National Flash Fiction Day



Join us to celebrate the shortest day of the year and the best of the shortest stories!

Find a centre near you and come celebrate. The awards night includes:

National competition winners – youth and adult

NZSA Regional Awards

The 2023 winner of the AT THE BAY | I TE KOKORU manuscript competition for a collection of flash fiction!


Te Taitokerau Northland

Dickens Inn

Cameron Street Whangārei from 5pm

NFFD Northland 2023


Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland 

Auckland: 6.15pm – 7.30pm

Waikowhai Room at the Fickling Convention Centre

546 Mt Albert Road, Three Kings, Auckland 1042

A celebration of the smallest stories!

With readings from special guest writers, open mic, and the announcements of the winners of the annual NFFD Adult and Youth competitions. All welcome. Free Entry

NFFD Tāmaki Makaurau



Taranaki:  6.00pm – 7.30pm

Gover St Art Gallery

19 Gover Street, New Plymouth 4310

Come and listen to our talented local writers share their gems of short fiction.

Open mic for keen poets! Winners of this year’s NFFD Flash Fiction and Micro Madness competitions will be announced across the motu at 7:15pm. Free event open to the public, supported by NFFD and NZ Society of Authors, Taranaki.

Gover St Gallery is a not-for-profit community art gallery. Wheelchair accessible (ramp).

All welcome!

Any questions? Please email NFFD Taranaki Chair Mikaela Nyman (put ”NFFD” in the subject line) on

NFFD Taranaki


Te Whanganui a Tara Wellington 

Wellington: 6.00pm – 7.45pm

The Garden Room, St Peter at Willis

211 Willis St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011

Come celebrate with us in Pōneke the shortest stories on the shortest day of the year with Wellington Writers and Guest Readers.

*Youth Judge Joanna Cho will be present
*readings of Adult and Youth shortlisted stories
*prize winners announcement
*book giveaways
*sharing of kai (bring a plate if you like)



Ōtautahi Christchurch

Christchurch: 6.00pm

Tūranga, Public Lbrary

60 Cathedral Square, Christchurch City Centre

Guest Readers, Special announcements, Flash Fiction book displays and sales, and Spot Prizes!

All of this in addition to celebrating our Micro, Youth and NFFD winners.

Come along and join the fun!

NFFD Ōtautahi Christchurch



Ōtepoti Dunedin

Dunedin: 6.00pm; doors open 5.30pm

Alexander Pianos

291 Stuart St Dunedin 9016


Special guest readers and new books

* Collaborative new writing from Otago music and art
*NFFD and Micro Madness selections
* Awards presented by NFFD 2023 co-judge David Eggleton
* NZSA Regional Awards
* Music from members of the Dunedin Youth Jazz Orchestra


NFFD Dunedin

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Festivals of Flash

2023 Festival of Flash

Panels, readings and conversations with prize-winning writers, artists and editors from Aotearoa New Zealand and ...

2022 Festival of Flash

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In our Festival of Flash 2021, we showcase a programme that includes international readings and panel discussions, Best Small Fictions/Best Microfiction readings.

Micro Madness

2023 Micro Madness

Welcome to Micro Madness 2023! A free international competition of short stories, up to 100 words.

2022 Micro Madness

Because each story on the Micro Madness long list had something compelling and original, it was challenging to select just 3 winners, but eventually, after many readings, our top three emerged.

2021 Micro Madness

We had a record number of Micro Madness submissions this year, so we have a wonderfully diverse Long List. Congratulations to the writers of these microfictions!