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

December 2018

Us and Them
by Swylmar dos Santos Ferreira
They were arrogant...

by Denny E. Marshall
Time to level up!

Draft Dodging
by C. E. Gee
It's all in the timing

The Best Flash Fiction of 2018

Warning: "Best" is a relative term. These are the ones I, the Editor, most enjoyed. Feel free to argue eloquently in the forum if you disagree!

The Last Dawn
by Susan Anwin
The Condemned writes a final letter

Family Crisis
by Ron Guell
Our story begins in a wilderness caught
in the grip of a harsh and scalding winter.

by Denny E. Marshall
It always pays to have a spare!

Lothar’s Head
by William Squirrell
Be careful what you ask for.

The Real Me
by Susan Anwin
Love is a terrible thing.

by Andrée Gendron
Count the gargoyles.

First Flight
by C. E. Gee
If you believe this, can I interest you in a Phlogiston pump?

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 775 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