Are you ready to take on the Challenge??

Join us again this November for:

FlashNano 2018

Created by Nancy Stohlman in 2012 in solidarity with NaNoWriMo, FlashNano is in its 7th year!

Day 1: Write a story that begins at the end

Day 2: Write a story that takes place in the bathroom

Day 3: Write a story involving mud

Day 4: Write a story that takes place in a very hot room

Day 5: Write a story that takes place on Monday

Day 6: Write a story in the form of a folktale

Day 7: Write a story set at a famous location

Day 8: Write a story that involves the police

Day 9: Write a story that includes a song lyric

Day 10: Write a story in the form of a test

Day 11: Write a story using the word “armistice”

Day 12: Write a story set on a boat

Day 13: Write a story without punctuation

Day 14: Write a story where something is stolen

Day 15: Take a story you have written this month and cut it in half

Day 16: Write a story where one of the characters is 16

Day 17: Write a story in the form of an advertisement

Day 18: Write a story involving smoke

Day 19: Write a story set in a hotel room

Day 20: Write a story set in the year 2020

Day 21: Write a story using only 5 sentences

Day 22: Write a childhood story that you’ve never written before

Day 23: Write a story that takes place in a crowd

Day 24: Write a story involving a wild animal

Day 25: Write a story in the form of a public apology

Day 26: Write a story that includes a misunderstanding

Day 27: Write a story in the form of an email or text message

Day 28: Write a story involving money

Day 29: Write a story using the color black




Sign up here:


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 Thursday!

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 40 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 6 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


105 thoughts on “2019 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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  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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