Wednesday, 16 May 2012

A Feast of Flash Fiction ... for Free!

If you’ve been living under a rock for the past month or so, you’ll be unaware that today is National Flash Fiction Day. If, on the other hand, you’ve been anywhere near the internet recently, you won’t have been able to avoid hearing about the plethora of events, readings, and general goings-on that have been kicking off all over the place today, in celebration of sparky little stories.

If you’re quick, you can pick up a copy of the official NFFD anthology, Jawbreakers, which is available absolutely free - today only - on Kindle (and if you don’t actually have a Kindle, you can get apps for your PC or phone, so don’t miss out). It’s also available as a printed book, but that’ll cost you a few quid. Plus there are lots of stories being posted online in various places for your delectation and delight, so it’s worth heading on over to the NFFD site and following a few links.

But wait! Don’t go dashing off just yet. Because if you like free fiction, I have something exciting for you.

A while ago, I bought Nik Perring’s “Not So Perfect”, a lovely little book of flash stories. But then, a few days later, I wona signed copy courtesy of the Lancashire Writing Hub. The signed and unsigned copies have been sitting side-by-side on my bookcase for a while now, and it dawned on me the other day that it’s slightly crazy to keep two identical copies of the same book …



… so I’ve decided to give my spare copy away (sorry, I’m keeping the signed one, which is the one I've read - the other one has sat patiently on the shelf ever since and is pretty much as-new). The one that's up for grabs is on the left, by the way.

All you have to do to be in the running for the book is to leave a comment below. I’ll put all the names in a hat or a shoe or something and draw the winner at random next week, on 23rd May. I'll cover postage but will have to insist on UK entrants only, please (apologies to any international visitors).

Good luck - and happy flashing!

22 comments:

BettyMacFab said...

Do I get it because I am first? Seems only fair! I am also a recent convert to flashing. And I did buy your book. Need I say more? Although I feel a bit overwhelmed with the amount of flashing going on today...

Dan Purdue said...

Let’s just say that at this point your chances of winning are excellent.

Wendy Ann Greenhalgh said...

May I join the party? :) Though feel totally mercenary jumping in at this point. Bit like grabbing the last can...

David P Perlmutter said...

Not so Perfect......Just like me!!!

valeriesirr said...

I'd love to win that. He writes very lively stories :)

Sarah Dobbs said...

Me too! And this is worth a look simply to discover a new verb - flashing. (confused at first). Sarah :)

SAL PAGE said...

Sal in the hat or the shoe or the something too please ...

Sal Page

Karen Jones said...

Me. Me me me me me.

Patsy said...

I've not heard of Nik Perring (I suppose that's me disqualified from the competition and shunned by all decent flash loving people now)

Dan Purdue said...

Yay! More names for the hat/shoe! (Sorry, Ms McFab, your odds are slipping)

Dan Purdue said...

Also, this one came in via Facebook:


Hi Dan, I'd love to win Nik's book. I saw him at Congleton library a few weeks back when he was telling us all about the book. Nik's asked me if I've read a copy yet but I haven't ordered one yet as I'm in the middle of reading 2 other books. I'm a creative writing mature student at Sir John Deane's college, Northwich. I find short stories and flash fiction hard to write, even though my writing has improved over the months. I would love this book not only for the enjoyment to read but as good examples of what short stories should look like (for reference). Please can you put my name in the hat and I hope I'm lucky enough to win. Thanks

Lee

Janie said...

can i have it, please?

sallyjenkins said...

I'd like to go in the draw please!

nikperring.com said...

Hello! I just wanted to pop in here and say thanks, Dan! Best of luck to all who've entered!

Nik

Sarah said...

That is a beautiful book! I'm excited to read some of your writing now :)

Natalie Bowers said...

Please include me in your draw. Thanks for the opportunity!

Kat said...

Ooh Nik I'd love a copy, can I bribe you with chocolate? Ha ha , only kidding :)

Merc said...

Sniff. UK entrants only. I can pay postage.

Frances said...

I would love to win Nik's book!

Cath Barton said...

Please add me to you list!

michelle flatley said...

I have heard of Nik Perring and he's ace. Also my life is Not So Perfect, so please let me win.

Dan Purdue said...

Hey all, it's great to have such a good response to this - it really is a cracking little book. There's a couple more days for any last-minute entries, so keep 'em coming!

BTW, Merc - if you really don't mind paying the shipping costs I'm more than happy to add you to the draw :¬)