Flash 405: 2022 Issue


Flash 405 is Exposition Review’s multi-genre flash competition, awarding prizes and online publication to the winners. To celebrate these award-winning works, we’ve collected them together in our Flash 405: 2022 Issue.


Flash 405: 2022 Issue

Flash 405 Contest Rules


February 2022: “Routine & Ritual”

Guest Judge:
Mia Nakaji Monnier
About the Theme | Judge’s Comments

1st Place: Beginner by Angeline Schellenberg (Fiction)
2nd Place: I Sit on the Porch and Watch the World Happen by Quinn Forlini (Nonfiction)

Honorable Mention:
Solo by Katy Carl (Fiction)


April 2022: “Escape”

Kelly Esparza
About the Theme | Judge’s Comments

1st Place: Tides by Erika Eckart (Prose Poetry)
2nd Place: Star Party by Allison A. deFreese (Prose Poetry)

Honorable Mentions:
Rise by Bernard Steeds (Fiction)
to a place where the baby blooms by t. jahan (Poetry)
A Kiss for Weeping by Cheryl Suma (Fiction)


June 2022: “Inheritance”

Guest Judge:
Sofía Aguilar
About the Theme | Judge’s Comments

1st Place: I Could’ve Been Your Reflection by Amanda Whitehurst (Nonfiction)
2nd Place: A River in Egypt by Bara Swain (Nonfiction)

Honorable Mentions:
La Docenza by Salvatore Difalco (Fiction)
Buddha’s Ears by Johnson Cheu (Poetry)
The Moths Are Caught There by Leslie Cairns (Fiction)


August 2022: “Burn”

Guest Judge:
Cathy Ulrich
About the Theme | Judge’s Comments

1st Place: to the quinceañera doing a photo shoot at the exposition rose garden by Eva Recinos (Experimental)
2nd Place: Swamp Thing Watches the Sugar Cane Burn from the Edge of the Marsh by Jack B. Bedell (Prose Poetry)

Honorable Mentions:
Sweet Spot by L Mari Harris (Fiction)
Jeeva Jothi by Vijayalakshmi Sridhar (Fiction)
Mundane Sacrifices by Sarina Bosco (Fiction)