Flashtag go to Fallowfield

The Flashtag writers will be performing at the third outing of the shiny, sparkly, newly relaunched live literature night Verbose, on Monday 23 March. We’ll be presenting new work, old favourites and even some super-duper visual presentations. It’s at Fallow café in Fallowfield, a great venue, and our very own Sarah-Clare Conlon is the host. Taking place on the fourth Monday of the month, Verbose features performances by special guests, along with a popular open mic for prose and poetry readings. The event is free entry and doors are at 7.30pm – get there early to bagsy a seat.

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Short Short Story Slam #4: Lancaster Litfest



Our next Short Short Story Slam takes place in Lancaster as part of Litfest, on Saturday October 18, and we are open for applications. Fighter writers: do you feel the passion stirring in your fingers? Do you fancy having a stab in our inkthirsty battlecage? Do you like cold, hard cash and all you can exchange it for in shops?

All you need to fight are three stories of no more than 200 words each and the guile to read them out in front of a voting audience. The slam is brutal, but the prestige is huge. Take a look at our mega important rules on www.shortshortstoryslam.co.uk and then drop us an email on flashtagmcr[at]gmail.com. It’s never too late to apply – but there are only 12 spaces available so get in there quick.

October 18th, 8pm, Lancaster. The battle is on!


FlashTag Writing Competition Results

Last week, we held the live final of this year’s Chorlton Arts Festival writing competition. We listened to all eight shortlisted stories (six of which were read by their authors, so a special thanks to them for coming down to join us on the night, from as far afield as Lancaster and Chesterfield), we read some of our own work, and we heard from Bristol Prize-winner and National Flash Fiction Day editor Valerie O’Riordan, so there was a nice variety of flash fiction in Chorlton that night!

We also created a piece right there and then, inviting audience members over to a proper old manual typewriter (and a left-handed on, no less) to add lines to a story in the style of the Surrealist Exquisite Corpse (or Consequences) game. The resulting tale was actually rather marvellous, so thanks to everyone who contributed! You can hear our very own Fat Roland read it on our Facebook page

Anyway, without further ado, here are the top three stories, in reverse order, as is tradition: third place went to Norman Hadley with Bit Flood. In second place was Daniel Carpenter with Battery. And finally (drum roll)… first place went to Clare Kirwan with Two Swans. Well done to them, and well done to everyone on the shortlist and indeed to everyone who entered stories.

FlashTag Writing Competition Live Final

This Wednesday, 23 May 2012, the FlashTag collective will be in The Beech pub on Beech Road from 8pm. As well as undoubtedly sampling the fine hand-pulled ales on offer, we will be hosting our latest event: the FlashTag Writing Competition Live Final.

All shortlisted entrants have been invited to read at this spoken word night and glittering prize-giving ceremony, which takes place as part of Chorlton Arts Festival 2012. The winner and runners-up will be announced and we’ll also be having some word-based fun and games, readings by the five members of the collective, plus a guest slot by Bristol Short Story Prize-winner Valerie O’Riordan.

Going on last year’s event for CAF and our Smut Night for Didsbury Arts Festival, it promises to be a good evening!

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Competition news

The deadline for this year’s Flashtag Writing Competition has now passed and the panel are entering their phase of deliberation and discussion. Many thanks to everyone who sent us a story – we’ve got a lot to get through before we announce the shortlist on 11 May. In the meantime, why not have a shufty at last year’s top 12 in our specially produced Myebook

Quickies on the road

The FlashTag writers Sarah-Clare Conlon, Dave Hartley, Benjamin Judge, Tom Mason and Fat Roland will soon be taking their potty mouths up north and teaming up with Quickies contributor Kim McGowan to storm the stage at Word Soup, presented by Lancashire Writing Hub. They’ve even named the night with a nod to our anthology, which is rather nice. Word Soup: Quickening – Thursday 29 March 2012 – 8pm – £3 on the door – priceless entertainment – The Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston PR1 8JP. More on the LWH website.

Quickies quiz

Hey, it’s been a while. We’re sorry we haven’t spoken. Things were getting a bit intense. But it’s not you, it’s us. And we’d like to see you again. We’ve missed you.

Um, so if you fancy hooking up for a drink and a chat, we’re running another of our famous literary quizzes with our friends from Bad Language. The quiz is on Tuesday 21 February at 7.30pm, at Barcelona bar in the Northern Quarter. There’s more info over on Facebook. Hopefully we’ll see you there…


Hot on the heels of a second successful Flash Language Literary Pub Quiz, we’re collaborating with our Bad Language pals for a second time this month and taking part in their Bad Shoes Festival in Chorlton on Sunday 25 September. Hotfoot it over to the interactive arts festival, which sees live music in Dulcimer and spoken word in Electrik, where all five FlashTag writers will take to the stage. We may even be wearing bad shoes to boot. (Do you like our shoe jokes, by the way?)

Then on Wednesday 28 September, it’s the event you’ve all been waiting for: the FlashTag writers’ very special Smut Night marking the launch of our wild and wonderful Quickies: Stories For Adults filthy flash fiction anthology. The collective will each read their naughty little numbers and will share the spotlight with “flash fiction grandmaster” David Gaffney, some of the dirty-minded authors specially commissioned for the book plus the successful  saucy story-tellers from the open submissions process.

Smut Night takes place at the Northern Lawn Tennis Club (clubhouse) on Palatine Road in Didsbury (M20 3YA) from 8pm on Wednesday 28 September and is part of Didsbury Arts Festival.


The devil makes work for idle hands, apparently, but it just so happens we’re nothing if not busy. Apart from organising the anthology and our usual spoken word appearances, we’ve only gone and got together with our chums from the Bad Language writing collective to bring you our second Flash Language Literary Pub Quiz. Oh aye.

It’s Wednesday 7 September, 7pm in Barcelona Bar on Thomas Street in the Northern Quarter. It’s a mere quid in, and in return we will test your knowledge of poetry and prose, have fun and make merry. There are even prizes (though, sadly, no pets)!

You can see more on The Manchester Lit List website and also on the special Facebook event page.