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!

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!

Alex Clark: A Not-So-Angry Inch

Honorable Mention in the 2017 Force Majeure Flash Contest:

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Derek Updegraff: In Olden Times

Honorable Mention in the 2017 Force Majeure Flash Contest:

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Bucket Siler: P.S. While You Were Sleeping

Winner of 2nd prize in the 2017 Force Majeure Flash Contest:

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