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We are absolutely thrilled to be able to share the 50 stories we have selected for this year's National Flash Fiction Day anthology.

This year's theme was Doors, and we'd like to thank everyone who submitted their stories for myself and Joanna to read. We had 371 to choose from, and you did not make it easy for us.

We'd like to thank you all for taking the time to create such stunning and varied work.  I would also like to personally thank Joanna Campbell, who has been so wonderful and insightful while helping me select these stories, and to everyone who donated free entries to the anthology and micro competition to help support those facing financial difficulties or those from marginalised backgrounds.

We encountered all kinds of doors, physical and metaphorical, and you took us places with this theme that we never thought we'd go. The stories we selected resonated with each of us for different reasons, and we can't wait to be able to share these stories with you all when the anthology is published.

Accompanying these 50 stories will be a handful of stories from special guest authors, as well our winning and highly commended micros from our Micro Fiction contest. We'll soon reveal these guest authors, as well as the title of the anthology and our cover art designed by our artist in residence, Jeanette Sheppard!

Now, without further delay...

Congratulations to our anthology authors and their fabulous flashes!

Eilise Norris A Person-Shaped Exit
Anne Summerfield Advent
John Wheway All Her Weight
Paul Thompson All our dresses are white
Joy Manné And we pass through, and we pass through, and we pass through
Karen Jones Arabesque
Jenny Adamthwaite Beacons of the Bay
Rebecca Field Behind Closed Doors (first line: Behind Your Front Door)
Nancy Ludmerer Complicity
Rachael Dunlop Dancing with The Doors
Agnieszka Studzinska Doors (first line: Superstitious of Kissing in a Doorway)
Jude Higgins Every Good Story Deserves a Car Chase
Gita Smith Falling Man
Rupert Dastur Fire Escape
Cathy Lennon For Display Purposes Only
Richard Holt Grand Complication
Fiona Lincoln How to see The Starry Night
Ruth Skrine I Found God in the barn
Anika Carpenter Less than a Mile from Home
Gabby Turner Letting the Cold Out
Gary Duncan Like Father, Like Son
Emma Neale Listen
Lucy Goldring Listening from the Outside
Stephanie Hutton Listening to the Library
Lynn Mundell Little Temblors
Sarah Davy Maybe Next Time
Emily Devane Mum Tastes of Disappointment
Patricia Bidar Neighbors
Alison Powell Not her child, not mine
Elizabeth Lovatt Observations from the Tube Looking Out onto Baker Street Platform
Anna Giangiordano Peach Blossom Season
Alison Woodhouse Press to Play
Amelia Kyazze Rush Hour
Sarah Salway Safekeeping
Sal Page She Opened the Door in Her Dressing Gown
Jane Roberts Sottotitoli
Mike Scott Thomson The Advent of Us
Marie Day The Catch
Caroline Greene The Cupboard Door c. 1985
Vivien Jones The Doorbell Rings
Michael Loveday The History of the Child and the Door
Jenny Woodhouse The Intercity 125 from Weymouth
Robert Scotellaro The Pencil
James Northern The Sentinel
Debbie Taggio Tomorrow Will Always Find You
Patricia Knight Turn Right
Joanne Derrick Unlocking the Heart
Nuala O'Connor Venus Moon
Nod Ghosh We Fly at Night
Helen Rye You Don’t Have To Be An All-Knowing God Of The Roman Pantheon To Work Here (And It Doesn’t Really Help)

Our anthology is scheduled to be published in June in time for National Flash Fiction Day and this year's Flash Fiction FestivalWe'll be in contact with the selected authors about the next stages some time this week.

Why not come along to our launch event? This year, the launch is in Coventry! More details about the launch can be found on our Events page.


It is with great pleasure that we announce the winning and highly commended stories of this year's National Flash Fiction Day micro fiction competition!

These ten stories have now been published on our website and will be published in the forthcoming 2019 National Flash Fiction Day anthology, due to be published in June.
Congratulations to our winning stories and their authors:
First Place Winner:
For you, I am by Alison Woodhouse
Second Place Winner:
Havasu Falls by Sara Hills
Third Place Winner:
Charlie Walker's Thirst by Nan Wigington
Congratulations to our highly commended stories and their authors:
Great Sorrows are Mute by Gaynor Jones
Nil by Mouth by S Yap
His Name was Ash by Michelle Christophorou
Last Night I Saved a Moth from Drowning by Elaine Mead
Three Strangers by Claire Boot
Behind Every Sign is a Story by James Burt

Lists by Hollie Monhemius

All of the winning stories are available to read here on our website: 2019 Microfiction Results.

Again, we'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for sending us your micros and to our judges, Angela Readman, Diane Simmons, Judy Darley, and Kevlin Henney, for the difficult but enjoyable task of reading through all of your entries.

We'll be in touch with our highly commended and winning authors in the near future. If you have also submitted to the 2019 anthology, we will be announcing the line up by the middle of next week!


507 incredible little micro fictions were submitted to this year's National Flash Fiction Day Micro Fiction Competition.

507 stunning little micro fictions found their way into the hands of our micro competition judges Angela Readman, Diane Simmons, Kevlin Henney, and Judy Darley.

507 powerful little micro fictions have been whittled down to a shortlist of only 26. It's no easy task, so we'd like to take this opportunity to thank our judges for all their hard work with this tremendous task.

Nor is it easy to tell a story in 100 words or fewer. We'd like to thank everyone who submitted for trusting us with their gems!

Now, without further delay, our 26 shortlisted stories are:

Archipelago David Hartley
Bare Annabel Hopkins
Behind Every Sign is a Story James Burt
Charlie Walker's Thirst Nan Wigington
Christmas Time in the City Simon Harris
Eyes Liz Quinn
Firestarter Anna Giangiordano
For you, I am Alison Woodhouse
Great Sorrows Are Mute Gaynor Jones
Havasu Falls Sara Hills
His Name was Ash Michelle Christophorou
History of Sound Barbara McVeigh
Last Night I Saved a Moth from Drowning Elaine Mead
Lists Hollie Monhemius
Mail Jac Jenkins
Nil by Mouth S Yap
Plow in the Sky Jesse Sensibar
Sisters in a Hotel Twin Room, 1988 Lucy Goldring
Snapping the Mermaid Maxine Davies
The Elementary Music Teacher Jeanette Topar
The Muscovy Duck Jeanette Topar
The Siege Maxine Davies
Three Strangers Claire Boot
Two Miles to Springsteen Melanie Dixon
We fed them to the lion Paul Thompson
Younger than records will show Paul Thompson

Congratulations to all of our shortlisted authors!

The judges have made their final selections, and we'll be announcing our winning and highly commended stories this weekend!

If you have submitted for the National Flash Fiction Day anthology, editors Joanna Campbell and Santino Prinzi are making their final selections as you read, and we'll be announcing the stories that'll be included next week.