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First of all, fear not; National Flash Fiction Day is not cancelled!

We are, however, moving our celebrations completely online and are working out the best ways we can serve the flash fiction community in this strange time. We will be posting more details in the coming weeks, but we’re excited about the possibility of bringing even more to the online flash fiction community worldwide for 2020.

We will still be printing the National Flash Fiction Day anthology, but we won’t go to print until it is safe for our printers to be at work. We can’t guarantee a timescale for the print edition at present, but our aim is to launch the digital version of the anthology on 6 June, regardless. We’re looking into various possibilities for a virtual launch party, so stay tuned!

Apologies for the delay in announcing the 2020 anthology line-up. We will post more details as soon as we can, but in the meantime, please bear with us.

Last but not least, we hope you and your loved ones are all staying safe and well.

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 can now be read at 2020 Microfiction Results and they will be published in the forthcoming 2020 National Flash Fiction Day Anthology, which will be out in time for National Flash Fiction Day on 6 June 2020.

Congratulations to our winning stories and their authors:
First Place Winner:
Second Place Winner:
Third Place Winners:
Congratulations to our highly commended stories and their authors:
Thank you again to our four judges. Their job this year was extremely difficult, requiring extra rounds of voting to reach our final ten. In the end, they were unable to separate the two stories vying for third place and we felt the fairest thing would be to award two third place prizes.
Congratulations again to all our prize-winning and highly commended authors, and to all those who were shortlisted. And, a big thank you to everyone who entered this year’s competition and trusted us with their stories.


This year, 400 micro fictions (flashes of up to 100 words) were submitted to the National Flash Fiction Day Micro Fiction Competition.

Our judges,  Susmita Bhattacharya, FJ Morris, Anne Summerfield and Rob Walton had the difficult job of whittling down the 400 stories to a shortlist of 27. This was no easy task and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank the judges for their hard work and for the speed and
conscientiousness with which they carried out the judging.

It isn’t easy to tell a story in a 100 words, yet we were blown away by the variety of themes, subjects and styles we saw in the submissions.   All four judges read each and every piece with care.  Thank you to everyone who sent in their work; we appreciated the chance to read your flash.

Now, without further delay, our 27 shortlisted stories are:

Anything You Do Say May Be Given In Evidence
Aunt Lilah is resting/restless
Bogged Down Sister
Faithful are the Wounds of a Friend
Gelsenkirchen: 10/10ths cloud, 30 aircraft lost
Home Fires
Inhaling the Dust of Color
Jimmy Stewart’s Prayer
Nantucket News
Other People's Things
Russian Doll
Send Later
Taking Care Of The Little Fella
The Art Gallery Attendant Nine Months After Divorce
The Currency of Hugs
The Late Trains
The Wrong Bird
This Body Will Become A Corpse
Three Chords and the Truth
Tips for a Successful Whale Watch
Wafer Thin
When Neil Armstrong Walks on the Moon
You Told Me Numerology Was a Science

Thank you again to everyone who submitted, and good luck to everyone who made the shortlist!