Congratulations FlashNano Participants!

Join us again next November 2016, when I will again be challenging flash fiction writers to participate in

FLASHNANO: 30 Stories in 30 Days.

In the meantime, check out my Sculpting Flash Fiction workshop to edit and tighten some of these great stories you wrote!

Here we go!

FlashNano Day 1: Write a story that takes place in a car

number-2-404369FlashNano Day 2: Write a story where the weather changes, and this also changes the story.

number-3-clip-art-617380FlashNano Day 3: Write a story in the form of a monologue (just one person speaking)

FlashNano Day 4: Write a story involving fire


FlashNano Day 5: Write a story that includes (or at least mentions) a childhood toy5ncludes (or at least mentions) a childhood toy

number-6 (1)FlashNano Day 6: Write a story in less than 100 words

FlashNano Day 7: Let this quote inspire a story.”Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of
creating that he had done.”

animal_number_8FlashNano Day 8: Write a story based on something that happened to you yesterday

(Fictionalize as needed)

FlashNano Day 9: Write a story in the form of a Letter to the Editornumber_9__by_virtualgirl6654-d3b1lap

FlashNano Day 10: Write a story involving an operation

FlashNano Day 11: Write a story featuring the color orange

FlashNano Day 12: Write a story inspired (in any way) by this video:


number-13_2431820bFlashNano Day 13: Write a 13-word story

PS: Did you know that Triskaidekaphobia means a fear of the number 13?days_14

FlashNano Day 14: Write a story that uses the device of repetition

FlashNano Day 15: Write a story set in the summer

16FlashNano Day 16: Write a “Sweet 16” story

FlashNano Day 17: Write a story that takes place while it’s snowing 17

F18lashNano Day 18: Write a story using the 2nd person point of view (you)

FlashNano Day 19: Write a story where the ending comes first


20FlashNano Day 20: Take a story you have written (this month). Cut the wordcount by half. Give it a new title.

FlashNano Day 21: Write a story that involves some sort of contest21

FlashNano Day 22: Write a story where 22someone is trying to hide something

FlashNano Day 23: Write a story while listening to Prokofiev’s “Dance of the Knights” (from his ballet Romeo and Juliet)

24FlashNano Day 24: Write a story where something is found

FlashNano Day 25: Write a true story that nobody believes is true25

26FlashNano Day 26: Write a story involving food

FlashNano Day 27: Write as story with the theme “the day after”


28FlashNano Day 28: Write a story that consists of only one long sentence

FlashNano Day 29: Write a story that takes place in the lobby


30FlashNano Day 30: Write a story set in the futurethat takes place in the lobby

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. bob stuart
    Oct 03, 2013 @ 01:20:20

    make the prompts longr

  2. bob stuart
    Oct 03, 2013 @ 01:20:42


  3. Kelsey Munger
    Apr 17, 2014 @ 01:24:08

    Great list of prompts, Nancy! 🙂

  4. elana
    Nov 24, 2015 @ 21:09:58

    Thank you for posting! Please continue in coming years, I love writing these prompts. 🙂

  5. elana
    Nov 24, 2015 @ 21:10:29

    I was just wondering, could you make it possible to see prompts from past years?

  6. nancystohlman
    Nov 28, 2015 @ 00:56:36

    Thank you! And in answer to your other question, I take them down after a year and keep them compiled for a possible future project…

  7. life in a nutshell
    Oct 13, 2016 @ 19:43:39

    How many words should each flash fiction story be?

  8. nancystohlman
    Oct 31, 2016 @ 19:16:06

    Flash Fiction should be under 1,000 words on the high end, but many stories are much smaller…

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