Bath Flash 2021 Round Up and Thank you!

Thank you to everyone from around the world who supported all our flash fiction ventures in 2021. We so appreciate all your support. This year we ran the three Bath Flash Fiction Awards, receiving 3947 entries in total from 64 different countries; the novella-in-flash award which over 100 writers entered and since March this year, have sponsored eight monthly on-line flash fiction festival days with fabulous workshops, talks, readings and mini-contests.

The first online festival day of 2022 is coming up on Saturday January 8th with more great workshops, two mini=contests with cash and other prizes, readings and chats to boost your New Year writing resolves. Just £30 for a whole day of flashy fun 11.00 am – 6.30 pm GMT and plenty of free places for those for whom cost is a barrier. Book at

And we have also taken the plunge to sponsor a further in-person Flash Fiction Festival in Bristol, UK on the weekend of 8-10th July. We’ve a fantastic line up of presenters and online as well as in-person options for workshops and talks. We’ve booked the venue and a brilliant caterer. And there’s only a few more things to arrange before booking opens at the end of January.

Amazingly, Ad Hoc Fiction, our short-short fiction press has published eighteen books in total this year. All available from the Ad Hoc Fiction bookshop and from Amazon worldwide. Snow Crow,the last book published this year, is the 50th book Ad Hoc Fiction has published since the press was founded in 2017. To Carry Her Home, Bath Flash Fiction, Vol One, was the first book published.

We’ve categorised the books here. First the anthologies. Snow Crow, Bath Flash Fiction Vol 6,containing 136 stories from the longlist shortlist and winners from the three 2021 Awards, is currently winging its way around the world. We hope to launch this in January with readings from some of our worldwide contributors. The 2021 Bath Short Story Award anthology, which contains winning and shortlisted stories of up to 2200 words was launched in December 2021.

We were thrilled Ad Hoc Fiction was able to publish ten novellas-in-flash. All the shortlist from the 2021 NIF Awards judged by Michelle Elvy, who is also the 2022 judge. All pictured here. Season of Bright Sorrow, the first prize winner, by David Swann, One for the River, runner-up, by Tom 0’Brien; The Tony Bone Stories, runner-up by Al Kratz; Things I Can’t Tell Amma, highly commended, by Sudha Balagopal; Small Things, highly commended, by Hannah Sutherland; and shortlisted novellas, Kipris by Michelle Christophorou; The Listening Project by Ali McGrane; Hairy on the Inside by Tracy Fells, The Death and Life of Mrs Parker by Jupiter Jones; and A Family of Great Falls by Debra Daniel.

In addition to the novellas in flash from the competition, we published Echoes in a Hollow Space, a novella in flash by veteran writer, Ruth Skrine.

All these novellas are fantastic reads and show the variety within the form. We hope to publish many more novellas in flash from the 2022 Award, which closes on 16th January. And we also have a couple more other novellas-in-flash in the pipeline to be published early in 2022.

Ad Hoc Fiction also published four wonderful collections of flash fiction this year. Two collections from New Zealand based writers: Gaps in the Light by Iona Winter and the other side of better by Michelle Elvy; The Yet Unknowing World, a collection by US based writer, Fiona J Mackintosh and The Evolution of Birds, by UK based writer, Sara Hills.

Finally, Ad Hoc Fiction published Inside Fictional Minds, the second in our guide book series, a brilliant book on deepening character in flash fictions and other prose work by writer and senior psychologist, Dr Stephanie Carty.

Our guide book on writing a Novella in Flash, by MichaelLoveday will be published in Spring, 2022.

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