NFFD Youth Competition

fingers comma toes is pleased to host 2020’s National Flash Fiction Day Youth Competition! The competition this year is free to all entries and open to international submissions.

Guest judge: Hannah Daniell is the winner of the 2019 National Flash Fiction Day Youth Competition, and an active member of the Christchurch writing community.

Winners for the 2020 National Flash Fiction Day competition have been announced!

Short-listed and winning stories can be read here.

Congratulations and thank you to all placing, short-listed, and long-listed writers for making this competition!


Events:

Online reading series – See long-listed writers read their stories
Sunday, June 21, 09:00 am NZ time: Youth discussion panel – Writing in short forms (featuring audience Q&A)
Monday, June 22, 18:00 NZ time: National Flash Fiction Day 2020 – Announcements, readings, and music!
All events accessible through the NFFD YouTube channel here


 

1st place:

Exhaust – Minha Choi (age 17; South Korea)

2nd place:

Fish Hook Scars – Derrin Smith (age 16; Rangiora, New Zealand)

3rd place:

The Ballad of Light – Natalie Wang (age 17; Texas, United States)
Dragon Rider – Denika Mead (age 16; Lower Hutt, New Zealand)

Highly commended:

Do you remember? – Phoebe Robertson (age 18; Wellington, New Zealand)
These are my leaves – Samuel Turner-O’Keeffe (age 18; Auckland, New Zealand)

Commended:

The Beans – Cadence Chung (age 16; Wellington, New Zealand)
On One Particular MRT Ride – Thee Sim Ling (age 13; Singapore)
Sugar High – Amanda Kay (age 15; California, United States)

Short list:

The Crazy Chemist – Izzy Harrison (age 09; Auckland, New Zealand)
Fairy Lights – Sophia Zhang (age 14; Chicago, United States)
Grey – Jorja Coyote Rosser (age 17; New Plymouth, New Zealand)
Islands – Eva de Jong (age 18; Wellington, New Zealand)
Narcissus – Stella Li (age 16; New Jersey, United States)
Puppeteer Awash in Salt – Penelope Duran (age 17; Frankfurt, Germany)
The Taniwha – Lucy Kennedy (age 12; Auckland, New Zealand)
Tea for Two – Hannah Wilson (age 16; Wellington, New Zealand)
Trek – Yejin Suh (age 17; New Jersey, United States)

Long list:

Backwaters and back yards – Nadezhda Macey (age 17; Wellington, New Zealand)
Blood Money – Amelia Kirkness (age 16; Christchurch, New Zealand)
Chicken Eye – Oli Kirke (age 13; Timaru, New Zealand)
The Choice – Sarah-Kate Simons (age 14; Southbridge, New Zealand)
Dear Mimi Murphy – Micaiah Veer (age 12; Christchurch, New Zealand)
Demons in Mysticalandia – Aanvika Santhanam (age 07; Auckland, New Zealand)
The Drawing – Lucy Kennedy (age 12; Auckland, New Zealand)
Dream of Red Shutters – Nadezhda Macey (age 17; Wellington, New Zealand)
Grandad’s Jazz – Chloe Morrison-Clarke (age 13; Christchurch, New Zealand)
His Map – Kate Atkinson (age 18; New Plymouth, New Zealand)
In Sand, in Stone, in Light – Annabella T. (age 15; Wellington, New Zealand)
Kitso and the Dragon – Denika Mead (age 16; Lower Hutt, New Zealand)
The Language Misfits – Oli Kirke (age 13; Timaru, New Zealand)
Malfunction – Reuben Veenstra (age 12; Christchurch, New Zealand)
The Mirror – Micah Bradburn (age 13; Dunedin, New Zealand)
Octoboy – Sheryl Lai (age 10; Auckland, New Zealand)
Pillow Fortress – Penelope Duran (age 17; Frankfurt, Germany)
Potatoes – Cindy Xiong (age 15; Christchurch, New Zealand)
Rebirth – Zachary Duff (age 15; Dunedin, New Zealand)
Stalactite – Naomi Dana (age 14; Christchurch, New Zealand)
A Thing of Beauty Means Joy Forever – Annabella T. (age 15; Wellington, New Zealand)
Woodland Things – Amelia Kirkness (age 16; Christchurch, New Zealand)