National Flash-Fiction Day is coming………

Thursday, May 7th 2015

A message from Calum Kerr
Director, National Flash-Fiction Day

nffd_bannerHello everyone,

Well, here in the UK it is Election Day. I’m just about to head out to vote and I urge you to do the same. (If I said I don’t care who you vote for, I’d be lying – of course I care – but whoever it is, I just think you should vote.)

Once you’ve written your X in the box, maybe it’s time to sit down and use even more letters to create something almost as wonderful as a functioning democracy. I’m talking, of course, about flash-fictions!

Our Anthology is still open for submissions. This year’s theme is ‘geography’ which covers everything from technical terms about erosion or land-masses to stories rooted firmly in place (galaxy, planet, country, city, village, house, lounge, this chair… the choice is yours.) The closing date is 15th May so you still have time to enter. Details at:

And, we are also running our Micro-Fiction competition looking for stories of 100 words or fewer. This one has prizes including books (some listed on the site, more to be added) and cash! Also, the top ten will be featured in this year’s anthology. So, it’s definitely worth a go. Full details at

If you could post, tweet, blog and otherwise share the news of those two opportunities (repeatedly) then we would, as ever, be utterly grateful.

Other things are on the horizon, with Bristol announcing their Flash-Fiction Day activities, including this year’s reading being hosted by Foyles!

Big Smoke in Dublin are also gearing up, as are a number of others. We’re adding events to the website at, so send us yours and we’ll put you up there.

Coming up sooner, for those in and around Manchester, you can see the wondrous David Gaffney, Sarah-Clare Conlon, Nicholas Royle, Kate Feld, Claire Dean, Sarah Butler and more at ‘Re/Place – Stories that are right up your street’. It takes place on 20th May and is free. Doors are open at 7.30pm. 30 Manchester Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, M21 9PH. See for more.
Anyway, that’s it for now. Share our news, go out and vote, then come back and get writing.

Happy Flashing!

Calum Kerr
Director, National Flash-Fiction Day

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