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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!

FLASHNANO 2020

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

What is 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)

From Writer's Digest
Thanks Writer’s Digest!

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FlashNano Special!

To honor our annual 30 stories in 30 days challenge,

This November, receive

2 signed copies of

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for 30$!

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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:

On the Bath Flash Fiction Award Website
On Flash Frontier website

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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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  50. I have done this for several years. I usually only get out 5 or 6 Flash Fictions, but that is more than I had when the month started. I’m looking forward to year #3 (for me that is)!

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  82. DAY # 3 OFF THE NET and then put back on:
    DETOUR
    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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