Our National Flash Fiction Day competition is now closed for entries.

The winning entries will be published on our website and will be given the opportunity to read live at our exciting live literature event on National Flash Fiction Day, 16th May 2012.  If that’s not enough reason to get writing, we will also be giving away lots of wonderful booky prizes to the winners.  More details on the evening event to be annouced shortly.

Not used to reading in front of an audience? No worries! Collaborate Here are running performance workshops prior to the event to help you make the most of reading your work to a live audience (more details to be announced shortly). It’s a great opportunity to get your writing out there and develop new skills if you’re not used to performing.

Our judging panel was made up of:


Your work will be looked at, scrutinised, enjoyed and judged by the following A Factor panel (A for amazing, that’s right):

David Gaffney

He is the author of Sawn-Off Tales (2006), Aromabingo (2007), Never Never (2008), Station Stories, in which six writers linked to the audience with wireless headphones performed short stories in Manchester Piccadilly railway station (Manchester Literature Festival 2011), amongst other things. He has written articles for the Guardian, Sunday Times, Financial Times and Prospect magazine. His latest collection of short stories, The Half Life of Songs, is out now.

– Emma Jane Unsworth

Her short fiction has been published in various places and she is a columnist for The Big Issue in the North. Her first novel Hungry, the Stars and Everything was published by The Hidden Gem Press in June 2011. It’s about drinking, eating, not eating, astronomy and the devil. She is currently working on her second novel.

Cathy Bryant 

 Her poems and short stories have been published on four continents (just Africa and Antarctica to go…). In 2009 she was runner-up in the Woman&Home short fiction contest, in 2010 she won the Marple Humourous Poetry Prize, in 2011 she was runner up in both the Strange Circle Fiction Contest and the Arthritis Care Creative Fiction Competition, and in 2012 she won the Swanezine poetry prize. Cathy co-edits the annual anthology Best of Manchester Poets, and her own collection, Contains Strong Language and Scenes of a Sexual Nature was published in 2010.

So get your writing hats on and get those fingers moving. Good luck!

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