Are you ready to take on the Challenge??

Join us again this November for:

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Created by Nancy Stohlman in 2012 FlashNano is in its 8th year!


2019 Prompts

Day 1: Write a story that includes a red sweater

Day 2: Write a story in the form of (or including) a test

Day 3: Write a story where something explodes

Day 4: Write a story with an abrupt ending

Day 5: Write a story that takes place 5 years ago

Day 6: Write a story that takes place on a bicycle

Day 7: Write a story that includes an addiction

Day 8: Write a story that includes a famous piece of art

Day 9: Write a story that happens on the telephone

Day 10: Write a story in exactly 10 sentences 

Day 11: Write a story that takes place before sunrise

Day 12: Write a story where the narrator has a super power

Day 13: Write an unlucky story. OR write a lucky story.

Day 14: Write a story in the form of a review.

Day 15: Take one of the stories you have written and cut it in half

Day 16: Write a story that includes a dentist

Day 17: Where a story where something is destroyed by the weather

Day 18: Write a story that includes a wrongful accusation

Day 19: Write a story about your grandfather (real or no)

Day 20: Write a story that includes black boots

Day 21: Write a story that takes place at the theater

Day 22: Write a story where people are worried

Day 23: Write a story that includes a physical pain

Day 24: Write a story in the form of a contract

Day 25: Write a story that takes place next to the highway

Day 26: Write a story where something is frozen

Day 27: Write a story about a disappointing adventure

Day 28: Write a food-related story

Day 29: Write a story using just one sentence (as long as you like).

Day 30: Write a story in the form of a final exam


If you’re having fun and writing stories, please feel free to throw a thank you in the tip jar!

And thank YOU!



Frequently Asked Questions

How do we join?
Declare it so.
Go buy some new pens and notebooks.
Join the mailing list (if you haven’t already) if you would like prompts emailed to you.
Join the FB group event page if you want to share your work or see what others are writing (not required) **
Bookmark my website as it will become a prompt pumping factory starting Fri, Nov 1!

Do we submit them?
There is no official submitting, though I just put up a temporary Facebook event page where some people like to share and keep each other’s spirits up—it gets pretty lively over there. But many people participate without ever sharing anything and that’s also great.

Do you critique them?
No way. Not only does that go against the spirit of FlashNano, it’s also just impossible. I estimate probably close to 1,000 people will attempt it this year. November is about generating lots of material and the challenge requires lots of creative play and risk taking. The editing hat can come in later and I may offer an editing class in December if I’m not too tired!

Do they count as published?
Since the Facebook page is temporary it will disappear after November so you shouldn’t have any trouble. Some people will post on their own blogs instead—personally my work isn’t usually ready to share (officially) that soon, but some people have found the publishing on their own blogs is a great way to create accountability.

What if I miss a day?
If you miss a day then write two the next day! This challenge is really between you and your god, so no one else is counting.

Where can I find the prompts?
I will post the prompts on my website and social media pages (Twitter and Facebook) and I also have a dedicated email list just for FlashNano, so those folks will get the prompts emailed to them each morning. Many of you are probably already on that list but if not sign up here.

When are prompts posted?
Once I wake up and get moving–I aim for about 9 am MST, give or take an hour. So over in Europe and Australia you’ll be getting them in the afternoon/evening.

Do I have to use the prompts?
Absolutely not. Write 30 stores in November by any means necessary!

Do I have to write flash?
Actually, no. I started it as a space for flash writers of course, but over the last 7 years I’ve seen people do all sorts of things, including poetry, a haiku a day, and even thread the daily flashes into a novella. New material is always a win!

Read some past interviews about FlashNano here:

2017: On the Bath Flash Fiction Award Website
2016: On Flash Frontier website

114 thoughts on “2020 FLASH-NANO!

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  3. 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.

  4. 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!

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  6. 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!

  7. Shelly Green

    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

  8. 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)

  9. greg

    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…

  10. 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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  42. janelmanstout

    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!

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  82. DAY # 3 OFF THE NET and then put back on:
    I took a wrong turn. I lost my temper. Yanked the phone cord beneath the bedroom door. Wrapped it around my hand. Tight. Yanked and yanked. It wasn’t my fault. It never is. I make my own reality. It’s pick and choose. And break another heart. I can’t help that I’m always so convincing. I am not me. I am never me. I learned that in the war. I guess this is what people call peace. Wandering from one handout to another. Becoming what somebody wants you to be. Needs you to be. Especially after dark. Or to blackmail for not being who you claim to be. I am I. Yanking on that phone cord. “Here’s to crime!” Everybody gets bought off. One way or another.

    [Disposable Short November 3, 2019]
    Dr. Mike

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