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Online workshops at the Festival. Booking open

We’re delighted that some of our presenters are able to add an online component to their face-to-face festival weeknd workshops, so participants from different time zones around the world will be able to attend our flash fiction festival weekend July 8th-10th. There are seven online workshops in all: one three hour workshop on Friday afternoon with Kathy Fish; four one or one and half hour workshops on Saturday and two one and a half hour workshops on Sunday. Details of all workshops on Saturday and Sunday are listed on the workshop page. You can scroll down to find them. Details of the pre-festival workshop with Kathy Fish is linked here.

Please note: All workshops are to be paid for separately on the individual buttons below. The three hour pre-festival workshop with Kathy Fish on Friday 8th July costs £50. All the other workshops on Saturday 9th July and Sunday 10th July are £20 each.

We have one or two free places available on all workshops (apart from the pre-festival workshop with Kathy Fish). Contact us.

All workshops take place in BST (British Summer Time).

Anyone booking on an online flash fiction workshop may also enter The Pokrass Prize. Write an up to 150 word micro to be in with a chance of a £50 cash prize and books. Winner announced at the festival weekend. Deadline Midsummer day, 21st June.

When you have paid for a workshop (or workshops) send your PayPal receipt to Jude (at) flashfictionfestival (dot) com to get your Zoom link.

Payments are processed by our sponsor, Bath Flash Fiction Award Read in Full

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Friday at the Festival

You are welcome to arrive from 2.00 pm onwards on Friday 8th July for the in-person flash fiction festival at Trinity College, Bristol. There are also some extra places now available on the pre festival three hour workshop with Kathy Fish which is taking place from 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm. This is also open for those not attending the rest of the festival weekend. (If you need help with booking accommodation or have dietary requests, please contact us. And check out the list of accommodations.

Friday Meals

You can bring a picnic or order a Teatime Box from our excellent Bristol-based caterer, Campbell’s Kitchen if you are coming early or want to pick one up later.

£8.50. Order via Paypal .

Tea Time Boxes: Tarts with pesto, olives, and cherry tomatoes Potato Salad, Coleslaw, Garden Salad.Chocolate Brownie.
(Suitable for vegans. Please contact Hospitality Director, Diane Simmons diane (at)flashfictionfestival (dot com, if you woud like a gluten-free option)

Campbells Kitchen delivering

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Accommodation Options for Weekend Festival 8-10th July 2022

Outside Trinity College


This year’s flash fiction festival will be held at Trinity College, a Theological Colllege, in the Stoke Bishop area of Bristol. The limited number of rooms at Trinity is now sold out,but Hospitality Director, Diane Simmons, has compiled this extensive list of accommodation options within Bristol. Read in Full

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Winner, Young Writers’ Flash Fiction Contest

As an addition to our March online flash fiction day, Susmita Bhattacharya, who was a judge for the adult contest, and is a facilitator for the Mayflower Young Writers Group in Southampton, hosted a parallel flace-to-face flash fiction workshop for young writers. The young people also had their own writing competition. Flash Fiction team member, Alison Woodhouse, dropped in to their session to talk more about flash and to set a prompt. She asked writers to use an object as the focal point of a piece of flash to tell a story.

Thank you to all who entered. Alison has now chosen the winner! Huge congratulations to Katie Britton, a member of MayFlower Young Writers, @MayflowerYW who used a mirror as her focal point. Katie’s story is based on an actual mirror in her house, and we love that she has sent us her picture posed in front of it. Katie wins a special mug with the flash fiction logo, which has ‘Winner’ and her name written on the back. Read in Full

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Winning Stories, March Flash Fiction Festival

Congratulations to the winner, Rosaleen Lynch and the runner-up Mandira Pattnaik.Read more about them and judge Susmita Bhattacharya’s comments here

CHAW
by Rosaleen Lynch

Chaw /tʃɔ:/ (verb.) to chew roughly, (noun.) a wad, like chewing tobacco your Da might spit at you when he comes home drunk; (acronym.) e.g. CHAW;

‘C’ for Courage (n.) from the French ‘coeur‘ for heart, the heart to run away or the heart to stay;

‘H’ for Hope (v.) from the Germanic to trust, rely on, have confidence in or Hope (n.) as in ‘we haven’t got a hope’ or ‘hopeless’ (antonym.) or without feathers;

‘A’ for Admiration (n.) from the old French ‘to wonder at the miracle’, the miracle you’ve lived this long, and you truly wonder at the miracle that your Da’s standing after how much he’s had to drink;

‘W’ for Wisdom (n.) insight, making good judgements e.g. whether to remove the remaining chaw and food from your Da’s mouth as he now lies on the kitchen floor, after trying to convince you all, that beans on toast need decorating with edible flowers, like on some TV cooking show, holding irises from next-door, he swears are edible, and to prove it, stuffs one in his mouth with tobacco and chaws, and when he falls, you look for courage to let him be, to see what’s best for family, hope this time he’ll do the right thing, something you could admire, like change or die, but you’re wise enough to realize, he’ll survive, your Da’s toxicity will win against that of the iris;

Iris /ˈʌɪrɪs/ (n.) Greek for eye pigmentation, the same colour as yours, watching him, waiting, ruminating on whether this is the only trait passed on, if the darkness too will be carried by the genes, like clouds carry rain, like Iris, the messenger of the gods, in The Illiad (the legend of the siege of Troy) the Greek goddess of the rainbow, carries truth.

TOP FLYING ADVICE FOR NEW FLIERS

by Mandira Pattnaik

29 March 2017

1. Fly on Nonstop Non-risk Routings
Most accidents occur during takeoff, climb, descent, and landing phases of flight. Like dating, lovemaking, marriage, and cohabitation. Soniya’s admiration for Rajiv stems from his saying yes on the first date. But both must agree to reduce their exposure to these most accident-prone phases of flight.

2. Choose Larger Aircraft
Obviously. Also, in the unlikely event of a serious accident, Rajiv’s larger hands will be more comforting.

3. Pay Attention to the Preflight Briefing
Although the information seems repetitious, the locations of the closest emergency exits may be different depending on the aircraft that you fly on and seat you are in: says Mum and married sisters. They also provide endless hope.

4. Keep Your Seat Belt Fastened While You are Seated
Wisdom demands a firm anchoring if and when the flight hits unexpected turbulence: says Soniya’s friends.

5. Hazardous Material Banned
By the end of the first year, both new fliers know the list of hazardous materials that are not allowed, but common sense should tell them how handy knives, mirrors, glasses and bottles can be while you’re involved in an argument. Particularly if the coupling is already under strain.

6. Drink During Flight — Maintain Responsibility
Atmosphere in an airliner cabin is pressurized and moderation is a good policy at any altitude. Rajiv (or both) often forgets this. Dirt is dug and flung at each other.

7. Keep Your Wits About You
In the rather likely event of a precautionary emergency evacuation, Soniya isn’t alarmed when Rajiv tells her: Go, get lost. She is prepared to land in the worst possible. All flights are essentially leaps of faith.

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The March Great Flash fiction Festival Throwdown Winners!

Thanks very much to novelist, short story, flash fiction writer and writing teacher, Susmita Bhattacharya for judging the contest at the last of our current series of online flash fiction festival days on Saturday March 26th. One of the prizes is a mug featuring part of a painting of irises by Vincent Van Gogh. Susmita discovered that the iris flower, has different meanings. It is seen as a flower representing hope, admiration, faith, wisdom and courage. She asked writers to write a hermit crab style flash incorporating several of these words. Her comments on the winners are below. We’ve posted their stories on another page linked here. And Susmita’s comments on the flash fictions are below.

Prizes are £30 for the winner plus the mug pictured and publication online on this site and in the fifth Flash Fiction Festival Anthology, which will be published by adhocfiction in the late Autumn this year. The runner-up is also offered publication and an anthology from published by aAd Hoc Fiction. Read in Full

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Applications open for free places at the Flash Fiction Festival in July

Watercolour of Trinity College by a previous participant

We currently have three donated places of £270 each towards the in-person flash fiction festival 8th to 10th July in Bristol. This sum is for the weekend package of workshops, talks,and readings on Saturday and Sunday but does not cover the cost of the pre-festival workshop on Friday afternoon, meals, accommodation or travel. Read in Full

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Flash Fiction Festival Anthology, Volume Four

We’re thrilled that Flash Fiction Festival Volume Four, the anthology of stories from the nine online festival days, March 2021 – January 2022, sponsored by Ad Hoc Fiction, is officially published today, 25th March in the first flush of spring and you can buy it from the Ad Hoc Fiction bookshop and shortly from Amazon in paperback. (ebook will come later). We’re building a rainbow of anthologies from the online and in person flash fiction festivals. And now we have a green colour to add to the red, orange and yellow flash fiction festival anthologies already published. It is so good to publish this green covered anthology now after the haitus due to the pandemic and cancelled in-person flash festivals. There’ll be an opportunity to be published in the Flash Fiction Festival Volume Five if you attend the weekend festival of flash in Bristol this year, 8th to 10th July. We’ll be open for submissions after the festival has finished and it will also included the winners and runners up from the online festival days in February and March this year and Pokrass Prize. which is for all of the in-person festival participants Read in Full

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Winners’ Stories, February 26th Flash Festival challenge


These stories were selected by Sage Tyrtle who set the prompt and judged the February ‘Throwdown’ challenge at the online flash fiction festival. We’ve another post to read with her comments and more about Sara Hills and David Lewis who were this month’s winners. Read in Full

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Winners of Great FlashFiction Festival Throwdown, February

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Thank you so much to writer, and learning facilitator, Sage Tyrtle who was our writing contest judge for the tenth of our Flash Fiction Festival Days.She set a great prompt based on Van Gogh’s Cafe terrace painting. Thank you also to all the writers who entered. (Please check out Sage’s website, linked above, for more of her workshops inspiring writers with wonderful prompts).

The winner, selected by Sage, is Sara Hills
Sage wrote these comments on ‘Tomorrow at Cafe La Nuit’, Sara’s story. Read in Full

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The Pokrass Prize

Meg Pokrass

Our Flash Fiction Festival Curator, acclaimed writer and teacher, Meg Pokrass is unable to come to the festival in July, this year, but we’re delighted she has offered a writing challenge for all festival participants, one of her trade-mark “Pokrass Prompts”. Meg will be judging the submissions for this contest, named after her.

Everyone who has booked for the in-person flash fiction festival in July, gains a free entry to the contest. The challenge is to write a 150 word micro inspired by the prompt, the words and the image and send to story{at}flashfictionfestival{dot}com by midsummer’s day, Tuesday June 21st. (attaching your document to the email in docx preferably, with Pokrass Prize in the email subject line).

Results will be announced at the festival.

The first prize winner will win £50, a copy of Alligators at Night, one of Meg’s flash fiction collections, a Flash Fiction Festival Anthology, three free entries to Bath Flash Fiction Award and publication in the fifth Flash Fiction Festival anthology.

Two Runners-Up will receive a copy of Alligators at Night, a Flash Fiction Festival Anthology, three free entries to Bath Flash Fiction Award and publication in the fifth Flash Fiction Festival Anthology. Read in Full

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