Flash Fiction Festival, Fri 20th, Sat 21st & Sun 22nd July 2018

Funded and organised by Bath Flash Fiction Award

This year’s festival has taken place. We are planning the 2019 Festival and more details posted in the autumn Following on from the success of the inaugural literary festival entirely dedicated to flash fiction which took place in June 2017 in Bath and attracted flash fiction writers from around the world, we are happy to host the 2018 Flash Fiction Festival UK at Trinity College Bristol which is in Stoke Bishop, a beautiful part of Bristol and a short journey from the city centre. This year’s festival is supported by funding from Bath Flash Fiction Award.

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The Flash Fiction Festival is for beginning and experienced writers who want to learn more about flash fiction – an exciting and continually emerging short-short form of prose, growing in popularity around the world. Come and be inspired by leading flash fiction practitioners from the UK, USA, Ireland and Germany and to immerse yourself in writing, reading and listening to flash fiction throughout the weekend. All sections of the community, from all corners of the globe, are welcome.

Trinity College Bristol, photo by John Darch, CC BY-SA 2.0

£230 for the whole weekend

Friday 20th July, 4.00pm – Sunday 22nd July, 5.30pm
includes all workshops, talks, two evenings of readings, two lunches, and one evening meal
£200 for anyone bringing their own food
Teas, coffee and biscuits are free for all throughout the festival

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Flash Fiction Festival Presenters

From the UK Vanessa Gebbie, David Gaffney, Ashley Chantler, Peter Blair, Meg Pokrass, Jude Higgins, K M Elkes, Carrie Etter, Michael Loveday, Calum Kerr, Santino Prinzi, Haleh Agar, Ingrid Jendrzejewski
From the USA Nancy Stohlman, John Brantingham, Grant Hier, Laurie Stone
From Germany Christopher Allen
From Ireland Nuala O’Connor

Whats on?

In brief below. More details here.

  • Friday evening informal picnic from 4.00 pm onwards. Bring your own picnic, meet people and socialise in the extensive grounds. Bar open from 5.30 pm.
  • Friday evening from 7.30 pm. Open-mic/readings from the National Flash Fiction Day Anthology, 2018. Either inside or outside, depending on the weather.
  • Saturday and Sunday Workshops: An opportunity to participate in four different ‘hands-on’ writing workshops from a choice of eighteen.
  • Saturday talks: Flashes of Inspiration — Half an hour talks/readings. The opportunity to attend one talk from a choice of six.
  • Pre-dinner readings from workshop presenters.
  • Saturday evening readings from contributors to ‘Funny Bone’, the anthology of fiction compiled by Peter Blair and Ashley Chantler in aid of Comic Relief.
  • Saturday evening open-mic.
  • Book shop – books written by our workshop leaders, plus pamphlets, magazines and A3 writing maps.
  • Sunday afternoon book launches and publisher showcase
  • Bar open evenings and lunch times.

Other Events

  • A Festival Long competition – ‘The best first line’, with prizes.
  • Raffle – This year, all proceeds will be donated to Comic Relief. We’re collecting prizes now and we are very appreciative to writer Charmaine Wilkerson for again donating a week’s writing retreat at her apartment in the countryside near Rome as one of the prizes. We also have have a month’s mentorship from Meg Pokrass, a month’s mentorship from Jude Higgins, books donated by Peter Blair and Ashley Chantler, Christopher Allen and David Gaffney, back copies of Project Calm magazine, and A3 Reviews and Writing Maps. Let us know if you want to donate a prize.
  • After the festival has finished, submit a flash fiction you started in the festival for the possibility of being included the print anthology, Flash Fiction Festival Two. You can buy Flash Fiction Festival One, the collection of 74 micro fictions submitted by Flash Fiction Festival, 2017 participants at bookshop.adhocficton.com


Meals will be catered by the award-winning Ben Sibbard, and will include all dietary requirements.

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