Introducing the ‘Flash Clash’ Challenge

If you caught up with one of my Daily Bookshots a couple of days ago then you would have seen talking about a new and exciting challenge I’m setting up for myself. Well, that challenge is due to kick off today so I thought I’d better put up a quick introductory post. I pretty much said everything about the challenge in that Daily Bookshot post, so I really don’t want to repeat myself too much. I will however give a brief rundown on the ‘Flash Clash’ challenge.

The ‘Flash Clash’ challenge is inspired by the upcoming publication (2nd June) of Nik Perring’s debut flash fiction collection, Not So Perfect (Roastbooks). Scheduled to read and review it anyway, I wanted to do something a little different with Perring’s debut collection. As a fan of flash fiction I have a number of collections on my shelf, but at this point all remain unread and unreviewed. So I thought why not read some of these alongside Perring’s offering, not only so that I could fully review them, but so that I could create a friendly flash fiction match up too!

So that’s what I’m going to be doing with this ‘Flash Clash’ challenge. I’m going to read Perring’s collection alongside those from three other flash fiction specialists – David Gaffney with his Sawn-off Tales collection (Salt Publishing), Alex Burrett and his My Goat Ate its Own Legs collection (Burning House Books), and last but certainly not least, the man considered the master of them all, Etgar Keret, with his collection The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God and Other Stories (Toby Press).

Each day I plan on reading a story entry from each of the four writers (2 in the case of Gaffney because his stories are very much ‘blink and you’ll miss them’), and then I’ll be posting my ratings, and passing comment via the virtual pages of my reading journal. In the spirit of ‘flash’ the comments I make will be as fleeting as it gets, single-worded, but once I’ve read all of the stories I will offer up a full afterthoughts post on each collection as a whole.

Of course the main is deciding on an overall winner – a ‘King of Flash’ so to speak – and I’ll be selecting the winner based on the highest average score achieved, for all of the stories I’ve read and rated. Remember always though, that is just a bit of fun, so I don’t want anybody taking anything too seriously, K? 🙂

So what else can I say for now? Not a lot really. The challenge is now officially on so keep an eye on my reading journal to see how this one plays out. Excited? I know I am! 🙂

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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 have read and very much enjoyed Nik Perring’s NOT SO PERFECT. I’m sure you will, too!

    • Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

      Thank you for your note of recommendation Marisa. As I speak I’ve just read the first story – Kiss, and Wow!! If the rest of the collection match up to the standard of this one, then a real treat awaits.