Sunday 6 May 2018

Micro Fiction Competition and Food Anthology Announcements!

Good afternoon, flashers! 

We are now in our seventh year of National Flash Fiction Day! As always, both our micro fiction competition and annual anthology encourage hundreds of you to send us your best flashes, and this year was no different. Both competitions were incredibly fierce this year, but I can finally share with you all some news!

Micro Fiction Competition Shortlist

This year we had around 600 entries for our micro fiction competition, where we asked you to write a story of 100 words or fewer on any theme. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank our brilliant judges who had the rewarding but difficult task of whittling these 600 entries to a shortlist of just 24 stories: Angela Readman, Anne Patterson, Briana Snow, Ingrid Jendrzrjewski, Kevlin Henny, and Rob Walton. 

We'd also like to thank you all for submitting! 

Without further delay, here's this year's shortlisted authors and titles:

Alan Beard1990
Rachael DunlopA Nice Bit of Linoleum
Wes LeeConch
Amanda O'CallaghanDeath of a Friend
Lisa FerrantiFifth Grade
Carmen MarcusFirst Date
Catherine EdmundsForgetting, Remembering
Alison WoodhouseHome Fires
Victoria RichardsI remember her in espadrilles
Gaynor JonesLadybird, Ladybird
Elaine DillonLouise
Jan KaneenMy Teenage Son Defining Words Just Before I challenge his use of Possessive Pronouns
Jeanette DaviesPrimigravida at the Day Centre
Charmaine WilkersonPull
David CookRevenge, Via Handicrafts
Lucy GoldringSchool Run
Noa SivanSign Language
Clare O'BrienSuspension
Graham W. HendersonTen Minute IQ Test
Fiona J. MackintoshThe Birth of the Baptist
Shirl WeirThe Haves and the Have Nots
Jan KaneenThe Last Six Things I’ll Have Done by the Time You Wake up
Rebecca FieldThings I Never Saw Again After You Dumped Me By Text Message
Anita GroveasWhite Lies

Congratulations to all of our shortlisted authors! The judges have already chosen the winning stories, and a further announcement will be made once all of the scores have been collated. The winning and highly commended flashes will be published on our website and in this year's flash fiction anthology.

NFFD Food-themed Flash Fiction Anthology

Again, this year our anthology editors have had hundreds of incredible flashes to read and choose from, making selecting 50 stories for the anthology extremely enjoyable, but equally tricky. 

Myself and this year's co-editor, Alison Powell, challenged you all to write flashes of 500 words or fewer responding to the theme of Food, and were so spoilt for choice! There were numerous delicacies for us to sink our teeth into, and so many different responses to the theme. We feel that this anthology is going to be something really special.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Alison for all of her hard work in helping me choose our top 50 stories. 

And so, here are our anthology authors and their flashes:

Philip CharterThe Change
KM ElkesLate Blackberries
Nan WigingtonFamous Last Meals
Nuala O'ConnorSponge
J. E. KennedyAn Offering
Frankie McMillanThe Happy Eggs from Podomosky
Ingrid JendrzrjewskiOn the Wabash
Jude HigginsThe Ways of the Flesh
Alicia BakewellRipening
Joanna CampbellGingerbread
Nadia StoneYaya's Pips
Charlotte WührerShipwreck Feast
Diane SimmonsA Picnic in the Park
Sylvia PetterOysters
Judy DarleyCornish Gold
Sal PageA Fifteen Stone Woman, with a Six Stone Daughter Who Will Not Eat, Writes Shopping Lists
Christopher M DrewA Turn of the Tide
Sarah EvansThe Word Eater
E. P. ChiewFor the Love of a Bagel
Rachael DunlopBorder Line
Emily DevaneThe Apple Seekers
Anna RymerEight Weeks Old
Helen RyeMe ‘N’ Claudz Of A Friday Night Down The Chippy And The Oasis Bar
Emma HardingSay It with a Cake
Anne SummerfieldOnly Now Can I Think of All The Things I Should Have Said
Olga WojtasScottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Sophie van LlewynHi, Dad, How've You Been?
Sharon TelferCaramel Baby
Ioanna MavrouWeekends in Waianae
Gay DeganiTroy Mills
Jan KaneenSour
Sara ChansarkarMango Pulp
Claire PoldersA Tasting of European Chefs
Ros WoolnerMake a Wish
Stephanie HuttonNourishment
Jacqueline SavilleIt's Not Her
FJ MorrisThe Root of It
Damhnait MonaghanHabits
A. E. WeisgerberKnoxville
Poppy O'NeillThe Creator is Disturbed at Her Vanity
Jennifer HarveyThirteen
H Anthony HildebrandEwei
David CookThe Shock Of The New Breakfasts
Kymm CovenyPopcorn
Deborah MeltvedtFarmer's Market
Erica Plouffe LazureThe Italic
Laura PearsonNot Love, Not Carbohydrates
Gemma GovierBass Drums and Trumpets for Tea
TM UpchurchPlum Skin
Abi HynesHow to Eat a Grape

Congratulations to all of our authors! The full line-up with stories from guest authors will be announced at a later date, as well as the title and cover reveal!

Thank you all, as always, for supporting National Flash Fiction Day! We can't wait to announce the winners of the micro competition and to serve up our food-themed flash anthology!

Meanwhile, if you're planning an event for National Flash Fiction Day on or around Saturday 16th June, please don't hesitate to email us at with all of the details, and we'll help shout out about it! 

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