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We love every piece we publish in the National Flash Fiction Day Anthology, but sadly we have to choose only a selection to nominate for awards.

Congratulations and good luck to this year's nominees!

Best Small Fictions

  • Behind Every Sign is a Story by James Burt
  • The Door by Vanessa Gebbie
  • Listening from the Outside by Lucy Goldring
  • Mum Tastes of Disappointment by Emily Devane
  • Safekeeping by Sarah Salway

Best Microfictions

  • Charlie Walker's Thirst by Nan Wigington
  • For You, I am by Alison Woodhouse
  • Great Sorrows are Mute by Gaynor Jones
  • Havasu Falls by Sara Hills

Pushcart Prize

  • Advent by Anne Summerfield
  • The Advent of Us by Mike Scott Thomson
  • Fire Escape by Rupert Dastur
  • For You, I am by Alison Woodhouse
  • The InterCity 125 from Weymouth by Jenny Woodhouse
  • Not her Child, Not Mine by Alison Powell

We are officially open for submissions for the 2020 National Flash Fiction Day Anthology and Microfiction Competition! 

Submissions will be open from 1 December 2019 to 15 February 2020.

We look forward to reading your words!

We are excited to announce that the theme for our 2020 National Flash Fiction Day Anthology is FAMILY.

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!

Anthology submissions are limited to 500 words (excluding title), but that is the only constraint.  We welcome submissions from anyone and everyone, around the world.

We will be open for submissions from 1 December 2019 to 15 February 2020.  Further details will be available on our Anthology Submissions page later this month.

Photograph of Sophie van LlewynWe are delighted to welcome Sophie van Llewyn to the National Flash Fiction Day team as this year's guest editor for the 2020 National Flash Fiction Day anthology.

She'll be joining NFFD Co-Director Ingrid Jendrzejewski in putting together this year's anthology of flash fiction from around the world.

We'll be announcing this year's theme in time for those of you participating in FlashNaNo projects this November, but in the meantime, you can get a better sense of Sophie's work by checking out Bottled Goods, her novella-in-flash that has been longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019 and for the Republic of Consciousness Prize.  You can also find links to her online publications on her website, sophievanllewyn.com.

Submissions for the 2020 NFFD Anthology will be open from 1 December 2019 to 15 February 2020.  Further details will be available on our Anthology Submissions page in November.

I’ve been a volunteer with National Flash Fiction Day since 2014, after I had my first ever flash fiction called ‘What We Do in Our Sleep’ published in the 2014 anthology Eating My Words. With each passing year I have taken on more and more responsibility, including co-editing the 2019, 2018, and 2017 anthologies and joining Calum Kerr as one of the co-directors. It has been a challenge, it has been rewarding, and it has been fun.

It goes without saying that National Flash Fiction Day means a lot to me, but there’s truth in the saying that you can sometimes have too much of a good thing. Some of you may already be aware of this, but I’m officially sharing that I’m having a fallow year.

Plans for National Flash Fiction Day 2020 are well underway, having been organised by my tremendous co-directors Diane Simmons and Ingrid Jendrzejewski. They’ll be running the show while I work on some exciting personal projects – including having a break! There will be more news about those soon…

My plan is to come back towards the end of 2020 when we’ll begin planning our 2021 celebrations, which will mark National Flash Fiction Day’s TENTH anniversary!

As always, thank you all for your continued support of NFFD. Without it, we couldn’t do what we do.

Santino Prinzi

National Flash Fiction Day 2019 is about to kick off on Saturday 15th June, and we can think of no better way to get excited than to reveal this year's anthology title, cover, and full line up!

Introducing...
And We Pass Through: National Flash Fiction Day Anthology 2019

Knock, knock. Who's there? It must be the eight annual instalment of the National Flash Fiction Day (UK) anthology. This year, we're teeming with all kinds of stories about all kinds of doors, both physical and metaphorical. From advent calendars to Roman Gods, to crazy car chases and curse-sewn wedding dresses, pass through the open door with us to this wild and stirring anthology.

Edited by Santino Prinzi and Joanna Campbell

The title of this year's anthology is borrowed from an evocative story by Joy Manné, and this year's beautiful cover artwork has been created by our artist-in-residence, Jeanette Sheppard.

We're expecting the copies of the anthology to arrive from the printers very soon, so it won't be long before you'll be able to buy the anthology from our bookshop and dive in! The eBook will be soon to follow. If you have Goodreads, you can now add And We Pass Through to your Want to Read list!

We're now thrilled to share the complete contents of this year's anthology, which include special guest flashes from guest authors and the NFFD team, as well as our winning micros from our annual micro fiction competition:

Santino Prinzi MDF
Diane Simmons Odette
Ingrid Jendrzjewski Doors I Have Known, Abridged
Joanna Campbell And then
Judy Darley Skip Diving
Jeanette Sheppard The Algebra of Bones
Kevlin Henney Board in the Library
Angela Readman Sleeping with Our Eyes Open
Susmita Bhattacharya The Behavioural Pattern of a Thunderstorm
Vanessa Gebbie The Door
David Swann Crustaceans Are People Too
Meg Pokrass Barista
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
Nancy Ludmerer Complicity
Rachael Dunlop Dancing with The Doors
Agnieszka Studzinska 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 Being Sharks
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 Q 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
A B 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
Jo 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)
Alison Woodhouse For you, I am
Sara Hills Havasu Falls
Nan Wigington Charlie Walker's Thirst
Gaynor Jones Great Sorrows Are Mute
Su Yin Yap Nil by Mouth
Michelle Christophorou His Name was Ash
Elaine Mead Last Night I Saved a Moth from Drowning
Claire Boot Three Strangers
James Burt Behind Every Sign is a Story
Hollie Monhemius Lists

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...But be quick!  Submissions are only open for a week, closing on 9 May 2019 at 23:59 BST (22:59 UTC).

The aim is simple: wherever you are in the world, we want your best flash fictions. The word limit is 500 words, but that's the only rule. Send us any subject, any genre, any style, any perspective...anything as long as it's flash!

All accepted stories will be published online at Flash Flood on National Flash Fiction Day, 15 June 2019 from 00:01 to 23:59 BST.  This year, we've got some slots reserved for unpublished writers, and we're also nominating for awards such as Best Small Fictions, Best of the Net, and the Pushcart Prize.

Our guidelines have changed this year, so please have a read over our shiny new submission guidelines before you send your work.  If you'd like, you can also read about this year's editors.

We look forward to reading your words!

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.

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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!

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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.