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2021 Contributors

Jane Bowman is a Tennessee native who spends most of her time writing government policy but occasionally pens short stories, flash fiction and poetry. She currently resides in Wellington, New Zealand, with her partner and their squashed-faced cat.
Gretchen Carroll lives in Auckland, New Zealand, with her husband and son. She has played with words all her life, either for fun, or money, or both. Read some of her writing on this online writing portfolio.
Helen Chambers is a short story and flash fiction writer from North East Essex, UK, who dreams up ideas whilst out walking by the river. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Essex and she won the Fish Short Story prize in 2018. Helen has several publications, many of which you can read on her blog:
Nikki Crutchley works as a freelance proofreader and lives in Cambridge with her husband and two daughters. She has had her flash fiction published in various anthologies including Fresh Ink, Bonsai: Best Small Stories from Aotearoa and most recently Restore to Factory Settings. Nikki has published three crime novels, Nothing Bad Happens Here, No One Can Hear You and The Murder Club. She has recently signed a two-book deal with Harper Collins Australia and her psychological thriller To the Sea will be out December 2021.
Charlie Ellis is an avid writer (when not procrastinating), hoarder of notebooks, eternal seeker of the perfect pen and lover of the right word in its proper place. The funnier, the better. Currently residing in Taranaki, she gains a wealth of inspiration from her completely normal family, her travels and her side hustle as an unpaid pet sitter.
Michelle Howie lives in Hamilton with her two sons, husband and a large ginger cat called Nixon. She is a self-employed and runs a facilitation and coaching business. Michelle has been sharing her writing with a small mailing list since March 2020. Her ‘Friday Flow’ emails are quickly written musings on life, parenting, love and leadership. Read more at
Marc Littman is an American writer whose flash fiction has been widely published in online magazines and journals from 50-Word Stories to The Saturday Evening Post. He also writes novels and plays.
Wellington based author Gerard O’Brien has worked as a professional DJ, IT consultant, photography assistant, business owner and personal trainer. He’s now turned his enthusiasm to writing and brings his sense of humour and varied life experiences to his work. During 2021 he is studying towards a Masters in Creative Writing at Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters.
Organically farming off-grid in a quiet rural valley, Trish Palmer is blessed with the essentials in life: family, friends, fun and food. She enjoys gold panning, fishing and exploring. Laughter, respect and living lightly on this planet underline her philosophies. She likes to lighten the reader’s day so her work tends to be humorous or tackling social issues, and often both. Two plays, produced in France, are available on YouTube. Her non-fiction book Knock knock (Upstart Press) is due for release in June.
Brendon Stanton‘s work has appeared in Headland, Flash Frontier and Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand. He is currently undertaking an MA at the International Institute of Modern Letters.
As part of the Young Writers Programme, Amy Trakos wrote a play which was performed as a reading at Soho Theatre. Alongside her current project, an historical/literary fiction novel, she writes short stories, some of which have been published and longlisted in international competitions. Amy has been in the Royal Navy and the Civil Service.
Bart Van Goethem is a micro and flash writer from Brussels, Belgium. He has family in NZ (“Hi, nan!”). Read his published stories on Follow him @bartvangoethem.
Lisa Wiley teaches creative writing at SUNY Erie Community College in Buffalo, NY. Her chapbook Eat Cake for Breakfast, a tribute to Kate Spade, is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press. She is the author of three chapbooks including Chamber Music (Finishing Line Press, 2013). Her work has appeared in Chest, Fictive Dream, Flash Fiction Magazine and Medical Journal of Australia.
Sian Williams was an editor at Flash Frontier from 2012-2013. Sian lives in Kerikeri writing fiction, growing kiwifruit and walking with her dog, Angus.
Jenny Woodhouse began to write seriously after she retired and studied creative writing with the Open University. Since then, her output has shrunk from novel to short stories to flash, and she’s afraid of shrinking even more, like Alice. She is currently working on a number of novellas in flash, expanding again like a universe after the big bang. She has published in Flashflood, National Flash Fiction Day and other anthologies. She has been longlisted, shortlisted and every-way-listed, and recently won second place in a competition.