Do you love flash fiction?
Can you write 30 flash fiction stories in 30 days?
Join us for FlashNano 2020 this November and find out!
Created by Nancy Stohlman in 2012, FlashNano is in its 9th year!
Sign up now and get bonus access to last year’s prompts!
Day 1: Write a story as the water is rising
Day 2: Write a story where a decision must be made
Day 3: You find something unexpected in your closet
Day 4: Write a birthday story in under 100 words
Day 5: Write a story inspired by (or from inside of) a famous painting
Day 6: Write a story in the form of a job aid
Day 7: Write a story about your first love
Day 8: Write a story involving a ladder
Day 9: Write a story that takes place at the bank
Day 10: Write a story that involves vertigo
Day 11: Write a story in 11 sentences (bonus if there are 11 words in each sentence)
Day 12: Write a story involving “a face at the window”
Day 13: (FlashNano Flashback!) Write a story in the form of a fable
Day 14: You find a letter to/about yourself…
Day 15: Take a story you have already written and cut it in half.
Day 16: “He suggested we play charades for one reason:”
Day 17: Video Prompt! Watch the 1924 short film Le Ballet Mechanique and use any angle as a prompt
Day 18: Write a story about a roll of the dice (or actually ROLL some dice before you write)
Day 19: Write a story set in the 1980s
Day 20: Write a 20-word story
Day 21: “I always wanted to be…”
Day 22: Write a story that includes gold shoes
Day 23: You are stranded somewhere with a famous person of your choice (living or dead)
To honor our annual 30 stories in 30 days challenge,
This November, receive
2 signed copies of
Going Short: An Invitation to Flash Fiction
(plus shipping, while supplies last)
Going Short is your flash fiction companion for November and beyond! Keep one and gift one to your FlashNano buddy!
FLASHNANO Frequently Asked Questions
What is flash fiction?
Flash fictions are complete, stand-alone stories in under 1,000 words.
Do we submit them somewhere?
There is no official submitting, though I have put up a Facebook event page and a temporary Facebook Group where people like to share and keep each other’s spirits up. But many people participate without ever sharing anything and that’s also great.
Do you critique them?
No. That would go against the messy, creative, generative spirit of FlashNano.
If I share them are they considered published?
Since the Facebook event page is temporary it will disappear after November and shouldn’t count as “published” later. Some people like to publish on their own blogs but that may count as “published” to a magazine.
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.
I don’t live in the U.S. When should I expect the prompts to post?
I post them around 7:00 am MST (in the U.S.), 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 stories in November by any means necessary!
Do I have to write flash fiction?
Nope. It began as a flash fiction event, but over the last 8 years I’ve seen people approach the month in many ways, from a haiku a day to even threading the daily flashes into a flash novel. New material is always a win!
Read some past interviews about FlashNano here: