Red and blue stageThe Slam is back! On July 8, we return to Manchester city centre with our fun fiction fight, the Short Short Story Slam.

Authors and short story scribblers will take to the red corner and the blue corner to become the ultimate gladiator of grammar. It all takes place at Gullivers, Manchester at 7.30pm on Tuesday July 8th 2014. Entry is a mere £1.

Our last Slam in April went down a storm. Manchizzle called it “maximum entertainment“, one contestant learnt a whole new writing process, while April’s winner Simon Sylvester called it “wild and wonderful“.

You can take part if you want to. There’s cash to be won. All details are on the Short Short Story Slam website.


What’s Your Story, Chorley?

Performance and workshop

Catch us in Chorley on Saturday April 26 for What’s Your Story Chorley, a day of writing events run by Chorley Council and the Creative Network.

Performance12 noon: Chorley Interchange (Clifford Street)

The Flashtag Writers – a performance of their written work

The Manchester-based writing group presents strange and wonderful tales. Prepare to have your creative mind stretched, polished and tickled.

Workshop2pm: Upstairs at Chorley Library (Union Street)

The Flashtag Writers – Workshop and talk

The Manchester-based group will talk through their own writing experiences – and the skill of performing that writing. Promises to be great fun!

Do come along. Eyeball the full programme here (please note that despite the text on the 12 noon event, this one is a performance and not a talk as such).

Didsbury Arts Festival’s #daf140 One Forty Fiction competition: enter now

Can you tweet a story in 140 characters or fewer… including the competition hashtag?

Give it a go now, including #daf140 in your tweet, and you will be entered into the One Forty Fiction competition for Didsbury Arts Festival.

Closing time is this Saturday at 10am. The Flashtag writers will judge the competition and announce the winners as part of the Short Short Story Slam we’re running on June 28.

Top prize for the Twitter competition is a £50 book token (second and third get £30 and £20 tokens). Not bad for a super short story, and it’s free to enter too! Meanwhile, in case you’re wondering, there is also an exciting prize for the champion of our Short Short Story Slam. Well. Sort of. Um. We think Ben’s finished making it…

Get tweeting. Click here for more about the One Forty Fiction competition.

Short Short Story Slam: 28 June 2013

Story Slam socialThe Flashtag Writers’ will host a live literature battle for Didsbury Arts Festival where you, the audience, are the judge.

In the Short Short Story Slam, a panel of plucky contestants will take to the stage with their best very-short stories, battling other fiction-writing foes in a series of tense but hilarious head-to-heads. With voting cards under their seats, the audience decides who stays and who is deleted… there can only be one ultimate Short Short Story Slam gladiator of grammar.

Just to add to the excitement, the event also includes the grand results of the Didsbury Arts Festival Twitter fiction competition (launching on June 15th).

Join us for the contest of a lifetime!

Date: Friday 28 June 2013
Time: 8pm
Venue: The Albert Club. Didsbury
Admission: Free
More details: Here.

Now Then Manchester

Now Then excerptWatch out for Now Then Manchester in cafes around the city – Flashtag have a double-page spread!

Now Then is a magazine that has tip-toed from the other side of the Pennines. It’s a magazine, a blog and a promoter all mixed into one lovely, well-designed whole.

The debut Mancunian edition has five stories from all five Flashtag writers. The print edition is a beautiful thing to hold – it’s free too! – but if you can’t get your hands on that, then maybe load up this online version (click here) and give your computer screen a good tickle.

WORD>PLAY 27 September 2012

Wordplay poster: click for info

The Flashtag writing collective returns to Didsbury Arts Festival for a second year, this time curating an evening of spoken word and music.

Expect a variety of prose and poetry from local artists presented against a backdrop of entertaining visual projections and set to original scores by Manchester-based musicians encompassing genres from electronica to loungecore.

This promises to be an interesting and eclectic night – and very entertaining!