22 JUNE 2016 – National Flash Fiction Day
June 22, 2016 is our shortest day of the year — and the day we know and love as National Flash Fiction Day.
The competition opens February 1 – April 30, 2016. The 2016 judges are Elizabeth Smither and James Norcliffe.
The Long List will be posted after the competition closes, and the Short List will be announced in early June. Winners will be announced at three main events in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington, where we’ll share top prizes and Regional Awards. In 2015 Regional Awards were sponsored by the NZ Society of Authors branches in Auckland, Canterbury, Central Districts, Hamilton, Northland, Otago and Wellington.
Check here as we continue to update with 2016 news, leading up to our June month of flash.
National Flash Fiction Day is New Zealand’s celebration of the shortest form of fiction writing, on the shortest day of the year.
The 2016 NFFD competition is open Feb 1 – April 30.
Judges for the 2016 competition are Elizabeth Smither and James Norcliffe. Winners will be announced June 22 and posted here.
See the Competition page for information and guidelines.
The 2012-15 competitions were great successes with approximately 300 entries each year. 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 2015 in the media
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 in various hotbeds of flash all across Aotearoa. Our three main events occur simultaneously in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington, on or around June 22. News about 2016 events forthcoming on our Events page.
If you would like to hold a reading or local event and would like it advertised and supported by NFFD, please get in touch!
contact: nationalflash [at] gmail [dot] com
ON THE RADIO
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 writes flash fiction, short stories and novels. Her work has previously been published in The Sunday Star Times, Takahē, Headland, Blue Five Notebook and the Bath Short Story Anthology 2015. She was awarded second runner-up in the 2014 Sunday Star Times Short Story Competition, was commended in the 2015 Bath Short Story Competition and was winner of the 2015 Flash Frontier Winter Writing Award.
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.
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