Aphelion Issue 279, Volume 26
December 2022/January 2023
Long Fiction and Serials
Short Stories
Flash Fiction
Submission Guidelines
Contact Us
Flash Writing Challenge
Dan's Promo Page

February Flash Fiction

Doggy Door
By Jeff Dosser
It seemed innocent and cute, until...

Galactic Seed
By Denny E. Marshall
Time after time, things stay the same.

Present Tense or Future Imperfect
By Dan Hollifield
Drat that cat!

Micro Fiction

To Serve Man
By Thomas Wm. Hamilton
Would the mission ever be completed?

To the Bitter End
By Jim Harrington
To the greatest hero in the multiverse, it was just another day.

Flash Fiction Challenges

Every month for almost ten years, 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 600 stories are included in our archive. To start reading some of these great flash stories, check out either Index 1 or Index 2.

January's challenge delved into the mind of a murderer who killed an alien in a tourist town. You can read the stories here.

February's challenge explores what it would be like to carry a love past the grave. Click the 'Flash Challenge' link in our NavBar on the left of the screen to read all about it.