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

September Flash Fiction

Letters to Deimos
By Ryan D. Harris
An epistolary tale.

The Stranger
By Charles E.J. Moulton
Should you be afraid to look in the mirror?

The Ark
By Florin Purluca
Our origins are different than you thought.

Learn from Our Extinction
By Jonathan Snyder
In the end, no difference made a difference.

Micro Fiction

A Brush With Aliens
By Denny E. Marshall
The war takes an unexpected turn.

Flash Fiction Challenges

Every month for almost ten years now, we have run a 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 get two weeks to write a flash story based on the challenge guidelines. Then the members vote of the stories, rating them in six different categories. It's a great place to hone your writing skills, meet some fellow writers, receive some feedback, and possibly win a prize, or at least, bragging rights. New participants are always welcome. Submissions for the contest are done through the forum. Just click 'Flash Challenge' button in the Navbar link on the left side of this screen to see what we're up to right now.

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.

Last month's challenge was about friends in a fantasy setting. You can read the stories here.

This month's challenge is about telling a story through letters. Click the 'Flash Challenge' link to the left to read all about it.