Tuesday, 12 March 2013

NFFD2013 Bulletin 12/03/13

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: http://nationalflashfictionday.co.uk/competitions.html

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 http://www.sponsume.com/project/national-flash-fiction-day-2013 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 flashfrontier@gmail.com, 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: https://ragingaardvarkpublications.submittable.com/submit and 2012's Twisted Tales is on Amazon if you want to have a look. http://www.amazon.com/Twisted-Tales-Flash-Fiction-twist/dp/0987138383/

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 (https://www.facebook.com/nationalflashfictionday) 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