable. Winning flash must not be (scheduled to be) published in print, ebook, or website before August 2019.

All entries considered for publication in Storm Cellar. Contest entries in any number do not violate our one-at-a-time general submissions policy.

What is a flash?

  • Shorter than 1000 words
  • Not more than 5 pages
  • May contain fiction, nonfiction, marks, or images, in any combination
  • May bend genre, form, brains

We encourage submissions by women, people of color, indigenous, disabled, lgbtq+, and poor authors, as well as members of other under-represented groups. Authors who cannot pay the entry fee, because of financial hardship or unavailability of online payment (PP/card) in their country, should email the editors with the brief statement that they have need so that we can arrange an entry (thatthey have need, not how); they should send that email from the email address used for their Submittable account and attach their entry as a .docx or .pdf file. Incarcerated authors may mail submissions, postmarked by the deadline, to the address listed on our website, no entry fee required (include someone’s email address if you desire ebook delivery).

Contest will be decided by the editors. Close friends, family, current students, and employers of the editors may not enter. While not a member of the CLMP, we strive to achieve a similar level of transparency and virtue.

All proceeds will go to prizes and production costs for the magazine. No fees may be refunded. “Extra” flashes within entries will not be read. We may disqualify entrants on the basis of harassing behavior. Entrants will be notified of their contest outcome by email, on or before June 30, 2019.

Handy link to examples of flash we’ve printed. Surprise us!

Anne Riesenberg: Sky Full of Birds

Today we’re delighted to share this special flash by Anne Riesenberg, which we nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2018, “Sky Full of Birds“:

This flash originally appeared in SC 6.3, available in print and download formats at our store; to receive more like this via handy (e)mail, subscribe! And read on.

Lauren Sanderson: KISS ME NOW THE WAR IS OVER

It’s the endweek of the long year, maybe the longest yet, and there is already so much behind us, Reader, that here we wish you just a glimmering growing thing and a shimmering shimmer, Lauren Sanderson’s “KISS ME NOW THE WAR IS OVER“:

This poem originally appeared in SC 6.1, available as an ebook right here. Do subscribe for more delicate embraces delivered to you. Read on!

Rosanna Staffa: Pink Cadillac

Dear Reader, today we have a share that has seen you from the outside and perhaps other ways as well. Here’s Rosanna Staffa’s “Pink Cadillac“:

This flash originally appeared in SC 6.1, available as an ebook right here. Do subscribe for more revisionary gazes delivered to you. Read on!