Aphelion Issue 275, Volume 26
August 2022
Long Fiction and Serials
Short Stories
Flash Fiction
Submission Guidelines
Contact Us
Flash Writing Challenge
Dan's Promo Page

Flash Fiction

By Rachel Gardner
The same diner, the same menu, the same waitress, every detail exactly the same, just like the twenty-seven previous times I tried...

By Ed Sullivan
A drug designed to create super-soldiers turns people into god-like gladiators, but there's one drawback...

By Ed Sullivan
It was a simple mission. They were supposed to land on the planet and retrieve some samples. Yah, that always goes well...

By Botond Teklesz
The computer was asleep. It slept twenty hours a day. But when it was awake...

Dressed To Kill
By David Ulnar-Slew
You know those old adages: dress for the job you want and dress for success? Well, those apply too, especially when you're dressed to kill.

The Aphelion Flash Fiction Contest

We run a monthly flash fiction contest in the "Fun and Games" folder in Aphelion's forum. In the contest we post a challenge with a specific theme and participants write a flash story based on the challenge guidelines. The contest is a great place to hone your writing skills, meet some fellow writers, receive some feedback, and possibly win a prize. New participants are always welcome. Submissions for the contest are done through the forum. Flash stories from all of our previous contest challenges are archived in the forum as well. Over 500 stories are included in our archive. To start reading some of these great flash stories, check out either Index 1 or Index 2.

July's challenge is The Two Heads Laugh Better Than One Challenge. The contest started in the forum on July 5th. Click HERE to check it out. There is a $60 prize for the winner of this month's contest provided jointly by our anonymous patron and I. Verse, the winner of the last two flash contests.

Two Heads Laugh Better Than One

Results of the Aphelion Flash Fiction Contest for June 2014

Congratulations to I. Verse, winner of the Scheherazade 7 Challenge. Click HERE to read his winning story, "The Three Onion-Pears of Alpha-Centauri," and five other flash stories about the robotic storyteller Scheherazade 7.