Saturday, 24 June 2017

Happy National Flash-Fiction Day 2017!

Hello everyone,

Yes, it's here again. This is the sixth National Flash-Fiction Day (and they said it wouldn't last). 

As ever, there are a number of events happening all over the UK and beyond, details of which you can read on our website at

Earlier in the year, we ran our micro-fiction competition, and you can read the winning stories at

We also took submissions for our anthology, Sleep is a Beautiful Colour, which you can now buy online at Amazon in both paperback and kindle versions. The book also includes all the competition winners, as well as wonderful stories from some of the best flash-fictioneers in the world. 

The anthology will also be on sale at the launch, this evening, as part of the UK's first ever Flash-Fiction Literary Festival, in Bath. Details about that are online at

And, last but not even a little bit least, we are once again flooding the internet with flash-fiction with our FlashFlood. You can read the stories as they appear on our blog ( but also through our Facebook and Twitter feeds. And, don't worry, the stories will remain on the blog after tomorrow, along with over 1000 stories from previous issues.

Once again, it will be a massive day to celebrate the smallest prose fictions, and thanks must go to all who help organise the day, and all of you for your support in writing and reading and taking part in the day.

Special thanks to my co-Director Tino Prinzi, without whom the day wouldn't have happened. 

And that's enough of me. The Flood is now flooding, the day is unfolding before you. So go forth and Flash!

Calum Kerr

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Cover Reveal!

Welcome to Sleep is a Beautiful Colour: National Flash Fiction Day 2017 Anthology, edited by Santino Prinzi and Meg Pokrass.

We are currently very busy proofreading the anthology, and the feedback from our proofreaders has been outstanding! They're all very excited about this anthology, as are we, and we hope you are too! We'll let you know when the anthology is available to purchase.

For the full line-up of authors and their flashes, see the list below:

Robert ScotellaroA Sky Full of Ghosts
Catherine EdmundsMolly and the Toe-rag
Simon SylvesterSoup Stone
Sandra ArnoldThe Quick and the Dead
Heather McQuillanIridescence
James CoffeyClose Encounters
Victoria RichardsAino Yehudi 
Kevlin HenneyDIY
Sophia HolmeRehabilitation
Joy MannéStabbed
Robert LopezInto My Own Parade
Mary Lynn ReedThe Thieves Are Coming. They Are Taking It All
Jonathan TaylorNot a Horror Story
Jenny WoodhouseStepping Out
Steven MossGabriel
Peter WortsmanBliss Street
Sharon TelferNever Going to Fall for Modern Love
Marie GethinsUnseen
Bobbie Ann MasonThe Girl in Purple
Conor HoughtonThe Great Forgotten Language
Rupert DasturIt All Ends
Tim StevensonA Thousand Years
Miranda KateFriends
Nuala Ní ChonchúirBunnahabhain
Michael LovedayLet Them Know Me By My Teeth
Lex WillifordHorsewhip
Sophie RosenblumA Terrier’s Limits
Mark Connors
Gary Duncan
Free Hugs
Steve TuffinThe Sun on the Dash
Diane SimmonsDancing Partners
Gary PowellMissing
Rachael DunlopTeeter, Totter, Tattle-Tale
Gay DeganiAnamnesis
Helen RyeSleep Is A Beautiful Colour
Christopher M DrewThe Fisher King
David O’NeillTin Can Phones
Stuart DybekFog
David StewardTwenty-Five Seconds
Nod GhoshExactly the Way You Are
Matthew Thorpe-ColesIt’s M.E., Not You
Megan CrosbieBig Responsibilities
Joanna CampbellBreathing
Danielle McLaughlinLet Robot Lawnmower Work. Enjoy Your Life!
Sophie van LlewynThe Skirt
Erica Plouffe LazureOn The Way Out
Pamela PainterVacation Dog
Clare PoldersSwing State
Paul CurrionHappiness
Calum KerrWho Came?
Zoe MurdockLiving Alone with Derrida
Meg PokrassTenders
Anne SummerfieldOn the Track You Tasted Blue
Etgar KeretThe Most
Judy DarleyFascinate
Angela ReadmanLegs in the Air, We Think about Spring
Anna Nazarova-EvansThe Boy at a London Bus Stop Who Took 
My Photograph in the Summer of 1999
Santino PrinziThey Keep Calling My Ex-Husband Brave
Judi WalshCarousel
Lindsay FisherHow Traveller Boys Love
Ingrid JendrzejewskiThe Complete and Incomplete Works of Lydia Davis
Jason JacksonAna and Jose-Ramon
Robert ShapardWeather Girl
KM ElkesThe Way We Lie
Jane DugdaleMilk and Money
Claudia SmithStartled
Kirsty CowanMrs Livingstone’s Artist
Adam TroddI Am My Own David Attenborough
Jude HigginsThere’s No Such Thing as a Fish
2017 National Flash-Fiction Day Micro Competion Winners
Brianna SnowFifth Grade
Stephanie HuttonGeology of a Girl
Sherry MorrisAs Liquid is Poured
Catherine EdmundsBrave
Sally SysonMermaids
Kayla PongracFireflies in the Backyard
Sacha WaldronFawn
Jennifer HarveyMango
Christina TaylorThe In-Between Hour
Alison WassellThe Smoking Circle