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

November Flash Fiction

The Old Astronaut
By Charles E.J. Moulton
Gordon was coming to the end of it, which was just the beginning.

The Cool Zombie
By Ron Larson
As it turned out, even the Devil hated efficiency.

By C.E. Gee
The defense of Europa fell to one last squad of battlebots.

The Dichotomist
By Kai Calo
The piano turned out to be the most precious thing in the universe.

Micro Fiction

Slide Ruler
By Joey To
It was ok for a while, but now enough was enough.

By Denny E. Marshall
Aliens come visiting, but not as one might expect.

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 telling spooky campfire stories.. You can read the stories here.

This month's challenge is about finding your happy ending on an alternate Earth. Click the 'Flash Challenge' link to the left to read all about it.