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Micro Fiction Competition and Food Anthology Announcements!

Good afternoon, flashers! 

We are now in our seventh year of National Flash Fiction Day! As always, both our micro fiction competition and annual anthology encourage hundreds of you to send us your best flashes, and this year was no different. Both competitions were incredibly fierce this year, but I can finally share with you all some news!

Micro Fiction Competition Shortlist

This year we had around 600 entries for our micro fiction competition, where we asked you to write a story of 100 words or fewer on any theme. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank our brilliant judges who had the rewarding but difficult task of whittling these 600 entries to a shortlist of just 24 stories: Angela Readman, Anne Patterson, Briana Snow, Ingrid Jendrzrjewski, Kevlin Henny, and Rob Walton. 

We'd also like to thank you all for submitting! 

Without further delay, here's this year's shortlisted authors and titles:

Alan Beard 1990
Rachael Dunlop A Nice Bit of Linoleum
Wes Lee Conch
Amanda O'Callaghan Death of a Friend
Lisa Ferranti Fifth Grade
Carmen Marcus First Date
Catherine Edmunds Forgetting, Remembering
Alison Woodhouse Home Fires
Victoria Richards I remember her in espadrilles
Gaynor Jones Ladybird, Ladybird
Elaine Dillon Louise
Jan Kaneen My Teenage Son Defining Words Just Before I challenge his use of Possessive Pronouns
Jeanette Davies Primigravida at the Day Centre
Charmaine Wilkerson Pull
David Cook Revenge, Via Handicrafts
Lucy Goldring School Run
Noa Sivan Sign Language
Clare O'Brien Suspension
Graham W. Henderson Ten Minute IQ Test
Fiona J. Mackintosh The Birth of the Baptist
Shirl Weir The Haves and the Have Nots
Jan Kaneen The Last Six Things I’ll Have Done by the Time You Wake up
Rebecca Field Things I Never Saw Again After You Dumped Me By Text Message
Anita Groveas White Lies

Congratulations to all of our shortlisted authors! The judges have already chosen the winning stories, and a further announcement will be made once all of the scores have been collated. The winning and highly commended flashes will be published on our website and in this year's flash fiction anthology.

NFFD Food-themed Flash Fiction Anthology

Again, this year our anthology editors have had hundreds of incredible flashes to read and choose from, making selecting 50 stories for the anthology extremely enjoyable, but equally tricky. 

Myself and this year's co-editor, Alison Powell, challenged you all to write flashes of 500 words or fewer responding to the theme of Food, and were so spoilt for choice! There were numerous delicacies for us to sink our teeth into, and so many different responses to the theme. We feel that this anthology is going to be something really special.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Alison for all of her hard work in helping me choose our top 50 stories. 

And so, here are our anthology authors and their flashes:

Philip Charter The Change
KM Elkes Late Blackberries
Nan Wigington Famous Last Meals
Nuala O'Connor Sponge
J. E. Kennedy An Offering
Frankie McMillan The Happy Eggs from Podomosky
Ingrid Jendrzrjewski On the Wabash
Jude Higgins The Ways of the Flesh
Alicia Bakewell Ripening
Joanna Campbell Gingerbread
Nadia Stone Yaya's Pips
Charlotte Wührer Shipwreck Feast
Diane Simmons A Picnic in the Park
Sylvia Petter Oysters
Judy Darley Cornish Gold
Sal Page A Fifteen Stone Woman, with a Six Stone Daughter Who Will Not Eat, Writes Shopping Lists
Christopher M Drew A Turn of the Tide
Sarah Evans The Word Eater
E. P. Chiew For the Love of a Bagel
Rachael Dunlop Border Line
Emily Devane The Apple Seekers
Anna Rymer Eight Weeks Old
Helen Rye Me ‘N’ Claudz Of A Friday Night Down The Chippy And The Oasis Bar
Emma Harding Say It with a Cake
Anne Summerfield Only Now Can I Think of All The Things I Should Have Said
Olga Wojtas Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Sophie van Llewyn Hi, Dad, How've You Been?
Sharon Telfer Caramel Baby
Ioanna Mavrou Weekends in Waianae
Gay Degani Troy Mills
Jan Kaneen Sour
Sara Chansarkar Mango Pulp
Claire Polders A Tasting of European Chefs
Ros Woolner Make a Wish
Stephanie Hutton Nourishment
Jacqueline Saville It's Not Her
FJ Morris The Root of It
Damhnait Monaghan Habits
A. E. Weisgerber Knoxville
Poppy O'Neill The Creator is Disturbed at Her Vanity
Jennifer Harvey Thirteen
H Anthony Hildebrand Ewei
David Cook The Shock Of The New Breakfasts
Kymm Coveny Popcorn
Deborah Meltvedt Farmer's Market
Erica Plouffe Lazure The Italic
Laura Pearson Not Love, Not Carbohydrates
Gemma Govier Bass Drums and Trumpets for Tea
TM Upchurch Plum Skin
Abi Hynes How to Eat a Grape

Congratulations to all of our authors! The full line-up with stories from guest authors will be announced at a later date, as well as the title and cover reveal!

Thank you all, as always, for supporting National Flash Fiction Day! We can't wait to announce the winners of the micro competition and to serve up our food-themed flash anthology!

Meanwhile, if you're planning an event for National Flash Fiction Day on or around Saturday 16th June, please don't hesitate to email us at with all of the details, and we'll help shout out about it! 

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