WELCOME TO THE 2020 NFFD COMPETITION
Submissions open 15 February 2020.
HOW TO ENTER
To enter the 2020 National Flash Fiction Day competition, please follow these easy steps:
- Make your online payment here:
ANZ / National Flash Fiction Competition/ Acct No. 06-0350-0849733-00
include ‘Surname, First initial’ as a reference
- Once you’ve transferred your entry fee, send proof of payment (a screen shot will do – see the link provided) along with your NFFD story/ stories to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You will receive confirmation of your entry within 72 hours. If you do not hear from NFFD, please email again.
- All entries must be received electronically. If you are not online and wish to submit, please have a friend submit via email.
$10.00 per story or $24.00 for 3 stories (3 stories max per entrant)
Note: The youth competition moves in 2020 to an international competition with free entry – curated by the youth journal fingers comma toes.
(See General Rules for further details)
- Submissions open 15 February – 15 April 2020
- 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- Only previously unpublished work will be considered (see General Rules)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: 15 April 2020 (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
- Electronic submissions only, emailed to email@example.com
- 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
- Please, no pdfs!
- Submissions must be received no later than midnight, 15 April 2020
- Your name may be in the email and any enquiries made to NFFD in the gmail 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 early May and shortlists in late May.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Entries cannot be altered or changed after they have been submitted.
- NFFD accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected entries.
- NFFD is unable to return submitted entries. Entrants are advised to keep a copy of their entry for their records.
- The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
- The judges reserve the right to not award prizes, based on their judgment of the quality of submissions.
- Partners, parents and children of the NFFD Central Committee and current judges are not eligible to enter the competition
- Winners will be announced June 22 at the NFFD award ceremonies and all winners are invited to attend and share their stories in their province NFFD 2019 celebrations held in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Northland, Waikato and Wellington.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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THE 2020 COMPETITION JUDGES
SANDRA ARNOLD and HELEN HEATH
Sandra Arnold lives in rural Canterbury. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from Central Queensland University, Australia, and is the author of five books. Her most recent are a novel, The Ash, the Well and the Bluebell (Mākaro Press, NZ, 2019), which was a finalist in the 2019 New Zealand Heritage Book Awards, and a flash fiction collection, Soul Etchings (Retreat West Books, UK, 2019). Her short fiction has been widely published in New Zealand and internationally. sandraarnold.co.nz
Helen Heath is a poet and essayist from the Kapiti Coast. Her debut collection of poetry, Graft, won the Best First Book of Poetry award and was the first book of fiction or poetry to be shortlisted for the Royal Society of NZ Science Book Prize. Helen thinks poetry can be a way of engaging people with big ideas and trying them on for size – a public conversation about what we want the future to be like. Her latest collection, which won the 2019 Ockham Book Awards, is called Are Friends Electric? and is about people, animals and technology. helenheath.com
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The 2019 competition judges were Siobhan Harvey and Lloyd Jones (adult category) and Gail Ingram and Eirlys Hunter (youth category).
The 2018 competition judges were Tracey Slaughter and Sue Wootton (adult category) and Tim Jones and Patrick Pink (youth category).
The 2017 competition judges were Emma Neale and Michael Harlow (adult category) and Heather McQuillan and Fleur Beale (youth category).
2016 competition winners here.
The 2015 competition judges were Owen Marshall (more can be found at his New Zealand Book Council site and at his website) and Fiona Kidman (more can be found at her New Zealand Book Council site and at her website).
2015 competition winners here.
The 2014 competition judges were a Mary McCallum (more here and at her poetry blog, here) and Frankie McMillan (more here). In 2013, Frankie won the NFFD competition with her story ‘In the nick of time, a deer’ and Mary placed third with her story ‘Dead Space’.
2014 competition winners here.
The 2013 competition judges were Vivienne Plumb and the 2012 Buddle-Findlay Sargeson Fellow and writer of short stories David Lyndon Brown.
2013 competition winners here.
The 2012 inaugural NFFD competition judges were Graeme Lay, Stephen Stratford and Tina Shaw.
2012 competition winners here.