Attention Northland: National Flash Fiction Day Entries Open

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June 22 2017 has been announced as National Flash Fiction Day for this year. Why? Because it’s the shortest day of the year. Get it?

This year’s NFFD competition opened February 15 and will close April 30.

The 2017 judges are acclaimed poets Michael Harlow and Emma Neale.

New this year is a youth category, with award-winning children’s writer Fleur Beale and NFFD 2016 winner Heather McQuillan as judges.

Winners will be announced this year at our main events in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington. Northland’s branch of the NZSA should organise a Northland event too.

This year, we will also run the third annual Micro Madness series, in which 22 micros will be selected for inclusion, and three winners will be selected from the 22 finalists, and the second annual Tiny Tales series, which included stories of 250 characters — that’s characters, not words! 2016’s Micro Madness winners can be found here; the 2016 Tiny Tales series is here.

Last year’s winning stories were published in a special issue of Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction.

More news and updates, including other publications and competitions involving New Zealand writers of compressed fiction, can be found on our Flash News page.



National Flash Fiction Day is New Zealand’s celebration of the shortest form of fiction writing, on the shortest day of the year. See the Competition page for details about the 2017 competition.

The 2012-15 competitions saw approximately 300 entries; 2016 was a banner year, with over 500 submissions. Read past winners and submissions via this link.


National Flash Fiction Day’s central committee includes two Northlanders, Martin Porter and Michelle Elvy.

Martin Porter, born in Jersey, lives a quiet life in New Zealand writing poetry and flash fiction. His work has been published in assorted literary journals. He won the Northland flash fiction prize in 2012 and 2014 and read at Auckland Library for the NZ National Flash Fiction Day Awards 2013. In 2015 he judged the Northland Flash Fiction competition and has regularly contributed to poetry and fiction readings in the area. Some of his work and accompanying notes can be found here and here.

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, reviews and creative nonfiction in numerous print and online magazines. She is Assistant Editor of the international and acclaimed Best Small Fictions series (Braddock Avenue Press) and was an associate editor of Flash Fiction International (W W Norton, 2015); she has guest edited at Smokelong Quarterly and judged the Bath Flash Fiction Award. Her work will be included this year in Memoirs of the Feminine Divine: Voices of Power & Invisibility (US), Manifesto: A Political Anthology (NZ), Borderlands & Crossroads: Writing the Motherland (Canada) and the Bath Flash Fiction Anthology (UK), among other publications. She is working in 2017 on a New Zealand anthology of prose poetry, flash and experimental writing with Frankie McMillan and James Norcliffe. Michelle lives on her sailboat Momo, named after the novel by Michael Ende. More at



All information about the Whangarei Flash Fiction Club can be found here:

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