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National Flash Fiction Day Anthology Submission Guidelines

Submissions for the 2019 National Flash Fiction Day Anthology are now open, and this year will be more exciting than ever!

Our theme is filled with possibility…or not! Our theme can reveal secrets to us and it can keep danger hidden. Is our theme trying to keep everyone from getting in, or is our theme trying to keep you from getting out? Knock, knock, who’s there? It’s our theme: Doors!

We want you to open the door to stories wild with imagination. We’re looking for those creepy mysteries about doors we can’t find the key to. We want those funny tales of frustration when doors do exactly what they’re supposed to when we don’t want them to. Maybe the stories you want to share are about metaphorical doors, filled with the disappointment of doors that are closed to us or brimming with excitement at new opportunities. Whichever door you decide to write about, make sure it’s your best and that is fewer than 500 words!

This year’s editors are Joanna Campbell and Santino Prinzi.

Please submit up to three (3) unpublished flashes of 500 words or fewer before our deadline. Titles are not included in the word count.

The deadline is Friday 15th March 2019, 23:59pm GMT.

The submission fee for this year’s anthology is:

£2.50 for one (1) entry.

£4.00 for two (2) entries.

£6.00 for three (3) entries.

To pay the submission fee, choose your preferred option from the drop-down menu and click the 'Buy Now' button to complete the PayPal transaction.

Number of entries

Please send your stories in a single Microsoft Word attachment to Please also include the PayPal Transaction Reference Number for your entry fee and your email address if it differs from the email address you are using to submit your entries. We cannot accept entries without confirmation of payment.

We do accept simultaneous submissions. If your story is published elsewhere, please withdraw your anthology submission immediately by informing us via the same email address. Please note we will not refund submission fees for withdrawn stories.

We only accept unpublished work. We do not class stories posted on personal blogs, social media pages, or online groups (as in workshopping forums, online courses etc.), as previously published.

Submissions are open internationally. Although we anonymise submissions, we actively encourage submissions by writers from underrepresented groups, such as BAME, LGBTQ+, and disabled writers.

All authors who have a story accepted for the anthology will receive a free print copy upon publication. We are unable to offer any other means of payment at this time.

Entry Format:

Submissions must be written in English.

Submissions may be on any subject but must respond to the theme in some way.

Submissions are not returned; please keep a copy.

Amendments cannot be made to entries after they have been submitted.


National Flash Fiction Day require non-exclusive first publication rights and incidental promotional rights. National Flash Fiction Day retains the unrestricted right to publish selected stories in its anthologies, in print and online, and in any relevant promotional material, and will retain copyright and economic rights for the anthology as a whole.

All rights for individual stories revert back to their respective author upon publication.

The author is free to republish their work, either in part, as a whole, or in an altered form, wherever they like after National Flash Fiction Day have published the anthology.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us via email with “RIGHTS” in the subject line:

Please note that submission of work by an author to the National Flash Fiction Day Anthology shall be considered acceptance of the full guidelines above.

Additional Support:

In previous years we have had funding and have been able to offer free entry to everyone. Other years, like this year, we do not have funding and have needed to charge a small fee in order to cover our costs so we can continue doing what we do.

We currently do not have funding to offer free entry to disadvantaged and marginalised writers; we hope to change this and are trying to secure the funding we need to be able to do this.

If you would like to help us achieve this by donating entries for the anthology, please email us at Please put “Anthology Donation” in the subject line of your email.

Or, if you'd like to donate by PayPal, you can do so here:

Thank you for your support!