National Flash Fiction Day

National Flash Fiction Day 2024

Welcome to the 2024 NFFD competition!

See below for general information, judges, how to submit and competition rules.

Prizes:

  • First: $1000
  • Second: $400
  • Third: $200

Submissions guidelines and entry rules are below.

Judges

The 2024 judges for the national competition are award-winning writers Lynn Jenner and Rachel O’Neill.

A good flash piece is a tickle, a pinch or a slap, and leaves the mind tingling.  Poetry can do that too, but more through surprising use of words, than through plot or an unseen ending.

P S Cottier 

Flash fiction – a rooster running this way and that, his red comb lighting small fires in the woods.

Frankie McMillan

The best stories are those where the reader is made immediately but implicitly aware that something else is going on here. These stories are artful, but so well crafted, so cleverly understated, that the reader becomes irresistibly engaged with the story.

Graeme Lay

Writing flash fiction is like riding a wobbly unicycle between suggestion and explanation, between innuendo and a slap in the face, between compression and deflation, between rabbit and hat, between poetry and prose. Writing it successfully, is negotiating a tiny circuit without falling off.

James Norcliffe

Short on words but long on depth, flash fiction stings like good poetry. Punchy, succinct and surprising, the best flash stories shift the reader’s heart but they also keep it beating hard.

Nuala Ni Chonchuir

There’s hardly any form  that offers so much fun among so many challenges and at the same time teaches you so much about life.

Elizabeth Smither
Lynn Jenner

Lynn Jenner

Lynn Jenner is a Northland-based writer and teacher of poetry, essays and creative non-fiction. Lynn has a particular interest in genre-bending writing. In 2023 Lynn’s poetry appeared in Landfall 246, Turbine Kapohau and The Spinoff. All three of Lynn’s published books use fragments and juxtaposition to create a narrative. Dear Sweet Harry (AUP 2010) won the NZSA Jessie Mackay Best First Book of Poetry prize. Lost and Gone Away (AUP 2015) was a Metro Best Books (2015) selection and finalist in the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards (2016). Peat (OUP 2109) combined the story of a road built against the wishes of a community with an exploration of the politics and aesthetics of Charles Brasch, founding editor of Landfall.

Rachel O'Neill

Rachel O’Neill

Rachel O’Neill is a filmmaker, writer and artist based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Aotearoa. The author of One Human in Height (Hue & Cry Press, 2013) and Requiem for a Fruit (We are Babies/Tender Press, 2021), Rachel has received a range of development grants, commissions and residencies including the 2023 Creative New Zealand Randell Cottage Writing Fellowship. In their practice they strive to seek out fresh ways to see and understand the human condition and to unearth the humour and strangeness that underlie experience. For more, visit their website.

Past Judges

2012 Graeme Lay, Tina Shaw, Stephen Stratford
2013 David Lyndon Brown, Vivienne Plumb
2014 Mary McCallum, Frankie McMillan
2015 Fiona Kidman, Owen Marshall
2016 James Norcliffe, Elizabeth Smither
2017 Michael Harlow, Emma Neale
2018 Tracey Slaughter, Sue Wootton
2019 Siobhan Harvey, Lloyd Jones
2020 Sandra Arnold, Helen Heath
2021 Diane Brown, Paula Morris
2022 Anne Kennedy, Kiri Piahana-Wong
2023 Airini Beautrais, David Eggleton

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How to enter

Payment:

  1. Make your online payment here:

ANZ / National Flash Fiction Competition/ Acct No. 06-0350-0849733-00
include ‘Surname, First initial’ as a reference

  1. Once you’ve transferred your entry fee, send proof of payment (a phone capture or screen shot will do – see the link provided) along with your NFFD story/ stories to info@nationalflash.org.
  2. You will receive confirmation of your entry within 72 hours. If you do not hear from NFFD, please email again.
  3. All entries must be received electronically. If you are not online and wish to submit, please have a friend submit via email.

2024 fees: $10.00 per story or $24.00 for 3 stories (3 stories max per entrant)

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

(See General Rules for further details)

  • Submissions open through 30 April 2024
  • Competition open to all NZ citizens and residents
  • Open competition; no theme or prompt
  • Only previously unpublished work will be considered (see General Rules)
  • Deadline for submissions: 30 April 2024 (midnight)
  • Word limit for all submissions (all categories): 300 excluding title
  • 1.5 or double spaced, please
  • No font requirements, but make it clean – no fancy fonts!
  • Maximum 3 stories per entrant; please include your submissions in one document 
  • Please do not send three separate files – you will be asked to resubmit if you do
  • Electronic submissions only, emailed to info@nationalflash.org.
  • Submissions must be sent as attachments (not in the body of the email)
  • Send one of the following formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf; please, no pdfs
  • No pdfs!
  • Submissions must be received no later than midnight, 30 April 2024
  • Your name may be in the email and any enquiries made to NFFD in the email account, but do not include your name or contact info on the attachments. Any submissions with author name on the attachment with the story text will be disqualified.
  • Judges’ decisions are final. No feedback will be offered on an individual basis.
  • Long lists will be announced in late May and shortlists in early June.
  • Winners will be announced on National Flash Fiction Day, June 22.
  • Winners and short-listed work will be published in a special winter edition of Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction.

GENERAL RULES

Payment:

  1. NFFD reserves the right at its total discretion to reject any entry in the Competition and to verify the validity of any entry or vote. All decisions of the NFFD shall be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  2. Entries must be original, previously unpublished pieces of work written by the person who submits the piece of work. Published means anything that has already appeared anywhere in print or online, including personal websites or blogs.
  3. Entries cannot be altered or changed after they have been submitted.
  4. NFFD accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected entries.
  5. NFFD is unable to return submitted entries. Entrants are advised to keep a copy of their entry for their records.
  6. The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  7. The judges reserve the right to not award prizes, based on their judgment of the quality of submissions.
  8. All entries are read by a team that includes members of the NFFD central committee and past judges; from there a smaller set of 100-120 is read by the current year’s judges.
  9. Partners, parents and children of the NFFD Central Committee and current judges are not eligible to enter the competition
  10. Winners will be announced June 22 at the NFFD award ceremonies and all winners are invited to attend and share their stories in their local 2023 celebrations.
  11. A selection of entries will be published in a special winter edition of Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction. Writers retain the copyright to their submitted short story regardless of whether or not it is chosen for publication. NFFD retains unlimited use of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Short Story (all categories) for an unlimited period of time for any promotion or publication.
  12. The winners’ names, entry details, biographical information and photographs may be required by NFFD and will be used for publicity/promotional purposes without compensation. Entrants consent to this use of their details by entering the competition.
  13. The NFFD association, its committee members and its related agencies shall not be liable for any loss, damage or injury suffered or sustained (including but not limited to direct or consequential loss or loss arising from negligence) arising directly out of or in connection with the competition or any prize.

Entry constitutes acceptance of all National Flash Fiction Day Competition Rules and Guidelines.

All winning stories are published at Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction.

Read the 2023 winners here!

Youth stories are published at fingers comma toes.

And see/ listen to the winning micros from 2023’s Micro Madness, sharing a micro a day June 01-June 22.