Created by Nancy Stohlman in 2012, FlashNano is in its 5 year!


FLASHNANO: 30 Stories in 30 Days.

canstockphoto12347548FlashNano Day 1: Write a story where something turns brown

 FlashNano Day 2: Write a story that takes place on an airplane number_two_blog

12339010-number-three-birthday-candleFlashNano Day 3: Write a story in the form of an instruction manual.

FlashNano Day 4: Write a story that involves winning a prizepool-ball-923827_960_720

FlashNano Day 5: Write a story that takes place on Saturdayfeat-personality-5

depositphotos_7698217_sFlashNano Day 6: Write a story inspired by this picture:


number-7-booksFlashNano Day 7: Write a story that happened to you when you were 7

FlashNano Day 8: Write a story in the form of a speechgold-number-8

9-numerology-3FlashNano Day 9: Write a story that takes place in the grocery story (supermarket)

FlashNano Day 10: Write a taboo story10forweb

FlashNano Day 11: Write an 11-word story14305112243_c6e9734793_b

pc5d7bbqiFlashNano Day 12: Write a story while listening to this song:

number-13_2054848c1FlashNano Day 13: Write a story using gold

FlashNano Day 14: Write a story that takes place on the highway 3379820640_1cf2d6cdbb_z

FlashNano Day 15: Take a story you have written this month number-15-island(or before) and cut it in half.

FlashNano Day 16: Invent a childhood story for your favorite celebrity, living or dead.original

6c89f5657fab0748da1b65c0655718fbFlashNano Day 17: Write a story that uses the name of a song as its title

FlashNano Day 18: Write a true story that no one would believe18

 FlashNano Day 19: Write a story involving a large purchase


FlashNano Day 20: Write a story in the form of a classified ad www.topiarygarden.co.uk

number-21-mud-cake1FlashNano Day 21: Write a story that happened to you when you were 21

FlashNano Day 22: Write a story that happens while it’s snowingno22-w-o-tb127

23FlashNano Day 23: Write a story using an overheard conversation

FlashNano Day 24: Write a story with a happy ending24

25number_articleFlashNano Day 25: Write a story featuring a strong smell

FlashNano Day 26: Write a story that begins at the end26

FlashNano Day 27: Write a story featuring the color blue27

cio616-50ttm-number-28FlashNano Day 28: Write a story in the form of a fairy tale

FlashNano Day 29: Write a story that takes place at a famous or historical landmarknumber-29

FlashNano Day 30: Write a story in 30 words



(…you know you want to!)

74 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jennypellett
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 16:55:29

    What is the maximum word count for Nano Fiction? This sounds like a lot of fun!

  2. nancystohlman
    Nov 09, 2013 @ 17:32:24

    Anything under 1000 words counts as flash.

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  4. nancystohlman
    Nov 11, 2013 @ 16:56:57


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  6. Mike Young
    Mar 14, 2014 @ 03:04:02

    I like this. I did about 80 Flash after my first novel, in NaNoWriMo 2010. I’ve picked this genre as my theme for CampNaNo this April, so will bookmark this page.

  7. nancystohlman
    Mar 15, 2014 @ 18:32:42

    Thanks, Mike! We’ll do it again in November…

  8. AR Neal
    Apr 07, 2014 @ 22:33:22

    Hi Nancy: I am so excited to see this! I did a collection of shorts for 2013 NaNo and since I am writing the FFC Month in Review I was reminded about Flashnano. Gotta get myself geared for this year’s!

  9. nancystohlman
    Apr 12, 2014 @ 21:28:16

    I’m so glad! I’ll be giving a Flash Fiction Workshop in August as well-stay posted!

  10. AR Neal
    Apr 12, 2014 @ 21:38:52


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  12. Darren Lipman
    Jul 06, 2014 @ 04:26:28

    I’ve already planned my novel for November, but I’m using these prompts for Camp NaNo this month–and I’m loving them! I’ve been trying to write more flash fiction to share on my blog, and these prompts are perfect. So far I’ve done the first five, each of them yielding completely different stories. I think my favorite was trying to write a story in exactly 75 words (the challenge was high–the fun was higher), but trying to write a story based off my textbook invoice was also quite exciting.

    Thank you so much for sharing these!

  13. nancystohlman
    Jul 12, 2014 @ 18:41:08


  14. kathydfish
    Nov 01, 2014 @ 18:05:16

    Not on Facebook, but I think I’ll try this, Nancy!

  15. nancystohlman
    Nov 01, 2014 @ 19:43:55


  16. Shelly Green
    Nov 27, 2014 @ 05:16:20

    Hello Nancy
    I think your prompts are just the right length providing endless possibilities and that’s what it’s all about : the chances and risks which challenge us because really what’s the alternative. More Prompts!!!!
    Thank you Shelly

  17. nancystohlman
    Nov 30, 2014 @ 16:32:23

    Thank you so much, Shelly! I agree–a prompt should leave lots of room for interpretation…thanks for playing!

  18. Jodi Paloni
    Oct 15, 2015 @ 13:11:43

    Count me in for 2015! I’m taking a poetry class, thinking a lot about concision. This seems to fit.

  19. nancystohlman
    Oct 17, 2015 @ 18:48:15


  20. April Bradley
    Oct 19, 2015 @ 14:13:57

    This is going to be so much fun. Thanks for planning and generating this!

  21. A.E. Weisgerber
    Oct 20, 2015 @ 00:03:36

    I’ll give it a whirl. Thank you very much, Nancy, for sharing these great prompts and providing this sandbox to play in — plus, now I don’t feel so bad about not doing that novel thinger. :o)

  22. Jody
    Oct 30, 2015 @ 04:22:28

    Sounds like fun. I’m in!

  23. ellenbest24
    Oct 31, 2015 @ 23:40:16

    This feels exciting i am away for most of November this year but hope to join in next year. Good luck one and all.

  24. Michael B. Fishman
    Nov 01, 2015 @ 11:59:30

    Looking forward to prompt #1!

  25. greg
    Nov 01, 2015 @ 21:48:05

    So no sign-up sheet (not that I’m the ‘show-me-structure type)? Is it just take the prompts and gallop with them? My horse ain’t even got a bridle (or that thing in his mouth with strings attached for left, right and ‘whoa’)… Hey! This could be the beginning of a flash piece…

  26. neenslewy
    Nov 01, 2015 @ 23:45:59

    Hi Nancy, delighted that I found this challenge. I did NaNo in 2013 and managed the full word count. This month I have less time and wasn’t going to bother, this is a way I can join in and create new work! Great. Thanks.

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  44. K.J.
    Nov 10, 2015 @ 17:39:55

    Just getting started today….10 flashes in a day. Let’s see what happens.

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  58. Sarah
    Oct 24, 2016 @ 22:52:21

    Hi Nancy! Thrilled to discover your Flash Nano challenge. I’m in for 2016. Thanks for hosting!

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  60. janelmanstout
    Oct 26, 2016 @ 20:31:03

    Hi Nancy! Hope you’re well! I’d like to be added to your email list for NANO prompts, class information and anything else you want to pass along. Thanks!

  61. nancystohlman
    Oct 31, 2016 @ 19:15:17


  62. nancystohlman
    Oct 31, 2016 @ 19:15:28

    My pleasure!

  63. Michelle Elvy
    Nov 01, 2016 @ 12:05:35

    I’m in! Crazy time of year but why not? Neato…

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  67. nancystohlman
    Nov 06, 2016 @ 16:41:20

    So glad to see you doing this with us Sophie!

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    Nov 06, 2016 @ 16:41:27


  69. nancystohlman
    Nov 06, 2016 @ 16:41:46

    I’m so glad you are doing this Jody!

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    Nov 12, 2016 @ 16:13:55


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    Nov 12, 2016 @ 16:14:03


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