Submission Guidelines

Welcome to FlashFlood an international flash-fiction journal created by you and edited by a team of volunteer editors on behalf of National Flash Fiction Day.

The aim is simple: wherever you are in the world, we want your best flash fictions. The word limit is 500 words maximum, but that's the only rule. (Shorter pieces are very welcome.) Any subject, any genre, any style, any perspective, anything as long as it's flash.

The stories will be posted regularly throughout the day on National Flash Fiction Day, Saturday 26th June 2021, providing you with a constant diet of brand new flash fictions to fill your day.



Submissions for the 2021 FlashFlood will be open in the Spring of 2021.


Please note, these guidelines are subject to change before the 2021 submission window opens.

The Basics

  • Please send up to three pieces to with ‘SUBMISSION: ‘ and the title or titles of your stories in the subject line.
  • Please send your piece as an attachment in any standard document format (.doc, .docx, .pdf, .odt, .rtf, etc.)
  • Please DO NOT include your name or any identifying information in the file name or within the file itself.  (Please DO include your name or pen name in your email so that we know how to credit you if we publish your flash!)
  • You may send up to three pieces.  Please send each piece in a separate document.
  • The maximum word count is 500 words, excluding the title. Shorter is fine; microfictions and other super short forms are more than welcome.
  • You may send one piece at a time, but please do not send more than three pieces in total over the course of the 2021 submission period.
  • We will only publish one piece per author, so please do not send further work if you have already had a piece accepted for 2021.  (Authors published in previous years are welcome to submit to this year’s FlashFlood.)
  • Previously published stories may be submitted 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.)  If submitting previously published work, please include full details of the original publisher (including publication date, issue numbers, etc.) in your email so that we can properly credit the original publisher if we accept your piece.  (Please don’t include it in the document with your piece.)  
    • Please note: since opening for submissions, we have taken the decision not to republish work that we've printed on FlashFlood, past NFFD UK anthologies, or other NFFD sources.  If you have already sent us one this year, feel free to send another in its place.
  • This year, we will be nominating pieces first published in FlashFlood for awards such as Best Small Fictions, Best of the Net, the Pushcart Prize and others. If your piece is previously unpublished and you would like us to consider it for an award nomination, please confirm that the piece is unpublished in your email.  (Also, if you are from the UK, Ireland or the US and would like your piece to be considered for nominations with residency requirements, please let us know your nationality and country of residence in your email.)  Work published online counts as previously published where award nominations are concerned, unless it was published in a password-protected environment such as a private writers' forum.
  • If you are an unpublished author and would like to be considered for one of our reserved slots, let us know in your email.
  • Other than information about previous publications and eligibility for nominations, we don’t require any further information in your cover letter.  Editors will not see your name or cover letter when reading your work.  (Please help us by keeping your name and personal details off your submission and file name.)
  • Pieces will be read anonymously, then authors contacted.  We aim to reply as quickly as we can.  In past years, many authors were contacted within the day, and often within the hour.  Do not be surprised if this happens, but equally, we may well be slower this year as most of our editors are dealing with extra logistical challenges in this strange time.  Please bear with us and do not panic if you don't hear from us within the day.  Feel free to query if you haven’t heard from us by Tuesday, 2 June. 
  • Please note: Because of the flood of entries we receive, the editors will be 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're processing comfortably over 100+ submissions a day.  Depending on our queue when you submit and when our editors take their shifts, 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.

Reserved Slots for Unpublished Authors
  • This year, we have some spots reserved for unpublished authors.  If you haven't been published fiction online or in print, feel free to mention this in your cover e-mail and we will consider you for one of these slots.   (It's fine if you've published non-fiction or reviews.  It's also fine if you've self-published your own fiction on your website, blog or social media.)
  • We will get back to all unpublished authors shortly after our submission window closes.
  • If the only place your work has been published is on your own blog, website or social media, we are still happy to consider you for one of our unpublished author slots.  If you have any doubts about your situation, feel free to email us at
A different editor will be reading submissions on each of the seven days of our submission window, but we're not publicising who is reading on which day.  You can read more about the 2021 editors here.
Thank you for sending us your words. We can't wait to read your work!

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. All we would ask is that you credit FlashFlood as the first publisher if your work subsequently finds a home elsewhere. 

All stories will be published on National Flash Fiction Day, 26 June 2021, but FlashFlood will remain live thereafter.  By submitting work, you agree to let us publish it at FlashFlood / National Flash Fiction Day as long as the FlashFlood and/or National Flash Fiction Day project exists. 

Should you wish anything to be changed after the day of publication, please email with your request.  For pieces published before 2021, should you wish us to remove your piece for any reason, please contact us at

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 personal information we collect (name, email address, publication status, and optionally nationality and country of residency) will only be used for the purpose of contacting authors about the status of their publications, publishing the stories selected for FlashFlood, and making award nominations.

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.

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