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 300 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 were open from
00:01 BST on 2 May to 23:59 on 8 May 2021.
Tentative Submission Window for the 2022 FlashFlood:
00:01 BST on 1 May to 23:59 on 7 May 2021.

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.  If we nominate your story for an award, we may need to pass your email address on to award bodies.  If you would prefer we not do this, please let us know in your cover letter.

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. 

FlashFlood makes a loss as we are committed to free submissions but have to pay per submission.  Donations to help cover our expenses are very gratefully received.  Information on how to support us is available here.

And the Flood abates....

That's it for this year's FlashFlood!  Huge thanks again to our writers, our readers, our editors , and everyone who submitted work....