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Hello everyone,

Well, it's taken a little longer than usual to get up and running this year (thanks to that thing called 'Life') but here we are, and we're starting to look forward to this year's National Flash-Fiction Day. 

It will be held on Saturday 27th June 2015, some events are already in the pipeline, but now is the time for you to start thinking about what you'd like to do in your area to celebrate Flash-Fiction and short, short stories of all kinds.

In previous years, people have held readings, workshops, and slams, run competitions, compiled anthologies, staged Flash flash-mobs and more. What are you going to do? Let us know and we'll help promote your event.

To get things going we're now accepting submissions for a new issue of our pop-up journal, Flash-Flood. Submissions are open until midnight on Wednesday 15th April, and the journal will appear online all day on Friday 17th April. More information and submission guidelines can be found at and Please spread the word and, of course, send us your stories.

We will also soon be launching both our Micro-Fiction competition and our Anthology, so stay turned for more information on those.

This is the fourth year of National Flash-Fiction Day and we hope you're as excited as we are. We'll be doing lots of things here, but with your help we can make it the best one yet.

More soon,

Dear all,

Just a quick catch up, while there are a few spare minutes here at NFFD Towers, to bring you up to date.
First, it's National Flash-Fiction Day on Saturday (in case you had forgotten). Various events are taking place, and details of them can be found at
On the day, we are encouraging people at the events to tweet about them, using the hashtag #nffdlive. I know Bristol and Oxford are already taking part, but if you are at any event for the day, please feel free to use it.
In addition, we will be streaming a veritable flood of flashes through our online journal at and through ourFacebook and Twitter feeds. Stories will start appearing at midnight and run all day, but don't worry, they'll stay up afterwards so you can read them at your leisure. If you would like to submit to FlashFlood, submissions are open until midnight on Thursday (BST) and all the details can be found on the blog.
We are also planning a worldwide writing event for the day, so stay tuned for more on that.
Our anthology, Eating My Words, is now available in Kindle and paperback formats should you want to treat yourself, and it would be really good if you could spread the word about those too.
Other books, including our previous two anthologies, will be available for FREE download on the Day, and an email will come out about that with links to all the various books. If you have a flash-fiction collection on Kindle, and would like to promote it for free on the Day, let us know the link and we'll add you to the list.
Anything else you want to tell us, you know where we are.
I'll be in touch again, on the day (if not before) but if I don't see you, have a wonderful Flash-Fiction Day!
All best


Calum Kerr
Director, National Flash-Fiction Day
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Hello all,

Well, we are just two weeks away from the big day and it's all been happening.
We have now finalised our list for the 2014 anthology. The title will be Eating My Words and it will feature the following stories/writers:
‘The Well’ by A. Joseph Black
‘Taste’ by Adam Wolstenholme
‘Nicotine’ by Amanda Mason
‘Old Friend Dinner’ by Amy Mackelden
‘A Sense of Balance’ by Andrew Jenkinson
‘Tasty’ by Andy Cashmore
‘Sun Synchronous Satellites’ by Andy Lavender
‘Hey, Why Not Be a Daughter?’ by Angela Readman
‘The Sensation of Pain’ by Angi Holden
‘One Rat for Every Person’ by Becky Tipper
‘Random’ by Calum Kerr
‘The Five Senses’ by Caroline Worsley
‘Tomorrow We Will Return’ by Cassandra Parkin
‘A Sticky End’ by Cath Barton
‘Friday Roses’ by Cath Bore
‘Show’ by Cathy Bryant
‘Handle With Care’ by Cathy Lennon
‘Hosting’ by Christopher Allsop
‘Spaghetti and Meat Balls’ by Colin Watts
‘Coming Clean’ by Davina Jones
‘Please Remain Silent for the Benefit of Other Library Users (In Hushed Tones)’ by Debbie Young
‘Launch Pad’ by Diane Simmons
‘Hotdogs’ by Dixon Barker
‘A Sense of Entitlement’ by E.L Norry
‘The Busker’ by Eabha Rose
‘5D’ by Ed Broom
‘The Water is Clear’ by Emmaleene Leahy
‘Skewed Perspective’ by Helen Knotts
‘All the Rage’ by Ian Shine
‘Bread’ by Ingrid Jendrzejewski
‘Dress Sense’ by James Coates
‘Angus Hears Things’ by Jane Roberts
‘Parched’ by Jeanette Sheppard
‘Where Memories Live’ by Jennifer Harvey
‘Postcard to My Best Friend from a Non-Londoner, One ‘Dull… of Soul’’ by Jenny Holden
‘Lear Bus’ by John F King
‘The Sixth Generation’ by Jon Pinnock
‘Cherished’ by Kay Beer
‘On Taking Measures to Eliminate Fair Play’ by Kevlin Henney
‘Strangers’ by L. D. Lapinski
‘A Visitor from the Past’ by Lawrence David Coss
‘Eating My Words’ by Marie Gethins
‘Half-Life’ by Michael Marshall Smith
‘Eye of the Beholder’ by Miranda Roszkowski
‘Fear’ by Moira Conway
‘Chekov's Gun’ by Nigel McLoughlin
‘I Am No Good at Video Games’ by Nik Perring
‘Cider and Simnel’ by Nuala Ní Chonchúir
‘Seven Breaths’ by Pam Plumb
‘To Test the Senses of Worms’ by Pauline Masurel
‘The Sundial’ by Rhys Barter
‘The Working Man's Struggle’ by Richard Holt
‘Bottle of Silence’ by Sal Page
‘What We Do In Our Sleep’ by Santino Prinzi
‘A Shanty for Sawdust and Cotton’ by Sarah Hilary
‘Masha's Burning Memory’ by Selina SIAK Chin Yoke (surname is SIAK)
‘The Notes Play On’ by Shirley Golden
‘What I'll Do to Be In Love With You’ by Simon Sylvester
‘The Law of Attraction in Action’ by Sonya Oldwin
‘The Bedroom Tax’ by Susan Howe
‘The Visitors From Out of Town’ by Tim Stevenson
‘Vinegar’ by Tracey Upchurch
Plus, of course, the winners of the micro-fiction competition:
‘Never Let Me Go’ by Cathy Lennon
‘Night-time Knitting’ by Roz Mascall
‘If Kissed by a Dragon Fish’ by Tania Hershman
‘Dare’ by Simon Sylvester
‘The Star Falling’ by Morgan Downie
‘Sintra’ by Parineeta Singh
‘The Sponge Diver’ by Danielle McLaughlin
‘Peppermint’ by Jennifer Harvey
‘The Invisible Girl’ by Karl A Russell
‘4am’ by Angi Holden
 It was, as ever, a really tough job choosing the stories, and our thanks go out to all of you who submitted. If you didn't make it, chances are it's not because it wasn't good enough, but because we could only fit 50 stories and so we had to make some hard decisions. Best of luck to you all in placing your stories elsewhere, and congratulations to those who made it!
In other news, we have had a slew of events come in which we need to tell you about. They are all listed on our site at, but here are the highlights so far:
June 14th 2014 - Bournemouth
Quick as a Flash Slam! 2014
June 14th 2014 - Abergavenny
Write and Read Event
Writing live at 2.30 and 3.30. Write for 15 minutes, then read your work. Free admission. 
June 21st 2014 - Bristol
Bristol Flash 2014 - National Flash-Fiction Day Workshop - Daytime
and Bristol Flash 2014 - National Flash-Fiction Day Readings - Evening
June 21st 2014 - ONLINE
Fish Facebook Flash 2014 - National Flash-Fiction Day Competition
June 21st 2014 - Dublin, Ireland
FLASH FURY 2014 - National Flash-Fiction Day Readings and Competition
June 21st 2014 - Oxford
The Albion Beatnik 2014 national Flash-Fiction Day Reading Event
June 23rd 2014 (closing date) - Online
Twisted Tales Competition
July 8th 2014 - Manchester
Flashtag Writers Short Short Story Slam
If you have an event we haven't listed, or want to set something up quickly - a competition or pop-up journal or something - then please make sure you let us know, and we'll tell the world. 
There will, of course, be other goodies. We're going to be running FlashFlood again, so look out for that. We want to see if we can get the full 144 stories!
Also, on the day, we'd like flash-fiction writers who have Kindle editions to consider offering their books for free. Our older anthologies will be available (as will a selection of my own books!). So, if you would like to join in, send us a link to your book and we'll make sure the world knows about it.
And, if there's anything else you think of, just drop us a line.
As we get closer to the day it would be great if you could spread the word about all these activities, as well as our Facebook page and ourTwitter feed, and please do get involved in one of the events to make this another fantastic day!
Right, that's it for now. So go and sign up for something, set something up, send us an event, send us a book link for our Kindle offer, or whatever flashy thing you fancy, and I'll be back in touch when we have more news on anything.
It's getting quite exciting now, isn't it?!
All the best
Calum Kerr
Director, National Flash-Fiction Day
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Well, hello there! 

Hope you're having a sunny day today, and looking forward to the summer and to the 3rd National Flash-Fiction Day on 21st June.
We have some updates for you today on our anthology, some competitions, some events, and some other opportunities. But to start off, I want to point out to you that it's now just 6 weeks until the big day, so if you are planning something, it's time to get the details to us so we can spread the word and get you as much attention as possible. All details, questions, suggestions etc. to us here at this address, and we'll try and get back to you as soon as we can. 
Okay, with that said, let's start with our anthology. We are accepting submissions until 18th May, stories should be 500 words maximum and on the subject of 'the senses' however you might like to interpret that. All selected contributors will receive a free print copy of the book. Full details are at and it would be extremely helpful if you could spread the word and keep spreading it up to the deadline, so we can get as many great stories as possible and make this year's book as exciting as Jawbreakers and Scraps
As promised, we also have some competitions and opportunities for you:
Winchester Writers' Festival is running a whole host of competitions, including a flash-fiction one being judged by yours truly. The closing date is 16th May. Full details at
The Twisted Tales collection is running again ( looking for stories between 350 and 750 words, with a closing date of 23rd June. 
And if you happen to be in New Zealand, they are running a competition for their NFFD at
Not a competition, but Brilliant Flash Fiction Mag are looking for your stories over at
And, in a turn around, we have someone looking for an opportunity which you might be able to help with. Australian Flash-Fictioneer Richard Holt will be in the UK for the day this year. He has created a flash-fiction video piece (titled 'Flashing the Square') and is wondering about the possibility of somewhere with public screens being willing to show it on the day. So if you can help, or know someone who can, please get in touch with us and we'll put you through to Richard.
On the day, we currently have two events being organised:
Oxford - Albion Beatnik Bookshop are hosting an evening reading event, organised by Virginia Moffat. More details from her at
And we are once again having our main event in Bristol. More details to follow once we have them, but if you can make it, it would be great to see you there.
And, while I'm on, other flash-fiction things you might be interested in:
I will be doing a workshop at Wigan Literary Festival on 24th May - followed by a panel on getting your work out there. Details at
Plus I will be doing a workshop as part of the Winchester Writers' Festival on the day after NFFD. Details at
And that's it for the moment. So, if you have news for us, or questions, then please get in touch. Otherwise, please spread the word about the anthology and our events, and let's make this year's NFFD another great success.
All the best
Calum Kerr
Director, National Flash-Fiction Day
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Hello everyone!

Welcome to the first Bulletin of 2014. I hope you are all keeping well and your flash-fiction activities have been running smoothly since we last spoke.
This will be a quick message, as we are just starting to gear up for getting ready for this year's day. However we do have a few messages, and a call for entries to our annual Micro-Fiction competition.
First, I need to direct you to our new website ( It's similar to the old - the same information - but with a shiny new look courtesy of a new logo from Charlotte Henson Design ( and a whole new site courtesy of Tim Stevenson. Many, many thanks to them both. 
Second is, of course, to tell you that the date for this year's NFFD will be Saturday 21st June, so it's time to start planning your event and thinking about what you will do to celebrate this year's day. Send us your information as soon as you have it, and we'll list it on the site.
And, of course, that is true for anything else that you think we need to list on the site - flash-fiction magazines and websites, new authors, or whatever. Please send it through and we will add it and spread the word.
Finally for this bulletin, and the item you have all been waiting for, it's time to announce that we are now open to submissions for this year's Micro-Fiction competition. The word limit is, once again, 100 words, and the closing date is Sunday 9th March, so you have a little over a month to get us your stories. Full details are on the website at
Prizes will once again be supplied by our sponsors, Salt Publishing, Comma Press and Gumbo Press, and we have an illustrious panel of judges comprising: Carys Bray, Cathy Bryant, Kevlin Henney, Jonathan Pinnock, Angela Readman and Tim Stevenson. 
You will notice that this year we have had to introduce a charge for entering the competition. This decision was not taken lightly, but it has been necessary in order to fund the activities of NFFD, not least the production of our now traditional anthology. We have, however, done our best to keep the cost to a minimum (and lower than many other similar competitions) and we promise not to squander the money on sweets and fizzy pop. Payments are via PayPal, but if you don't have an account with them, you can still use an ordinary credit or debit card. Of course, if you have any problems, please do get in touch.
And that's it for now. Go and have a look at the new site, get thinking about what you are going to do for the day, and start sending us your micro-fictions, we can't wait to read them!
More soon, as and when we have it. Until then, be well.
All best
Calum Kerr

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Hello everyone,

Well, things are moving on apace, as ever, and we are now less than 2 months from this year's day. So, if you are planning on holding an event, reading, workshop, or other on or around the Day, then it's time to get organising and send the details over to us so we can spread the word. 
At the moment we're gathering information, ready to do a large update to the website, so if you have something please do send it across. This also applies if you are a writer and would like to update your info, or want to be added, or maybe you represent an organisation/magazine/project and would like a listing. Whatever it is, we want to know so we can share it with everyone else.
With regard to the website, it got a little bit of a facelift earlier this year as a temporary measure. We'd like to do some more work with it so if you are a web-design-person, or know one, and would be willing to donate some time to improving our look, please do get in touch. Thank you!
In other news, we recently ran the FlashFlood journal and published a huge stream of wonderful stories. If you missed it, they are all still online at
And, if you were following that, it's possible you missed our other announcements that came out on the same day: 
First, we announced the winners of our micro-fiction competition. You can read the list of finalists, and their stories, here:
We also sent out our call for submissions for this year's anthology, closing date of 17th May, full details on the website at: Please spread the details of this,so we can get as many submissions as possible. 
And, of course, that request goes for all of the things we do. It's your participation that will make National Flash-Fiction Day a success, so please spread the website address, Facebook page ( and Twitter feed ( with anyone who might be interested. 
And now, the really interesting things. There are already flash-things afoot, some for the Day, some just because, and you can get involved in any or all of them:
The Lightship One Page competition, judged by yours truly, closes tomorrow, so you still have time to enter if you want to.
And they have a flash-fiction competition, being judged by the wonderful Etgar Keret, closing in June.
The Bristol Prize for short stories also closes tomorrow, at, so enter now!
And Kath Kerr's yearlong flash-fiction project, MrsFlash365 also finishes tomorrow, with the 365th story. If you haven't seen it, now's your time to check it out.
To help you get ready for NFFD, I am once again running my online flash-fiction course, starting on May 7th, full details at
1000words, the image based publication, is once again open for submissions until 24th May:
Bridport are running their competition again, which closes on 31st May
And if you are in New Zealand, don't forget to submit to the NZ-NFFD competition, closing date 31st May.
Raging Aadvark are once again running their Twisted Tales anthology, with a closing date of 7th July.
Spry, is a new literary journal which also publishes flash, so why not have a read of their first issue and consider sending them something
Flashpoints, the site-specific flash-fiction project launched for last year's day, is still ongoing. Please do check it out at and why not head out into the world and write them a story?
And finally, we have our first fully confirmed event for the Day itself, which will be held at the Shrewsbury Coffeehouse on Wednesday 19th June at 7.00pm. More info at:

That's it for now, but I think that's plenty to keep you busy! Remember to plan your event and send the information over to us, and we'll see you soon!
All best

Hello all,

Well, as you have hopefully noticed, today is a busy day here at NFFD Towers as we launch ourselves for this year's Day - just 2 months away!
We have a FlashFlood journal running, publishing over a hundred flash-fictions across the day ( 
And we have also announced the winners of the micro-fiction competition over on our website ( and blog ( 
We had also hoped to brag about all the other things in pipeline, but we are currently having to reapply for funding, and attempt to source other funds to do the things we want to do. (If you have any ideas, please do send them through!) 
But we're not going to let that stop us though, and NFFD2013 moves on apace. Over the next week we are going to be updating the website with new author bios and details of events and competitions. So, if you haven't already, please send through the details of what you are planning,and we'll add them to the site.
Alternatively, if you haven't yet thought about what you plan to do, then now is the time to start. Last year we had competitions, workshops, readings, slams, flash-mobs and loads more, so get your thinking/organising caps on and let us know all about them.
We are also going to launch the 'International' part of the Day, so if you are outside the UK and wish to organise an event wherever you are, please let us know all about it.
We are also pleased to open our call for submissions for this year's anthology. Last year we asked for one word stories, this year we're changing it a little and asking for pieces which have been inspired in some way by other works of art - stories, books, films, music, art, photographs etc. The word limit is 500 and the deadline is May 17th. Submissions are welcome from all over the world. Full details can be found here:
And that's it for now, except to thank you for all your hard work, and to encourage you to keep spreading the word about NFFD. Without your support and engagement, the day wouldn't happen. 
Until next time,
All the best


Hello everyone,
Just a quick update from NFFD Towers about a couple of opportunities and some of the things which are happening over here.

First of all, as you probably saw, we clarified the guidelines on the micro-fiction competition, confirming that you can submit more than one piece (though we’ll only let you win once!). To give you time to send those stories in, we extended the deadline, which is now midnight (UK time) on Monday 18th March, so you still have nearly a week to get your stories to us. We have also updated the page with details of the fabulous prizes. Full details can be found here:
In other news, we have submitted our application to the Arts Council in the hope that they will once again support the day. However, just in case, and to ensure that we can keep the website up and running and will be able to produce another anthology for this year, we are dipping our toes into the world of crowd-funding. Our page is up at and if you could support us we would be immensely grateful! You also get something for your money, so check out the possible rewards (including the chance to have a bespoke story pamphlet crafted by yours truly!)
Even if you don’t want to send us a story and aren’t in a position to support our funding, it would be great if you could share the two links above, plus some details, on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, your blog, or wherever else you think it might reach other interested people. Thank you!
Also, as promised, there are some opportunities we need to tell you about.

First, we have an international call for submissions from Flash Frontier for their April issue. The theme is high tide and the deadline is March 31. Send your 250-word stories to, along with a brief bio. More submissions info here

Second is also international, and comes to use from Raging Aardvark Publications for their Twisted Tales Flash Fiction anthology. The closing date is Midnight (Australian EST) 7th of July 2013. More details are here: and 2012's Twisted Tales is on Amazon if you want to have a look.
And, that’s it for the moment. There are plenty of plans afoot, but none that can be revealed just yet. Remember to keep spreading the word about NFFD2013, telling people to sign up for this mailing list and to join our Facebook page ( and plotting and planning those events and competitions for the day.

As usual, any queries and questions can be sent here (though, be warned, there is a backlog, so it might take a little while to hear back), and we love to hear from you.

Take care,

Calum Kerr

Director, National Flash-Fiction Day


Dear All,

Well, can you believe that it's been 14 weeks since National Flash-Fiction Day? That's more than one quarter of a year. And do you know what means? It means that it's time to start thinking about next year!

So, here's where we are at the moment:
First, we are looking at moving the date back a little, towards the shortest day, in June. Partly this is logistical and partly, well... the SHORTEST day... you know? We'll let you know the exact date as soon as we've organised it.
Also, following on from the interest from other countries in this year's NFFD we will also be aiming to make it a much more international event and spread the flash-fiction word around the world. If you're outside the UK and want to get involved, please get in touch.
For the new year we will be revamping the website, updating the content and hopefully adding some new features. If you, or anyone you know, knows how to build/maintain websites - in particular using something like WordPress or a similar Content Management System - please do drop me a line as we could really do with your help!

On the day itself, and in the lead up, we will be aiming to do some similar activities to those that we did this year - including another anthology if the funding is in place - but we also want new events and activities to make it even bigger and better. So, time to get your thinking caps on and come up with some possibilities. Email me with your ideas and I'll start cataloguing them.
Speaking of funding, we are hoping to be able to secure the support of the Arts Council once again, but alternative sources would also be of real help. So, if you are in a position to sponsor the day, or know someone who is, or any bodies that we really should apply to, please get in touch and let us know.
All of the events of NFFD2012 couldn't have been done without the help of hundreds of you who pitched in on the day. We hope you will be able to help out again next year, but NFFD is one of those cases where more is definitely merrier. So, do please keep spreading the word about our Facebook page (at, our Twitter account (@nationalflashfd), our blog ( and, of course, this mailing list!
And finally, to keep your appetite whetted, here are some things of note for you:
I'm sure there are many other events and activities going on, so if you are up to anything, be sure to let us know and we will spread the word for you. In the meantime, get your thinking caps on, and let's start looking forward to next year's bigger, brighter and better Flash-Fiction Day!
All the best, and happy rest-of-the-summer.


Calum Kerr
Director, National Flash-Fiction Day
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Hello again, everyone,

Not a full bulletin for you today, but just bringing you up to date with what's happening and some events you might be interested in.
  • We are also currently planning to hold a launch in Bristol later in the year, with possibly a London one to follow. But if you have a friendly bookshop or other venue near you which would be ideal for a launch, do please get in touch and we'll organise something.
  • NFFD has snuck it's way into the Worcestershire Literary Festival this year and I have been judging a competition for them. The winners will be announced and I will be talking, reading and selling/signing books there, and it would be great to see you if you can make it. Details here:
  • AND, as if that wasn't enough, I shall also be reading and talking NFFD at the Summer Wordfest held by the Vale Royal Writers Group and Dead Good Poets Society of Liverpool. It's held at the Blue Cap pub in Sandiway on Tuesday 26th June. (
  • If you'd rather write than listen, don't forget we still have open competitions listed on our site at And, we are now putting together some hasty plans for a way to help celebrate New Zealand's NFFD which is being held on 22nd June (the shortest day in the Southern Hemisphere). We have an idea brewing, but if you think of something that would be ideal, please send over your idea.
  • And it doesn't end there. This is a busy summer for the short story with International Short Story Day occurring on 20th June ( A number of events will be happening, including the collaborative creation of short stories, against the clock and team against team.( I'm exteremely happy to be part of the UK team along with 5 other wonderful writers including NFFD writer Sarah Hilary (aka Sarah Frost Mellor) and Stella Duffy. So, do keep your eyes on that one.
And, I think, for now, that's about it. I'll keep you up to date as best I can over the coming weeks and months, and there will be updates to the website and blog posts and all the usual stuff. So, have a great summer, and keep flashing!
All the best

Calum Kerr
Director, National Flash-Fiction Day
National Flash-Fiction Day 2012 is proud to be funded by Arts Council England