Monday, 27 August 2018

The Future of National Flash Fiction Day

On Saturday 16th June this year, National Flash Fiction Day celebrated its seventh year! NFFD was founded in 2012 by Calum Kerr, and since then we have published hundreds of flash fictions by hundreds of different authors across anthologies, FlashFlood, and other flashy projects! We’ve had numerous readings, launches, workshops, and other events around the country to celebrate flash fiction. This was all thanks to Calum, who decided that this year would be his last NFFD.
There are many ways to say thank you. When Calum stepped down, the future of NFFD was uncertain, but we believed that the best way to say thank you was to keep NFFD going. Flash fiction has truly blossomed across the U.K. and the world, and it wouldn’t feel right if NFFD disappeared.
It is truly exciting to be able to announce that two astounding flash fiction authors will be working alongside me to not only continue NFFD but to raise it to new heights.

Please allow me to formally introduce and welcome Ingrid Jendrzejewski and Diane Simmons as fellow Co-Directors of National Flash Fiction Day!

Ingrid Jendrzejewski studied creative writing and English literature at the University of Evansville, then physics at the University of Cambridge. Her work has been published in places like Passages North, The Los Angeles Review, Jellyfish Review, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine and The Conium Review, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Vestal Review’s VERA Award, and multiple times for Best Small Fictions. Her short-form work has won fifteen writing competitions including the Bath Flash Fiction Award and AROHO’s Orlando Prize. She serves as editor-in-chief of FlashBack Fiction and a flash editor at JMWW.  Links to Ingrid’s work can be found at and she tweets @LunchOnTuesday. 
Diane Simmons studied creative writing with the Open University. Her fiction has featured in a variety of anthologies and publications including Mslexia, New Flash Fiction Review, FlashBack Fiction, Flash I Love You (Paper Swans), To Carry Her Home (BFFA), The Lobsters Run Free (BFFA), Micro Madness, and six National Flash Fiction Day anthologies. She has been placed in numerous competitions such as NFFD micro, Writers’ Forum, Woman and Home, Ink Tears, Worcs Lit Fest, ITV’s This Morning/She, 99 Fiction and The Frome Festival and has been short or longlisted in competitions such as The Fish, Exeter Flash and the Bath Flash Fiction Award. Her recently completed novella-in-flash was long listed in the 2018 Bath Novella-in-Flash competition. Diane is part of the organising team for the UK Flash Fiction Festival, has been an editor for FlashFlood and for the last three years has been a reader for the Bath Short Story Award. Her debut flash collection Finding a Way will be published by Ad Hoc Fiction in early 2019.

Ingrid and Diane have already brought lots of new ideas, enthusiasm, and energy to NFFD, and this brings us on to National Flash Fiction Day 2019.
National Flash Fiction Day 2019

SAVE THE DATE! National Flash Fiction Day next year will be on Saturday 15th June 2019! We’re already planning and exploring lots of options for next year’s National Flash Fiction Day, and if you’d like to plan an event or volunteer in any way don’t hesitate to get in touch!
That said, this year’s fantastic anthology is still available to purchase in paperback and on Kindle.
This seventh annual instalment of the National Flash-Fiction Day (UK) anthology is overflowing with food-themed flashes. Satiate your hunger for fiction with these delicious stories by new and established flash fiction writers. The authors have cooked up a smorgasbord of entertaining, moving and tantalising flashes for your reading delight. From fudge to oysters, apples to mangoes, gingerbread to (of course!) cake, there’s something in this anthology for everyone to sink their teeth into.
Authors include: Tara Laskowski, Christopher Allen, Nancy Stohlman, Frankie McMillan, Meg Pokrass, Nuala O’Connor, Robert Scotellaro, Alison Powell, Kevlin Henney, Jude Higgins, Tim Stevenson, Angela Readman, Megan Giddings, Joanna Campbell, Diane Simmons, Ingrid Jendrzejewski, Calum Kerr, and Santino Prinzi.
The editors are Santino Prinzi and Alison Powell.
That's all for now, so we're going to leave you with a flash fiction from this year's FlashFlood! Here's a beautifully rhythmic flash called 'Breathe' by Kellie Carle: 

Thanks for reading!

Santino Prinzi
Co-Director of National Flash Fiction Day