Do you love flash fiction?
Can you write 30 flash fiction stories in 30 days?
Day 1: Write a story that includes the taste or smell of cinnamon
Day 2: Write a paranoid story
Day 3: My father talks about mayflowers because…
Thanks to Anupama Spencer for today’s guest prompt!
Day 4: Write a story that revolves around a number
Day 5: You find a photo of you with a group of people and you have no idea who they are
Thanks to Denise D’Souza for today’s guest prompt!
Day 6: Write a story within a story
Day 7: Write a story in the form of a police report
Thanks to Slawka Scarso for today’s guest prompt!
Day 8: Write a true story with an untrue ending
Day 9: Write a story where every sentence starts with the same word
Day 10: Write a story where a code is deciphered
Thanks to Anika Carpenter for today’s guest prompt!
Day 11: All day long I dream about…
Thanks to Dorryce Smelts for today’s guest prompt!
Day 12: Write a story in 12 parts
Day 13: It’s your birthday and your date has left you at the restaurant with an expensive bill
Thanks to Jeff Harvey for today’s guest prompt!
Day 14: Write a story in the form of instructions
Day 15: We are halfway! Take a story and cut it in half
Day 16: What object got hidden in her mother’s shoe box?
Thanks to Annie Bien for today’s guest prompt!
Day 17: Write the story of a celebrity encounter
Day 18: “I confess…”
Thanks to Steve Cushman for today’s guest prompt!
Day 19: Write a 19-word story
Day 20: Pick two random words out of a dictionary and use them in a story.
Thanks to Ran Walker for today’s guest prompt!
Day 21: Pick up your phone. Look at the most recent message received. Start there.
Thanks to David O’Connor for today’s guest prompt!
Day 22: Write a late-night story
Day 23: Write a story that involves looking after someone else’s pet
Thanks to Jeff Rowland for today’s guest prompt!
Day 24: Write a story about something that no longer exists
Day 25: “The day after…”
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!
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