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Welcome to Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction, New Zealand’s flash fiction challenge and competition site. Here at Flash Frontier, we are building a community of short fiction writers, one story at a time.

In 2012 we published twelve issues, one each month. Each issue contained stories of 250 words or fewer, and several writers became repeat contributors, one writing every single month.

In 2013 we moved to a bi-monthly schedule and since then (2013 and 2014) we have published issues in February, April, June, August, October and December, plus a special issue in July with the winning entries from New Zealand’s National Flash Fiction Day competition.

Themes and challenges

Each issue follows a theme.

Your challenge is to write a story in 250 words or fewer following the monthly themes, which you can find posted on our Themes page.


In 2012, we awarded four quarterly prizes to writers whose flash fiction demonstrated a degree of excellence we’ve come to expect.

In 2013 and 2014 we offered two prizes for outstanding writing, in June and in December — with generous donations from one of our staunch supporters, Jason Books in Auckland.

We continue this tradition in 2015 and 2016, with prizes announced mid-year and year-end.

See Announcements for details.

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. 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 work — we’re open to what you have to share with us.

Some of our issues are devoted to New Zealand writers, while others are international. Please check the Themes and Announcements pages to see our publishing schedule.

Submissions are now open. Go to Submissions for details.

Come find us on Facebook and Twitter too.

Banner Notes

Thanks to contributing artists for Flash Frontier banners. In 2015 we feature the exceptional work of Claire Beynon, an artist, writer and independent researcher based in Dunedin, New Zealand. Claire’s Honeycomb Journal featured in the November 2014 issue, heroes. More about Claire’s work can be found here.

Claire Beynon, Bringing to Light the Happenings of our Times
Claire Beynon, Bringing to Light the Happenings of our Times

Other banner contributors from past years include:

cropped-wake.jpgBernard Heise for the ripple image that was our banner photo for 2012.
Anonymous_Author©, Asemic Continuum #11Anonymous Author© for the banner art for 2013, extracted from his February 2012 art submission ‘Asemic Continuum’, which was created by manipulation and play, beginning with a Shutterstock royalty-free image.
cropped-graham-hughes-bicycle-hi-res.jpgGraham Hughes for the 2014 banner image, ‘Buster Brown Meets the Yard’, taken using an Anso Buster Brown 2a Brownie 1913-25. Silver gelatin paper negative on expired paper, 5-second exposure, developed in expired Agfa Neutol. Scanned and inverted, contrast slightly tweaked. “In my back yard. Just in case anyone asks:” More about Hughes and his photography here.

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