Flash Clash Challenge: Day #3

OK, so I’ve decided to make an executive decision and move my ‘Flash Clash’ challenge reports out of my reading journal, and into separate posts. Why? Well, partly because I think they deserve a post of their own, but mainly because these reports are being held up each day until I can get my reading journal entry written up and posted. Today especially I’m so pushed for time that I won’t even be filing a reading journal entry. So if I don’t take today’s ‘Flash Clash’ challenge report out on to its own post then it isn’t going to appear. Now we can’t have that can we? 🙂

So how did the latest round of flash fiction reading go? Not too bad actually. All four flash fiction specialists managed, as usual, to titillate me – some very slightly more than others – and I can tell already, even after only three days, that the final outcome of this ‘battle’ is going to be a close one. How super exciting is that? Onwards then to today’s official report (and for those who don’t know what the heck’s going on, then THIS POST should help):

Author Collection Story Title *Comment Rating
Nik Perring When You’re Frightened, Honey, Think of Strawberries Fleeting Rating: ★★★½☆
Alex Burrett Dating Death Clever Rating: ★★★★☆
Etgar Keret Hole in the Wall Memorable Rating: ★★★★½
**David Gaffney Intimate Zone
Happy Place
Rating: ★★★★☆
Rating: ★★★★☆
***Dan Rhodes Bulletin
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Rating: ★★★½☆

*Keeping in the spirit of flash I’m limiting myself to only giving single-word comments for each story.
**As they are incredibly short in length, David Gaffney’s stories are being ‘ticked off’ two at a time.
*** Dan Rhode’s stories are even shorter than Gaffney’s and I have t cover three per day in order to finish his collection in time.

Inspired by the publication of Nik Perring’s debut flash fiction collection, the Flash Clash Challenge is a fun contest in which three other experts in the field are compared alongside Nik. You can find out more about it HERE.

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Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).


  1. I’d forgotten about Hole in The Wall (or that it was in that book): bloody wonderful story and one of my faves!

    • Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

      Isn’t that story something else Nik? Absolutely WOW!

      Great to see you holding your own here so far though Nik. I thought Keret was going to sail away with the ‘King of Flash’ title. But now I’m not so sure.

      • Curiouser, and curiouser! Exciting, isn’t it!

        Though I do think he is the flash king (just you wait till Breaking The Pig – almost my favourite ever…).

        Looking forward to tomorrow’s instalment!