National Flash Fiction Day, brainchild of Calum Kerr, is the first national celebration of one of the most exciting literary formats out there. We’re joining in by running a flash slam. Much like a poetry slam, participants will get 4 minutes and not a second more to show just how fabulous the format can be. With audience-led scoring, MCing and ever-so-slightly-cheeky-but-very-friendly critiquing from yours truly, and the Albion Beatnik’s unique atmosphere, this promises to be a night like no other. There’s a Facebook event thing here.
STOP PRESS: we have 12 people signed up so technically we are full, but please keep signing up and I will create a first come first served reserve list as we are bound to have some withdrawals – if you are on the list and can’t make it, please let me know ASAP so someone else can have their chance!
We are absolutely delighted to announce that in addition to the slam we will be headlined by possibly the finest writer of short and flash fiction in the country, the one and only Tania Hershman, author of the hugely acclaimed The White Road and Other Stories. Tania will also be our panelist/commentator, offering some friendly words to our contestants – which makes taking part pretty gobsmackingly special. STOP PRESS: I’m delighted to say that I’ll be judging the entries of this fabulous flash contest for the League of Extraordinary Authors. First prize is a Kindle Fire so get entering! And I’ll be reading the shortlisted entries on the night.
6.30, Albion Beatnik Bookstore, Oxford, 16th May
entry £3, slammers free
If you’d like to slam, sign up in the comments below or on the night. And remember, the more people who sign up, the less you’ll have to listen to me pretending to be witty and perspicacious!
There may be prizes, but mostly there will be pride, fun, and anarchy!
Virginia Moffatt, published in 2010 One Million Stories anthology
Jonathan Pinnock, celebrated author of Mr Darcy vs the Aliens
Raya MacRae – 2012 London Sci Fi Flash Fiction winner
Sarah Snell-Pym, shortlisted for Gloucestershire Poet Laureate