Flash Fiction Festival 2018 shortlisted in the Saboteur Award

We’re completely over the moon that the Flash Fiction Festival 2018 is short listed in the new category, ‘Literary Festivals’, in this year’s Saboteur Awards! Thank you very much to everyone who nominated us. It is such a great honour. We’d also be honoured if you would vote for us in the second round, adding what you liked about the weekend festival to give us a good chance of winning. That would be so amazing! A real boost for flash fiction around the world.

The Saboteur Awards announcements are taking place in Birmingham on Saturday evening, May 18th and representatives from all short listed events are asked to attend. Our director, Jude Higgins is on a flash fiction writing retreat with Kathy Fish and Nancy Stohlman in Italy in May, where, on the day, we will be tuning in on social media to see what’s happening. We’re very pleased that Festival Hospitality Co-ordinator, Diane Simmons, pictured here sorting out some food at last year’s festival, will be there to represent us. She’s also there on her own behalf, having been short listed in the short story category for her marvellous flash fiction collection, Finding A Way. Many congratulations to her.

Enthralled listeners

We’re particularly happy that a festival totally dedicated to flash fiction has been short listed in this category. Now in its third year, as far as we know, it’s still the only Flash Fiction Festival in the world and certainly the only one in the UK. Thanks to all the 2018 team Diane Simmons, Meg Pokrass, Santino Prinzi, K M Elkes, Michael Loveday, Matt Thorpe Coles and Karen Jones and our volunteers for making it such a success. We’ve included a few pictures here and there are lots more on a gallery of photographs from last year We had a lot of lovely comments on our feedback sheets last year and very much appreciated them. Here’s a few:

Mike Manson and others in discussion

“Learning from other writers/workshop leaders;
The warmth and inclusiveness of all the participants. Everyone a peer and accessible;
Workshops, readings and meeting other flash fiction writers;
The enthusiasm and encouragement of the presenters and organisers;
Meeting so many other writers;
The positive and encouraging atmosphere;
I thought the organisation was excellent. Loved the range of speakers. The venue was fabulous and the food was fantastic – thanks for catering so wonderfully for special diets;
The talented facilitators running workshops;
The camaraderie, everyone was helpful and friendly
Location superb, wonderful house and gardens, Food and company lovely. so it was all great.

Our venue, Trinity College, Bristol


This year, we are hoping it will be equally as much fun. It’s taking place 28-30th June at the same venue Trinity College. We have places left, writers coming from all over the world, and lots of fantastic workshops from extraordinary writers and teachers. We love Flash Fiction!

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Friday Evening Pizzas at The Festival

Are you booked or are you a workshop leader at our third Flash Fiction Festival and arriving at the Festival on Friday afternoon 28th June? Or attending the pre-festival workshop with Kathy Fish and think you might need a meal when you have finished? We’ve arranged Bristol’s wood-fired mobile pizza outfit, Wood Chop Pizza to come along and serve their pizzas cooked on the spot in their wood – fired oven from about 4.30 pm – 6.30 pm.

The simple menu pictured here gives a choice of vegetarian and a meat based pizza. And there is also a vegan option not listed. Hospitality director Diane Simmons and Festival Director, Jude Higgins have sampled a pizza and they are very tasty. We need advance payment to secure Wood Chop Pizza’s services. And if you want one, it would be helpful to us if you paid via paypal or any card below asap and then contact Diane Simmons to say which one you have chosen. Four choices, Margherita, Portobello, Vegan (not listed on the menu but instead of cheese, sundried tomatoes and artichokes) and Salami and Chorizo. £8.50 each.

Pizza orders now closed.

The bar will be open from 2.00 pm on Friday serving wine, beer, prosecco, soft drinks and snacks. If you don’t want a hot pizza, you are welcome to bring your own picnic food to eat in the lovely grounds and the building that houses the bar.

The evening of readings begins at 6.00 pm.

Not booked yet? Places are going fast now. Join the crowd from all parts of the UK and other enthusiastic flash fiction writers from Ireland, USA, Canada, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Cyprus, New Zealand and Australia. We’d love to see you there. All welcome, beginners and experienced alike.

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Embracing Your Inner Wild: Creating Untamed Flash Fiction

By popular demand we have included a pre-festival three hour workshop with acclaimed flash fiction writer and teacher Kathy Fish, who is also leading three other shorter workshops during the rest of the weekend and contributing to a panel on Flash Fiction Around The World.

Kathy says: “The flash form is uniquely suited for innovation and experimentation. This session is aimed at writing outside your comfort zone, both in language and in content. What happens when we unbind ourselves from the constraints of tame, domesticated realism and let our imaginations run wild? We will explore playfulness of language and structure as well as trying our hands at surrealism, magical realism, absurdism, etc. Expect to come away from this session with three fresh and surprising drafts in hand.”
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2019 Flash Fiction Festival UK, Booking Open Now

Sunny days at Trinity

The third Flash Fiction Festival is taking place the weekend of 28th-30th June, at Trinity College, Bristol, the same lovely venue as last year in Bristol UK. And we hope many of you who came last year will come again. This is what Vanessa Gebbie, who has run workshops at our previous two festivals and is running one this year said this morning on social media:
“Flashers UK and beyond, get in there. It’s not just friendly, it’s focussed, hugely useful, inspirational, brilliant for networking and great, great fun!”

This year, we’ve flash fiction teachers and writers coming from New Zealand as well as from UK, Ireland, US, Germany, Italy and Cyprus. And there’s even more to choose from. Plus an extra, three hour pre-festival workshop with Kathy Fish on the Friday afternoon before the festival, which you can book separately. Take a look at the workshop page and the programme. It’s all very exciting.

Presenters Carrie, Nancy and Meg

    We also have more team members to help everything run smoothly. Helen Rye is in charge of entertainments. Expect evening Karaoke after the day’s events are over in a bar decorated with fairy lights. Alison Woodhouse is helping with hospitality with a focus on the bar, and Danielle Miles is officially in charge of the bookshop and the raffle. Have a look at the gallery of pictures to get some idea of the atmosphere last year. We expect it will be just as fun and as vibrant this time.
    If you haven’t got a copy already, you can read some stunning micros that were prompted by the Festival workshops in 2017 and 2018 in Flash Fiction Festival One and Flash Fiction Festival Two. The books are available in print from the Ad Hoc Fiction Bookshop and digitally on Kindle and Nook. And anyone coming to the festival this year, will have the opportunity to submit to Flash Fiction Festival Three, which will be published by the end of the year.
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Festival Raffle

At this year’s festival in July at Trinity College, Bristol we raised money for Comic Relief to support the money raised by Funny Bone, the anthology of funny flash fiction published by Peter Blair and Ashley Chantler at Chester University. We raised £250 which was a great outcome. Read in Full

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Flash Fiction Festival 2018

We were thrilled with the success of the Flash Fiction Festival, this year entirely funded by Bath Flash Fiction Award, and directed by Jude Higgins with the help of a great festival team.The festival took place at Trinity College, Bristol 20th-22nd July. Everything was brilliant, including the weather. The full programme of events began with readings on Friday evening and continued with workshop, talks, book launches and general fun with very popular impromptu festival karaoke organised by Helen Rye and Christopher Allen.

    Participants and workshop leaders travelled from many different parts of the world to come to the festival. Here’s Roberta Beary, who came from Ireland, with our festival curator, Meg Pokrass.

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A Letter from Laurie Stone

Dear Flashers,
I am looking forward to seeing you in Bristol this July and learning about your writing. I will be hosting a workshop on hybrid narrative and crafting sentences that work at the level of separate stories. Festival director Jude Higgins has asked some of us to post ideas ahead of our rendezvous. Read in Full

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Sculpting Flash Fiction with Nancy Stohlman

I’m so excited to be part of the second annual Flash Fiction Festival!

I’m going to be teaching two classes that both come primarily out of my 15 years as an editor. The Sculpting Flash Fiction class is my love letter to the art of editing—for me this is where the real magic happens. My own first drafts are fast and uncensored, but the sculpting of those ideas is the real dance and my favorite part. I hope to not only give some concrete tools for editing flash fiction but also to inspire an appreciate for this part of the process, which I fondly call the “puberty” of our work, where everything changes and starts to find itself.
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