By National Flash | Posted: Wednesday April 3, 2019

The 2019 National Flash Fiction Day Competition runs February 15 April 15. Send your best 300-word story * Cash prizes * Adult and Youth competitions


Adult (19+)

First Prize: $1000

Second Prize: $400

Third Prize: $100

Judges: Siobhan Harvey and Lloyd Jones

Youth (18 and under)

First Prize: $200

Second Prize: $100

Third Prize: $50

Judges: Eirlys Hunter and Gail Ingram

Winners will be announced June 22 at the National Flash Fiction Day celebrations, and all winners are invited to attend and share their stories.

NFFD 2019 in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Northland and Wellington 


To enter the 2019 National Flash Fiction Day competition, please follow these easy steps:


  1. Make your online payment here:

ANZ / National Flash Fiction Competition/ Acct No. 06-0350-0849733-00
include ‘Surname, First initial’ as a reference

  1. Once you’ve transferred your entry fee, send proof of payment (a screen shot will do – see the link provided) along with your NFFD story/ stories to nationalflash@gmail.com.
  2. You will receive confirmation of your entry within 72 hours. If you do not hear from NFFD, please email again.
  3. All entries must be received electronically. If you are not online and wish to submit, please have a friend submit via email.

2019 fees:

19+ category: $10.00 per story or $24.00 for 3 stories (3 stories max per entrant)

Youth (up to 18 years) category: $7.00 for 1-3 stories (3 stories max per entrant) — one fee for up to 3 stories!


(See General Rules for further details)

  • Submissions open 15 February – 15 April 2019
  • Competition open to all NZ citizens and residents
  • Open competition; no theme or prompt
  • Only previously unpublished work will be considered (see General Rules)
  • Deadline for submissions: 15 April 2019 (midnight)
  • Word limit for all submissions (all categories): 300 excluding title
  • 5 or double spaced, please
  • No font requirements, but make it clean – no fancy fonts!
  • Maximum 3 stories per entrant; please include your submissions in one document
  • Electronic submissions only, emailed to nationalflash@gmail.com
  • Please indicate in the Subject line of the email if yours is a youth or submission
  • Submissions must be sent as attachments (not in the body of the email)
  • Send one of the following formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf; please, no pdfs
  • Please, no pdfs!
  • Submissions must be received no later than midnight, 15 April 2019
  • Your name may be in the email and any enquiries made to NFFD in the gmail account, but do not include your name or contact info on the attachments. Any submissions with author name on the attachment with the story text will be disqualified.
  • Judges’ decisions are final. No feedback will be offered on an individual basis.
  • Long lists will be announced in early May and shortlists in late May.
  • Winners will be announced on National Flash Fiction Day, June 22.
  • Winners and short-listed work will be published in a special winter edition of Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction.


  1. NFFD reserves the right at its total discretion to reject any entry in the Competition and to verify the validity of any entry or vote. All decisions of the NFFD shall be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  2. Entries must be original, previously unpublished pieces of work written by the person who submits the piece of work. Published means anything that has already appeared anywhere in print or online, including personal websites or blogs.
  3. Entries cannot be altered or changed after they have been submitted.
  4. NFFD accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected entries.
  5. NFFD is unable to return submitted entries. Entrants are advised to keep a copy of their entry for their records.
  6. The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  7. The judges reserve the right to not award prizes, based on their judgment of the quality of submissions.
  8. Partners, parents and children of the NFFD Central Committee and current judges are not eligible to enter the competition
  9. Winners will be announced June 22 at the NFFD award ceremonies and all winners are invited to attend and share their stories in their province NFFD 2019 celebrations held in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Northland and Wellington.
  10. A selection of entries will be published in a special winter edition of Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction. Writers retain the copyright to their submitted short story regardless of whether or not it is chosen for publication. NFFD retains unlimited use of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Short Story (all categories) for an unlimited period of time for any promotion or publication.
  11. The winners’ names, entry details, biographical information and photographs may be required by NFFD and will be used for publicity/promotional purposes without compensation. Entrants consent to this use of their details by entering the competition.
  12. The NFFD association, its committee members and its related agencies shall not be liable for any loss, damage or injury suffered or sustained (including but not limited to direct or consequential loss or loss arising from negligence) arising directly out of or in connection with the competition or any prize.

Entry constitutes acceptance of all National Flash Fiction Day Competition Rules and Guidelines


SIOBHAN HARVEY and LLOYD JONES, Adult Category: ages 19+

Siobhan Harvey is the author of five books, including the 2013 Kathleen Grattan Award-winning poetry collection, Cloudboy (Otago University Press, 2014) and, as editor, Essential New Zealand Poems (Godwit, 2014). She’s a Lecturer at The Centre for Creative Writing, Auckland University of Technology, where she was nominated as a 2018 Champion, “an acknowledgement of women who have empowered, supported or driven the AUT community to be a better version of itself”. She won the 2016 Write Well Award (Fiction US) and was highly commended in the 2018 New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry Competition. She has placed in many national and international competitions. The Poetry Archive (UK) holds a ‘Poet’s Page’ devoted to her work.

Lloyd Jones is a Wellington-based writer.

His books include: This House has three walls (Victoria University Press, 1997), the Man Booker shortlisted novel and winner of the Commonwealth Writers prize, Mr Pip (Penguin, 2007), The Book of Fame (Penguin, 2014), Hand me down world (Penguin, 2011), and a memoir, A History of Silence (Penguin, 2013). His most recent book is a novel, The Cage (Penguin RandomHouse, 2018).

GAIL INGRAM and EIRLYS HUNTER, Youth Category: ages 18 and under

Gail Ingram’s poetry, flash fiction and short stories have been published widely in journals and anthologies in New Zealand and overseas, including Takahē, Poetry New Zealand, Atlanta Review, Meniscus, Manifesto and Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand. Awards include winner NZPS international poetry competition and third place Poets Meet Politics international poetry competition. Her first poetry collection Contents Under Pressure (Pukeko Publications 2019), blends narrative, poetry and collage, about a mother who turns to graffiti art to cope with the turbulence of family trauma and the Christchurch earthquakes.

Gail combines teaching at the School for Young Writers with various and enjoyable editing work. She has a first class Masters in Creative Writing from Massey University, and lives on the rim of a rocky crater in Christchurch with her rat-catcher tabby and family. More here.

Eirlys Hunter was born in London but became a Wellingtonian years ago – the best move she ever made.

She began writing seriously when the last of her four children started school, and in 1998 she did the VUW Creative Writing MA with Bill Manhire.

Since then she’s written novels for both adults and children. Her adult short stories have been published in SPORT, Landfall and various anthologies, and on Radio NZ. Her stories and plays for children have appeared in the School Journal. Her most recent book is The Map-Makers’ Race (Gecko, 2018).

She teaches the Writing for Children course at the IIML, Victoria University of Wellington, and runs workshops in schools. She also helps run Hooked on NZ Books He Ao Ano, a website all about reviewing and NZ books, for young writers and readers.

She can often be found reading on the sofa, or hanging out with her grandchildren.


The 2018 competition judges were Tracey Slaughter and Sue Wootton (adult category) and Tim Jones and Patrick Pink (youth category).

2018 winners here (adult) and here (youth).


The 2017 competition judges were Emma Neale and Michael Harlow (adult category) and Heather McQuillan and Fleur Beale (youth category).

2017 winners here (adult) and here (youth).


The 2016 competition judges were James Norcliffe (more at his website and at his New Zealand Book Council page) and Elizabeth Smither (more at her New Zealand Book Council page).

2016 competition winners here.


The 2015 competition judges were Owen Marshall (more can be found at his New Zealand Book Council site and at his website) and Fiona Kidman (more can be found at her New Zealand Book Council site and at her website).

2015 competition winners here.


The 2014 competition judges were a Mary McCallum (more here and at her poetry blog, here) and Frankie McMillan (more here). In 2013, Frankie won the NFFD competition with her story ‘In the nick of time, a deer’ and Mary placed third with her story ‘Dead Space’.

2014 competition winners here.


The 2013 competition judges were Vivienne Plumb and the 2012 Buddle-Findlay Sargeson Fellow and writer of short stories David Lyndon Brown.

2013 competition winners here.


The 2012 inaugural NFFD competition judges were Graeme Lay, Stephen Stratford and Tina Shaw.

2012 competition winners here.

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