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

November Flash Fiction

Extra Ticket
by Denny E. Marshall
Sometimes it pays to be nice to people.

It’s Delicious!
by Ray Prew
It's tough being the new guy.

Repeating Mistakes
by Thomas Wm. Hamilton
Those who will not learn from history…

by Eleanor Taylor
The silence, that was new. It was new and complete and terrifying.

Because there were so few submissions for November, I decided to re-run the October stories as well.

October Flash Fiction

A Message from the Last Generation of Man
by Gregory Cioffi
Logic can be a dangerous thing…

Inmate Astronauts
By Denny E. Marshall
What happens when you turn interstellar space into a penal colony?

Passionate Blood
by Hareendran Kallinkeel
Anil meets two cobras in a dark alley

By Iain Muir
You might say he was a little obsessive…

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

August's challenge is about plot twists, and it is still ongoing. Get thee to the

Aphelion Forums!

and look inside the "Fun And Games" topic to find the most current Flash Fiction Challenge.