Do you love flash fiction?

Can you write 30 flash fiction stories in 30 days?

Created by Nancy Stohlman in 2012,  FlashNano is in its 10th anniversary year!


Day 1: Write a story that takes place in the dark

Day 2: Write about a man who owns at least three cats

(Thanks to Jean Feingold for today’s guest prompt!)

Day 3: Write about something wrong that turns out to be right 

(Thanks to Aaron Dietz for today’s guest prompt!)

Day 4: On the edge of the mining town…

(Thanks to Louise Moriarty for today’s guest prompt!)

Day 5: He knew he was going to die.

(Thanks to Atul Shah for today’s guest prompt!)

Day 6: Photo prompt!

(Thanks to Gay Degani for today’s guest prompt!)

Day 7: Write a story that takes place entirely on the bus or train while you’re commuting to work 

(Thanks to Archie Iyer for today’s guest prompt!)

Day 8: Write a story based on your favorite taste or smell, all the better if it has to do with fall. What recipes or traditions do you practice during fall that are connected to your senses? 

(Thanks to Hillary Leftwich for today’s guest prompt!)

Day 9: Your character–a body builder–goes on a blind date. During the course of your story, a warning is ignored. 

(Thanks to Debbi Voisey for today’s guest prompt!)

It’s the 10th Day of the 10th Year of FlashNano!!

(I’m jumping in on today’s prompt:)

Day 10: Write a story using 10 sentences of 10 words each

Day 11: Give yourself an award and write an acceptance speech. 

(Thanks to Jill Royce Loomis for today’s guest prompt!)

Day 12: Write a story on the theme of Resuscitation 

(Thanks to Jay Kelly (and Mary Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, and the Royal Humane Society, originally called the Humane Society for the Recovery of Persons Apparently Drowned) for today’s guest prompt!)

Day 13: Pull a tarot card and use the imagery to write. (If you do not have a tarot deck, you can use regular playing cards or google a tarot image to use)

(Thanks to Tammy Breitweiser for today’s guest prompt!)

Day 14: My first year as a member of the “Michael Smith Club”… 

(Thanks to Paul Beckman for today’s guest prompt!)

Day 15: Take a story (from November or before) and cut it in half.

We are halfway!!!

Day 16: Photo Prompt!

(Thanks to Laurie Marshall for today’s guest prompt!) 




Day 17: Write a story where something is cancelled

(Thanks to Janice Rothganger for today’s guest prompt!) 

Day 18: Why my nose is bleeding

(Thanks to Oliver Barton for today’s guest prompt!) 

Day 19: Write a life story in three separate scenes involving hair. 

(Thanks to Sarah Freligh for today’s guest prompt!) 

Day 20: A story where there is the smell of smoke. 

(Thanks to Jayne Martin for today’s guest prompt!) 

Day 21: The beach was shrouded in fog 

(Thanks to Sue Johnson for today’s guest prompt!) 

Day 22: A character finds something wholly unexpected at the farmer’s market. 

(Thanks to Finnian Burnett for today’s guest prompt!) 

Day 23: A man walks into a bank wearing nothing but a smile… 

(Thanks to Malcolm Richardson for today’s guest prompt!) 

Day 24: What is the first thing you remember? Why do you think you recall it?  

(Thanks to Joan Leotta for today’s guest prompt!) 

Day 25: Make a gratitude list of at least 10 things. Write a story based on one of them xoxo

(I’m grateful for all of you!)

Day 26: Open email. Look at the first email from October 4 (any year). Use the subject line as the first line or title of your story. 

(Thanks to Anne Anthony for today’s guest prompt!)

Day 27: Quickie–a story that occurs within a single minute. 

(Thanks to D. Brody Lipton for today’s guest prompt!)

Day 28: Last Photo Prompt!

(Thanks to Frank Key for today’s guest prompt!)


Day 29: Write a story where a human character has a physical characteristic of an animal. 

(Thanks to Iona Rule for today’s guest prompt!) 

Sign up here:

FlashNano sign up


In 2020 we had over 1,000 participants!

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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