Flash Schools: Talks and Resources

Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine is an invaluable resource for schools and colleges. The editors are happy to give talks and workshops on flash fiction.

Talks and Workshops

Past talks have included: advice on drafting, editing, and proofing; tips on dos and don’ts; analysis of weak and strong flashes; other practical exercises that will help students develop their critical and creative-writing skills. The editors are open to suggestions.


On the Flash homepage, you can access two sample stories from each issue.

A number of universities, schools, and colleges subscribe to Flash. Some have added a complete set of back-issues (available at a reduced price) to their libraries. For details of how to order, please see Flash Orders: Subscriptions and IFFA Membership.

The Flash Fiction Special Collection, housed at the University of Chester’s Seaborne Library, offers a comprehensive range of primary and secondary texts. Teachers are welcome to use the Collection; contact the Flash editors to arrange access.

Recommended Primary Texts

Teachers and students may find the following texts particularly useful and enjoyable:

  • David Gaffney, Sawn-Off Tales (Cambridge: Salt, 2006). To read a Flash review, click here
  • David Gaffney, More Sawn-Off Tales (Cromer: Salt, 2013). To read a Flash review, click here
  • Tania Hershman, My Mother Was an Upright Piano: Fictions (Bristol: Tangent, 2012). To read a Flash review, click here
  • Christine Perkins-Hazuka, Tom Hazuka and Mark Budman (eds),Sudden Flash Youth: 65 Short-Short Stories (New York: Persea, 2011). To read a Flash review, click here
  • Dan Rhodes, Anthropology and a Hundred Other Stories (London: Canongate, 2005)
  • David Swann, Stronger Faster Shorter (Chester: Flash: The International Short-Short Story Press, 2015). For further details, click here Multiple copies are available at a discount.
  • Tony Williams, All the Bananas I’ve Never Eaten: Tales of Love and Loneliness (Cromer: Salt, 2012)

For younger readers (aged 9+), and listeners, we recommend:

  • Louise Cooper, Short and Scary! A Book of Very Short Scary Stories (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)
  • Louise Cooper, Short and Spooky! A Book of Very Short Spooky Stories (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005)
  • Kevin Crossley-Holland, Short! A Book of Very Short Stories (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998)
  • Kevin Crossley-Holland, Short Too! A Second Book of Very Short Stories (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011). To read a Flash review, click here
  • Maggie Pearson, Short and Shocking! A Book of Very Short Shocking Stories (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)
  • Maggie Pearson, Short: Christmas Stories (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)

Recommended Secondary Texts

  • Peter Blair, ‘Flash Fiction’, in Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook 2016 (London: Bloomsbury, 2015)
  • Randall Brown, A Pocket Guide to Flash Fiction (Wynnewood, Pennsylvania: Matter Press, 2012)
  • Vanessa Gebbie (ed.), Short Circuit: A Guide to the Art of the Short Story (London: Salt, 2009; 2014)
  • Calum Kerr, The World in a Flash: How to Write Flash-Fiction (Southampton: Gumbo Press, 2014)
  • Tara L. Masih, (ed.), The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction (Boston: Rose Metal Press, 2009)
  • Tony Williams, ‘Flash Fiction’, in The Handbook of Creative Writing, ed. Steve Earnshaw, second edition (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014)

Useful Webpages


The National Flash Fiction Youth Competition

Teachers of flash fiction and short stories at A-level will be interested in this competition.

For details, click here 


Contact Address

International Flash Fiction Association
Department of English
University of Chester
Parkgate Road
Chester CH1 4BJ

Email flash.magazine@chester.ac.uk
Directors Dr Peter Blair       Dr Ashley Chantler