A 300-word story should be easy, right? Many of our entrants say it’s the hardest thing they’ve ever written.
Queer Sci Fi’s Annual Flash Fiction Contest challenges authors to write a complete LGBTQ speculative fiction micro-story on a specific theme. “Flight” leaves much for the authors to interpret—winged creatures, flight and space vehicles, or fleeing from dire circumstances.
Some astonishing stories were submitted—from horrific, bloodcurdling pieces to sweet, contemplative ones—and all LGBTQ speculative fiction. The stories in this anthology include AI’s and angels, winged lions and wayward aliens. Smart, snappy slice of life pieces written for entertainment or for social commentary. Join us for brief and often surprising trips into 110 speculative fiction authors’ minds.
The book us available in eBook form (4.99), and will soon be available in paperback with b/w illustrations inside (12.99) and in a special collector’s edition with color illustrations (24.99).
from “Escape” by Jon Keys
The attacking flatlanders had drove them deep into the moors. His wife died years ago defending the clan’s children, but her death came at great cost to the attackers. The years had passed and only a final desperate gambit remained.
Lightning cut a jagged incandescent wound against the stygian sky, revealing the only escape. The children’s defender this time was his husband Pali, and the consequences were more dire. Failure was not a possibility for Nalo. They would appear any moment, and he was ready.