Aphelion Issue 273, Volume 26
June 2022
Long Fiction and Serials
Short Stories
Flash Fiction
Submission Guidelines
Contact Us
Flash Writing Challenge
Dan's Promo Page

May Flash Fiction

Approaching Titanic
By Gary L. Robbe
Survive. You can do it, really you can. Can't you?

The Boar's Head
By Susan Anwin
A nocturnal visitor changes one girls perspective forever.

Little Girl vs. Hercules
By Clint Lowe
No one could best the mighty Hercules... except maybe tiny Sue.

The Modified
By R.D. Harris
What does it really mean to be human?

By Neil Floyd
He didn't have the one thing he needed to get away.

By N.J. Kailhofer
Boy, that old woman sure hates the dirt in your house.

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.

April's challenge was about deep-seated fears, and whether they consumed a character or not.  Go here to read the stories.

May's challenge is about what would happen if you could control every person on Earth. Click the 'Flash Challenge' link in our NavBar on the left of the screen after 9 p.m. on April 2nd to read all about it.