Do you love flash fiction?

Do you love a good writing challenge?

Then this is where you will want to be in November as we challenge you to write 30 stories in 30 days!

Created by Nancy Stohlman in 2012 in solidarity with NaNoWriMo,
FlashNano is in its 12th year!

Plus get bonus access to last year’s prompts!

From Writer's Digest
Thanks Writer’s Digest!


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 will re-open the private 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:
    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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  106. davidxlewis

    Hi Nancy. We met in Bristol this summer, I attended one of your sessions at the Bath Flash Fiction Festival, and you autographed your excellent book “Going Short”. Sorry to arrive late at this party, but I became aware of it only today through the newsletter of the Geneva Writers’ Group. I already draft a flash once a week as part of the Retreat West community, and look forward to upping my output through this exciting initiative.

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