June 15th is Flash Fiction Day and, as always, I’m running my unofficial flash fiction marathon. This Saturday, write as many very short stories as you can and win the satisfaction of having written as many very short stories as you could.
(One story is fine. In fact, it’s one more than most people manage.)
Here’s how the whole event will play out:
Before June 15th:
- Comment on this post letting me know you want to take part.
- I put together an “official” Flash Fiction Day post listing all the participants.
On June 15th:
- The event begins at the very start of June 15th, your local time. You can start writing any time after that.
- 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.)
- Publish a blog post (or equivalent) titled “Flash Fiction Day Submissions” (or something more imaginative) containing that story.
- Post a link to your post on my official FFD post (not this sign-up one). I’ll approve it and add the link next to your name as quickly as possible.
- Write more stories! Edit those new stories into to your FFD post (possibly with a note to say what time you started/finished them). You should end up with something that looks a little like this. All your stories must be available through the one link you give me – I will not be sitting around all day adding second/third/fourth/fifteenth links for every single participant.
- That’s it! All your stories for the day are available in one place where readers can easily find them.
- When June 15th ends, so does the event. Of course, you’re free to stop writing earlier if you like.
Apologies for the extra bold text this time around – it’s just there to add clarity. Every year I have to re-explain the process to at least one person who’s got things mixed up, and it eats up time that’s already stretched between running the event and writing my own stories for it. Please feel free to ask questions if you’ve got them, but ideally get them out of the way before the 15th (and ideally check the example linked above before asking)!
Have fun, and remember to get some tactical sleepytime even if you’re planning to write a whole lot of stories!