National Flash Fiction Day 2013

One of my favourite events of 2012 was National Flash Fiction Day, the first of its kind in the UK. It was such a great success that they’re doing it all over again this year. The main date to remember is 22nd June, but keep an eye on the web site for details of competitions, deadlines, and associated events.

Already listed: details of the NFFD2013 100-word competition, free entry, with a closing date of March 8th.

Full details unravelling here:

Check the web site regularly for updates.


One month on: What happened to National Flash Fiction Day? What happened is that it was a great success, with events held all round the country and a gorgeous anthology produced in time for the event.

And I managed to get to the launch event in Southampton on Wednesday evening. First of all, it was great to catch up with Vanessa Gebbie and Sara Crowley. Secondly, it was lovely to meet, among others, Calum Kerr, organiser of the whole thing, and Holly Howitt. Thirdly, it was great to hear readings by Vanessa, Sara, Calum, Holly, Natalie Bowers (who manages the 1000words site) and others. Calum even managed to convince me to get up and read my little piece from the anthology, Fiver, and I’m pleased to say that it went down well. And the evening was really made by those people who turned up just to listen, so an enormous thank you goes out to them.

If you don’t already own a copy of Jawbreakers, you can find details on the NFFD site here:

and if you’re wired up you can download in Kindle format from Amazon for less than you’d pay for a cup of coffee in town:

It includes stories by a whole bunch of flash fiction writers, with contributions from Ali Smith and Ian Rankin.

So, National Flash Fiction Day has been a great success all round. The launch event was fantastic. Support around the country was fabulous. The anthology is brilliant. A massive well done goes out to Calum Kerr.

I’m already looking forward to next year.


National Flash Fiction Day Anthology

News today that I’ve had a story accepted for the National Flash Fiction Day anthology. Details available here:

and the main NFFD site is here:

My story, Fiver, will appear alongside pieces by several writer friends, including: Vanessa Gebbie, Sara Crowley, Tania Hershman, Alun Williams, Sarah Hilary, as well as pieces by Ali Smith and Ian Rankin. Congratulations to all authors appearing in the anthology, and many thanks to Calum Kerr and his team.

The anthology will be available next month.