22 JUNE 2016 – National Flash Fiction Day

NFFD_Type_Quill_logoJune 22, 2016 is our shortest day of the year — and the day we know and love as National Flash Fiction Day.

The competition this year ran February 1 – April 30. The 2016 judges were Elizabeth Smither and James Norcliffe.

The Long List, Short List and Winners can be found on our Competition page, and all winning stories will be published in the July special issue of Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction. Winners were announced this year at three main events in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. In 2016 Regional Awards were sponsored by the NZ Society of Authors branches in Auckland, Canterbury, Hamilton, Northland, Otago and Wellington. A special Northland Flash Fiction event was held Sunday, June 26, in Kawakawa.

This year, we also ran the second annual Micro Madness series, in which 22 micros were selected for inclusion, and three winners were selected from the 22 finalists. All 22 stories and winners can be found here.

Also this year, something newer and even shorter: Tiny Tales, which included stories of 250 characters — that’s characters, not words! Another international series, posted here.

More news and updates, including other publications and competitions involving New Zealand writers of compressed fiction, can be found on our Flash New page.



National Flash Fiction Day is New Zealand’s celebration of the shortest form of fiction writing, on the shortest day of the year. See the Competition page for 2016 results.


The 2012-15 competitions were great successes with approximately 300 entries each year. 2016 was a banner year, with over 500 submissions.

You can find the winners from previous years by clicking on the tabs at the top of the page. And you can read them, published at Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction. See the Archives page for links. 


NFFD in the media

NZ Herald, 25 June 2016 Heather McQuillan‘s winning story featured.

Flash on the radio! Sam Averis and Nod Ghosh read their NFFD short-listed stories;Brindi Joy discusses NFFD 2016 with Morrin Rout and reads her Micro Madness. Plains FM.

The Sunday Star Times, 14 June 2015 (click on the link for article)

Plains FM Radio, 16 June 2015 Morrin Rout talks with James Norcliffe and Nod Ghosh about the fine art of flash, NFFD, Flash Fiction International and the events scheduled in Christchurch. Go here to listen

Radio New Zealand, 21 June 2015 — interview with Eileen Merriman and Nod Ghosh, the creatives behind the Micro Madness series at NFFD this year. Plus other micros read on the radio by participants in last year’s month of mad micro fun, Patrick Pink, Sally Houtman and Heather McQuillan. Go here for the programme and schedule.



National Flash Fiction Day celebrates each year with prize-giving ceremonies and presentations by the judges as well as readings key flash all across Aotearoa.  Our three main events will take place take place each year simultaneously in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington, on June 22. Details about 2016 events are posted on our  Events page. 

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In 2012, Radio New Zealand Arts on Sunday hosted a discussion of National Flash Fiction Day and flash fiction in general to help launch the inaugural event. You can hear the radio interview and hear some flash fiction on the Radio NZ website.

And this was one of Radio NZ’s most popular podcasts in 2012 — so thank you to Radio NZ, listeners and flash fiction fans!



National Flash Fiction Day is an organisation run by volunteers in the writing and business community who believe that some of the best things come in small packages.

Margaret Cahill is a freelance editor based in Kerikeri. Her expertise includes assessing and editing books for children and young adults. Margaret worked for many years as an editor at Learning Media Limited, where she had responsibility for editing a range of children’s series from the ‘My Feelings’ series for Early Childhood Education to the ‘Connected series on science, mathematics, and technology. She also edited a broad range of materials for teachers. She edited A Nest of Singing Birds, a history of the New Zealand School Journal which won the reference and anthology section of the 2008 Montana Book Awards.

Michelle Elvy is a writer, editor and manuscript assessor based in the Bay of Islands. She edits at Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction and Blue Five Notebook. Her first online project was the acclaimed 52|250 A Year of Flash. Michelle has published poetry, fiction, travel writing and creative nonfiction in numerous print and online magazines. She is Assistant Editor of the international and acclaimed Best Small Fictions series (Queens Ferry Press) and was an associate editor of Flash Fiction International (W W Norton, 2015) and has guest edited at Smokelong Quarterly. Michelle lives on her sailboat Momo, named after the novel by Michael Ende. More at michelleelvy.com.

Raised and educated in Dubai and Scotland, Katherine Honeyman completed her education in New Zealand and returned to the United Kingdom where she worked with the newly established World Association of Nuclear Operators in London. Her role included liaison between Moscow, Atlanta, Paris and Tokyo regional centres and management of the WANO inaugural meeting in Moscow. Katherine then assisted Grant Dalton, Skipper and CEO  of ‘New Zealand Endeavour’, in preparations for the Round the World Yacht Race then pursued her career in film and television as a production executive with South Pacific Pictures. The family moved to Fiji for several years and following the coup and returned home in 2007. Art, literature and animal welfare remain her passions.

Frankie McMillan is the author of The Bag Lady’s Picnic and other stories and two poetry collections:Dressing for the Cannibals and There are no horses in heaven; her work has also appeared in the 2008 and 2009 Best NZ Fiction anthologies as well as Flash Fiction International. Winner of the 2015 Ursula Bethell writing residency at Canterbury University, Frankie judged the NFFD competition in 2014 and was the national competition winner in 2013 and 2015 (last year taking 1st and 3rd prize). Currently she is working on a book of small narrative forms.

Eileen Merriman (see bio below — Central Committee and City Chair, Auckland)

James Norcliffe has published a collection of short stories, eight collections of poetry, and several award-winning novels for young people His most recent book for young people is Felix and the Red Rats (Longacre/Random)released in 2012. He had a long time involvement with Takahē magazine and has edited anthologies of poetry and of writing by young people. He is poetry editor for the Christchurch Press. James has been awarded writing fellowships both in NZ and overseas including the Burns Fellowship, the IWP / Iowa Residency, and residencies in Hobart, Massey University and Otago University College of Education. He publishes poetry widely internationally and regularly reads at festivals and occasions throughout NZ and overseas. He is editor at Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction.


Eileen MerrimanAuckland: Eileen Merriman

Eileen Merriman’s work has been published or is forthcoming in Flash Frontier, Smokelong Quarterly, Literary Orphans, The Island Review, the 2015 Bath Short Story Anthology, Blue Five Notebook, the Sunday Star Times and others. She was awarded second prize in the 2015 Bath Flash Fiction award, and third place in both the 2014 and 2015 Sunday Star Times Short Story Competitions.

Christchurch: Brindi Joy

Brindi JoyBrindi Joy has lived in Seattle, Denver, New Orleans and currently Christchurch, where she makes the most of the mountains and the sea. Her fiction has appeared in Landfall, JAAM, Sweet As: Contemporary New Zealand Short Stories, the Christchurch Press, Flash Frontier and Takahē. Brindi was the Canterbury Regional Winner in the 2012 National Flash Fiction Day Award. This is her third year supporting the Canterbury Flash Fiction Day event.

Wellington: Kate Mahony

Kate Mahony NFFD photo 2Kate Mahony’s short fiction been published in literary journals and anthologies  both in New Zealand and overseas.  ‘The Journey’ received an Honorary Mention in the 2015 Fish Publishing (Ireland) Short Story Competition, ‘Regrets’ was long-listed in the 2015 Fish Publishing (Ireland) Flash Fiction Competition, ‘Rumours’ was long-listed in the 2015 New Zealand Flash Fiction Day competition and ‘Parallel Events’ was long-listed in the 2015 Bridport (UK) short story competition.  She features as Guest Author in the current Takahē magazine (Issue 86), and a flash fiction,  ‘1944: The Polish Kids’, appears in Thanks Mum, a compilation of Mother’s Day messages published by Penguin Random House New Zealand. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University, Wellington. Kate lives in Wellington.



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