2021 New Flash Fiction Prize

The Shrinking Husband by Dara Elerath

\My husband is shrinking. He seems to get smaller each day and we both pretend not to notice, for to notice would be to draw attention to the fact that he may grow too small to make love to me,…
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That Black Nothing by Ashton Russell

Mama is always inviting the neighbor over from across the street. He’s young, maybe younger than her, we think. But we don’t really know. He smells like dirt and gasoline, like when we open the door to the garage on…
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Every Invisible Threat by Melissa Bowers

Five hours ago, we put the car in reverse and rolled gently backward to watch the deer. A doe and two fawns, slender-necked and alert, unfazed when our toddler called, Hi Bambi, hi! Are you a cartoon? Shh, I said,…
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Creation Myth by Em J Parsley

Grace O’Leary of Appalachian air knits a blanket for her wife. The wife, upon its completion, runs her fingers over it, calluses catching on rough wool. “Your grandmother made this,” she says. “No, Nana Jane’s been dead for ten years,”…
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