Welcome to The Write-In! This is the blog for the National Flash-Fiction Day's mass-writing event taking place on 6 June 2020.

Here's the deal...

Throughout National Flash Fiction Day, we'll post one prompt per hour here at The Write-In.

If any of these prompts inspire you to write new work, you have until 23:59 BST on Sunday, 7 June to submit your work.  We'll publish responses to the prompts between Sunday, 7 June and Monday, 8 June 2020.

Here's how to submit...

The word limit is 300 words, and stories must relate to one of the prompts, but those are the only rules.

Submissions close at the 23.59, Sunday 7th June 2020 (BST), so don't delay!

To participate, please send your flash(es) to and note which prompt you have written it for.

We can't wait to read your work!

More submission details...

  • Please send your work to as an attachment in any standard document format (.doc, .docx, .pdf, .odt, .rtf). 
  • The word count is 300 words, excluding the title, except where otherwise indicated by the prompt.  Much shorter submissions are very welcome!
  • You may send as many pieces as you want, provided that the pieces were written in response to one of the 25 prompts, within 24 hours of that prompt going live.
  • International writers are very welcome; it doesn't matter where you are in the world or who you are, we invite you to take part.
  • If you have altered a previously-published piece in response to a prompt, you're welcome to send it in as long as you retain copyright and any period of exclusivity with the original publisher has lapsed.  (Please ensure that this is the case before submitting.)  Please include full details of the original publisher so that we can properly credit them if we accept your piece.
  • If you're also publishing your work on your own blog, send along the link and we'll include it alongside your work if your flash is selected for publication.  
  • We reserve the right to correct very obvious typos (misspelled words, obvious typos, etc.). We will not make any changes that would affect content, meaning or interpretation.
  • The editors are unable to provide feedback on stories or give reasons for rejections, but each piece will be read with respect and care. There are many reasons why we may pass on a piece besides than the quality of a story, so please don't be disheartened if your piece doesn't make it this time around.
  • Also note: this is a fast and furious project; we may turn around with a response -- positive or negative -- in a very short time.  Please be aware of this if you decide to submit, and don't take a quick rejection personally or as a sign that we haven't read your piece.  We read each story completely and value each submission, whether or not we are able to publish it.

The Small Print...
  • Copyright remains with you, the author, at all times, as does responsibility for your story’s contents.   If accepted, you are free to republish any story anywhere else in any form at any time. (It would be kind of you to credit The Write-In as the first publisher if your work subsequently finds a home elsewhere, but it's up to you.) 
  • All stories will be published shortly after National Flash Fiction Day (UK), but The Write-In will remain live thereafter.  Should you wish us to remove your story, or wish anything to be changed after the day of publication, please email with your request and we will be happy to comply.
  • We are unable to pay for stories. This is a purely volunteer-run celebration of flash fiction, and we make no money from this journal.  We hope you will consider celebrating with us, but if you require payment, we completely understand and wish you the very best in placing your work with a paying market instead.
  • The personal information we collect (name, email address, and publication details of previously-published work) will only be used for the purpose of contacting authors about the status of their publications, publishing the stories selected for The Write-In, and making award nominations.

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