June 22nd: Flash Fiction Day 2016

You might recall that on June 22nd last year, I organised a Flash Fiction Day event. The overall goal of this event was to try and write as many flash fiction pieces as possible in just 24 hours (I personally managed 24 stories in the end, while GDeyke topped the By Lucifer’s Beard, How Do You Even Do That? scoreboard with a whopping 90). Well, the basic idea behind Flash Fiction Day this year will be no different, and it’ll be no different to the extent that I’m literally copying and pasting the rules from last time around:

Before June 22nd:

  1. Comment on this post letting me know you want to take part.
  2. I put together an “official” Flash Fiction Day post listing all the participants.

On June 22nd:

  1. The event begins at the very start of June 22nd, your local time. You can start writing any time after that.
  2. Write your first piece of flash fiction. Maximum 1,000 words, minimum 1 word. (I have read every conceivable 0 word story and am now bored of the genre.)
  3. Publish a blog post (or equivalent) titled “Flash Fiction Day Submissions” (or something more imaginative) containing that story.
  4. Post a link to your post on my FFD post. I’ll approve it and add the link to the post itself as quickly as possible.
  5. Write more stories! Add those new stories to your FFD post (possibly with a note to say what time you started/finished them). You might consider tweeting each time a new story becomes available to read.
  6. That’s it! All your stories for the day are available in one place where readers can easily find them.
  7. When June 22nd ends, so does the event. Of course, you’re free to stop writing earlier if you like.

You might also recall that last year I had intended to put together some kind of feature post showcasing the best stories to come out of the event. Well, that didn’t happen. The journal linked above includes everything written as part of the event, so is well worth a look, but to be honest it’s now so long after the event that putting together a more selective feature would be pointless even if I had the time. I got a job just before Christmas, and it’s still eating up quite a bit of my time. Also, having actually done the event, I’m of the opinion that it is essentially about quantity rather than quality, and part of what makes it special is seeing what a writer manages to produce over the course of a day, rather than simply what their best attempt looks like once it’s been polished up a bit.

That said, last year some participants produced only one piece, and that’s just fine too. A whole lot more people joined in than I was expecting, and if all this does is encourage people to write a little something on a day they would otherwise have written, then my job is done.

Except that I’m hoping to get the day off work in order to run this thing on the 22nd, so in a much more literal sense I will probably not be doing my job.

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29 comments

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  4. Lynn Love

    I’m in if I’m not too late, Damon. Might only manage a couple as I’m working through the day, but it seems like too much fun to miss. 🙂

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    • Damon L. Wakes

      Hi there!

      I’m hoping to post just one link to each writer’s contributions for the day, to avoid having to update the FFD post too often or get new links lost in the comments (and also I’d like time to write too!). Personally, I’m sticking all mine in just one blog post, but I notice you’ve got a “Flash Fiction Day” category on your blog. If you’re not planning to use it for anything else (or any future Flash Fiction Days) that would work too.

      Also, the blog post with the big list of participants is over here: https://damonwakes.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/the-official-flash-fiction-day-2016-blog-post/ . I may have neglected to link you to that initially: it’s been a busy day already!

  7. becoming roots

    This sounds super! I don’t think I can do it today (but may try anyway!), but if you do this again, I’m in for sure. How fun! Looking forward to reading the stories.

    • Damon L. Wakes

      The minimum word count is 1, if that makes it easier to find the time. :p

      But there is always next year: I’m planning to run this on June 22nd for as long as I’ve got the opportunity to keep it up.

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