22 JUNE 2015 – National Flash Fiction Day

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National Flash Fiction Day is New Zealand’s celebration of the shortest form of fiction writing, on the shortest day of the year.

The 2015 NFFD competition opens Feb 1 – April 30. See the Competition page for information and guidelines.


The 2012, 2013 and 2014 competitions were great successes with 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. 



In past years, National Flash Fiction Day has been celebrated with prize-giving ceremonies and presentations by the judges as well as readings in various hotbeds of flash all across Aotearoa. 

Events will be posted here as they are put together this year. See the  Events page to see what took place in 2014.

If you would like to hold a reading or local event and would like it advertised and supported by NFFD, please get in touch!

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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 Whangarei. 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 also 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.

Poet, writer and editor, 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.

Rebecca Styles completed a MA at the International Institute of Modern Letters in 2011, and is currently studying towards a PhD in Creative Writing at Massey University.  Her published work includes short stories in The Best of New Zealand Fiction 6, Takahē Radio New Zealand, Home: New Short Stories by New Zealand Writers, Turbine and Creative Juices.  She was awarded second place in the National Flash Fiction Day competition  in 2013. She joined Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction as Features Editor in 2015. 



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