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Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction began in 2012, in the far north of New Zealand. We have been building a community of short fiction writers, one story at a time, ever since.

Our early issues were focused on New Zealand writers. In 2013, we went international. Our current schedule includes two issues per year that are New-Zealand-focused (in 2016, April and November), while the rest are international.
We publish stories up to 250 words, with a special issue each year featuring National Flash Fiction Day’s winning stories (those exceed our usual 250-word limit, reaching to 300 words).

Issues appear bi-monthly, in February, April, June, August, October and December, plus the July NZ National Flash Fiction Day special.

Each issue follows a theme. Themes are posted under our Submissions guidelines.

What we like

We are looking for variety and originality. Tickle us, haunt us, gobsmack us. Choose your words carefully and leave our readers wanting more. Founding Editor Michelle Elvy’s tips for writing excellent flash can be found here.

We also feature art in each issue. Photography, painting, drawing, art installations, sculpture – we’re open to what you have to share with us.

Note: in 2016, the April and November issues are devoted to New Zealand writers. All others (February, June, September, December) are international. Please check the Submissions page to see our publishing schedule. 
Submissions are open. Go to Submissions for details.

Prizes

In 2012, we awarded four quarterly prizes to writers whose flash fiction demonstrated a degree of excellence that set our standard.

Since then, we have awarded two prizes per year for outstanding writing, in June and in December. Prize-winners are selected from those writers whose works have been selected for each issue during the half-year.

We, and our prize winners, have benefitted tremendously from Flash Frontier’s staunch supporter, Jason Books in Auckland, an exceptional place for exceptional books.

Prizes are posted on our Awards page.

Banner Notes

Each year, the editors select artwork from the previous year to serve as our banner. In 2016, the banner features Pete Carter’s colourful image of Kenyan khangas that tops our December micro page. This photograph was taken at Diani Beach just south of Mombasa in 2013.

The editors thank our contributing artists for Flash Frontier’s banners. Other banner artists include:

Claire Beynon, an artist, writer and independent researcher based in Dunedin, New Zealand. Claire’s ‘Honeycomb Journal’ featured in the November 2014 issue, heroes, and served as our 2015 banner. More about Claire’s work can be found here.
Buster Brown 2aGraham Hughes, photographer living in Whangarei, New Zealand. Our 2014 banner image came from his contribution, ‘Buster Brown Meets the Yard’, from the February 2014 travel issue. More about Hughes and his photography here.
AsemicContinuum#11Anonymous Author©, who stalks our halls and occasionally writes flash, too. In 2013, our banner was extracted from his February 2012 heat art ‘Asemic Continuum’, created by manipulation and play, beginning with a Shutterstock royalty-free image.
Bernard Heise, a full-time wanderer and sometime photographer. His watery ripple image was our 2012 banner.
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