Wednesday, June 05, 2013

National Flash Fiction Day June 22nd - Bristol and Beyond!

I wanted to let you know about a few things going on for this year's National Flash Fiction Day on Saturday June 22nd. First, to start with the question of what flash fiction is or might be, check out this wonderful article by Michelle Elvy in Awkword Papercut, with quotes from various writers, including me.

Then on to the day itself. Here in Bristol we have an afternoon of workshops (run by Yours Truly and by Calum Kerr, the brains behind NFFD!) and then an evening of readings by truly wonderful writers from Bristol, Oxford, Reading, Brighton and further! Here are the flyers:


If you simply can't make it to Bristol to join in the fun, then how about this, which you can join in with from the comfort of your blog?

The International Flash Fiction Day Blog Carnival and Competition
Deadline June 10th

 To enter, post a previously unpublished work of flash fiction (max 300 words, excluding title) on your own personal blog. Then: send the link to the story, the story text, a photo of yourself and a brief bio–all in the body of the email–to FLASH MOB 2013 ( by June 10. 

See The Contest Rules for complete information on how to enter. There is no fee to enter the competition. 

 * The Judges 
The competition will be judged by an international panel that includes Robert Vaughan (USA), Leah McMenamin (New Zealand), Marcus Speh (Germany) and Nuala Ni Chonchúir (Ireland). See the Judges page for more. 

* The Organizers 
The organizers represent various points on the globe, and work across timezones and font styles to bring this flash mob event to you. Christopher Allen does all that he does from Munich, Germany but edits for the daily literary ezine Metazen, which is actually run from Canada. Linda Simoni-Wastila resides in greater Baltimore, Maryland where she writes, professes, mothers, and gives a damn, and in her spare time serves as Senior Fiction Editor of JMWW. Michelle Elvy comes to us from New Zealand as editor of Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction and Blue Five Notebook, though her latitude and longitude change daily these days.

So now there's no excuse for not flashing....!


Tim Love said...

There'll also be (though they might later regret it) a one-day e-mail window at Stinging Fly - see

Michelle Elvy said...

So much happening, Tania! Thanks for all the links -- flash is in the air this month, to be sure. Good luck with all things happening in Bristol. We'll be celebrating in Auckland, too on June 22 -- our shortest day of the year.