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

July Flash Fiction

Daddy Is Driving The Car
By Susan Anwin
Sometimes you just need to get away from it all...

Forsythe's Ressurection
By Fred D. White
Being dead might just have been the better option...

A Genesis
By C.E. Gee
He was just a little bit different.

By Mark Govier
Humans and pets? It's a fact of nature...

The Little Lost Ones
By Glenn M. Diamond
Just when you think you have everything under control...

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.

June's challenge was about arrogant people. 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.