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

Flash Fiction

October 2018

A Parasite!
by Christopher T. Dabrowski
Exterminators on a routine clean-up job

Bytes Won't Bite?
by Rafał Zabratyński
Can an AI write haiku?

by C. E. Gee
A new take on the big bang theory

Pappy’s Trip
by C. E. Gee
As MacArthur said...

The Replacement
by R. Gene Turchin
Is it my fault if I'm an early adopter?

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. Flash stories from all of our previous challenges are archived in the Flash Challenge Entries Index, which lists over 750 stories.

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, or go to the ’Fun And Games’ topic on the forums, to see what we're up to right now