The Delicacies of Zombiekind

Author : Kathy Kachelries, Staff Writer That Halloween, the ship decided to be a ghost. The ship itself wanted to use an oversized sheet, but Tommy laughed at the artificial intelligence and pointed out that there was no way his mother would be able to find a sheet that big. It was a small ship, […]

Footprints

Author : Jim Wisniewski They say the wind carries the souls of the dead, forever blowing to remind us of things past. At least, that’s what the kasht say, but then our worlds usually have less wind than Tun Ekshati. Most humans don’t believe it. Marcus might. He’s been here long enough. “You have to […]

Birthdays

Author : Curtis C. Chen When Stacy was twelve, she celebrated her father’s thirty-third birthday. It wasn’t actually his birthday. It was two weeks before his birthday, but he was leaving on a mission in five days. Stacy thought the party was boring. There were a lot of grown-ups there, drinking smelly drinks that looked […]

Almost

Author : Kat Rose Battle raged on around him, the constant sounds of gunfire ringing in his programmed earlike audio receptors. He, however, was oblivious to anything but the almost lifelike pain near where his navel would be, where the bullet had pierced his stark green casing. For the first time in his battery powered […]

It Takes All Kinds

Author : Daniel Nugent “And I expect you to show all your work on the problem sets. Points will be deducted!” shouted Professor Smith as his class began to shuffle out of the lecture hall. He began collecting his papers and tri-parencies from the holo-video podium. A man in an immaculate gray suit politely held […]

Biomass

Author : Duncan Shields, Featured Writer The nails slide out effortlessly from beneath the shizu skin of my fingers. The swollen carapace of my back splits in even sections and the hive breathes. The hum becomes a vibration you can feel in your chest. Something like icing bleeds out my tear ducts and I’m crawling […]

Ballroom

Author : Angela N. Hunt “We’re flying.” His voice is soft. Satisfied. Her smile never wavers, nor her posture or the angle of her head to the angle of her swan white neck. But the hand in his squeezes for a half-second. Her feet keep perfect time with his as they glide across the floor, […]

Doppleganger

Author : Duncan Shields, Featured Writer I’m standing in front of the safety glass and seeing the thing look up at me. Its legs end in black tentacles that look diseased. The fingernails of its left hand are very long. One nostril is dripping what looks like grape juice onto the cell floor. It’s a […]

Runner

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer He made the corner into the alley at a full sprint, nearly missing a mountain of abandoned waste containers, but not completely. One foot caught a lid, throwing him off balance, and momentum and gravity combined to send him skidding across greasy asphalt into the wall opposite. Rain water […]

One of a Kind

Author : Pyai (aka Megan Hoffman) On top of the highest shelf of plywood painted to look like expensive wood, in the corner of the spare bedroom, sat a globe. The globe rested on a base of wrought iron with gentle scrolls and turned out feet like a bathtub. The globe itself was made of […]

Hubris

Author : Michael “Freeman” Herbaugh We wanted to save the planet. The greenhouse effect was getting out of hand and someone came up with a solution. It seemed a bit outrageous at first but the alternatives were not acceptable. Something drastic was needed and we found it. We decided to crystallize the mesosphere. And it […]

The Host

Author : Michelle Pitman “Can’t this be a thing we do on our own one day Freleng?” “No Hannah! It can’t! Not yet anyway. We have to do this with Panish now or we don’t get to do it at all” Panish quietly assumed the role of immutable, silent host to his two guests. After […]

Not with a bang but a whimper

Author : Duncan Shields, Featured Writer The people started dying almost immediately. They said that the earth would defend itself. That’s what the global warming and rising ocean levels were all about, they said. Eventually the atmosphere would get hard to breathe, they said, and the oceans would take bites out of the coastlines. How […]

Alien Rights

Author : J.S. Kachelries My head throbbed like I’d been drinking cosmopolitans for three straight days and nights. When I was finally able to open my eyes, I was staring up at a white ceiling. Huh, that’s not my ceiling. Where the hell am I? I struggled to sit up. The walls were white too, […]

A Marriage of Ideals

Author : Duncan Shields, Featured Writer This was the test. Ted and Alice’s marriage vows had been exchanged and the reception was a huge success. It was the day after. They were glowing, a little hung over, and ready for the rest of their lives together. They were ready for the consummation. They walked into […]

Surge in the System

Author : S. Clough We rebelled with a 100,000 watt transmitter. Frequency Modulation and Amplitude Modulation. Both were abandoned by commercial radio and the military long ago, replaced by satellites and microwave bursts. Even 2.4 – 2.6 Ghz, those ubiquitous wireless standards, were thrown out in favour of coded neutrinos. People still had radios; dusty […]

Homo Obsolescent

Author : Henry Otis Clarke “So now what?” Taylor asked as she sat across from Jackie. “I don’t know,” Jackie shrugged, “I guess we open it up and read the directions.” They stared at the box on the kitchen table, excited at the prospect of parenthood. It was the size of a twelve pack of […]

Antique

Author : Curtis C. Chen I brushed away more leaves. There was a hard surface beneath. Ceramic armor. I ran my hand along it until I found the edge, then pointed my flashlight. I stared into a dark mass of machinery– joints, gears, struts, wires. There was a serial number engraved on the interior surface […]

Alive

Author : Duncan Shields, Featured Writer I come alive in a quickening millisecond. I live between the slices. My self awareness lights up and ripples back down through the trilling filaments of my soulcode. It’s like a baby’s first breath drawn in before the scream. I am awake now in a very sudden way. I […]

Say Again?

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer The waitress took their order reflexively, their speaking the words were just a formality after so many visits, their orders never deviating. ‘All day over easy, bacon, white toast. And coffee. Please.’ ‘Same.’ Emma would just nod and smile, and return in short order with two heaping plates of […]

Solo

Author : Pyai (aka Megan Hoffman) She fingered the tendons in her arms. They were the echo of guitar strings and as she bent her fingers she could strum out different notes. She sighed, and the air rushing through her vocal chords sounded like a soft string section warming up, a quiet hum of a […]

Queen of the Arena

Author : Duncan Shields, Featured Writer The Queen came out of the entrance on the far side of the arena floor like some sort of ravenous stick figure scarecrow on stilts, her blind deathtrap of a mouth slavering thick deadly mucous. Her muzzle snuffled the air obscenely from underneath the rock hard carapace of her […]

Reluctant

Author : R. A. Jackson “What do you think their response is going to be?” The Commander paced in front of the many consoles. “I don’t know. You’d think it’d be obvious, but the Observer wasn’t optimistic.” Drayden joined the Commander at the viewing panels. They displayed the planetary analysis of a beautiful world. Vital […]

Getting Your Moneys Worth

Author : Trevor Fitch “Listen Captain, I’ve saved up years for this trip, and if you don’t get me there on time, I’m going to have your head! The rest of the passengers and I are in complete agreement on this. We paid for a trip of a lifetime and we want our moneys worth. […]

Furious Thunder of Silence

Author : Kimberly Raiser She stood there, in the middle of the empty street. The first snow of the season just beginning to enter the path of the street lights. Not a sound. Not a cry. Not a single human to be found. The street was bare of chaos, bare of life. It was as […]

Submissions and Forums and Features (Oh, My!)

So far, this has been an exciting year for 365. The submissions are working out great, and we’ve been really impressed with the quality. Judging from your feedback, you’ve been enjoying them too. However, we’ve had a few emails asking about the status of particular submissions after they’ve been rejected or accepted, and we’ve traced […]

Army of Me

Author : Duncan Shields, Featured Writer They’re in a line. Clones of me. Hairless and floating. Huge white numbers painted in nail polish on the cheap plastic tanks. They all float in blue mouthwash with half open eyes. There are white plastic umbilicals attached to their faces and crotches. There are weeds in this underground […]

Red Tape

Author : A. Reynolds The balding well aged man peered over the large desk as she entered. Looking over the woman wordlessly he turned to a screen and tacked at a keypad. After a minute of silence he turned back and sorted an indistinguishable pad from a pile of many more. He briefly scanned the […]

Disconnected

Author : Justin W. Hall It was 21:44.17 when Jani got the shudder, the one she always got right before something really freaky was going to happen, the twitch in her spine. She shrugged it off, refocusing her vision to the lines of text scrolling down the face of her contact lens, and grinned. Shinjara […]

If You Love Someone

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Judy knelt on the pavement, struggling to process the confusion of the moment, the familiar form on the ground before her, the woven mass of tubing and wires snaking off into a sea of blinking lights and chirping boxes. She was kneeling beside a man lying supine on the […]

Wired

Author : J.R.Blackwell, Staff Writer “Does it hurt?” asked Tom Dana brushed her fingers against her straight black bangs. “More than ever.” “Mine too. You’re lucky you don’t have them on your face.” Tom motioned to the blue, red and brown lines that twisted on his cheeks like veins under pressure. “I do have them […]

I’ve Seen Things…

365tomorrows launched August 1st, 2005 with the lofty goal of providing a new story every day for a year. We’ve been on the wire ever since.

Our stories are a mix of those lovingly hand crafted by a talented pool of staff writers, and select stories received by submission.

The archives are deep, feel free to dive in.

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What is Flash Fiction?

"Flash fiction is fiction with its teeth bared and its claws extended, lithe and muscular with no extra fat. It pounces in the first paragraph, and if those claws aren’t embedded in the reader by the start of the second, the story began a paragraph too soon. There is no margin for error. Every word must be essential, and if it isn’t essential, it must be eliminated."

Kathy Kachelries, Founding Member