Welcome to 2020 National Flash Fiction Day!

celebrating June 22 – the shortest day of the year



Back by popular demand! Following the successful March roundtable discussions, we’re offering another round.


ADULTS: Saturday, 11 April

YOUTH: Saturday, 18 April

Find a discussion group near you!

With the NFFD competition open through 30 April, we are very happy to support the creative community with these free online discussions.

Bring your flash fictions and hone your skills — come listen to others and get inspired!


Find a conversation near you and sign up to learn more about flash fiction and polish your writing.

Auckland / Northland Facebook event page

Dunedin Facebook event page 

Christchurch Facebook event page

Waikato / Wellington Facebook event page

YOUTH Facebook event page

If you do not have ZOOM, download it today — invitations will be sent just prior to the start of each workshop from the workshop facilitator. If you do not have Facebook, email us directly at to sign up!





Events this year across Aotearoa – we look forward to seeing you in June! 

Watch this space for updates from:

Auckland * Christchurch * Dunedin * Northland * Waikato * Wellington

All welcome!


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2019 Events:


Auckland Flash (1)

at the Pioneer Women’s Room, Ellen Melville Centre, 2 Freyberg Pl, Auckland 1000

Saturday, 22 June 2019, 2-4pm

Arrive 1.30pm for a 2pm start!

Facebook event link:

MC/ compere:  Rachael Naomi

Featured speakers:

  • Siobhan Harvey 1

    Adult competition judge Siobhan Harvey

    Siobhan Harvey – 2019 adult co-judge, and President of NZSA (PEN NZ Inc) Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa

  • Kirk Lafferty – Flash in the Dark creator;  see link
  • Anne Hollier-Ruddy – first place, IWW Flash Fiction Competition 2019
  • Patrick Pink – winner NFFD 2017 adult and Auckland regional prize, and 2018 youth co-judge
  • Anita Arlov – winner NFFD 2018 adult and Auckland regional prize

Featuring a book sales table and free afternoon tea, plus spot prizes and more!

Sponsored by Jason Books, Auckland University Press, NZSA (PEN NZ Inc.) Auckland Branch and the Ellen Melville Centre

Regional Prize sponsorship: NZSA (PEN NZ Inc) Auckland Branch

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at Tūranga, 60 Cathedral Square

Saturday, 22 June 2019, 2-4pm

Facebook event link:

MC/ compere:  Morrin Rout

Featured speakers:

  • 2019 Gail

    Youth competition judge Gail Ingram

    Gail Ingram – 2019 Youth Competition co-judge

  • Renata Hopkins – 2019 North & South flash fiction competition winner
  • flash films with Zoë Meager, Gail Ingram and Brindi Joy.

National Flash Fiction Day readings and awards announcements, South Island Writers’ Association 2019 Flash Fiction Winner, Micro Madness and more.

Spot prizes, too!

Supported by Creative Communities Scheme, Christchurch City Libraries, University Bookshop.

Regional Prize sponsorship/ NZSA Canterbury branch

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Dunedin National Flash Fiction Day 2019

at Blueskin Bay Library, 28 Harvey Street, Waitati

Saturday, 22 June 2019, 2-4pm

Facebook event link:

MC/ compere:  Iona Winter

Featured speakers:
  • Robyn Maree Pickens
  • Carolyn McCurdie
  • Victor Billot
  • Kirstie McKinnon
  • Duncan Eddy
  • Kathryn Van Beek
  • Lynda Peppercorn
  • Emma Neale
  • Alice Houston
  • Shereen Asha Murugayah


Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature and Dunedin Public Libraries present the National Flash Fiction Awards. Hear the winning stories from this year’s national competition (Adult and Youth categories), plus the best entries from Micro Madness 2019.

Prize-givings, guest readers and more!

Supported by Dunedin Public Libraries, UNESCO City of Literature, UBS Otago, Otago University Press, Orokonui Eco Sanctuary, NZSA Otago/Southland.

Regional Prize sponsorship by NZSA Otago/Southland branch.

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Wellington NFFD 2019


at The Third Eye, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro, Wellington

Saturday, 22 June 2019, 2-4pm

Facebook event link:

Featured speakers:

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    Adult competition judge Lloyd Jones

    Lloyd Jones (Adult category co-judge)

  • Eirlys Hunter (Youth category co-judge)
  • Wellington Councillor Brian Dawson

Come along and celebrate the shortest fiction on the shortest day of the year. There will be discussion, readings of the winning stories and we will announce the winners in our national competition.


Youth competition judge Eirlys Hunter

Spot prizes will be given throughout the evening. All are welcome!

Sponsored by The Third Eye, NZ Society of Authors Wellington, Tuatara Breweries, Juno Gin, Ekor Bookshop, Marsden Books, Fix & Fogg

Regional Prize sponsorship/ NZSA Wellington branch

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Waikato NFFD 2019

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at Poppies Bookstore, Casabella Lane

Saturday, 22 June 2019, 2-4pm

MC/ compere:  Tracey Slaughter, 2018 NFFD Adult judge

Facebook event link:

Featured guests: 

Mere Taito, Michael Steven, K-t Harrison, Essa Ranapiri, Aimee-Jane Anderson-O’Connor, Kelly Joseph, Hamish Ansley, Shivani Agrawal, Brittany Rose, Octavia Cade, Melody Wilkinson, Maria-Teresa Corino, Claire Duncan, Nikki Crutchley, Jane Matthews, Wanda Barker and Tracey Slaughter

Sponsored by Poppies Hamilton  and  NZSA (PEN NZ Inc.) Hamilton Branch.

Regional Prize sponsorship: NZSA (PEN NZ Inc) Hamilton Branch

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at King’s Theatre, 62 Gillies Street, Kawakawa

Date: Sunday 23 June 2019 
Time: 1 – 4pm

$10 fee includes a workshop with Northland prize-winning writer Michael Botur and afternoon tea by Neat Eats!


Facebook event link:

The event will start with a workshop, followed by afternoon tea and a public reading of flash fiction, including NFFD winning entries and Northland’s winning entry.

This year our annual flash-fiction workshop will be presented by Northland writer, Michael Botur. Michael is the author of five short-story collections. He was placed second in the 2019 North & South Short Short Story Competition and is a past winner of the Whangarei Libraries Flash Fiction Competition.

About the workshop:


Participants are asked to bring a prepared draft of their story, on a laptop if possible. During the workshop, writers will identify the anchor, heart, or core of the message in one flash story. They’ll also condense their story into an ‘elevator pitch’ that will help keep the story focused on what matters and sharpen the significance of each of the chosen 300 words.

Sponsored by Kaitaia Fire

Regional Prize sponsorship by NZSA Northland branch

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    • Hello, Sue — Please send a note to our email account (on the Home page) and also to Flash Frontier (flashfrontier [at] gmail [dot] com, and we’ll keep you informed. Thanks for your interested from the NFFD team.

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