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

December Flash Fiction

The Coma Draft
by Denny E. Marshall
To sleep, perchance to dream. Aye, there's the rub…

That Damn Phone Psychic
by Ray Prew
Practical jokes can have unforeseen consequences

Hiding Underfoot
by Robert B. Allen
The road goes ever on and on…

Kraugg’s Choice
by C.E. Gee
Those who will not learn from history…

The Best* Flash of Aphelion 2017

*These are the pieces that the Flash Editor liked best of the year's submissions. Not everyone will agree with me. Feel free to nominate others on the forum page!
Rather than "the ten best," let us say that here are "ten of the best" of 2017.

Doggy Door
by Jeff Dosser

Norma in Dallas
by Matthew Spence

The Creature That Came Uninvited
by Charles E.J. Moulton

The Construction Job
by Denny E. Marshall

Evil Inside
by Hareendran Kallinkeel

A Message from the Last Generation of Man
by Gregory Cioffi

Repeating Mistakes
by Thomas Wm. Hamilton

Approaching Titanic
by Gary L. Robbe

Forsythe’s Resurrection
by Fred D. White

American Holocaust
by C.E. Gee

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. Get thee to the

Aphelion Forums!

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