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Anthology Submission Guidelines

National Flash Fiction Day Anthology Submission Guidelines

Submissions for our 2020 anthology and microfiction competition are open from 1 December 2019 to 15 February 2020.

Submissions are open for this year’s National Flash Fiction Day anthology! The theme this year is FAMILY and we are looking for stories from 1 to 500 words.

We invite any and all interpretations of FAMILY, and look forward to reading about families big and small, real and imagined, lost and found, local and global, inherited and created. Families involving people. Taxonomic families. Parametric families. Families on the periodic table. Wherever the word FAMILY takes you, we'd like to follow!

The story does not need to include the word ‘family’ but must touch on the theme in some way. Creative, unusual and unconventional interpretations of the theme are welcome and encouraged.

This year’s editors are Sophie van Llewyn and Ingrid Jendrzejewski.

Submission Guidelines

Please submit up to three (3) unpublished flashes of 500 words or fewer before our deadline.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

Please email each story in a SEPARATE document to Accepted document formats are .doc, .docx, .odt, .rtf and .pdf.

Submissions open on 1 December 2019 00:01 GMT and close on Friday 15th February 2019, 23:59pm GMT.

This year, we are offering a free entry to all writers. If you would like to submit more than one piece, we ask that you consider making a donation to help support the work that we do.

  • FREE for one (1) entry.
  • Suggested donation of £2.50 for two (2) entries.
  • Suggested donation of £5.00 for three (3) entries.
  • Suggested donation of £10.00 or more to be listed as a benefactor in the 2020 anthology (please let us know how you would like your name to appear).

To donate, choose your preferred option from the drop-down menu and click the 'Donate Now' button to complete the PayPal transaction.

We are grateful for all donations of any amount. Money raised through donations will go to the cost of printing the anthology, ISBN numbers, postage, and running future National Flash Fiction Day events (which are free to the public).

Your story will receive the same consideration whether you donate or not; editors will not know if an individual author has donated when selecting work for the anthology.

The Fine Print

We do accept simultaneous submissions. If your story is published elsewhere, please withdraw your anthology submission immediately by informing us via email.

We only accept unpublished work. We do not class stories posted on private blogs, social media pages, or online groups (such 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.


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.

Data Collection

We collect your name and email for the purpose of informing you about the status of your submission. If your story is accepted, we collect your name, email and address for the purpose of sending you your contributor’s copy of the anthology, and for nominating work to writing awards (such as Best Small Fictions and the Pushcart Prize). For some award nominations, we are required to pass your email address along to the publisher. If you would prefer us not to do this, please mention this when you submit your work so that we don’t consider your piece for an award that requires us to pass along your details.

Additional Support

Because of the generous support of donors, we are able to make anthology submissions free this year, but with projects like this, breaking even is always a challenge.

We would like to keep submissions free in 2021, but to do so, we need your support. Please consider buying a book from our back catalogue or donating a small amount via our PayPal link to help keep this project going.

If you would like to help in other ways, please email us: Please put “Anthology Donation” in the subject line of your email.

Thank you for your support.