National Flash Fiction Day is just around the corner, in June. And today is the last day to submit to the competition – submissions close May 31 at midnight.
Like last year, NFFD has gained the attention of several staunch supporters, including various branches of the New Zealand Society of Authors as well as Jason Books in Auckland and Rona Gallery in Eastbourne. This year, there’s also an anonymous cash donation. And all that makes for a rich array of prizes for the national competition.
The Auckland branch of the NZSA is sponsoring the main prizegiving event this year, taking place June 22, 2-4pm, in the Auckland Central City Library, Lorne Street report, in the Whare Wānanga, Level 2. The event is open to the public and will include the judges’ presentation of winners, plus guest readers and some of the shortlisted writers from this year’s competition.
"I think it's important to support an event like this in its second year, to keep on with the process of developing a place for both the National Flash Fiction Day competition and flash fiction itself in the national writing/reading psyche,” says NZSA Auckland branch chair James George. “There are many interlinking communities within the world of writing, and connections to be made and solidified. This event is a great way to keep that process going."
A few words from last year’s winners…
I enjoy reading and writing flash fiction for its restrained economy which gives weight to every word.
-Janet Pates, 2012 Winner
I like the immediacy of flash. I like the surprises. I like how everything’s done and dusted so quickly, how you get a whole story crammed into a small number of words. Flash is perfect for snatching a moment of reading pleasure out of our busy lives.
-Janis Freegard, 2012 Runner-Up
Just a few hundred focused words in a free-wheeling space to be flamboyant, forgiven, feisty, faithful, feral, foolish, or fall in love? Just a few hundred words without falsity, fractures or falling flat? A chance to find a flying start followed by a flawless finish? Fabulous fun! Fetch in the flash fiction festival!
Ann Webber, 2012 Runner-up
EVENTS & SPONSORS:
This year’s events include competitions, 24-hour challenges, open-mic evenings and workshops. If you’d like to organize an event if your area, find out more about other events or add your group to the list of sponsors for NFFD, get in touch: email@example.com.
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