Friday 31st May: Flash Fiction Slam with judges Tania Hershman + Benjamin Judge

This year, we are incredibly proud to be bringing back our Flash Fiction Slam for the third year in a row. Take our challenge, and maybe you could end up in our Flash Fiction Hall of fame!

This year, our slam judges are the legendary Tania Hershman, and brilliant Flash Fiction writer & performer Benjamin Judge.

The rules are simple. Each contender has 5 minutes to read a complete story. Our judges will mark each contestant against categories of style, story, and performance. They may even award extra marks for audience reaction, so the more friends you can bring to applaud you along, the better!

At the end, our judges will tot up the points and award a winner, who will win prizes, glory, and a coveted place in our Flash Fiction Hall of Fame.

The prizes are as follows….

1st place: Publication on Northern Short Story Festival website; a book bundle; entry into the Flash Fiction Slam Hall of Fame; and a detailed short story critique for a short story of up to 3000 words by author and Strix editor SJ Bradley.

2nd place: Publication on Northern Short Story Festival website + book bundle

The Flash Fiction Slam is also a great place to hear new stories. If you don’t want to compete, the Slam is a great place to make new friends and hear new writing. Tickets are £4 or FREE if you are on PIP/ UC / a low income.

Booking is now open for competitors’ slots at the Flash Fiction Slam. To book your slot, email northernshortstoryfestival from 10am on Wednesday 1st May onwards. Please tell us your name, give us your Twitter handle, if you have one, and the approximate length of your piece. Be quick though, because once the pre-bookable slots are gone, they’re gone! There will also be slots available to sign up on the door.

Are you up for the challenge? Buy your tickets now.

Friday 31st May, 7.30
Carriageworks Studio Theatre

Flash Fiction Hall of Fame

2017: Phil Olsen, The Haunted Saucepan. Judges: Jimmy Andrex & John Clarke.
2018: Fay Kesby, Coffee. Judges: Jimmy Andrex, John Clarke, Clare Fisher.

2019: Maybe you! Who knows? Judges: Tania Hershman, Benjamin Judge.

This event is part of the Northern Short Story Festival. Full programme here.