Flash Face Off

A free weekly writing challenge

Write a new brand story every week, exchange feedback with our amazing community PLUS  the chance to read your story live at our monthly open mic night.

Write a new story every week

Join our weekly flash fiction writing challenge!

Every week, we post a set of flash fiction prompts. You write a super small story (500 words or fewer), post it on our forums, give and receive feedback, and join us for a Friday night online open mic night.

Flash Face Off has grown from a casual lockdown pastime to a massive community of amazingly supportive and wonderful writers getting published and winning prizes all over the joint.

As Ray Bradbury said, “it’s not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.”

Flash Face Off is kinda awesome, and we’d love to see you there.

How does Flash Face Off work?

1. Every Saturday, head to the blog and grab the opposing prompts for the week

2. Pick your side and write a story.

3. Post your piece in the private Flash Face Off forums for feedback, praise, oohs and aahs, and suggestions from your fellow flashers by Thursday midday.

4. Join us on the last Friday of the month for a free flashy online open mic, where we invite the writers of our fave Flash Face Off stories to read their work.

5. Next Saturday, a new prompt goes up, and we do it all again.

Is this for me?

The best way to improve your writing is to give constructive, positive feedback on other people’s work and to receive the same on your own work.

Breaking and remaking stories is the cornerstone of rapid writerly improvement. Also it’s a butt-tonne of fun and the community is lush.

If you want to practice your writing, regardless of where you are in your writerly journey, and want to hang out with the most word-writing, biscuit-dunking, story-slinging, tea-drinking, super supportive writers in town, this is the place for you.

(18+ only please. We r rude. May contain adult topics and themes and other allergens.)

Get your prompts here

They’re on the blog! Click this link >> HERE

Flash Face Off changed my writing life

Hell, it changed my life life. It allowed me to experiment, got me the best set of writing buddies evah, got me published. It’s launched so many amazing talents. Get yourself down to FFO. Your writing will thank you. FFO is the best. Bar none.

Jo Clark

I love this weekly challenge!

It’s fun prompts always help me magic up stories, and keeps me coming back for more. It’s super accessible, and you get great feedback, and the chance to read wonderful flashes from others. For me, its spawned novellas, and started publications, and I hope it continues for a long time.

Sarah Oakes

I've had stories published all over the place

I started writing Flash with FFO less than a year ago and since then I’ve had stories published all over the place and have won actual cash money in competitions, including Bath Flash Fiction Award and The Molotov Cocktail Flash Monster. But even better than that is getting to share stories with the absolute best people on the planet. I’ve learned so much, been hugely inspired, and it’s brilliant fun!


Flash Face Off is a truly remarkable thing!

It changed my life and made me believe I was a writer. It has led me to submit my work and have it published , but best of all it has given me the experience of the support, encouragement and downright hilarity of sharing stories with the best group of writers.It has been amazing, long may it continue


A wonderful, nurturing, kind and inspiring community

I only started writing flash fiction when I joined Writers HQ and I love the brevity, the complexity,  the hundred different ways to write flash – all of which I’ve I learnt from FFO and from being part of this wonderful critical, nurturing, kind and inspiring community.


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