Brianna Aarts is an 18-year-old student at Hagley High School. She loves writing poetry and flash fiction.
’ Nice Girls and Other Stories
was published by New Rivers Press. Her stories have appeared in Perrogrb jon Comahonyntra, Pure Slush, Waccamaw
and New York Tyrant,
amoang others. Her flash, “The Writer”, was selected for Wigleaf’s Top 50 online Fictions of 2012.
Recently she completed a novel, a thriller. She teaches at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. More here…
Alex Reece Abbott
is an award-winning emerging writer, working across genres, forms and hemispheres. Her writing spans contemporary and historical stories, including noirish crime in novels and short fiction. Shortlisted for the inaugural Bath Novella in Flash Award, her flash fiction appears in anthologies and journals. She is Writer in Residence for the Hysterectomy Association and the Hysteria International Writing Competition
in 2017. More here…
, born in 1973 in Addis Ababa, is a multimedia artist who celebrates the beauty of everyday life around him. Since he was a child, Seifu has had a fascination for the human spirit, developing a deep interest in art as a means to experiment with this fascination. After graduation from high school, Seifu joined the Addis Ababa University Alle School of Fine Arts and Design. More at The Next Canvas
Reem Abu-Baker lives in Denver, Colorado, where she recently received her bachelor’s degree in creative writing from the University of Colorado. Her work has appeared in Word Riot.
Peter Adams enjoys trying to capture the essence of things succinctly, which is the heart of flash fiction and poetry. A published historian and sometime diplomat, Peter is fortunate to reside at the edge of Wellington harbour with all its varied beauty, or at the family home in Fiji.
Adeyeye T. Sandra
is the C.E.O of Eminent Creators a company committed to promoting art in Nigeria. She is a graduate of Theatre Arts and Mass Communication from the University of Benin, Benin city, Edo state.
Follow her on twitter @AdeyeyeSandra and instagram @timachieve or visit www.eminentcreatorsblog.wordpress.com
Tom Adams started writing fiction at a young age, then decided better of it and trained as a physicist, specialising in meteorology. He now produces weather forecasts in Wellington, but disputes that this means he has gone full circle back to writing fiction again. However, he does admit to writing non-weather-related short stories in his spare time.
is a mother and ex-dentist, and is trying to be a full-time fiction writer/blogger. She is also first reader in Vestal Review Magazine
and has worked as a volunteer editor in 101 words
magazine. Her fiction has appeared in journals such Bending Genres, Connotation Press, Spelk, The Cabinet of Heed, Vestal Review, SoftCartel, Writing in Woman’s Voice, Ekphrastic Review, Cafelit, FictionalCafe.com, FridayFlashFiction, Flash Boulevard
and Page & Spine
, among others. Her short story ‘The Darker Side of the Moon’ won the Makan Award contest in 2013, and she was recently short-listed in the Arablit Translation Prize. You can visit Riham’s website
and find her on Twitter: @roseinink.
is an artist and writer who draws on history and human folly in her works. More here.
Feroz Ahmed-ud-din, a writer and translator, was born on 2 August 1950 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has an M.A. degree in English Literature from Dhaka University. He is an Honorary Fellow in Writing at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA. He was a Visiting Writer at the International Writing Program, U of Iowa, in 1976 and at CLI East West Centre, University of Hawaii, in 1977. His first book of poems This Handful of Dust was published in 1975 from Calcutta. His bilingual book of translations of Sufi poems of Waliul Hamid Aziz, Apna Khayal, was published in 2002. The recipient of various international poetry awards, he is also featured in various anthologies around the world. He is presently a freelance writer working on translation of Sufi poetry.
Sarah Ahmed lives in Sydney and is an accountant during the day and food blogger at night. She occasionally writes a few pieces.
is a novelist, poet, short story and non-fiction writer who was placed in the top five for the Landfall Essay Competition, 2011, and a prize winner in Printable Reality’s Matariki Poetry Competition 2013. Her third novel, Glam Rock Boyfriends
(brightspark books) has a five star review on Amazon, and her 2016 poetry collection, Our Mother Flew Unassisted
, is also available. You can read more about Alexander here
and also here
is the author of Conversations with S. Teri O’Type (a Satire)
, an episodic adult cartoon about a man struggling with expectations. Allen’s award-winning fiction, non-fiction and book reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Indiana Review, Quiddity, SmokeLong Quarterly’s Best of the First Ten Years anthology
, Prime Number Magazine
, Connotation Press
, [PANK], Necessary Fiction
, Word Riot
, The Lit Pub
and many others. A former finalist at Glimmer Train
, Allen has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize twice. Allen blogs here
. Christopher Allen was guest editor of the September 2014 falling
issue of Flash Frontier.
‘s second poetry collection is Disturbance
(Seren, 2013). She is also the author of several shorter collections, including Hollywood Starlet
(Chicago: dancing girl press, 2015) and The Everyday English Dictionary
(London: Paekakariki Press, 2016). A recipient of writing fellowships from MacDowell Colony, Hawthornden Castle and Fundacion Valparaiso, her work appears in journals and anthologies in many countries and online, with selected poems translated into Russian, Spanish, Japanese and Korean. www.ivyalvarez.com
Brenda Anderson’s fiction has appeared in various places including Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Fiction Vortex and SpeckLit. She lives in Adelaide, South Australia and likes unpopular things like Wagner.
Walburga Appleseed likes her wine rich, her chocolate dark and her fiction short. Her work has appeared both online and in print, and has been long-and shortlisted. Recently, she won the Winchester Flash Fiction competition. She can be found on Facebook too often, and hopes for a good fairy to conjure up a website for her at some point.
Hamish Ansley is a writer of short fiction and a sometimes-poet. He completed a Master’s thesis about masculinity in contemporary fiction at the University of Waikato in 2017, and so far has words in Mayhem, Poetry New Zealand and Sweet Mammalian.
Chris Applin loves trying to wrangle odd ideas into svelte word limits, but is otherwise a software developer in the UK.
Anita Arlov runs Inside.Out Open Mic For Writers (est 2012) in Auckland. In 2018 she gained first place adult category in the NFFD Competition and the Auckland Regional Prize. Her poetry and flash fiction can be found in NZ Poetry Yearbook, Best Microfiction, Broadsheet, Best Small Fictions, Flash Frontier, takahē and BONSAI: The Big Book of Small Stories.
Sandra Arnold Sandra Arnold is an award-winning writer who lives in New Zealand. Her flash fiction appears or is forthcoming in numerous journals including Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Blue Fifth Review and was selected for the UK 2017 National Flash Fiction Day international anthology, Sleep is a beautiful colour. www.sandraarnold.wordpress.com.
Catherine Arra lives in upstate New York. A former English and writing teacher, her recent poetry and prose appear or are forthcoming in The Timberline Review, Boston Literary Magazine, The Naugatuck River Review, Gloom Cupboard, Peacock Journal and Sugared Water. Her chapbooks are: Slamming & Splitting (Red Ochre Press, 2014) and Loving from the Backbone (Flutter Press, 2015).
Samuel Endalamaw Asfaw is a graduate of fine art from Addis Ababa University, 2002. For the last 16 years he has produced numerous art works / paintings that are exhibited and sold in different national and international art exhibitions. His art work focuses on reflecting lifestyle, culture and nature.
Anonymous_Author© is a literary voice who resides near Puhoi. He is an existentialist suffering from an identity crisis and exists only through the benevolence of language. René Descartes categorically stated: “I think therefore I am.” Anonymous_Author© ambiguously offers: “You think you exist.” As well as poetry, flash fiction and short stories, Anonymous_Author© is currently working on his unauthorised autobiography, The Ghostwriter in the Machine. Follow his progress on Twitter (@anonauth). He won Flash Frontier‘s 2012 third quarter award for writing.
was raised on the red clay of Georgia, cut his teeth on the hard streets of Chicago and now grounds himself in the volcanic soil of Portland, Oregon. He can be found or is forthcoming in such journals as Fourteen Hills
, Fiction Southeast
, The Rumpus
, Word Riot
, Connotation Press
and many more. He earned an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte. When he needs money, he writes. More here
David S. Atkinson
is the author of Apocalypse All the Time
(forthcoming 2017), Not Quite so Stories, The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes
(2015 National Indie Excellence Awards finalist in humor) and Bones Buried in the Dirt
(2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist, First Novel <80K). His writing appears in Bartleby Snopes, Grey Sparrow Journal, Atticus Review
and others. His writing website is http://davidsatkinsonwriting.com/
was short-listed for NZ Writers’ College Short Story Competition 2010 and has had work published by a number of magazines and websites including 52/250 A Year of Flash
. Her novel, The Caves of Kirym
, was published in July 2011.
is a US painter. Her acrylic paintings on canvas, paper and wood are influenced by the rugged north shore of Lake Superior and the precise intersecting grid of Manhattan. She paints at the Art Students League of New York, in shared studio spaces in Chinatown and in her Lakeside studio in Duluth, Minnesota. More here: http://www.ajatwater.com/
is from Christchurch, New Zealand, where he lives with his wife and daughter. He is a member of the South Island Writers’ Association, and a close-knit online critique group. In addition to his piecees in the September and November 2015 issues of Flash Frontier
he has stories forthcoming in Psychopomp Magazine
in January and Shotgun Honey
in February. You can find him here
, or on twitter @Sam_Serif.
Jenna Bao attends high school in Cincinnati, Ohio. She’s loved flash fiction since she experienced a series of epiphanies in her junior high years and hopes to continue exploring her craft.
Amanda Barusch grew up on a ranch in the San Jacinto valley of Southern California. This free-range childhood gave her an abiding disdain for boundaries and she has the scars to prove it. Her work has appeared in several journals, including Bravado (ANZ) and Crack the Spine (US). She likes to gaze at ordinary things until they go out of focus and emerge amazing.
Sushma Seth Bhat has had many roles in her life: daughter, student of international relations, wife, mother, business executive, immigrant, lecturer. She’s now morphing into counselor and creative writer.
Jenny Baker has exhibited art in South West England and New Zealand. She works primarily in the photographic medium, most frequently in colour. Baker resides in Northland, the perfect place for a photographer who loves landscape and outdoor photography. She works on personal projects, including portraiture and commissioned pieces. Baker can be contacted at jbakerphotos [at] gmail [dot] com.
Alicia Bakewell is a short fiction writer, based in Western Australia. She somehow managed to write the winning story for Reflex Fiction in spring 2017 and is still hanging onto her prize money in case they ask for it back. Most of her ideas for stories come while working at her day job as a house cleaner.
has an interest in photography and lives in a rural village in the Manawatu. Her work “Jellyfish Lights” was featured in the April 2012 issue, and “Groups of Three Plus One”, featured first in 52|250: A Year of Flash
, can be seen in the July 2013 National Flash Fiction Day issue and on NFFD posters around Aotearoa.
Serie Barford was born in Aotearoa to a German-Samoan mother from Lotofaga and a Palagi father. Her latest collection, Entangled Islands (Anahera Press), mixes poetry with prose. Serie was awarded the Seresin Landfall Residency in 2011 and is a recipient of the Michael King Writers’ Centre 2018 Pasifika residency. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled Piula Blue.
Wanda Barker is a writer and artist in Raglan. Her work has been published in NZ magazines and anthologies since the 1990s and early 2000s, including recent appearances in Meniscus and A Fine Line. She was the featured poet in Mayhem 6 in 2018. She has a degree from the IIML, Victoria University Wellington. Her 2017 novella was All her Dark Pretty Thoughts.
Caroline Barron is a writer and a trustee for the Michael King Writers’ Centre. She is working on her second book and is represented by WorkLink. She has a Masters in Creative Writing and a journalism degree. Caroline won the 2015 Lilian Ida Smith Award and was a runner-up at the 2016 Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards (Best New Travel Writer). In a previous life she spent a decade at the helm of Nova Models, Talent and Actors.
Tina Barry’s poems and short stories have appeared in many publications, including Drunken Boat, Lost in Thought, Blue Five Notebook and Exposure, an Anthology of Micro-fiction. Mall Flower, her first book of poems and short fiction, was released in late 2015. She is a two-time Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. Barry resides in upstate New York.
Rhonda Bartle lives in New Plymouth in a tall house in a long paddock, no garden. A journalist and writer, she prefers pliable fiction to unwieldy fact. Author of two novels and co-author of one book of non-fiction, she has been widely published in print and radio. In 1999 she won the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award. This year (2013) sees her travelling Eastern Europe with a slightly bigger backpack than she should carry.
Cath Barton is an English writer and photographer who lives in Wales. She won the New Welsh Writing AmeriCymru Prize for the Novella for The Plankton Collector, which will be published in 2018 by New Welsh Review under their Rarebyte imprint. Her short fiction is also published here and there. She is a regular contributor to Wales Arts Review.
Cassandra Baumgardner lives in the central forests of Pennsylvania. She’s 27 years old and is a PSU college graduate. She enjoys photography, reading, writing, and urban exploration. When she doesn’t have her nose in a book she can most likely be seen staring up at the sky. Her heart longs for Alaska.
Kim Beatrice is the author of the series An Angel in the Undergrowth. She has won international awards for her poetry and has an array of short stories and poetry anthologised in New Zealand and overseas. Kim is a member of the New Zealand Society of Authors and lives in rural Pahiatua in the Tararua District.
Kath Beattie is a wet-weather writer who lives in Dunedin. Kath has been writing forever with moderate success. She enjoys the outdoors and chases neighbourhood cats off her garden with water pistols.
Marty Beauchamp is an expat Kiwi in Australia for the past twenty years, seventeen as a firefighter and the past three as bits and pieces of remaking himself. He is taking this time to immerse himself in the world of the writer.
Digby Beaumont‘s stories have appeared most recently in Bartleby Snopes, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Camroc Press Review, 100-Word Story and Olentangy Review, among others. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Anthology, and he is currently working on a flash collection. He has worked as a nonfiction author for many years, with numerous publications, and lives in Hove, England.
Paul Beckman has stories due out in Spelk, Zest, Earl of Plaid, Thrice, Dialogual, Blue Lyra, Connotation Press and Apocryphal & Abstractions, and a new collection of his flash stories will be published by Big Table in early 2015. Beckman is also an award-winning photographer who specializes in ‘street shooting’ in the US and around the world and underwater photography. As in his short story writing, Paul focuses with his photographs on the ‘uncommon’ world around us.
lives in Stratford upon Avon and is a former student of the Hagley Writers’ Institute. She runs Custom Content Ltd and provides marketing advice and copywriting to businesses in NZ and the UK. She’s getting back into writing after a hectic year and writes short stories, poems and flash. More here.
is an occasional artist whose desire to express the contradicting and esoteric nature of life has led him to photography. Jaypee’s interests include prose and poetry, photography, abstract painting, mixed media art, and multimedia art. He is a member of New Zealand Poetry Society and the World Poetry International
Ben Berman’s first collection of poems, Strange Borderlands, won the 2014 Peace Corps Writers Award for Best Book of Poetry and was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award. His second collection, Figuring in the Figure, is forthcoming from Able Muse Press. In addition, he has received honors and fellowships from the New England Poetry Club, Massachusetts Cultural Council and Somerville Arts Council.
Frank Beyer has worked as a Tour Manager for educational trips to Asia and South America. His experiences on these journeys, as well as back home in New Zealand, have inspired him to write short stories, and more recently flash fiction. Frank studied history at the University of Auckland, and through doing so realized he had more taste for interesting narratives rather than accuracy. After a hectic 2014, he plans to enjoy the laid-back pace of New Plymouth for the majority of 2015.
is an artist, writer and independent researcher based in Dunedin, New Zealand. Drawn increasingly to interdisciplinary work, she has established valued collaborative partnerships with scientists, filmmakers, musicians, fellow artists and writers in her home country and abroad. Antarctica has her under its spell; two summer research seasons with US scientists (in a remote field camp on the edge of the Taylor Dry Valleys) significantly altered her way of seeing and being in the world. More here.
Jaclyn Bergamino grew up in the sultry swamps of Florida where she developed an appreciation for the environment and how it shapes our experiences. Since then, she has taught English and art all over the world. Seeing the world through the lenses of other cultures, in other environments, and through the eyes of her students has shaped and informed her writing. She is currently based in Wellington.
was born 1982, and obtained a certificate from the Addis Ababa School of Fine Arts and Design. Her style and medium are oil on canvas as it can achieve a more realistic painting, but it is also good for semi-abstract and decorative art types of which she’s a fan as well. She has participated in many exhibitions, such as the UNESCO and Ethiopian Millennium Committee, and also had a solo exhibition at the Ethiopian National Museum. She’s the Founding and Executive Member of the Ethiopian Visual Artist Association. More at Gallery Ethiopia
Guy Biederman lives on a houseboat near San Francisco with his wife and two cats. He teaches low-fat fiction. His work recently appeared in Carve and Third Wednesday. Iota Press published his chapbook, House Samurai. An obituary, Orange Spoon, 1975-2005, hangs in a Gastronomy Art Exhibit in Sonoma County. Guy prefers writing on matchbooks, receipts and parking tickets while waiting for traffic lights to change
Maree Bishop lives on the Hibiscus Coast. She has written two novels, one of which she recently published online. Both novels are based in the US where she spent several years. Some of Maree’s short stories have appeared in national magazines.
Damyanti Biswas is based out of Singapore. Her short fiction has been commended at the Bath Flash Fiction Award and her novel-in-progress long-listed for the Mslexia Novel Competition. Her stories appear at Bluestem, Griffith Review and Lunch Ticket, among others. Her work is anthologized by Twelve Winters Press, USA and major publishers in Malaysia and Singapore.
Henry Bladon is based in Somerset in the UK. He is a writer of short fiction and poetry and teaches creative writing for therapeutic purposes. He has degrees in psychology and mental health policy, and a PhD in literature and creative writing. His work can be seen in His work can be seen in Poetica Review, Pure Slush, Poetic Bond, Lunate and O:JA&L, among other places.
A N Block is a relatively new fiction writer who has had a story accepted by Blue Bonnet Review and has one being published in The Binnacle which won Honorable Mention in its Twelfth Annual International Ultra-Short Competition. He has an MA in History and is a Master of Wine who teaches at Boston University.
Michael Botur lives in Whangarei and hails from Hillmorton. In 2018 he is releasing his fifth short story collection, True?, and will hopefully self-publish the novel, Crimechurch, too. Unless a publisher actually wants the book.
Sophie Boudet is a writer, photogapher, journalist, traveler and all-around creative citizen of the world, originally from Bordeaux and living part-time in Reunion Island. Her photographs show the world as she feels it. Deep black and white, colours that call you, your eyes; images that touch the mind. Her work appears in June 2016’s issue: moments are stolen because they happen one time. The time she was there.
is an art lover from way back who found she had no talent in painting or drawing but excelled in science – but who finally discovered her talent in photography. Taking inspiration from both the natural world and also the world of fashion, she works with both nature and people. “Photography is my adventure, my escape, my voice.” More at her website.
H. Boyce is an archaeologist and teacher based in China. Her research interests include North Korean culture, 1960s pop music, and very large rabbit suitable for riding.
Bill Bradford has always wanted to write but life has got in the way. He is looking forward to making up for this when he retires from his job as a union organiser in October. His story ‘The Sea Monster’ was runner-up in the nonfiction section of the 2016 Sunday Star Times competition. ‘Unleashed’ is Bill’s first attempt at writing flash fiction.
April Bradley is the Associate Editor of Bartleby Snopes Literary Magazine and the Founding Editor of Women Who Flash Their Lit. Her writing has or will appear The Airgonaut, Boston Literary Magazine, Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Narratively and NANO Fiction, among others. She lives near the water on coastal Connecticut with her family. Find her at @april_bradley.
Katie Brown is an Auckland-based musician, designer and writer with a love for expressing story across different creative mediums. She currently writes and produces her own music as well as designing for her clothing label, both of which are conceptually linked. As part of conceptual explorations for these pursuits, she enjoys writing poetry and short stories.
Simon Brown has been writing poetry and prose since he was in year 5 and attended the Christchurch school for young writers for many years. Since he first entered the national flash fiction day competition in 2016 he has been longlisted with 7 pieces and shortlisted with 2. Next year he hopes to enter in the adult category for the first time.
Gilles Bullinga is a Year 13 Student of Green Bay High School in Auckland. His hobbies include music, computers and, most importantly, writing. He enjoys writing about things that have had a real impact on real people, and was inspired to write by the lyrics of the metal band Silent Planet. Gille’s work appears in the 2018 NFFD Youth Competition issue.
Born and raised in the south of the South Island, Gay Buckingham is (mostly) domiciled in Dunedin. She has an MA from the IIML of Victoria University and her fiction and non-fiction have been published nationally and internationally.
Sam Buckby doesn’t spend a lot of time in the real world but, when she does stop by, she can be found in Dunedin, New Zealand. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Otago.
Karen Peterson Butterworth has published seven books. Her poetry and prose has appeared in journals and anthologies in seven countries. She won the 2001 BNZ/Katherine Mansfield Essay Prize with an essay about Otaki, where she lives with her husband Brian. Themes for her writing often come to her while gazing at sunlit leaves stirred by sea breezes.
Mary Byrne grew up in Ireland and now lives in France. Her short fiction has been published, broadcast and anthologised in Europe, North America and Australia. Short fiction awards include Kore Press, Fiction International and the Hennessy Award. She is currently working on collections of short fiction set in Morocco and Ireland. Her debut collection set in France, Plugging the causal breach, is forthcoming from Regal House in 2019. She loves philosophy, art and anything baroque. Tweets @BrigitteLOignon.
Neil Campbell is from Manchester, England. He has two collections of short stories, Broken Doll and Pictures from Hopper, published by Salt, and two poetry chapbooks, Birds and Bugsworth Diary, published by Knives, Forks and Spoons. His next chapbook of short fiction, Ekphrasis, is forthcoming from Knives, Forks and Spoons.
is a writer and editor based in Milwaukee. His very short stories appear or are forthcoming in Atticus Review, Blink Ink, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Jellyfish Review, KYSO Flash, Micro Fiction Monday
, among others. He teaches writing at Milwaukee Area Technical College, where he co-edits The Phoenix
. He is from a city in the north of England, known for its knives. https://jonathancardew.wordpress.com/
Bob Carlton lives and works in Garland, Texas.
Lorraine Carmody lives on a 4-hectare lifestyle block at the northern end of Canterbury’s Greendale fault line with her husband, three teenage daughters and six horses. She’s a former Press communities journalist and is in the second year of the Hagley Writers’ Institute course.
lives outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and earned her MFA from Spalding University’s Low-Residency program in Kentucky. Her stories have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Homology Lit., CHEAP POP, genre2, Jellyfish Review, Milk Candy Review
and elsewhere. She can be found online at http://kbcarle.wordpress.com/
lives in Auckland, New Zealand, with her husband and son. She has worked in journalism and communications for more than 17 years, and enjoys writing flash fiction. More on her online writing portfoli
Mary Carroll-Hackett’s work has appeared in numerous journals including Clackamas Literary Review, Pedestal Magazine, Superstition Review, Drunken Boat, The Prose-Poem Project and others. Her book, The Real Politics of Lipstick, won the 2010 Slipstream competition; another chapbook, Animal Soul, is forthcoming from Kattywompus Press. She edits The Dos Passos Review and The Liam Rector First Book Prize for Poetry. Most recently, she co-founded SPACES, an innovative online magazine of art and literature.
Sally Carroll is a short story writer based in Christchurch. She has been a member of SIWA for four years. She views writing as a great outlet and a wonderful opportunity to make creative friends. Her other interests are economics and golf.
is a Wellington writer and photographer, who, like so many others, is attempting a reinvention in what he hates calling middle age. He has completed a first draft of a novel, enjoys writing poetry and has a memoir project bubbling. You can find him online at www.petecarter.nz
is a New Zealand writer who lives in Melbourne. Her children’s picture book, Kiwi and Scorpion
, was published with Penguin NZ in 2008. In 2014 she edited and translated Taking Latin America Home
– an anthology of writing influenced by Latin America, which raised funds for the Sweet Water Fund based in Nicaragua. She blogs occasionally here
and you can find her on Facebook
Dave Cavill is an amateur writer and artist from rural Pennsylvania. His very first literary submission was right here on Flash Frontier.
Jill Chan is the author of two collections of fiction/short stories and six collections of poetry. Her work has been published in Poetry New Zealand, JAAM, Takahē, Snorkel, Trout, Deep South, Otoliths, Blue Fifth Review, Eunoia Review and many other magazines.
John Wentworth Chapin lives and writes and teaches in Baltimore, Maryland. With Michelle Elvy, he was a founding editor of 52 / 250 A Year of Flash and A Baker’s Dozen.
S R Charters grew up in West Auckland. He has won The Macmillan Brown Prize for Writers and been highly commended in the annual CBA short story competition. He is published in Readers Digest, the HarperCollins anthology Creative Juices and The Rangitawa Collection 2014. He was shortlisted for the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize and is nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
Susan Cheer is a freelance science writer who also runs an online company, Story Pieces, which provides internet-based courses for those who wish to record their personal and family stories or who want to use writing for personal development. She has an interest in creative non-fiction, flash fiction and micro memoir.
Elaine Chiew is a London-based writer. She’s the editor and organiser of Cooked Up: Food Fiction From Around the World (New Internationalist, 2015). She won the Bridport Prize in 2008 and the Elbow Room Prize (2015). She’s been short-listed in numerous competitions, including Mslexia, BBC Opening Lines and Fish International Short Stories, and she has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her stories can be found in Smokelong Quarterly, Pedestal, Unthology 7 (Unthank Books, 2015), Everything About Us (Word Works, 2016), among others. She’s currently pursuing an M.A. in Asian Art History (Singapore) until 2017.
Dana Christiansen has long been a wrangler of words. Growing up in suburban Pennsylvania, she later studied German language and literature. After she tired of crafting press releases in Manhattan, she came to New Zealand and found her bliss. When she’s not counting sheep, training dogs or playing golf, she writes for a new purpose – passion.
Simon Chun Kwan Chui lives in Auckland, and is comfortably profession-less and unemployed. He wants to make the world a better place, but hasn’t quite figured out how. At the moment he’s trying writing letters. He seldom mentions his Doctorate in architecture, because he doesn’t see how talking about it helps anyone.
Suzanne Claessen is a writer, illustrator and beekeeper. She studied Literature and Museum Studies at the University of Amsterdam, and completed a Master’s in Creative Non-Fiction Writing at the University of Otago. Her work is often inspired by the natural environment and combines imaginative and bizarre twists. Two rather opposite sides of her personality are reflected in her work, from dreamy to dark, as well as the spaces in between.
James Claffey hails from County Westmeath, Ireland, and lives on an avocado ranch in Carpinteria, CA. His work appears in Flash Fiction International and Best Small Fictions 2015. He was also a finalist in Best Small Fictions 2016, and a semi-finalist in 2017.
Asha Clark is 13, comes from England, but now lives in Tauranga. She adores writing and is motivated by putting on sad, Lo-Fi music at night, crying for a while and leaking her emotions onto a page. She especially loves the editing portion, when she wakes up and thinks, What on earth is all this sad rambling about? Asha’s work appears in the 2017 and 2018 NFFD Youth Competition issue.
lives in Wellington, New Zealand. An ancestral heritage replete with stories of adventure, scandal and lunacy inspired her degree in English and History. Her novel, The Aerial Queen
, about two sisters who parachute from smoke balloons in the 1890s, is yet to be published. catherineclarkeauthor.com
Sophie Windsor Clive
and Liberty Smith
are independent documentary filmmakers based in London and New York. Their past projects range from the educational to the experimental. They have produced a diverse body of work that includes art department for feature films and award-winning short documentaries. They have previously collaborated with The House of Fairytales, Film London, October Films, Ideas Tap and many schools and museums. They find inspiration from bike rides, being by water, making things and meeting people. More here
Renée Cohen is a freelance speech, appeal and stewardship letter writer. Her essays, musings, rants, raves and photography have appeared in various publications, including The Globe and Mail, Reader’s Digest, The Montreal Gazette and numerous volumes of the Canadian Authors Association Anthology. Her fiction has appeared in European literary journals including ZiN Daily and Croatia, and her mixed media collages and paintings have been exhibited in group and solo shows in Montreal.
Chris Cole lives in Wellington. He’s a stay-at-home-dad who tries to find time during the day to write. In between nappies, stories, games, and baking bread, he’s writing a novel. Chris Cole’s story was Highly Commended in the 2012 National Flash Fiction Day competition.
Linda Collins is a New Zealand memoirist and poet based in Singapore, where she is a copyeditor on the political desk of The Straits Times. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters, New Zealand (2017). She has been published or has work forthcoming in Turbine, Swamp Living, The Fib Review, The Cordite Poetry Review, The Freerange Journal and The Short Story UK (TSS Publishing). She was shortlisted for the Hachette Australia Trans-Tasman mentorship, longlisted for New Zealand’s annual national flash fiction award and landed an honourable mention in the 2018 Glimmer Train Very Short Story Contest. Her memoir, Loss Adjustment, is being published by Ethos Books Singapore later this year.
Ramon Collins is a writer in the Pacific Northwest.
Rose Collins has a Masters in Creative Writing from VUW’s International Institute of Modern Letters. Her short stories and poetry have been published in a number of journals and anthologies and she was shortlisted and commended in the 2016 Bare Fiction Prize. Rose was the 2018 Writer in Residence at Hagley College. She works as a lawyer and also teaches creative writing at the School for Young Writers.
Zoe Congalton is a year nine student in Hawke’s Bay. She finds writing enjoyable and likes to experiment with different ways of structuring her work. Her love of reading keeps her busy along with fencing, dance and debating. She is looking forward to an exciting future in a to be determined career path. In short, Zoe has no idea about what to do, but thought she should include something about it.
Jordana Connor is a long-time scribbler and fledgling submitter of short stories and flash fiction. She enjoys excruciatingly bad puns, delicious swear words, and the Oxford comma. She lives in Wellington.
Sheldon Lee Compton is the author of three books – the collections The Same Terrible Storm (Foxhead Books, 2012) Where Alligators Sleep (Foxhead Books, 2014) and the novel Brown Bottle (Bottom Dog Press, 2016). His short fiction can be found in more than 150 publications and has been nominated for the Pushcart, Best of the Net and storySouth’s Million Writers Award, and cited in Best Small Fictions, 2015 and 2016. He is founding editor of the online flash fiction journal The Airgonaut.
Zoe Congalton is a year nine student in Hawke’s Bay. She finds writing enjoyable and likes to experiment with different ways of structuring her work. Her love of reading keeps her busy along with fencing, dance and debating. She is looking forward to an exciting future in a to-be-determined career path.
Austin Conner grew up in the East Bay Area. While living there, he found ‘Thunderdome’, a ruthless informal internet writing contest where he has honed his writing skills ever since. He has work published or forthcoming in Five on the Fifth, Manawaker Studios and Vestal Review.
Kay McKenzie Cooke Ngai Tahu, Katimamoe, is a writer from Otepoti / Dunedin, Aotearoa. She is a published poet with her fourth poetry book due to be published in 2020. She is also working on a manuscript for a novel and she writes short stories. One of her short stories, ‘Where The Trees Lean Sideways’, an autobiographical story set in Murihiku / Southland, won the Dan Davin literary award.
Beth Cooper is a Year 9 student at East Girl’s College. She lives in Wellington with four cats and several chickens and has had a passion for writing from a young age.
Carolyn Cossey is in her second year of a creative writing degree at Manukau Institute of Technology and pays her bills by writing digital content about travel in New Zealand. She spent twenty years prior to that as a flight attendant. She now enjoys life on the ground in rural South Auckland.
Mark Crimmins’s short stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize (twice), a Best of the Net Award, and a Silver Pen Authors Association Write Well Award. His short stories have been published in Confrontation, Prick of the Spindle, Eclectica, Cha, Cortland Review, Tampa Review, Columbia Review, Queen’s Quarterly, Ellipsis, Apalachee Review, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Pif Magazine, Del Sol Review and Chicago Quarterly Review. His flash fictions have been published in Eunoia Review, White Rabbit, Flash Frontier, Portland Review, Gravel, Eastlit, Restless Magazine, Atticus Review, Apocrypha & Abstractions, Dogzplot, Spelk, Pure Slush, Long Exposure, Chaleur Magazine, FlashFiction.Net and Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine. He teaches in the Department of Humanities at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen.
Cris Cucerzan is a teacher and writer born in Romania. He currently lives in Wellington and studies at the International Institute of Modern Letters.
Nikki Crutchley lives in Cambridge with her husband and two girls. She works as a freelance proofreader and copy editor. She is currently writing her first novel after having completed a diploma in creative writing with the NZIBS. While writing flash fiction is relatively new to Nikki, it is fast becoming a favourite pastime.
Bruce Costello lives in the seaside village of Hampden, North Otago. After studying foreign languages and literature in the late sixties, he spent a few years selling used cars. Then he worked as a radio creative writer for fourteen years, before training in psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy and spending 24 years in private practice. In 2010, he semi-retired and took up writing. His stories have been published by mainstream magazines and literary journals in seven countries.
Sarah Cotter lives in Whenuapai with two children, heavy air traffic and a menagerie of animals. She has been writing poetry for a long time. She read at Rhythm & Verse in 2011 and will do so again in May 2012. She is embarking on a bachelor of bilingual primary teaching this year.
Chella Courington is the author of three prose poetry/flash fiction chapbooks: Love Letter to Biology 250 (forthcoming from Porkbelly Press), Talking Did Not Come Easily to Diana and Girls and Women. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals including SmokeLong, Nano Fiction, The Collagist and The Los Angeles Review.
Matt Cowens is a Kapiti-based teacher, author and dad. With his wife, Debbie Cowens, he wrote Mansfield with Monsters (Steam Press, 2012). He has also made card games, written short stories and, while living in Japan, learned to tie a good-looking tie knot.
has been a writer and editor of non-fiction for over twenty years, with two non-fiction books published. She graduated from the Hagley Writers’ Institute with honours in both the first and second year of the course. Her stories have appeared in Takahē, Penduline Press
, an anthology of speculative fiction, and two of her stories were highly commended in the 2014 NFFD competition. Celia lives in beautiful Christchurch. More photos can be found on her website www.mybeautifulsky.com
Dan Crawley is from Southern California. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of journals, including North American Review, apt, Wigleaf, SmokeLong Quarterly: The Best of the First Ten Years, matchbook and Gravel. He is a recipient of an Arizona Commission on the Arts fellowship and has taught creative writing at various universities in Arizona.
Sean Crawley lives wherever the tides of time, economics and love take him upon the continent of Australia. At present that sees him sitting at an op-shop desk on a hinterland range banging out words to help him make sense of all the craziness.
Caroline Crick lives by the Maitai River in Nelson. She works as a freelance writer and photographer for magazine and commercial clients, and writes creatively in her spare time. Recently she has been short-listed in the 2013 Page and Blackmore short story competition and the North and South magazine Places in the Heart short story competition.
Mark Crimmons‘ fiction has been published in Happy, Confrontation and theNewer York. He received his PhD in 20th Century Literature from the University of Toronto in 1999 and taught 20th Century Literature at the University of Toronto from 1999 to 2013. He moved to Hong Kong in 2013 to concentrate on publishing his fiction.
Mike Crowl, writer, pianist, composer and occasional actor, has just entered his eighth decade. In 2014 he published two children’s stories and a non-fiction title as e-books. He’s currently working on a third children’s story. He blogs regularly, writes book reviews and is possibly involved in too much social media. His musical Grimhilda! was presented in Dunedin in 2012 and is available on Kindle or Smashwords. The Mumbersons and the Blood Secret – the ‘sort of sequel’ to Grimhilda! – is available on Kindle and Smashwords. His non-fiction e-book, Diary of a Prostate Wimp, is available on Kindle and Smashwords.
has e-published three books – two on writing and one a selection of short stories. She has been a book reviewer for 37 years, writes notes for a nation-wide book discussion scheme, has had articles and features published in newspapers and magazines and has researched and written three books of family history. Her blog is at joancurry.blogspot.com
Jeni Curtis is a Christchurch writer who has had short stories and poetry published in various publications including takahē, NZPS anthologies 2014 to 2018, JAAM, Atlanta Review, The London Grip and the Poetry NZ Yearbook. She is secretary of the Canterbury Poets Collective, and chair of the takahē Trust. She is also co-editor of poetry for takahē.
Makyla Curtis is an Auckland-based poet and artist. She is one of the editors of Potroast literary ‘zine. Makyla works primarily on collaboration works such as Abstract Compositions and was one of the creators of the Metonymy Project in 2008.
Felicity Cutten was born in Australia but has lived in Canterbury for over thirty years. She is currently an olive farmer but her experiences as a research scientist, teacher and geological field assistant in Western Australia provide ample material for fiction writing and creative art. She is also a published science illustrator and a member of the South Island Writers Association.
Daphne Clair de Jong
, author of almost 80 romantic and historical novels published worldwide, is a past winner of the Katherine Mansfield BNZ Short Story Award and other awards, has had numerous short stories and articles published in magazines and anthologies, and some poetry in literary magazines. She also tutors writing in nearly all genres and runs the world-famous-in-New Zealand Kara School of Writing and Karaveer Writers’ Retreat
at her home in rural Northland. Find out more here
‘s work has appeared in The Binnacle, Mulberry Fork Review, Duende, Tales of Two Cities
(Ethos Books) and more. Three of her short fiction pieces have been recently short-listed for international literary awards. Lucía lives in Singapore with her family, blogs on and off the beaten path
and tweets as @lucyda.
Hannah Daniell is a Year 11 at Cashmere High School. Hannah Daniell is a fan fiction author and spoken word poet. Hannah Daniell is the type of person who speaks like someone is writing a story about them and needs expositional dialogue. Hannah Daniell is the type of writer who would rather be making “Congratulations! You finished your story!” brownies than editing.
Marrie Daniels writes about the unusual and edgy things of life. The pieces that glint and catch like the sun on a random glass fragment. She writes to remind herself who she truly is and for the hope of connection with others of the same tribe. She writes to feel complete.
is a British fiction writer, poet and journalist. Her writing has been published by literary magazines and anthologies including The Literary Bohemian, Streetcake, Germ Magazine, Litro, Riptide Journal
and The View From Here
. Judy’s work has been performed on BBC radio, across the UK and in Hong Kong. She blogs at www.skylightrain.com
and tweets @judydarley.
Doug Dautel is a husband, a daddy and a nascent but aspiring polymath who lives in Auckland. Sometimes he puts pen to paper and tries to put words together. Sometimes they make sense
Semira Davis has appeared in publications such as takahē, Phantom Billstickers Café Reader and Scum. She creates an obscured reflection of events experienced or witnessed while growing up in small-town New Zealand, twisting personal truth into fiction.
T. O. Davis has a Masters of Fine Arts in fiction from Boise State University. Although born in Alabama, he grew up in North Carolina, but has also lived in Idaho. His writing has appeared in Shotgun Honey, Flash: The International Short-Story Magazine and The Slag Review. T. O. teaches for Halifax Community College and lives in Greenville, North Carolina.
Elena de Roo is an award winning children’s writer and poet. Last year, while completing a Master of Creative Writing at AUT, she made her first tentative foray into flash fiction by entering the NFFD competition, only to sink without trace. This year she was over the moon to find out she’d made the short-list. Notwithstanding the title of her entry, Elena is, in fact, a second generation vegetarian.
Pat Deavoll is a late-in-life student of Information Design at CPIT. She is also in her second year of study with the Hagley Writers’ Institute. In 2011 she published an autobiography of her mountaineering career, Wind from a Distant Summit, and is currently working on a novel, but a recent discovery of poetry and now short fiction keeps distracting her.
Birtukan Dejene started her career working as a graphic designer for various organizations and magazine for a number of years. Today Birtukan is a full-time studio artist. Her art has exhibited in numerous art shows in Addis Ababa. She is well known for her use of geometric figures to depict the human form.
Francis Denis is a semi-professional French painter. One reviewer states emphatically: “Francis’ abstract figurative paintings evolve around the single theme of emotion. Everything in these mysterious works is centered around the humble and sad angst that the figures portray… Set on a single tone backdrop, an immediate mood is set by the colour of these bold platforms. The expressive brushwork uses contrasting tones and the white outline of his subjects creates an almost collage-like aesthetic.”
Emily Devane is a writer and teacher based in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. She came to FlashBack Fiction via a History degree from Cambridge University, a love of short fiction and a very lucky Twitter conversation. She has won prizes for her stories, including a Northern Writers’ Award, a Word Factory Apprenticeship and the Bath Flash Fiction Award.
Matthew Dexter’s fiction has been published in hundreds of literary journals and dozens of anthologies. He writes abhorrent freelance pieces for exorbitant amounts of pesos to pay the bills while drinking cervezas in paradise with tourists. He is author of the novel The Ritalin Orgy (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, 2013), and his second novel, third novel, debut memoir, and debut collection are forthcoming.
Katacha Díaz is a Peruvian-American writer. She lives and writes in a quaint little historic town at the mouth of the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The MacGuffin, New Mexico Review, The Galway Review, Skipping Stones, Route 7 Review, Coastlines, Gravel, Twisted Vine and Foliate Oak, among others.
Elaine Dillon has only recently discovered flash fiction. Despite telling school teachers that she wanted to be a journalist and despite the notion to write never leaving her for thirty years, it is only within the last few months that she has decided to face her inner critic and actually start writing. Elaine lives in Auckland, NZ with her husband, Andrew.
Melanie Dixon is an emerging writer based in Christchurch, New Zealand. She is a graduate of Hagley Writers’ Institute and has had work published in Takahē Magazine, The Quick Brown Dog, Penduline Press and Flash Frontier. Melanie is a tutor at the School for Young Writers and is currently working on her second novel for children.
William Doreski lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and teaches at Keene State College. His most recent books of poetry are City of Palms and June Snow Dance, both 2012. His essays, poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in many journals, including Massachusetts Review, Atlanta Review, New England Quarterly, Worcester Review, Harvard Review, Modern Philology, Antioch Review, and Natural Bridge.
Olivia Dowell studies English at the University of Canterbury.
lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Black Lawrence Press will publish her flash chapbook The Missing Girl
later this month. She has flash in Flash Frontier, matchbook, The Pinch, Quarter After Eight, Monkeybicycle, Wigleaf
and Hotel Amerika
(forthcoming). Her personal essay “Saving Trees” appeared in Rooted
, a recent anthology of arboreal nonfiction from Outpost 19. www.jacquelinedoyle.com
Megan Doyle Corcoran
lives in Wellington where she writes and rides a bicycle. A 2012 student in the MA programme at the International Institute of Modern Letters, she writes short stories
that are usually much longer than 250 words. Her work has appeared in online and print journals in the US. She’s originally from California and appreciates that her presence in New Zealand is so graciously tolerated.
is currently completing his PhD in creative writing at Victoria University of Wellington. Allan’s short stories and poems have appeared in literary journals and magazines, and his work has won or been shortlisted in several international and national writing competitions. You can find him online at www.allan-drew.com
Christopher M Drewlives in Sheffield, UK, with his wife and two children. By day he works for a university; by night he writes fiction: flash, short stories, and novellas. He is new to competition writing, but his flash ‘The Perfect Fall’ won second prize in the Bath Flash Fiction competition, and is also nominated for Best Small Fictions 2017.
Sarah Dunn is a journalist who lives in Nelson. She graduated from Victoria University with a B.A. Hons in English Literature and Religious Studies. Aged 25, she has spent May and June this year in Korea on an Asia New Zealand Foundation internship. Sarah is the First Place winner of the 2014 National Flash Fiction Day competition.
Annette Edwards-Hill lives in Wellington. She writes short stories and flash. She has been published in Flash Frontier, Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand, Gravel, Headland, Fictive Dream, Spelk, Reflex Fiction and others. Her work is forthcoming in the 2019 Bath Flash Fiction Anthology. She was shortlisted for the New Zealand Heritage Book and Writing Awards (prose) in 2018, the winner of the Flash Frontier Winter Writing Award in 2017 and recommended in the London Independent Short Story competition in 2019.
David Eggleton grew up in Fiji and South Auckland, became a performance poet in the 1980s and now lives in Otepoti/Dunedin, where he is a poet, writer, reviewer and editor. His first collection of poems was co-winner of the PEN New Zealand Best First Book of Poems Award in 1987. His collection of poems, The Conch Trumpet, won the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Award for Poetry. His most recent poetry publication is SNAP, a limited-edition 14-poem collaboration with artist Nigel Brown and printer John Holmes for the University of Otago’s Otakou Press, produced in 2017.
Pia Z. Ehrhardt is an American writer whose story collection Famous Fathers was published by MacAdam/Cage in 2007. Ehrhardt has also been published in Narrative Magazine, McSweeney’s and The Mississippi Review. She acted as Guest Editor for Guernica Magazine in September, 2009.
Joyce Ellwood-Smith had her life turned upside down by the Christchurch earthquake. Temporarily based in Wellington, she is occasionally house-sitting in Picton along with her golden retriever. The good thing is that she now has time to write, with blogs published on Happyzine.co.nz and a children’s historical novel in the works. She was also recently commended in the Poems in the Waiting Room competition.
Anne Else is a Wellington writer and editor who has recently discovered flash fiction. Her earlier published work has focused mainly on New Zealand women, history and social change. The Colour of Food: A memoir of life, love & dinner (published as an e-book in 2013, followed by a print edition in 2014) was a finalist for both the Food Writers Culinary Book Quill and the Bert Roth Labour History Award.
dabbles in music, poetry and other forms of creative fiction and nonfiction, as well as co-edits the online children’s and young adults’ journal fingers comma toes
. She likes language and physics, and lived for two years in East Africa. She is seventeen years old, and is currently in Germany.
Lesley Evans is a Christchurch artist who revels in the stimulus of the critique group she belongs to. Although all the other members of the group are writers, it works very well because of the shared processes of creative work.
Lesley draws and paints most days, and she exhibits in the local library.
Andrea Ewing loves writing in all its forms – short stories, poetry, flash. She’s been published in takahē, Headland and Flash Frontier, and in 2004 won the Katherine Mansfield Novice Award for The Eleventh Hour.
is a New Zealander currently living in Obra, Poland with his wife and two boys. His short works have appeared in print and digital publications in NZ, Ireland, England, The Netherlands and America. He recently self-published a collection of his short fiction, The Tidal Island and Other Stories
. Find out more on his website
has been a scientist, a dramaturg and a researcher; she has worked in a health food store and in libraries, made short films and played (briefly, long ago) in a band. She grew up in Perth, Western Australia, but since 1996 has lived in Wellington. Her short fiction has been published in anthologies, literary journals and popular magazines, broadcast on radio, and been commended and short-listed for awards in Australia and New Zealand. Her debut novel, The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt,
is published by Fremantle Press (September 2013). More here
. Tracy Farr’s story was Highly Commended in the 2012 National Flash Fiction Day competition.
Elizabeth Farris is a 2015 Master of Arts in Creative Writing graduate from the International Institute of Modern Letters. Her short stories are published in Australian and American anthologies. Her stage plays have been performed in the US. She was short-listed for the Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing in 2009 and was runner-up in the Rodney Writes Competition in 2008.
Sandy Feinstein has taught medieval to modern literature in Syria and fantasy in Pennsylvania. Her latest fiction (hybrid?) will appear in NonBinary Review.
Rachel J Fentonis originally from Yorkshire and lives in Auckland. She is working on a CNZ-funded graphic biography of Wellington writer Mary Taylor, Charlotte Bronte’s best friend. Recent work has appeared in Landfall and English: Journal of the English Association | Oxford Academic.
Phyllis Ferguson lives outside Houston, Texas on two and one-half acres. Her husband and she take care of six rescue dogs, five indoor cats, and an ever-changing number of barn cats. She is native to Louisiana and has lived in New Orleans twice – as a child and as a young adult. She writes about relationships between people and their environments.
Beige Fifteen is living in England where he studies at the University of Liverpool. He has been writing for almost three weeks.
Cecilia Fitzgerald lives in Christchurch. She is still awaiting earthquake repairs and remembers vividly striding through the Ashburton Domain, not knowing if she would ever be able to live in her home again, if her family would survive, if she could get bread or petrol, while a voice boomed in her head, “Alright, alright, alright, I will be a writer.”
Jan FitzGerald (b.1950) is a long established New Zealand poet with publication in New Zealand literary journals including Poetry NZ, NZ Books, takahē, and Landfall, and overseas in Poetry Australia, The London Magazine, Orbis (UK) and Acumen (UK). Jan works as a full-time artist in Napier, and has three poetry books published: Flying Against the Arrow (Wolfdale Publishing 2005), On a Day like This (Steele Roberts 2010) and Wayfinder (Steele Roberts 2017)
is a New York raised, Wisconsin schooled, Seattle based writer. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Citron Review
, Bird’s Thumb, Brain Child Magazine, Prime Number, People Holding
and elsewhere. Recently, she was a finalist in Glimmer Train’s
Very Short Fiction Contest. More can be found on her website, www.jenniferflisscreative.com
Craig Foltz is a writer and photographer whose work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. His most recent book is the collection of short fiction We Used to Be Everywhere (Ugly Duckling Presse). He lives and works with his family in Three Kings.
Allen Forrest is a writer and graphic artist for covers and illustrations in literary publications and books, and the winner of the Leslie Jacoby Honor for Art at San Jose State University’s Reed Magazine for 2015. His Bel Red landscape paintings are part of the Bellevue College Foundation’s permanent art collection in Bellevue, WA. He lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
lives in Paris and as a sculptor loves the medium of bronze. Recently she has been creating a centenary memorial to pay homage to the NZ Tunnellers in Arras, inaugurated on 9 April. This immersive piece pays tribute to the involvement of the New Zealand Tunnelling Company in Arras’ underground quarries during World War. More here…
Carlos Franco-Ruiz (°1987, Managua, Nicaragua). In 1988, his parents immigrated to Miami, Florida. Carlos was raised in Miami, completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Miami in 2011. In 2013, he moved to Uruguay where he recently had a solo exhibition “Fractured Moments” at Roggia Galerie. He currently lives and works in Sauce, Uruguay.
Norman P Franke is a New Zealand-based poet, academic and film-maker. He has published widely about 18th century literature as well as German-speaking exile literature (Albert Einstein, Else Lasker-Schüler, Karl Wolfskehl) and eco-poetics. Norman’s poetry has been broadcasted on radio and published in anthologies in Austria, Germany, New Zealand, Switzerland, the UK and the USA. He was a 2017/18 finalist at the Aesthetica (UK) and Feldkircher (Austria) literature contests.
’s work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Anomalous Press, Home: New Short Short Stories by New Zealand Writers, 100 New Zealand Short Short Stories 4, Landfall, NZ Listener
and others. A past winner of the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Award for fiction, she is also author of the poetry collections The Continuing Adventures of Alice Spider
(Anomalous Press, US, 2013) and Kingdom Animalia: the Escapades of Linnaeus
(Auckland University Press, 2011). Janis was born in the UK and grew up in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. She lives in Wellington and blogs here.
Janis Freegard was runner-up in the 2012 National Flash Fiction Day competition.
is the author of two short story collections, Feeding Strays
, with Lost Horse Press, and Surrounded by Water
, with Press 53, which includes the winning story of the Glimmer Train Fiction Award. Stefanie’s published and forthcoming work can be found in Witness
, Mid-American Review
, Western Humanities Review
, Chattahoochee Review
, The Florida Review
, Quarterly West
and American Literary Review
. More at www.stefaniefreele.com
is the author of eleven books of short fiction and poetry. His latest,The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan
(Big Table Publishing), is his first novel. He hosts the successful Dire Literary Series
. in Cambridge, Massachusetts for over thirteen years and is the co-founder of Somerville News Writers Festival. His work appears in over 300 journals, of which nine have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His work has been read on National Public Radio. More here
Stephen Garside is a Wellington writer who has written full-time, in and around three children and a shift-working wife, for two years but trained to become a primary school teacher in 2012 so is now wondering how much sleep he can go without in order to maximize writing hours.
Mia Gaudin is currently completing her MA in creative writing at the IIML where she is writing a novel that explores (with humour) themes of family, relationships and grief (not dissimilar from her flash fiction, just much longer). She also writes theatre reviews for the Pantograph Punch and provides legal advice for a crust.
Eyayu Genet is a young artist and a teacher. He earned a B.A in Economics from Bahir Dar University. However, after a few years working in the field of economics he decided to divert his efforts in pursuit of his real passion – art. Eyayu’s Ethiopian art style focuses on emphasizing themes from Ethiopian culture and daily life by layering strong features and vibrant colors.
lives in Christchurch, New Zealand. Publications include a novella-in-flash, The Crazed Wind
(Truth Serum Press, 2018), inclusion in anthologies Sleep is A Beautiful Colour
(UK NFFD, 2017), Landmarks
(UK NFFD, 2015), Love on the Road 2015
(Liberties Press) and various online or print journals. Further details on her website
Celine Gibson shares her home in Christchurch with a bagpiper and a cat. She is the secretary of SIWA (South Island Writers’ Association) and is a recent graduate of the Hagley Writers’ Institute. When not engaged on her own writing projects, Celine co-hosts and produces a local radio programme called ‘Writers’ Block’ – a show for writers, about writers.
Anahera Gildea, Ngati Raukawa-ki-te-tonga, lives in Wellington with her husband and child. She has been published in multiple anthologies and online. She is currently studying with IIML at Victoria University in Wellington.
Howie Good’s latest book of poetry is The Complete Absence of Twilight (2014) from MadHat Press. He co-edits White Knuckle Press with Dale Wisely, who does most of the real work.
Kaye Gilhooley has recently completed the Hagley Writers’ Institute programme in Christchurch and is now allowing the writer within to emerge. She lives by the beautiful Opāwaho River in Christchurch with her partner Phil and watches dogs and their walkers pass by every day. She hankers after a dog of her own.
is British-Asian, London-based, and fueled by strong coffee and paneer jalfrezi. She was first published in the 2016 London Short Story Prize anthology, most recently in X-Ray lit, Flash Frontier
and Bending Genres
. She’s on the editorial team at Flashback Fiction
, an editor at Mythic Picnic’s
Twitter zine, and tweets erratically @coffeeandpaneer. Links to her stories at https://coffeeandpaneer.wordpress.com
Steven Gowin, a native of Darkest Iowania, but California dual citizen, produces Corporate Video in San Francisco.
Anna Granger lives in Whanganui and writes short fiction.
Paul Alex Gray
enjoys writing speculative fiction that cuts a jagged line to a magical real world. His work has been published in Spelk, 365 Tomorrows, The Wild Hunt
and others. Growing up in Australia, Paul travelled the world and now lives in Canada with his wife and two children. Follow him on Twitter @paulalexgray or visit www.paulalexgray.com
Joseph Greenslade is a psychology and English literature major at the University of Canterbury. He is a passionate reader and writer of poetry and prose. He is new to the world of flash fiction, but is very excited to have discovered it.
Philip Webb Gregg
is an artist who works with words. He is mostly concerned with the act and idea of stories themselves – how they shape and are shaped by those who tell them. Nature, love and madness are his other favourite subjects, though he acknowledges that they’re all pretty much the same thing. He lives and breathes in Cambridge, UK. https://philipwebbgregg.com/
lives and works in Manchester, UK, and is fairly new to the all-consuming lure of writing short and micro fiction. She was recently long-listed for the UK National Flash Fiction Day competition
. She is about to start a 6-month p/t writing course. Linda also draws and paints when time allows and has exhibited around the Greater Manchester area.
Rene Griffith is an artist, photographer, and painter living along Florida’s Space Coast in the town of Indialantic where her studio is located. Her large abstract paintings are in the expressionist style. She’s interested in expressing her feelings and thoughts about a subject through the use of color, texture, and shapes. She can be reached email@example.com.
Born in South-Africa and raised in a small farming community, Wiebo Grobler only had his imagination to keep him occupied, until he discovered the magic of books. Falling in love with the characters within from an early age, he soon began to create his own worlds and stories in his head. These stories developed voices, which clamored to be heard. So, he writes. Short-listed for his Flash Fiction and Poetry for the Fish Publishing Prize, he has had stories published in Molotov Lit, National Flash Fiction Day, Reflex Fiction and more.
is an artist and photographer living on the southern coast of North Carolina. Her inspiration is drawn from nature, people and cultures, emotions and humor, new life and decay, present moments and distant memories. Grotke’s work focuses on the sensation of ‘being there’, of taking the viewer to the location of the photograph and to feel like she did when the image was taken. Her photographs can be found here.
, a ceramic artist, lives in Port Chalmers overlooking the beautiful Otago harbour. A member of the Back Beach writers Group she has just completed eleven terracotta tiles inscribed with site specific poems to be placed around the harbour pathway. Her poems are inspired by her natural environment and the people and places she loves.
Her September ‘motel’ story is based on the real life of executioner Albert Pierrepoint, it is her first attempt at flash fiction.
Bob Halford worked for many years in electronics and software development in the UK and New Zealand. After living in Wellington for a decade, Bob and family relocated to Black Rock on the Melbourne coast to pursue creative work in clay. They eventually returned to Wellington. Following the death of his wife in 2016, Bob moved down to Dunedin (a UNESCO Creative City of Literature) where he has revived a longstanding interest in writing.
writes short fiction. He has had stories published in F(r)iction online, Flash Fiction Magazine, Platform For Prose, Sick Lit Magazine, STORGY
and elsewhere. Originally from London, he now teaches yoga in Greece. He occasionally tweets @kali_thea and puts words here
Sandra Hamilton lives in Christchurch and was a student at the Hagley Writers’ Institute. As well as writing, she also enjoys dabbling in the arts from time to time.
Jacqueline Hammond grew up in Dargaville, on the West Coast of the North Island, Aotearoa. Jacqueline completed her MCW at the University of Auckland in 2015. She lives in Devonport with her partner and two children.
Charlotte Hamrick lives in New Orleans with her husband and a menagerie of rescued pets. Her work has been published in numerous online and print journals including Literary Orphans, The Rumpus, and Blue Fifth Review. She is a Pushcart nominee and a finalist for the 15th Glass Woman Prize.
Foo Sek Han is a legal professional in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, whose legal and creative writings have appeared in print, online and on radio. His latest work was in the Fixi Novo short story anthology Chronicles of KK in October 2016.
Trisha Hanifin has a Masters of Creative Writing (first class honours) from Auckland University of Technology. She writes flash fiction and short stories and is currently working on the final draft of a speculative fiction novel, The Ghost Travellers. In 2014 Trisha was the Auckland regional winner and gained 2nd place in the NFFD competition with her story, ‘With our eyes closed we begin to dance’. That year she also won the Ingenio (Auckland University Alumni Magazine) short story competition with her story, ‘Me and Bobby Magee’. Trisha’s flash fiction has been published in Turbine and is soon to be published in the 2016 Bath Flash Fiction Award anthology.
Rayna Haralambieva loves playing, whether it’s playing with words, playing the guitar or playing with her tabby cat. To her, the act of creating something, no matter how small or big, seems quite beautiful and worthwhile. She lives in Brighton and works with children, the best storytellers of all.
Michael Harlow’s most recent collection of poetry is The Moon in a Bowl of Water (OUP 2019). His book Nothing But Switzerland and Lemonade (1980) was the first book of prose poems published in New Zealand, his Giotto’s Elephant was shortlisted in the 1992 book awards, and he has published four other collections of poems with Auckland University Press. He has been editor of the Caxton Press poetry series and poetry editor of Landfall. He represented New Zealand at the 2006 Festival Internacional de Poesía de Medellín, Colombia, and the IV Internacional Seminar of Writers, ‘Frontiers in Movement’ in Monterey, Mexico; and at the 2007 Festival Internacional de Poesía de Granada, Nicaragua, and at the IV World Poetry Festival in Caracas, Venezuela. He was the Robert Burns Fellow and the Caselberg Artist in Residence in 2009. In 2017, he judged, with Emma Neale, the National Flash Fiction Day competition.
lives in Hong Kong. His writing has veered from non-fiction to literary and he is currently reliving a boyhood passion for science fiction. He has published numerous SF short stories and is building up to longer pieces as he learns more about the universe. Matthew is married with two children but no pets. www.matthewharrison.hk
Siobhan Harvey is the author of Cloudboy (2014) and co-editor of Essential New Zealand Poems (2014). She is a Lecturer at The Centre for Creative Writing, Auckland University of Technology. Her poetry and creative nonfiction have been published in Best New Zealand Poems, Evergreen Review, Meanjin, Meniscus, Stand, Landfall, Pilgrimage and Segue. She is the winner of the 2013 Kathleen Grattan Award for Poetry and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize; readers can also find her work on her ‘Poet’s Page’ at the UK’s Poetry Archive.
has published more than eighty works of short fiction and poetry in notable print and online magazines and anthologies, including Blueline, Dogzplot, Eclectica, Iron Horse Literary Review, The Midwest Quarterly
and The Pedestal
. In 2012, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and his poetry collection, Wanderings at Deadline
, was published by Aldrich Press. Find out more at www.timhawkinspoetry.com
Tim Heath writes poetry, enjoys some success in the oddity known as Poetry Slams and writes whenever he can grab time from grandchildren, travelling, sailing, growing vegetables and hanging out more washing than he cares to mention.
is a spoken word poet and an award-winning journalist from Cairo, Egypt. He has spent the majority of his life in Auckland, navigating the spaces between two cultures and languages. A storyteller at heart, his poetry uses characters, narratives and humour to explore identity and society. He was the 2015 New Zealand National Slam Champion and represented New Zealand at the Individual World Poetry Slam in 2016. His first collection of poetry, A Felling Of Things
, was released in 2016. @MHassan_1
Bernard Heise lives in Northland and contributed the photograph Twin Doorways, taken in Mazatlán, Mexico, to the August 2012 issue.
Jana Heise believes in colours, water, plants and ice cream.
Edna Heled is an artist, art therapist, counsellor and travel journalist. She studied Art Therapy (MA) overseas and Psychology (Hons) in Auckland. Her writing includes short stories, poetry and non-fiction.
Jenna Heller lives in Christchurch with her partner, Mel, and their two teens, Mya and Kahu. Her writing has been published in various journals, including BOMB, fillingStation, Takahe, Poetry NZ, and eFiction.
Claire Hemming emigrated to New Zealand from the UK in 2006 and now calls Wellington home. Her first published short story was in the Mindfood short story competition in 2018. Claire writes about love, life and things that matter. She is currently writing a novel and loves the challenge of flash fiction and short stories.
lives and works in New Jersey. He has been published in Your Impossible Voice
, Night Train
and elsewhere. His latest chapbooks are Underground Chrysanthemums
from Red Bird Press and Terminal
from White Knuckle Press. He loves 50s Sci-Fi movies, manga comics and pre-punk garage bands of the 60s. He blogs here
writes shorts and flashes and drabbles of fiction. His work has appeared online and on tree, in Litro, New Scientist, Every Day Fiction, Fiction365, Word Gumbo
and others. His flash fiction has also appeared in the Jawbreakers
and Kissing Frankenstein & Other Stories
anthologies. He can be found on Twitter
, at his blog
and, occasionally, at home in Bristol, UK.
Dennis Scott Herbert is dangerous. He is a graduate of Mankato’s MFA program and winner of the Toy Wilson Blethen Fine Arts award. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Paper Darts, Squalorly, the Minnesota Review, SmokeLong Quarterly and Hobart, among others. He currently lives and writes in Lancaster, PA.
Harley Hern lives in Puhoi with horses, a giant dog, cats and children. They are all exuberant and shed buckets of fluff and hair. She paints terrible impressionistic landscapes and creates various artworks, including ghoulish Halloween decorations for the local pub. She has had short stories published in two anthologies so far and recently completed her MCW at Auckland University.
Justin Herrmann spent twenty-four months living and working at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. He’s visited New Zealand eight times, spending much time drinking DB at New City Hotel in Christchurch. He’s the author of Highway One, Antarctica (MadHat Press 2014). His stories have appeared in journals including SmokeLong Quarterly, Meridian and New Flash Fiction Review, as well as Best Small Fictions 2018.
’s second collection of 56 short fictions, My Mother Was An Upright Piano
, is published by Tangent Books. Her short stories and poetry have been published in print and online and broadcast on BBC Radio. She is writer-in-residence in Bristol University’s Science Faculty and editor of The Short Review
, the online journal spotlighting short story collections and their authors. Tania guest edited, with Kathy Fish, the September 2015 science issue. More here.
has flash fiction published in many magazines and anthologies. Her debut flash fiction chapbook, The Chemist’s House
, was published by V Press in 2017. She founded Bath Flash Fiction Award and the Flash Fiction Festival UK and loves everything to do with flash. judehiggins.com
Pamela Hill attended private college in Northeast Florida where she graduated summa cum laude. She currently lives in Florida where two statuesque beauties in the form of highly intelligent felines illuminate humor with sudden ninja attacks on her computer mouse while she works on her first novel. Pamela’s poetry and prose can be found in or is forthcoming in Ping Pong, Thrush Poetry Journal, Copperfield Review, Apeiron Review, Write Place at the Write Time, Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, Apocrypha and Abstractions and other journals.
Tessa Hitchcox is a student in Timaru and will be starting an English degree in 2014 at Otago University.
Marcus Hobson is a writer and reviewer who left behind a career in business and finance and a degree in Ancient and Mediaeval History and is now looking for a publisher for his first novel, The Artist’s Model, a tale of art, love and ultimately revenge set in the South of France. He lives in Tauranga with his fiancée and their many daughters.
Phyll Holroyd is excited to have rediscovered the creative challenge and satisfaction of writing a short story. She loves letting quick-fire ideas flow and then applying the rules of writing to turn these ideas into acceptable stories. She also enjoys photography and her art appears in the May 2012 issue.
Alice Hoerara-Hunt has been writing stories and poems ever since she learned to put pen to paper and make sense. She is 11 years old and attends Sts Peter and Paul’s School in Lower Hutt. She is Ngati Porou, and lives in a house full of books and writers.
Chelsea Houghton is a Masters of Creative Writing student at Massey University. She has been published in Mimicry and Flash Frontier to date, and is this year trying to perfect some short fiction.
Alice Houston-Page is a 16-year-old Logan Park High School student who is passionate about the arts. She has spent ten years acting at the Playhouse Theatre in Dunedin, and plays bass in three different bands. She has always loved writing, and was thrilled to enter a piece into the NFFD competition this year. Alice’s work appears in the 2018 NFFD Youth Competition issue.
Sally Houtman is a Wellington writer. She began writing fiction and poetry in 2007 and threatens not to stop. Sally Houtman’s story was Highly Commended in the 2012 National Flash Fiction Day competition. Sally also won Flash Frontier‘s 2012 second quarter award for writing.
Caoilinn Hughes is an Irish writer living in New Zealand, completing a PhD at Victoria University. Her poetry and fiction have been published widely in magazines and journals in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand in places such as PN Review, Poetry Ireland, The Irish Times, NZ Books, NZ Listener and Landfall. Her first collection of poetry, Gathering Evidence, which won the 2012 Patrick Kavanagh Award, will be published by Carcanet Press (UK) in May 2014.
Graham Hughes, aka BlindPoet aka KiwiVagabond, is a teacher, dreamer and dissident. He is a lover of discards, passed-over technology, of old cameras, and lenses that don’t leave you needing a mortgage. He can be found reading old books on photography or kneeling among the dandelions on his back lawn, camera in hand. He collects old photographic paper and chemicals and is captured by the beauty of historic photography. His photo was selected for the 2014 header of Flash Frontier.
Miles Hughes was an Auckland writer with a Master of Creative Writing from AUT and a travel narrative and six novels on Amazon.com/Kindle, as well as a self-published the non-fiction book 150 Years of New Zealand Shipyards 1795-1945. He was short-listed in the Graeme Lay Short Story Contest 2009 and highly commended in the 2013 National Flash Fiction Day competition. Miles was also co-producer of the award-winning spoken word Auckland event Spit.it.out. The Miles Hughes Achievement Award was established by the NZ Society of Authors Auckland branch in 2014 to celebrate innovation, involvement and perseverance — three qualities Miles epitomized in his writing and publishing life.
Jan Hutchison is a poet with many publications, including The Happiness of Rain and her most recent book of poems, Kinds of Hunger (both from Steele Roberts). Her poems are published widely in New Zealand and represented in many anthologies; they also appear in London Grip from time to time.
Claire Ibarra‘s works of flash fiction have appeared in many fine journals, such as Blink-Ink, Boston Literary Magazine, Thumbnail Magazine,and Pure Slush. Claire uses photography as a means of storytelling, as well. She is currently in the MFA creative writing program at Florida International University.
Daniel Ingledew is a 27-year-old Wellington native. New to writing, he reads a lot and is a keen amateur photographer, having recently branched out into paid photography work and begun a diploma in photography this year.
Maia Ingoe, 17, is a year 13 student from Gisborne. She writes articles, short fiction, poetry, and more. Having recently finished her time as Youth Press Gallery member at Youth Parliament, Maia finds herself more passionate about the written word than ever before. She has won both national and international competitions. Aside from writing, she is active in her local theatre scene and in environmental activism.
Gail Ingram’s poetry and short stories have appeared in Takahē, Poetry New Zealand, Flash Frontier and others. She was selected as a finalist for 2016 Best Small Fictions, and placed in the 2015 NZPS international poetry competition. She is currently studying for a Masters of Creative Writing at Massey University.
is a widely published poet and author who doesn’t let the term ‘genre’ faze her. She lives in New Delhi, India and loves travelling on foot and via her mind. Her flash fiction collection Flash Bites
is available as an ebook on Amazon and Smashwords. More at her website
and her blog
Conrad Jack was raised by his WWII grandfather in small town New Zealand. Calling Conrad old school is an understatement. He sporadically works in Africa and is currently not a resident of anywhere. An internationally rejected author, his completed work includes one novel, a biography of his adult kids (best damn book they ever read), book of dad advice (bloody ignored) and numerous short stories of eclectic quality and length.
Shima Jack is a year 10 student at Logan Park High School. She enjoys writing freeform poetry and fiction – however, this is her first attempt at flash fiction. She placed first in the Otago Daily Times Extra! poetry competition twice, started a school newspaper when she was 11 years old, and was recently awarded Highly Commended in the Write On The Mystery competition.
feels equally at home in Christchurch and Bordeaux. She has a background in linguistics, psychology and finance. She writes historical fiction and blogs about reading and writing at Writer Side of Life
is a painter originally from Manchester but now living in Portishead, finding inspiration most recently along the rural coast. His work can be found here.
Lincoln Jaques was born in the UK but grew up in Auckland. He holds a Master of Creative Writing from AUT. His poetry has appeared in PNZ, JAAM, Southern Ocean Review, Spin, Fresh and Shot Glass Journal (US), as well as the 2018 and 2019 Poetry New Zealand Yearbooks. He has a longer fiction piece in the forthcoming 2019 Fresh Ink: A Collection of Writings from Aotearoa New Zealand.
Teoti Jardine is of Maori, Irish and Scottish decent. His tribal affiliations are Waitaha, Kati Mamoe, Kai Tahu. He attended the Hagley Writers School in 2011. His poetry and short stories have been published in the Christchurch Press, London Grip, Te Karaka, Ora Nui, Catalyst, and JAAM. He recently reviewed Chappy by Patricia Grace and Breaking Connections by Albert Wendt for Te Karaka and Udon, and The Remarkables by Harvey Molloy for London Grip. He and his dog Amie live in a beautiful old house in the Linwood suburb of Christchurch, New Zealand.
Evie Jay is a retired public servant living in Wellington. Her lifelong interest in writing publishable fiction gained fresh impetus a few years ago when she attended writing courses offered by Wellington High School’s community education programme.
serves as Co-director of National Flash Fiction Day and as a flash editor at JMWW
alongside her work at FlashBack Fiction
. Her short collection Things I Dream About When I’m Not Sleeping
was a runner up for BFFA’s first Novella-in-Flash competition. Links to some of Ingrid’s work can be found at www.ingridj.com
and she tweets @LunchOnTuesday.
Becca Borawski Jenkins is a writer and editor. She holds an MFA in Cinema-Television Production from USC and has short stories appearing or forthcoming in concis, The Forge, The Knicknackery, Black Denim Lit and Panorama. She lives with her husband in an RV they built by hand, on an off-grid homestead somewhere in the Idaho Panhandle.
Jac Jenkins’ fondness for self-recalibration has sent her from her roots in Northland through Palmerston North, Taumarunui, Port Waikato, Morrinsville, Wellington, and Australia’s Charlton, Orbost and the Northern Territory before returning her to Northland She and her partner now farm in the Hokianga where she has learned how to fix fences and perhaps how to stay. Wherever she goes, she writes.
Kathryn Jenkins unexpectedly started writing flash fiction as a result of a workshop exercise and has written at least one a month since. She’s still surprised at what turns up on the page and wonders where the ideas come from. Hopefully they will never dry up.
Megan Jennings is a greedy reader and a reward-winning writer (a bottle of perfume for a Letter to the Editor).
Denise Jensen is an avid reader of a variety of genres and a beginning writer. She loves the challenge of attempting to tell a good story in as few words as possible. This is Denise’s first published piece of writing.
Elysia Rose Jenson is a writer, artist and creative arts journalist who has spent the past two years immersing herself in the creative underbelly of Europe, including the East London street art scene and Berlin fashion. She is also a first year creative writing student at Hagley Community College and was highly commended in the 2014 National Flash Fiction Day competition.
Ashley Jones, originally from the UK but now living in Gloucester Massachusetts, is a self-taught artist and writer whose poetry has been published in Bottle Rockets, Presence, Skald, and Nightingale magazines. He has also self-published three chapbook collections of free verse and rhyming poetry.
Gay Johnson lives on the North Shore of Auckland with her young son and her dog. She has lived much of my life in Ireland and also several years in Japan. She belongs to the International Writers’ Workshop and has published articles in the Irish Independent, NEXT and Woman’s Weekly, as well as stories in The Best New Zealand Fiction #6 and Home.
D R Jones lives and works near Puhoi, overlooking the Mahurangi Harbour. This pastoral setting seems conducive to his writing novels, short stories and flash fiction. At present, the second instalment of his genre-defying Anonymous_Author© series is well underway.
Dione Jones was born in England but has lived for many years on a small farm in South Auckland. Her interests are varied – including her family of course, and from polo, dogs and the business world to the environment and historical changes in society. Writing is a long-held passion. She completed a Master of Creative Writing at Auckland University of Technology and hopes to publish her first novel next year.
Gaynor Jones is a stay-at-home mum and freelance writer from Manchester, UK. She tweets at @jonzeywriter.
writes novels, short stories and poetry
. He was awarded the New Zealand Society of Authors Janet Frame Memorial Award for Literature in 2010. His latest book is The Stars Like Sand: Australian Speculative Poetry
(IP, 2014), co-edited with P. S. Cottier. More here
. You can find him on Twitter
too. Tim is the Guest Editor of Flash Frontier
for the 2015 April issue, themed iron
Rob Jones completed an MA in Producing Film in 2010 and has been writing since late 2013. Rob left his job in a large book distribution warehouse in England to travel and work in New Zealand, whilst continuing to write. Now in Wellington, he uses his writing to create other forms of artwork, in style that fits the poem/piece.
Jamie de Jong is a student dabbling at university. She enjoys writing and is an avid tennis enthusiast.
Deborah Jowitt has been lucky enough to combine her work in nursing and midwifery with a doctorate in medical history. These days she’s spreading her creative wings in Whangarei and loving the experience. Flash is currently her favourite medium for exploring the world and the ways we respond to it.
Brindi Joy is a travel writer for the backpacker industry who moonlights as a fiction writer, the short story being her favourite form. She has had her travel writing published in multiple issues of Wilderness, Australia & New Zealand Magazine and Hostelling HorizoNZ, and she was editor of the latter. Her fiction has appeared in Takahē. She was the Canterbury Regional Prize winner of the 2012 National Flash Fiction Day Competition, and lives in Christchurch.
Becca Joyce’s work has been published in Turbine, Headland, Poetry NZ and This is… Lost Love, and in a Summer Fiction series in the Dominion Post. She completed an MA in Creative Writing at the IIML in 2014 and is currently trying to write a novel. She lives in Titahi Bay.
Reynold Junker’s writing credits include, among others, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. He has published work in the magazines America, U.S. Catholic, Crannog, Italian-Americana, Feile-Festa, West Marin Review and VIA-Voices In Italian Americana. His story “Dancing with the Jesuits” was awarded first place in the Catholic Press Association’s Best Short Story category 2008.
Pattarintorn (Emmy) Jusakul is a seventeen-year-old girl, originally from Thailand and currently studying year 12 at ACG Strathallan in Auckland. Emmy loves drawing, painting and writing. One of her favourite hobbies is writing a restaurant review. Her dad is the person who has encouraged her to write stories ever since she was younger. Emmy’s work appears in the 2018 NFFD Youth Competition issue.
Poet, writer, and musician Daren Kamali was born in Fiji and moved to New Zealand as a child. He is the author of the trilogy of poetry books celebrating the Polynesian, Indonesian, and Melanesian world: Tales, Poems and Songs from the Underwater World (2011), Squid Out of Water: The Evolution (2014), and What Becomes of the Flying Squid?(2016). He has also released two albums, Story (2000) and Keep it Real (2005).
Growing up in the small town of Timaru, New Zealand, Christopher Keene
broke the trend of the males in his family by following his mother’s more artistic career path. Moving to Christchurch to study a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature, he stayed on to do Honours because of the creative writing course it provided. More here
lives and writes in Dunedin, New Zealand. She writes mostly fantasy fiction, but may sometimes take a detour into sci-fi, mainstream or literary fiction, and occasionally into poetry. Some of her stories have previously been published by 365 Tomorrows, Every Day Fiction
and Flash Frontier
, and recently in the anthology, Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand
(Canterbury University Press, 2018). For more stories, check out her website
Ruth Kenyah lives and works in Nairobi, Kenya. She started writing because ‘starving artist’ was the only empty station on recruitment day in campus and that just didn’t seem right to her.
Siobhan Kidd studies at Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) and has three children. She loves overseas travel and campervanning in the North Island.
Lee Kimber started out in science, which somehow led to a career in education – but not to writing, (she’s always done that). Currently she works as an adult educator and also facilitates two of a number of writing groups she belongs to. Her claim to authorship ‘fame’ at this point is her children’s book, Bug in the Dark, and a straggle of pieces that have reached the public arena.
A love of creative writing was shaken to the surface of Sue Kingham‘s life during the 2011 Canterbury earthquakes. Sue writes flash fiction and short stories and is currently working on her first novel. Several of her flash fictions have been published on Flash Frontier, and in 2018 her flash Swan Song won the North & South short-short story competition. Her magazine articles appear in latitude magazine, and she tutors at the School for Young Writers in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Jonathan Kingston-Smith lives in Wellington. He is an outsider/lowbrow craft-artist and occasional writer. He holds a BSc in Psychology and Philosophy. His primary field of interest is genre fiction, specifically horror, urban fantasy and dark fairytales. He is currently co-writing a play.
Oli Kirke is eleven years old and lives in Timaru. He goes to Grantlea Downs School, where one of his favourite subjects is writing. Oli is bilingual and this is often reflected in his stories. His Slovak roots infiltrate his writing, whether it is in the form of his beloved character of Maka or the Slovak language.
is from Wirral, England. Her stories have been published in The Binnacle, Dark Tales, Contrary, Flax, Short, Fast and Deadly
and Little Fiction’s Listerature.
By day she is a library assistant – like Batgirl. More at www.clarekirwan.co.uk
Adam Kluger is a New York City born street artist & writer. A direct descendant of famed British sculptor Jacob Epstein and a past art student of renowned artist Ion Theodore, Kluger went to the same high school as Jack Kerouac, and spent some time studying artists throughout Europe before settling back in New York. Kluger draws his inspiration from diverse sources that include Jean Dubuffet, Marc Chagall, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Bob Ross, Eric Payson, and Pablo Picasso.
is the author of Don’t Tease the Elephants.
She works as a creative writing professor and editor in San Antonio, Texas. Jen’s writing was chosen for Wigleaf’s Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions in 2012,
and she was a recipient of the Global Short Story Award. Some of her work can be found in A cappella Zoo, ARDOR, Bound Off, Burrow Press Review, Gargoyle, Narrative, PANK
and Prick of the Spindle.
Lynne Kohen is a writing student living in Ruby Bay, Nelson. Her poetry awards include second and third placements in the New Zealand Poetry Society’s international poetry competition, and first equal in the Page and Blackmore annual poetry contest. Kohen is currently working on a poetry and story collection under the NZSA Mentor Programme.
George Korolog is an active member of the Stanford Writers Studio and has had his work published in numerous online and print magazines such as Rattle, Riverbabble, Poets / Artists, Red River Review, The Monarch Review, Stone Highway Review, Greensilk Journal, Contemporary Haibun, Willows Wept Review, The Recusant and The Right Eyed Deer.
Melanie Koster lives in Christchurch with her husband and two children. She works at a local primary school and teaches a pre-school music group. She is the author of children’s picture books, The Reluctant Little Flower Girl (Mallinson Rendel 2008) and Milly Maloo and the Miracle Glue (Scholastic NZ 2011).
Monica Koster is a yr 12 student at Riccarton High School. She enjoys art, music and running.
Susan Koster is a Wellington writer. She has spent most of her life to date wanting to write but not feeling able to start until quite recently. Now she’s started she doesn’t intend to stop. She was highly commended in the 2014 National Flash Fiction Day competition and is working on her first novel.
Kristin Kozlowski works as a Reiki Practitioner and Massage Therapist near Chicago, but she uses her BA in English/Writing as often as possible. Some of her work is available online at Chicago Literati, The Chaos Journal of Personal Narratives and Channillo. She is currently and always working on a novel.
Mary Krakow has been a member of Central Oregon Writers Guild since the turn of the century, toiling away on her keyboard at odd hours. She is also a member of SCBWI, E-Z Writers Critique Group, and 52 Week Flash Fiction Challenge. She lives in Central Oregon.
Koenraad Kuiper emigrated in1951 to New Zealand, living first in Auckland and then in Wellington. He earned degrees from Victoria University of Wellington, where he graduated with an M.A. with Honours in English, and Christchurch Teachers’ College. He has published three books of poetry and four academic texts and monographs, as well as numerous articles, book chapters and reviews. He is on the editorial boards of three academic journals and has held two Fulbright Fellowships in the USA. Last year, his work was included in Bonsai: Best Small Stories from Aotearoa New Zealand.
Mixed race, complete romantic and in love with the power of the written word, Phoebe Kulasegram considers herself lucky enough to have done a bachelors in Creative Writing at Colorado College and is currently living in Auckland, New Zealand.
is a writer from Washington state. His work appears widely in print and online. Len’s story collection debuts from Aqueous Books in 2014. You can find him at People You Know By Heart
Lita Kurth holds an MFA from Pacific Lutheran University. Her CNF, ‘Pivot’, was nominated for a Pushcart. Her CNF, ‘This is the Way We Wash the Clothes’, won the 2014 Diana Woods Memorial Award. Her flash fiction, ‘Gardener’s Delight’ (Dragonfly Press DNA) was nominated for a Pushcart (2016). She co-founded San Jose’s Flash Fiction Forum reading series.
’s work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the storySouth Million Writers Award, and has been published in Flapperhouse, Spark, Shoreline of Infinity, Psychopomp, Bourbon Penn
, and 10,000 Tons of Black Ink – Best of Volume II
, among others. Her short story collection After the World Ended
was published in May 2016. Hannah lives in Boulder, CO where she works in a library to feed her book addiction. She loves a smart tv show, a rocky ocean beach, and a high quality pastry. hannahlackoff.wixsite.com/writing
W F Lantry received his Maîtrise from L’Université de Nice and PhD in Creative Writing from University of Houston. His poetry collections are The Structure of Desire (Little Red Tree 2012) and The Language of Birds (Finishing Line 2011). Recent honours include: National Hackney Literary Award in Poetry and Potomac Review Prize. His work has appeared in Atlanta Review, Möbius and Aesthetica. He currently works in Washington, D.C. and is an associate fiction editor at JMWW.
Tracie Lark, aka The Literary Gangster, lives in Northland. Her short stories and poems are published in various anthologies including Short and Twisted 2014 by Celapene Press, and Fast Fibres Five Poetry 2018. She has written for live performances including at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, the Hothouse Theatre Monologue competition, and ABC Earshot. Tracie is currently writing a sci-fi novella.
Talulah Belle Lautrec-Nunes
‘ art practice encompasses a diverse range of subjects. She moves from abstracts to expressionist landscapes. Her themes are informed by the natural world, its weather patterns and the destruction and construction of the elements that often allude to the fragility of our environment. The textures, colours and patterns of nature constantly influence her work. She exhibits in ten art galleries around New Zealand. More here…
Graeme Lay was born in Foxton, grew up in coastal Taranaki and is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington. He began writing in the late 1970s and since then has published or edited forty works of fiction and non-fiction. These include collections of short stories, novels for adults and young adults and books of travel writing. His latest works are the novels The Secret Life of James Cook (2013) and James Cook’s New World (2014), both of which became best-sellers in New Zealand. He is currently completing the final novel in the trilogy, James Cook’s Lost World.
Jessica Le Bas has published two collections of poetry. Incognito (AUP, 2007) won the NZSA Jessie Mackay Award for the Best First Book of Poetry at the 2008 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. Her second poetry collection is Walking to Africa (AUP, 2009). She is also the author of a children’s novel (Penguin). She is currently living in the Cook Islands.
Kirsten Le Harivel is currently completing an MA at the International Institute of Modern Letters. Her work has been published in Penduline Press, Blackmail Press and the 4th Floor Literary Journal. She is a member of the Conversations Across Borders project. Kirsten Le Harivel’s story was Highly Commended in the 2013 National Flash Fiction Day competition.
Tara Lee is a Seattle-based author who’s spent the last several years honing her chops in an underground flash fiction thunderdome. When she’s not duking it out with other writers, she spends her time meditating under a waterfall in atonement for all those who’ve perished under her word-blade.
writes under a thousand words at a time. She is published in 99 Pine Street, Brilliant Flash Fiction, Literary Orphans
and the print of Korean Quarterly
. She is currently working on her first novella and occasionally scribbles on her blog, youngleewrites.com
Sue Le Mesurier is a member of The Airing Cupboard and South Island Writers Association, and has won literary awards and been published in Switzerland. She has completed a one year diploma course in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes with Middlesex University, UK, and has just completed the one year creative writing course at the Hagley Writers Institute.
Cathy Lennon is based in the northwest of England. She has only recently begun sharing her flash fiction and short stories with others. She has been published in print and online, including in the 2013 National Flash Fiction Day anthology (UK) Scraps. She is on twitter: @clenpen.
Julien Levy was born and raised in New York City. He attended LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts and received a BA from Skidmore College under the mentorship of Steven Millhauser, Steve Stern, Greg Hrbek, and Sheldon Solomon. He now resides in Brooklyn.
Allison Li was born in China but is a kiwi at heart and calls Auckland her home. She enjoys creative writing, photography, art and craft. Her work has appeared in numerous journals including Landfall, Blackmail Press, The Cortland Review and Pif Magazine.
Renee Liang has spent her whole life unsure of exactly what she is. To find out, she likes to write: plays, poetry, opera libretti, musical lyrics, interactive digital games, reviews and nonfiction. Her two children seem to have inherited her proclivity for words. Renee agrees with them that words, especially fart jokes, can change the world. In 2018 she was appointed a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for services to the arts, and won Next Woman of the Year for Arts and Culture.
Fiona Lincoln lives and works. She also writes.
‘s short stories, poems, and book reviews have been published in magazines such as Ambit, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Magma, POEM, Prole, Sonder, Spelk
. His debut poetry pamphlet He Said / She Said
was published by HappenStance Press (2011).Website: www.michaelloveday.co.uk
Nancy Ludmerer’s fiction appears in Kenyon Review, Cimarron Review, Litro, The Maine Review, Sou’wester, Literal Latte, KYSO Flash, cahoodaloodaling and others, and her story ‘First Night’ (River Styx) was reprinted in Best Small Fictions 2016. She lives in New York City with her husband Malcolm and cat Sandy, a rescue from Superstorm Sandy.
Kay Luff has had success in the short forms, with poetry published in The Christchurch Press and Blackmail Press. In 2012 she won the Catalyst Flash Fiction Competition with ‘A Walk in the Rain’. As a second year student at Hagley Writers’ Institute, her major project is a young adult novel entitled Sound Reason.
Anna Mackenzie writes across a range of genres, teaches creative writing and mentors beginning writers. Her nine titles have won a New Zealand Post Honour Award, Sir Julius Vogel Award and seven CLA Notable Book Awards. She is vice-president of NZSA.
Cybella Maffitt has a long love of Shakespeare which started as a young child in California. She is seventeen and attends St Cuthbert’s College as a year 13, where she has demonstrated a passion for English and writing. She loves the narrative possibilities of design, and hopes to combine her love of literature, art and sciences in university.
’s short fiction can be found in among others, takahē, Blackmail Press, Blink Ink, Headland, The Island Review, Litro New York, 4th Floor Literary Magazine, Blue Five Notebook, Meniscus, Fish Anthology
(Ireland, 2015), Landmarks
(UK NFFD anthology, 2015) and BONSAI: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand
(Canterbury University Press, 2018). She has an MA in Creative Writing from the IIML at Victoria University. She is (slowly) writing a novel. More on her website
Shreyasi Majumdar has degrees in the life sciences and has worked as a writer and editor since 2008. She enjoys reading and writing fiction–particularly short, impactful stories that pack a punch. Her work has also appeared in Kahini, Shortbread Stories, The Linnet’s Wings, Writing Short Fiction, Writer’s Ezine, Thirst, and Microfiction Monday Magazine.
Becky Manawatu is a reporter for one of the smallest independent daily newspapers in New Zealand, The News, Westport. She gained a Diploma in Writing for Creative Industries from the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and now teaches fiction writing at NMIT part-time. She has had work published by The Spinoff and NMIT’s literary journal, Kiss Me Hardy. Her short story ‘Abalone’ was long-listed for the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize and was published in Headland. Her novel, Pluck, is to be published by Mākaro Press in May 2019.
Ruchira Mandal has sporadically published poetry, fiction and travelogues in The Statesman (an Indian newspaper), First Edition (a magazine briefly published from Wimbourne, Dorset) and a few independent charity anthologies. She has an MA and an M.Phil in English literature and is currently pursuing a PhD at Jadavpur University, India. She also teaches English literature in BA honours courses.
Born and raised in New York, Leslie Marcus
is an ward-winning artist and art educator with a cutting edge, continually taking her artwork to greater heights with passion and sensitivity. Moving to California in 1974, Marcus immersed herself in the Fashion World of downtown LA, creating exclusive, original and exotic textile designs for apparel and home furnishings. Derivatives of these designs are now found in her Contemporary Fine Art Paintings of sensuous female figures. Her art has been reproduced for wine labels, limited edition giclees, and fine art greeting cards. You can view more of Marcus’ work here.
Jennie Marima has published two picture books, Hello
(2017) and Rundo the Elephant
(2008), a chapter book, Trio Troubles
(2017), and two YA novellas, The High Road
(2016) and Just this Once
(2018) – the latter a Kenyan finalist for the 2007 Burt Award for YA Literature. She vlogs about books, writing and everything in between on her You Tube channel Shi Scribbles
Lutivini Majanja lives in Nairobi, Kenya. Her fiction has been published in New Orleans Review, Ebedi Review, Kikwetu, Jalada, McSweeney’s and The Golden Key.
has written in most genres – including children’s, memoir, magazine columns, non-fiction, novels, plays, songs and poetry – and for most media including print, radio, TV and blogs. She now teaches other people to write through www.gowritenow.nz
Lesley Marshall lives in Maungatapere and divides her time between teaching and editing, and answering needy phone calls from various children, both biological and surrogate. It makes for a very interesting life.
Owen Marshall has written, or edited, over 25 books. He has held fellowships at the Universities of Canterbury and Otago, and in Menton, France. In 2000 he received the ONZM and in the same year his novel Harlequin Rex won the Montana Book Awards Deutz Medal for Fiction. Marshall is an adjunct professor at the University of Canterbury, which awarded him the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters in 2002. He was awarded the CNZM in 2012 for services to literature, and in 2013 received the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in Fiction. Owen guest edited the December 2014 issue of Flash Frontier and in 2015 judged, with Fiona Kidman, the National Flash Fiction Day competition.
’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Boston Literary Magazine, Pure Slush, Midwestern Gothic, Blink Ink, Literary Orphans
and Hippocampus Magazine
. Her book of humor essays, Suitable for Giving: A Collection of Wit with a Side of Wry
, is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She lives in a rural valley near Santa Barbara, California, and can be found on the web at injaynesworld.blogspot.com.
Kim Martins, originally from Sydney and has taken up writing after years of working in corporate Australia. On days when she isn’t walking her two English Pointers or riding her horses, she likes to take photos using black and white film. With degrees in History and Law, Kim hopes to write flash fiction and short stories that focus on the richness of Australian and New Zealand history.
Agnes Marton is a Hungarian-born poet and editor. Recent publications include Estuary: A Confluence of Art and Poetry (USA, winning the Saboteur Award) and her poetry collection, Captain Fly’s Bucket List. The exhibition ‘Guardian of the Edge’ showcased artworks inspired by her poetry. She has recently been selected to take part in an expedition to the Arctic Circle and write about her experience.
Erica Gerald Mason
is an author, poet and blogger living in Georgia. Her book of poetry, i am a telescope: science love poems
is available on Kindle and paperback on Amazon. Find her blog and poetry at www.ericageraldmason.com
is a writer and teacher from New Zealand. She has a MA in English Literature and edits The Runcible Spoon
, an online journal of children’s poetry. Her work has appeared in Light Journal, takahē, Contemporary Haibun, HH Poetry, Light Journal, After the Cyclone, Penguin Days
and various other spots.
Michelle Matheson is a writer in Auckland, NZ where she lives with her husband, daughter and Monty the cat, otherwise known as ‘he who shall be obeyed’. Michelle is currently working on her first novel and also writes short stories and flash fiction. She has previously been published in Headland, Reflex Fiction, Flash Flood, Cabinet of Heed and is upcoming in Ellipsiszine.
Doug Mathewson writes short fiction and takes non-related photographs. His work has most recently appeared in The Boston Literary Magazine, Bartleby Snopes, The Binnacle, Bop Dead City, Chicago Literati, DOGPLOTZ, The Donut Factory, Jersey Devil, The Odd Magazine, Sweater Weather and Rocky Mountain Revival Podcasts.
Gini Mathis-Pearson is a fiction writer based in Christchurch, New Zealand. She has a degree in Chinese and Psychology from the University of Canterbury and is currently a stay-at-home mum. This year she completed the creative writing course at the Hagley Writer’s Institute and she is working on a novel. You can find her on Instagram @ginimathis.
Clare Matravers is currently care-giving for her mother which leaves Clare with plenty of time to write. She has recently self-published her first novel ‘Ripples in the Water’.
Heather Matthews doesn’t feel confident enough to give a bio, but enjoys making marks and is especially fond of wood and lino cut.
was born near Salzburg. After some twenty years living and working in Taiwan, Beijing and Shanghai, he recently resettled in Southeast Bavaria. He translates Chinese literature and writes short prose. English versions appeared in Blue Fifth Review, Connotation Press, Gravel, Postcard Shorts, Watershed Review, Whole Beast Rag
and elsewhere. See chinablaetter.info/rupprechtmayer/
Stephanie Mayne is an Auckland librarian. Her work has been published in newspapers, anthologies and online literary journals.
is an award-winning poet and fiction writer with one novel and a chapbook to her name, and a children’s book Dappled Annie and the Tigrish
newly published by Gecko Press. She is also a recent convert to flash fiction which she sees as a terrific hybrid of poetry and fiction. Mary earns her living as a freelance writer and tutor, and has recently started up a niche publisher Makaro Press
. Mary McCallum was placed third in the 2013 National Flash Fiction Day competition and was judge, along with Frankie McMillan, of the 2014 NFFD competition.
Adrian McCauley lives in a hundred-year old cottage in Oamaru with his wife, two preschoolers (Caleb and Piper) and numerous pets, including a three-legged Burmese cat called Freyja that shares his birthday. He spends his days writing stories and poetry and enjoys reviewing science fiction and fantasy books on his blog. He is often accused of being an excellent cook.
John McCluskey was born in Chicago and grew up in Connecticut, where he currently resides. While working in the IT industry for many years, John also became a published author and photographer. He applies the unique qualities obtained from a structured career and multiple creative outlets interchangeably, each discipline informing the other, a synergy constantly creating new and exciting approaches. John’s photography acts as a perfect companion to his writing: a visual counterpoint to the written word, the two often published together as well as independently. His photography may feature negative space or geometrical patterns, as an example, whereas his writing may illuminate such space or purposely blur patterns and connections. Regardless, discipline and routine always apply. John has had many photographs, poems, and short stories, including a novella, published in both print and on-line journals over the years.
Al McDermid writes speculative fiction, magic realism, and occasionally Brauniganesque poetry. He is the author of All That Is, a collection of poetry based on the Chinese classic, the Tao Te Ching, and is the co-author (with Aki Liao) of two throwback, hard-boiled mysteries set in post-WWII, pre-statehood Hawaii. His literary role models are Henry Miller, Richard Brautigan and Robert E. Howard (and if that combination makes sense to anyone, please explain it to him).
is a writer from Wellington, New Zealand. He recently spent three years traversing Asia by motorbike and bicycle and is the author of the blog Eggbanana Travels
. He repairs musical instruments for a living and drums in several Wellington bands.
Himali McInnes works in South Auckland as a family doctor. She loves rainy days and all things green, and wishes she rode her Dutch bike more. One day she may write a book; meanwhile, she is writing flash fiction, short stories and scripts.
MiMi McLachlan attends St Andrews College and is in Year 9. She is 13 years old and loves writing and reading.
Fiona McLeod lives and creates in Christchurch, New Zealand. She is currently attending classes in Printmaking and Mixed Media at Hagley College.
Timothy McGiven is from Otorohonga and a third-year Waikato University student, currently studying a bachelor of Science and majoring in Psychology.
is a student, knitter, story-lover, and writer. Having travelled to far-flung places over the past four years, she now lives in Wellington and finds constant inspiration in our dynamic capital city. You can generally find her at her blog, Orange Afternoon Lover
is the author of The Bag Lady’s Picnic and other stories
and two poetry collections: Dressing for the Cannibals
and There are no horses in heaven;
her work has also appeared in the 2008 and 2009 Best NZ Fiction
anthologies as well as Flash Fiction International
. Winner of the 2015 Ursula Bethell writing residency at Canterbury University, Frankie is a member of the National Flash Fiction Day Central Committee, (judge in 2014; winner 2013, 2015). Currently she is working on a book of small narrative forms.
Heather McQuillan is Director of The School for Young Writers in Christchurch. She is an experienced teacher and has a Masters of Creative Writing. Among Heather’s short and short-short story writing awards are nominations for the Pushcart Prize 2015 and 2017, winner in The Best Small Fictions 2017, first place in both the NZ National Flash Fiction Day and Micro Madness competitions 2016 and third place in the Sunday Star Times Short Story Competition 2016. Heather also writes for children and in 2005 was the winner of the Tom Fitzgibbon Award, and two of her novels for young readers have been listed as Storylines Notable Books. In 2018 she was short-listed for the Tessa Duder award for a YA novel.
Catherine McNamara grew up in Sydney, ran away to Paris at twenty-one to write, and ended up in West Africa running a bar. Her collection Pelt and Other Stories was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor Award and semi-finalist for the Hudson Prize. Her work has been Pushcart-nominated and published widely in Europe and the UK. She lives in Italy.
Isabelle McNeur studies at Victoria University in Wellington, where she has completed several IIML courses and won the Prize for Best Original Composition in 2017 . She has been published in journals such as Aotearotica, Starling, Salient, Wizards in Space and Headland. She hopes to one day be financially stable enough to adopt a dog.
is from Christchurch, New Zealand, and holds a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Auckland. In 2013 she won the Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize, Pacific Region, and her work has since been short-listed in a number of contests and appeared in various journals at home and abroad. There are links at zoemeager.com
is a multi-award-winning poet and author of over one dozen books. She’s currently a poetry editor at Bending Genres Literary Review, Airlie Press
, and the peer-reviewed Exclamat!on
journal. Jessica’s novel The Wrong Kind of Indian
won gold at the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs). The recipient of numerous visiting fellowships in recent years, Jessica has also participated in poetry residencies around the globe and featured recently at events like the US State Department’s National Poetry Month event, “Poets as Cultural Emissaries: A Conversation with Women Writers,” as well as the “Women’s Transatlantic Prison Activism Since 1960” symposium at Oxford University. During 2018-19, she was a fellow at Halcyon Arts Lab in Washington DC where she curated an anthology of poetry by incarcerated indigenous women and created “Red/Act” – a pop-up virtual reality poetry experience using proprietary software. As a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and native Oregonian, Jessica focuses much of her work around place and personal ancestry. www.jessicamehta.com
Christy Menzies has had stories short-listed for the Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize, the Takahē Short Story Competition and the Joy Cowley Award. Her short stories are – generally – getting longer.
Vivienne Merrill lives in Lower Hutt. She works as a freelance editor but finds time to write fiction and poetry. She’s often spied playing tennis or walking on Eastbourne’s beaches, talking with locals and patting friendly dogs. She also publishes under the name of Vivienne Joseph.
Eileen Merriman writes novels, short stories and flash fiction. Her awards include second in the Bath Flash Fiction award, runner-up in the 2018 Sunday Star Times Short Story Competition and third place for three consecutive years in the 2014-2016 Sunday Star Times Short Story Competition. Her three YA novels had all been shortlisted for the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
Louise Miller has been a contributor to Flash Frontier for several years. She has recently relocated from Auckland to Otago.
Simon Minto lives in Wellington and works as an editor. He has been writing for a few years and has had pieces published in various local journals. He gets a lot of help and support from many people, especially his partner Bryony and his friend Ashleigh.
spent her childhood squished between siblings in her Dad’s Morris Minor, travelling the length and breadth of Ireland. She’s still wandering… and writing about it. She has won, or been placed, in numerous travel writing competitions, and is currently writing the ‘Slow’ Peak District guidebook for Bradt Publishers. More recently, she has discovered the strange and wonderful world of flash fiction – and rather likes the fact that she can create her own micro journeys and encounters. She has been nominated for the Sundress Publications Best of the Net 2014. Helen writes at Double Espresso
Damhnait Monaghan is Canadian but now lives in the UK. Her flash fiction has won or placed in various competitions and is published in places like Mslexia, Ellipsis Zine, and Flash Frontier, twice reaching its Micro Madness shortlist. Her historical novella in flash The Neverlands is set in 1950s Ireland and is out now with V Press.
Sonya Moor’s first loves were Boy George and My Little Pony. When these childhood crushes came to nothing, she fell in love with art history, which she studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She then moved to France, where she discovered a passion for English (absence makes the heart grow fonder).
lives in the semi tropical far north of New Zealand, and as well as her day job, plays with paint. Over fifteen years she has exhibited in her local area, and has recently moved from abstract and collage to exploring quirky and dreamscape figurative work. Check out her Facebook page.
Margaret Moores was a bookseller for many years but now works as a publisher’s sales representative. She has recently completed a Master of Creative Writing at Massey University. Her poems have been published in Blackmail Press, Meniscus, Swamp and Poetry New Zealand Yearbooks 1 and 2.
Hinewirangi Kohu Morgan is a Māori artist, poet and activist who lives and works in Aotearoa New Zealand. She is the Vice Chair of the International Indian Treaty Council, a representative for the Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific Movement and a founding director of the Maori Women’s Centre. She teaches in her homeland of New Zealand and abroad, conducting workshops on all aspects of the Māori philosophies of mental, physical and spiritual well-being. Her areas of esxpertise include traditional Maori parenting and healing: Maori flute-making (Taonga Puoro) and indigenous poetry and drama. Her published works include a four-part collection of poetry entitled Kanohi ki te Kanohi about her travels to indigenous communities around the world.
Sebastian Morgan-Lynch lives in Brooklyn, Wellington, and works as a senior policy advisor at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner. He also plays cello and composes music for theatre. One night he stumbled upon a bare-knuckle writing arena known only as ‘the thunderdome’. He can still be found there, awaiting challengers atop a figurative mound of skulls.
Elizabeth Morton is a New Zealand poet and student. She has a keen interest in neuroscience. In her free time she collects obscure words in supermarket bags. She has been published in Poetry NZ, JAAM, Takahē, Blackmail Press and in the upcoming Meniscus.
Bev Morris has been writing for 30 years: short stories for women’s magazines, poems for the Beautiful Dragons anthologies, a dystopian novel in progress. She currently has a script in rehearsal for a playwriting festival. The next project is ghost writing an autobiography with an ex-soldier whose story makes Breaking Bad look like a bedtime story.
Pam Morrison is a Dunedin-based former journalist. She published a co-authored journal with her sister following her terminal diagnosis, Fields of Gold (Rosa Mira Books, 2004). Her current passion is flash fiction, with stories placed second in the London Independent Story Prize (February 2018) and third in the Flash 500 competition (June 2017). Her work has also been published in Meniscus and in the Bath Flash Fiction anthology.
Linda Moser is a teacher and writer from Christchurch. She was short-listed for her novel, Somewhere north of Heaven, in the United Kingdom’s Mslexia international competition and has received some success in the travel writing field winning Best New Travel Writer of the Year in 2015 in the AA Directions/Cathay Pacific Multi-media awards. Her story ‘Slainte’ was published in the AA Directions Magazine and in the NZ Herald.
Frances Mountier grew up in Christchurch and lives in Wellington. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters (2009). Her work has appeared in Turbine, Sport, Takahē, Renegade House, Hue & Cry and JAAM. She is working on a novel made up of numerous “tellings”.
Lynn Mundell‘s work has appeared most recently in Hobart, Vestal Review and Five Points. She lives in Northern California, where she co-produces 100 Word Story with her friends Grant Faulkner and Beret Olsen.
Shani Naylor lives in Wellington and has had an even shorter story published in the Top of the Morning Book of Incredibly Short Stories. She is now having a crack at writing a longer piece.
Anna Nazarova-Evans is a Bristol-based artist. Her art has been published by Salome and Firefly literary magazines. The first issue of Palm-Sized Press’ Retrospective magazine will feature her art exclusively. She enjoys painting and drawing in the style of surrealism and magic realism, but sometimes prefers to draw everyday objects. You can find more of her work on Instagram @AnitchkaNE_art.
’s writing is included in The Best of Boston Literary Magazine
(Volume One), The Exquisite Quartet Anthology
(2012), Feckless Cunt: A Feminist Anthology
(2018), and New Hampshire’s Emerging Writers Anthology
(2018). She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, daughter, and twin sons. More of her writing can be found at karinguyen.wordpress.com
, a former columnist and feature writer for national media, writes narrative non-fiction and short stories, She is also a social anthropologist. After a career in regional government in the UK and Europe, she was for fifteen years a development aid worker in the Asia Pacific, including five years in West Sepik, Papua New Guinea, A shifting lifestyle she survived with a sense of humour. She lives in the winterless Far North of New Zealand. www.trishnicholsonswordsinthetreehouse.com
Nuala Ní Chonchúir
was born in Dublin, Ireland, and lives in East Galway. She has published four short story collections, including Mother America
(New Island, 2012) and a chapbook of short-short stories Of Dublin and Other Fictions
(Tower Press, US, 2013). Other publications include a third poetry collection, The Juno Charm
(Salmon Poetry, 2011), and her critically acclaimed second novel, The Closet of Savage Mementos
(New Island, 2014), which was shortlisted for the Kerry Irish Novel of the Year Award 2015. Under the name Nuala O’Connor, she published her third novel, Miss Emily
, about the poet Emily Dickinson and her Irish maid, with Penguin USA, Penguin Canada and Sandstone (UK) in summer 2015. Miss Emily
was short-listed for the Bord Gáis Energy Eason Book Club Novel of the Year 2015. It is currently long-listed for the 2016 MM Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction. www.nualanichonchuir.com
Author of six novels and five collections of poetry, Emma Neale currently edits Landfall. ‘Turn’ also appears in a new collection, To the Occupant, due out from Otago University Press (May 2019). Her most recent novel, Billy Bird (2016), was short-listed in the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards and long-listed for the International Dublin Literary Award 2018. She lives in Dunedin with her husband and their two sons.
Menale Fikru Negash
was born in 1983 in Addis Ababa, where he now lives and works. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine and Applied Arts (Painting). His intention is to leave his masterpieces to communicate to people on their own. He expresses his feelings about both happy and sad moments freely. He is always curious to learn more each day, with the intention of leaving a mark as an Ethiopian artist one day. More at Gallery Ethiopia
Bradley Nielsen is originally from Rotorua and now lives, studies and writes in Berlin.
Suzy Nielsen is a year 11 student attending Te Puke High School. Her NFFD story was inspired by her Nana. When she plays the piano, she can feel the memories she shares with her Nana, and the places the music leads her to. It was this feeling that she wanted to convey in her story.
Judy Nieuwendijk lives, for now, in rural South Auckland with husband Fons and grandson Nicholas. Sometime soon Judy and Fons will be nomads, wandering back-country New Zealand in their bus. For the first time in her life, Judy has time to write the many stories and experiences of a rich life, delighting in seeing the jumble of words tumble from within onto the laptop screen.
lives near Whangarei, New Zealand. His poems and flash fiction have been published in numerous print and online journals in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, United States of America, India, Germany and Antarctica. He is managing editor of Fast Fibres Poetry
and regularly performs poetry. https://pietnieuwland.simplesite.com/
Keith Nunes (Te Ika a Maui) was nominated for Best Small Fictions 2019 and the Pushcart Prize, and has won the Flash Frontier Short Fiction Award. He’s had poetry, haiku, short fiction, asemic writing and visuals published around the globe.
writes flash fiction, short stories and the occasional poem. Based in Dublin, she has been published in Thrice Fiction, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Litro, Literary Orphans, The Nottingham Review
and others. In 2016, she placed 3rd in the Bath Flash Fiction Award. She likes to write in bed and realises there are too many books to read before she dies. She blogs at www.clodaghobrien.com
and tweets @wordcurio.
John O’Brien grew up in a Wellington hotel, then grew up some more in Auckland and Christchurch. John is now based in Lyttelton, where he lives with his wife, two teenagers, a crazy Jack Russell and a rather quiet black cat.
Jess O’Brien studied at Wellington School of Design, majoring in photography. It is her desire to fill the rest of her time making pictures to illustrate her day-dreams. Excerpts from her ‘Story book series’ (photographs) are featured in the June 2015 issue of Flash Frontier.
Leeanne O’Brien is a lapsed lawyer who, each day while walking the dog, picks up the same rubbish that she picked up the day before.
Margaret O’Brien lives in Ireland and her work has appeared in Southword, The South Circular, The O’Brien Press/RTE and The Irish Times. Margaret co-founded The Story House Ireland and curates the Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend. She is an affiliate of Amherst Writers and Artists and is a lecturer in the School of Humanities, Waterford Institute of Technology.
Stephen O’Connor is a teacher hard at work teaching. In his spare time he writes short and flash fiction.
Maris O’Rourke began writing in 2008. Since then she has been well placed in a number of competitions and published in a range of journals and anthologies in New Zealand and overseas. In 2015 she won the IWW’s Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems. Maris has had three successful children’s books, illustrated by Claudia Pond Eyley, published by Duck Creek Press, and her first poetry collection Singing With Both Throats was published by David Ling in 2013 to good reviews.
Edward O’Dwyer is from Limerick, Ireland, and is the author of two poetry collections – The Rain on Cruise’s Street (2014) and Bad News, Good News, Bad News (2017) – from Salmon Poetry. His poems and stories are published in journals and anthologies throughout the world. His most recent book, Cheat Sheets (Truth Serum Press, 2018), consists of 108 very short stories, all of them dark comedies with the theme of infidelity. He is working on a new poetry collection, Exquisite Prisons, and the sequel to Cheat Sheets.
’s very short prose and prose poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Indiana Review, Jellyfish Review, jmww, Unbroken, Tin House Online, CHEAP POP, Midway Journal
and New Flash Fiction Review
, among other journals. Carolyn lives in Massachusetts with her family. Links to more of her writing can be found at carolynoliver.net
lives in eastern Pennsylvania. His work has appeared in Bartleby-Snopes, PicFic/Folded Word, Pure Slush
and Boston Literary
among others. A collection of his stories is due out very soon. To read more or contact, visit him at Gertrude’s Flat
Mother of two adult children and grandmother of one grandson, Judith Dell Panny lives with her husband in Ashhurst. Her most recent publication is Let the Writer Stand: the work of Vincent O’Sullivan. Her first book, I Have What I Gave: the Fiction of Janet Frame, has appeared in four editions. She is currently working on her own stories.
Eileen Palmer moved with her family to New Zealand ten years ago from Scotland. She lives in North Canterbury with chickens and alpacas and enjoys the rural lifestyle. She works part time and read and writes whenever she can.
Trish Palmer farms organically near Nelson, New Zealand. Her contemporary short stories, poetry and plays generally provoke thoughtfulness, or a smile. Fishing, gold-panning, gardening and family time are her prime relaxants. Recently published in the anthologies Tricksters Treats #3 and Guilty Pleasures, she has a Diploma in Creative writing
John Parras’ fiction has appeared in Conjunctions, Salmagundi, XConnect, Oasis, Gulf Stream Magazine and other literary journals. He received a National Endowment for the Arts Writing Fellowship, and his novel, Fire on Mt. Maggiore (Univ. of Tenn. Press, 2005), won the Peter Taylor Prize, awarded by the Knoxville Writers’ Guild.
Janet Pates lives in the small town of Tuakau, near the mouth of the Waikato River. She writes for children and for adults, she writes fiction and non-fiction, the latter with an emphasis on local history. In between times, she is trying to create an interesting memoir out of a singularly ordinary life. Janet Pates was placed first in the 2012 National Flash Fiction Day competition.
Katerina Patitsas began writing songs and poems as a way to spend quality time with her family and children. Born in the USA to Greek parents, she was raised in a bilingual home. Her grandfather was a poet on a small island in the Dodecanese. Thus, she sees the English language both as an insider and outsider. She was nurtured on the songs and stories of her celebrated ancestry.
Amy Paulussen lives in Christchurch, New Zealand, with her husband, kids and enormous fluffy cat. She’s a high school English teacher by day (and sometimes night) and writes whenever she gets the chance. Amy regularly reads her poetry at Catalyst open-mic nights, frequents the local chapter of Romance Writers of New Zealand, and is working on her fourteenth novel.
Leon Paulin lives in Oamaru with his wife, one of two daughters, three cats and a dog. They overlook the Pacific Ocean, which he finds stimulates the writing process. He has published articles in NZ Fitness Magazine and the Otago Daily Times, and currently has just completed a YA manuscript.
lives with her husband, Ben, at rural South Head, adjacent to the Kaipara Harbour, New Zealand. While speculative fiction is her preferred genre, she can never resist taking a shot at flash fiction, enjoying the challenge of condensing a story into very few words. Jane has an occasional blog, which can be found at https://heni-irihapeti.com/
Michael Perusse is a part time amateur artist from Western Massachusetts. His current focus is mixed media sculpture and sketching as much as he can. He uses photography for reference, and to hang on to moments that will pass by far too quickly.
Karen Phillips lives in Ahipara, Northland. She began writing in 2009 and won the Katherine Mansfield Novice Award that year followed by first place in the Heartland Short Story Competition, and has continued to be placed in competitions since then. She is currently working on a collection of short stories.
Darrell Petska‘s writing has appeared in The Tule Review, Apocrypha and Abstractions, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, Red Paint Hill, Blast Furnace, Right Hand Pointing and numerous other publications. A senior editor for many years with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Darrell left academia to be the arbiter of his own words. He lives in Middleton, Wisconsin.
Robyn Maree Pickens is a PhD candidate in the field of eco-poetics at the University of Otago, Dunedin. Her writing has appeared in Rain Taxi, Plumwood Mountain, Matador Review, ANZJA, Jacket 2, Art + Australia Online, takahē, Turbine|Kapohau, The Pantograph Punch, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Art New Zealand, Art News and exhibition catalogues. Currently she is an art reviewer for the Otago Daily Times, Art News and The Pantograph Punch, and was Blue Oyster Project Space’s 2016 summer writer-in-residence on Quarantine Island Kamau Taurua. She was a finalist of the 2018 Sarah Broom Poetry Prize judged by Eileen Myles.
) is the author of the full-length collections Of This World
(Red Moon Press, 2017) and In the Garden of Absence
(Fruit Dove Press, 2012), both receiving Merit Awards by the Haiku Society of America, and Ekphrasis
(Fruit Dove Press, 2018) and Feeding the Doves
(Fruit Dove Press, 2013), among others. Her work has appeared in Blithe Spirit, Bones, Chrysanthemum, Coast, Contemporary Haibun Online, Frogpond, Haibun Today, KYSO Flash, Modern Haiku, Presence, Right Hand Pointing
and elsewhere. She serves on The Haiku Foundation
board of directors.
Patrick Pink grew up in Chicago, Illinois and lived significant amounts of his life in Michigan, Texas and Germany before settling in New Zealand. His work was highly commended in the 2014 National Flash Fiction Day competition, and he is the winner of the Flash Frontier 2014 Summer Writing Award. His work can be found in a variety of magazines, including Chelsea Station Magazine, Headland: Issue 2 and the upcoming anthology, Wilde Stories 2015: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction.
Deryn Pittar writes Science Fiction, short stories, poetry and Young Adult fiction. She is published in all these genre. She also writes futuristic romance under the pen name of Virginnia De Parte and after the closure of her publisher has self-published her five novels as two anthologies. She enjoys the challenge of short fiction.
Vivienne Plumb is of both Australian and New Zealand heritage. She is an award-winning Wellington-based writer of fiction, poetry and drama and has published over fifteen books since she began writing in 1990. Vivienne has participated in a number of overseas literary festivals including Ireland, Slovenia, America, Australia and Greece. She has also been awarded a number of residencies, including an Iowa Writing Residency (2004) to the Berlin Writer’s Residency (2018). In 2017, Vivienne was one of a panel of three judging the poetry section of the prestigious Ockham Book Awards. Vivienne’s play The Wife Who Spoke Japanese In Her Sleep, a collection of three playscripts by three New Zealand female playwrights, was launched November 2016. Her newest book is As Much Gold as an Ass Could Carry (split|fountain 2017) is out March 2017, and her work featured in 2018’s Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand (Canterbury University Press).
Kenneth Pobo had a collection of his micro-fiction called Tiny Torn Maps published by Deadly Chaps in 2011. Recent stories appear in Philadelphia Stories and Wilde Oats.
is a Dutch author of four novels with a debut in English on the way. She lives in Paris with her American husband, who is also a writer. Find news and more of her published short prose (stories, essays and flash) at www.clairepolders.com
, born in Jersey, lives a quiet life in New Zealand writing poetry and flash fiction. He has recently had flash fiction published in Bare Fiction
magazine, won the Northland New Zealand flash fiction prize in 2012 and 2014 and read at Auckland Library for the NZ National Flash Fiction Day Awards 2013.Some of his work and accompanying notes can be found here
Robbie Porter (writing as M. R. Selatcia) is a lecturer and charity worker from Worcester, England. He was born in Hawick, Scotland and studied English and History at the University of Sunderland. His short story ‘Mannerley’ was published in the supernatural horror anthology Cathartic Screams by Severance Publications Ltd. (2018).
is an Australian-born writer who keeps part of his psyche in Berlin. Matt has been published in various places online, his anthology Vestal Aversion
was published earlier in 2012 and he is also the founding editor of Pure Slush
. Find more of Matt’s work here
Gary V Powell
’s fiction has appeared most recently at Bartleby Snopes, Carvezine,Thrice Fiction, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Camroc Press Review, Blue Fifth Review
and Best New Writing 2015
. His first novel, Lucky Bastard
, is available through Main Street Rag Press, here
Patricia Prime is co-editor of the New Zealand haiku magazine, Kokako, and assistant editor of Haibun Today. She writes reviews for takahē, Gusts and Atlas Poetica, and for several Indian magazines. Patricia’s primary interest is Japanese short form poetry: haiku, tanka, haibun and tanka prose and she has published a book of collaborative tanka sequences called Shizuka (2015). Her work recently appeared in 2018’s Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand (Canterbury University Press).
Santino Prinzi is currently an English Literature with Creative Writing student, and was awarded the 2014/15 Bath Spa University Flash Fiction Prize. His flash fiction and prose poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Flash Fiction Magazine, the 2014 and 2015 UK National Flash Fiction Day anthologies, Unbroken Literary Journal, Spelk, Vine Leaves Literary Journal and others. You can check him out at his website or follow him on Twitter: @tinoprinzi.
Alex Pruteanu . Writer. Works from sunup to sundown. Has muscles of steel. Kills rats.
Andrew Pryor is from Essex Fells, New Jersey. His work has been published in apt, Knee-Jerk, and 805 Lit + Art. He is known among friends as The Worst.
is formerly a cultural critic and historian. She has spent the last eighteen months at home looking after her young daughter and, besides writing short fiction, is now learning the guitar, blogging about motherhood and feminism on smothered
and putting the finishing touches on a children’s novel.
Jessie Puru is a Māori mother and writer from South Auckland. She has had work published with Ika, Blackmail Press and Landfall. Jessie has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Creative Arts and is currently the intern editor for New Zealand Poetry Society’s a fine line magazine.
Hayden Pyke also writes under his initials HP. He lives in Hamilton and works as a Probation Officer. Writing is a new hobby with his first short story making the NZ Writers’ College competition short list in 2012.
Sally Quick is a Kenyan-born Brit , enjoying a fantastic retirement, living in the small fishing community of Kigombe, 30 kilometres south of Tanga beside the beautiful Indian Ocean….happily enjoying her photography and a quality of life second to none in coastal Tanzania.
Andrea Quinlan is a poet and writer based in New Zealand. Her chapbook We Speak Girl was published by Dancing Girl Press (Chicago) in 2012 and The Mysteries of Laura was published by Birds of Lace (Athens, Georgia) in 2013. Other poetry was published or is forthcoming in brief, Gaga Stigmata, Delirious Hem, HAG, Wicked Alice, Finery, Poems in Which and the Best Friends Forever anthology.
writes flash fiction stories – which she says should be nimble as deer. She’s been short-listed for prizes here and in Ireland, and her stories have been published in NZ, UK and USA. She likes experimenting with new media and shares her work on SlideShare
. Leanne also likes old media – street art
– and posts flash stories around town in phone booths, public loos and shop windows. Please see her website
Diana Radovan is a multilingual writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry currently living in Germany. Her writing has been published in various venues since 2004. Recently she has co-authored Munich Stories 2016. She teaches fiction in the online Story is a State of Mind School and in the group Creative Writing in Munich. She also has a PhD in chemistry.
David Rae lives in Scotland. He loves stories that exist just below the surface of things, like deep water. He has most recently had work published in Helios Quarterly, Gnu Magazine, The Machinery, Three Drops from the Cauldron, Summer Fling: Tales of Seduction, Blink-Ink, Short Tale 100 and 50-Word Stories.
Jeff Raglin lives in Mountain View, California, and writes from time to time.
is the author of three novels, a published poet and a short story writer. She blogs here
and is a regular book reviewer on Beattie’s Blog. She won the 2007 Page & Blackmore short story competition and was short-listed in 2004 and 2013 for the Landfall Essay Prize and the 2004 Takahē Cultural Studies essay competition. Her short stories and poetry have been published in Sport, Takahē, The Listener, New Zealand Books
and on Radio New Zealand and she was highly commended in the 2014 NFFD competition. More here
Stephen V. Ramey
lives in beautiful New Castle, Pennsylvania. His work has appeared many places, from The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts
to Daily Science Fiction
. His first collection of (very) short fiction, Glass Animals
, was published by Pure Slush Books in 2013. Find him here
Sixteen-year-old Tierney Reardon
is from Lyttelton, New Zealand. She writes for Tearaway Magazine
and several New Zealand book blogs. Her work has been published in three volumes of the ReDraft
books, Rookie Magazine
and Write On Magazine
. She blogs here.
When she’s not working on her current long-fiction project, Shermie Rayne likes to use written words to ponder, push against or relish in life’s journey. She’s finding that micro/flash fiction is an excellent medium to do just that. Some of her works have found homes with 101words, The Voices Project, NailpolishStories and 50WS. In 2013 Rayne placed second in WOW!’s spring writing contest.
A Wiradjuri woman from Central New South Wales, Kerry Reed-Gilbert was the inaugural Chairperson of the First Nations Australia Writers Network (FNAWN) 2012-15 and continues today as Co-Chair. In 2013 she co-edited a collection of works By Close of Business, with the Us Mob Writing (UMW) group and was FNAWN co-editor for the Ora Nui Journal a collaboration between First Nations Australia writers and Māori writers. She was short-listed for the 2015 Story Wine Prize and compiled and edited A Pocketful of Leadership in the ACT 2016, a collection of First Nations voices from across Australia. Kerry is a former member of the Aboriginal Studies Press Advisory Committee. Her poetry and prose have been published in journals and anthologies nationally and internationally, including in the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature. Her work has been translated in French, Korean, Bengalai, Dutch and other non-English speaking languages.
has poetry, flash, creative non-fiction, and book reviews published or forthcoming in many online and print venues. Reese is a poetry editor for Connotation Press.
Her second poetry chapbook Dead Letters
has been recently published by Cervena Barva Press. More here
Carol Reid writes short stories and microfiction, published most recently in Spelk, Writer’s Bone and Camroc Press Review. Carol is an associate fiction editor of FRiGG.
Eldon (Craig) Reishus
lives beneath the Alps outside Munich (Landkreis Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen). He is an old-school contributor to Exquisite Corpse, an all-around web and print media pro and the German-English translator of numerous films and books. He originates from Fort Smith, Arkansas. Visit him here
is a GP by day and a YA fantasy writer by night. She writes micro-fiction in her spare time with pieces published by @FlashBackFic, @cafeaphra, Flash Flood Journal
, @ellipsiszine, @Funny_PearlsUK and @virtualzine. She was shortlisted by @TSSPublishing (Spring 18) and was a reader for National Flash Fiction Day 2019. She is on Twitter @kiirawrites
Aaron Robertson is a writer and musician living in Hikurangi. His poetry and flash fiction have previously appeared in Poetry NZ, Snorkel and 52I250.
Phoebe Robertson is a Year 13 student currently attending Katikati College. She currently holds the position of Arts Captain. Very involved in New Zealand Fiction she won Young NZ Writers – Write Off Line NZ Secondary School Competition. You can find her with her dogs or thinking up plots that will likely never be written. She is planning on pursuing a Bachelor of Arts at Victoria University next year.
Matthew Robinson’s writing has appeared on the web in journals such as decomP, >kill author, The Lascaux Review and others. He lives in Seattle with his dog, cat and girlfriend.
Reihana Robinson is a writer and artist and organic farmer living on the Coromandel in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Her writing has been published in the USA and New Zealand in a number of journals including Landfall, Cutthroat, Hawai’i Review, Trout, Melusine, JAAM, takahē, Cezanne’s Carrot and Blackmail Press. Her poems have appeared as part of AUP New Poets 3, Auckland University Press, 2008 and her first volume of poetry has just been published by Steele Roberts, Wellington, NZ.
lives on the North Shore of Auckland and writes murder mysteries in between wrangling words and editing projects for other writers. She is occasionally interrupted to take photos of houses, but never to do housework. Her books can be found on Amazon
Nick Roelants is originally from Greytown, has enjoyed writing poetry over the years and is now delving into flash fiction. He works as a writing consultant at Massey University.
Originally from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (UK), Bethany Rogers has been travelling and writing for some time. Her ‘day job’ is writing for and editing magazines, but short fiction is her true addiction. She has been short-listed for the Manchester Fiction Prize, was highly commended by Aesthetica Magazine and has appeared in quirky magazines and online journals both in the UK and New Zealand. When she’s not writing, she’s hiking, running or boxing. She currently lives in Queenstown with her partner and a very large rabbit called Oscar Wilde.
Cara Rogers currently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her dreadfully handsome husband, Mr. Rogers, and her loyal feline companion, Kitters. She works as an online editing contractor and an Irvine Auditorium associate for the University of Pennsylvania where she tends to dedicate a scandalous amount of time to creative writing. In her spare time, she takes great pleasure in reading, drawing, painting and discovering new worlds.
Mark Rosenblum is a New York native who now lives in Southern California where he misses the taste of real pizza and good deli food. He attempts not to drive his wife crazy, but tends to fail miserably. His most recent ramblings appear in Vine Leaves, Pure Slush, The Emerge Literary Journal, The EEEL, The Raleigh Review and Maudlin House.
Maz Rogers is a mining engineer and qualified lawyer. She has recently graduated from Hagley Writers’ Institute. She likes to blow things up as well as write and dabble with paint.
Pat Rosier has published four novels and is working on a fifth. A collection of short pieces, Stones Gathered Together, is available as an ebook on Kobo, Kindle and most other ebook outlets. She lives with her partner, Prue Hyman, in Paekakariki.
Tania Roxborogh, an award winning writer and teacher, is the author of over thirty published works across a range of genres: novels for teenagers and children, plays for the classroom, Shakespearean texts, English grammar books, and adult non-fiction. In 2014, Tania was the recipient of a Teach NZ study award and, in December 2015, graduated with a BA in Māori from Otago University. Tania and her husband live in Lincoln, Canterbury where she teaches at the local high school and, in her spare time, fits in writing and reading and taking care of her animals.
Anne Hollier Ruddy now lives in Auckland. She writes poetry and has been published in Australian as well as New Zealand anthologies. She also likes to try her hand at writing flash fiction.
Chelsea Ruxer‘s work has been published previously by Flash Frontier, Jellyfish Review, The Higgs Weldon and others.
Jasmine Ryan is a Year 12 high school student from Selwyn, Canterbury. For her, writing is something that can embody and express themes on a creative level, and she likes to use it to provoke thoughtfulness. She has been passionate about creativity her whole life and believes it is a language that can speak to everybody in different ways.
Helen Rye lives in Norwich, UK, where she juggles part-time work with parenting and writing. She was short-listed for the Bridport Prize for Flash Fiction 2015 and won the Bath Flash Fiction Award in October 2016. She is writing a novel, very slowly.
’s short fiction has won the PEN Literary Award for African Fiction, and the Short.Sharp.Stories Award. One of his short stories was also selected for the collection Twenty in 20: The Best Short Stories of South Africa’s Democracy
. His novels have been shortlisted for the Terry Pratchett First Novel Award and the Sanlam Youth Literature Award. The Chrysalis
was released by Oxford University Press in 2013, and his fantasy thriller Tokoloshe Song
was published by Random House Umuzi in 2014. The Equilibrist
was released in 2016 and Wonderbear
in 2017. Through his work as an archaeologist and his love of travel in Africa, he has journeyed extensively in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia, drawing inspiration from the people he has met and the stories they shared. He has a deep affinity for African history, folklore and mythology, and loves to incorporate them in contemporary fiction.Andrew Salomon lives in Cape Town with his wife, two young sons, and a pair of rescue dogs of baffling provenance. http://andrewsalomon.com/
Fortunato Salazar lives in Los Angeles.
For around ten years, Nelly Sanchez
has been making cut-outs. She has been published in journals such as Mung Being, Sonic Boom, Le Pan des Muses
. She has also participed in exhibitions: in 2012, at Paris -“Femmes/Hommes. Stéréotypes à l’oeuvre”, galerie ABB (Belleville, Paris); in 2013, at Pézenas (Hérault, France) and in 2014 at Mestre (Italia) – “Quand saro più grande”, La Casa della Renna- and Dieppe (Seine-Maritime, France). She has also illustrated writings like La Falaise était nue (Bernard Baritaud), the American translation of Venus in fur
(2014). Her artwork can be seen at Albums
W Jack Savage
is a retired broadcaster and educator. He is the author of seven books (wjacksavage.com
) including Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage
. More than fifty of Jack’s stories and over four hundred of his paintings and drawings have been published worldwide. Jack and his wife Kathy live in Monrovia, California.
Tim Saunders farms sheep and beef near Palmerston North. He has had poetry and short stories published in Turbine, takahē, the NZ Listener and Flash Frontier, and won the 2018 Mindfood Magazine Short Story Competition. He performs poetry around the Manawatu and beyond.
Half Italian, half Polish-British, Slawka G Scarso has published several books on wine as well as an award-winning collection of noir and humour short stories on neighbours, titled Mani buone per impastare, and crime stories for students of Italian as a foreign language. She’s currently writing her first crime novel in English.
is a sculptor from US/Germany whose travels have taken him to France, Canada, South and Central America, West and Central Africa and the Domincan Republic. Since 2008 he has lived aboard his 36’ sloop, Taitun, sailing from the Caribbean through the Panama Canal and across the Pacific and Indian Oceans, surviving with artisanal creations mainly from the coconut tree. He is presently in East Africa, between Madagascar and Tanzania. More here: http://www.cheech-h.net/sculptsteph/cv.htm
Monique Schoneveld is a graduate of Hagley Writers’ Institute in Christchurch. She fits her writing in around work and three busy boys. Monique is currently working on a novel set in India. She was long-listed in the 2014 National Flash Fiction Day competition.
Robert Scotellaro has published in W.W. Norton’s Flash Fiction International, The Best Small Fictions 2016 and 2017, and many other venues. He is the author of seven literary chapbooks and three story collections: Measuring the Distance, What We Know So Far, and Bad Motel. With James Thomas, he’s co-edited an anthology of microfiction, due out by W.W. Norton in 2018. Robert lives in San Francisco.
Mary-anne Scott lives in Havelock North and is a cellist, singer and guitarist, and a writer. She’s had two Y/A novels published, Snakesand Ladders and Coming Home to Roost. She loves short fiction, songs, words and books and attributes many of her ideas to the joys and nightmares of raising her four sons.
An upstate New York freelance writer/journalist for more than twenty years, Cari Scribner‘s short fiction has been published in Brilliant Flash Fiction, The Nottingham Review, Gravel, Corium, Southeast Review, The Tishman Review and many other journals. Her story, THINGS TO DO WHILE WAITING FOR SNOW, was a finalist in the Very Short Fiction Award by Glimmer Train Press in October 2016.
Meg Sefton‘s short fiction, reviews, and creative nonfiction have been published in various literary journals. Her passion, besides writing, is cooking for her son and playing with her dog. She can be found blogging here.
Ila Selwyn is currently working on her Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Auckland. She was long-listed in the 2014 National Flash Fiction Day competition with a piece she cut down from a long monologue, written for a play she is working on in conjunction with a poetry collection, both to be completed in 2014.
Emily Seresin is a costume designer and has clothed other people’s characters for nearly thirty years. Lately she likes to experiment with characters of her own. She particularly likes it when her characters stay on the page and don’t stomp around the wardrobe truck complaining about itchy socks. Emily grew up in Wellington and now lives in Sydney on the Bankstown line.
Kathy Sewell has had a number of stories published and several plays written and performed. She is working on her novel at the moment while completing the last two papers of her B.A. extramurally at Massey University. She lives on a lifestyle block, is a proud grandma and belongs to IWW, NZSA and Tauranga Writers, and she runs the Thames Writers Group.
Kay Shacklock has always made stories in her head but only recently started writing them down. A professional musician, Kay wrote a family musical, Stout Heart, which was performed at the Harlequin Theatre, Auckland in May 2015. She is currently working on another show and has two novels and a book version of Stout Heart on the go.
Christopher J Shanahan
is an artist and food industry economist living in San Antonio, Texas. Some of his work can be found at The Optimal Brain
and was featured in our October 2013 issue.
Molly Shaw is a mother….among other things. She can be harassed by the plaguing questions of her offspring, or she can embrace them. With the pictures she contributed to the November 2016 issue, she has chosen to celebrate their inquisitiveness.
Dr Rita Shelley, educationalist, hails from New York City, British Columbia and Idaho. She came to New Zealand to visit family, fell in love and lives permanently in Whangarei with her partner. Her story ‘Love Birds’ won first equal in the 2016 Northland Flash Fiction Competition. ‘Lunch with Mom’ and ‘The Unravished Bridegroom’ won flash fiction competitions at Writer’s Billboard.
Brie Sherow lives and works in central Christchurch. She had a short story published in Yen Magazine in 2013 and is currently working on several more while studying at Hagley Writers’ Institute.
Emma Shi was the winner of the 2013 National Schools Poetry Award and is currently studying at Victoria University of Wellington.
Charlotte Simmonds writes plays, prose and poetry in her room in Wellington. More of her writing can be read in her book The World’s Fastest Flower which can be found be in the library.
is a performance poet and producer. Along with his own poetry collection, his work has been published in NZ and UK magazines and anthologies. In 2010 he created a spoken word show “iWas” and in 2011 released a 15-track poetry/music collaboration CD. He is a Poetry Slam winner and a regular guest poet at poetry events in Auckland and internationally. Gus is currently working on his new solo spoken-word show “Aotearoa – Lost in Translation”, as well as a new collaborative multimedia performance “Insomnia in a Daydream”. Read more at Printable Reality
has a passion for art, music, culture and understanding what “makes us tick” and enjoys weaving these disciplines into her writing. She was the recipient of the Flash Frontier
Summer Writing Award 2013 and nominated for a Pushcart Prize in the same year. Her work has appeared recently in Wilderness House Literary Review
. She blogs here
Sarah-Kate Simons is a Year 10 student currently enrolled in the School of Life – aka hom- schooled. When she’s not out saving the galaxy with her colleagues, the Avengers, she writes poetry and fiction with the aid of a mug of hot chocolate. She’s been published in Toitoi, Write On and the NZ Poetry Society Anthology 2018.
Jon Sindell wrote the flash–fiction collection The Roadkill Collection (Big Table Publishing, 2014) and the long–story collection Family Happiness (2016). He curates the San Francisco–based reading series Rolling Writers.
Tracey Slaughter‘s latest collection of short fiction deleted scenes for lovers was published in 2016 by Victoria University Press, and long-listed for the 2017 Ockham NZ Book Awards.
D F Smale was born and raised in the Waikato, and is currently living and working in Hamilton City and returning to writing after somewhat of a hiatus.
is a Scottish-born Christchurch poet and writer of short fiction and stories. He is currently studying at the Hagley Writers’ Institute. In his free time he likes to train in Chinese kickboxing and watch Doctor Who
Madeleine Marie Slavick is an author and photographer whose work is notable for crossing cultural barriers. She has travelled widely, lived in the United States for 25 years, in Hong Kong for 25 years, and currently lives in Carterton, New Zealand. Her photographs have been exhibited internationally. Her work has most recently appeared in My Body, My Business: New Zealand sex workers in an era of change (Otago University Press, 2018) and ‘HONG KONG SONG’, the 2016 photography exhibition at The Wallace Arts Centre / Pah Homestead in Auckland.
is a painter from Cape Town, South Africa, best known for his contemporary portraiture executed through monumental canvases and sculptures. Perhaps more than anything else, Lionel Smit’s art is defined by a deeply rooted symbiotic relationship between sculpture and painting. The blending of techniques across genres is a display of Smit’s work in multiple media, all bearing visible overlap. More can be found at Lionel Smit’s website
Derrin Smith is a student who is passionate about writing, film, and art. She hopes to find a job in the creative industry so that she can pursue those passions. Derrin is in year 11, and currently attends Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery in Christchurch.
lives and writes in the Cook Islands. Her flash, short fiction and poetry have been published in print and online journals in Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas. She placed second in the 2017 NZ National Flash Fiction Day competition. She is the fiction editor for takahē
and script writer for a feature film ‘Stranded Pearl’, due to be released in 2018. More on her website
and on twitter @rachelmsmithnz1. Rachel is guest editing, with Nod Ghosh, the April 2018: FLORA AND FAUNA issue of Flash Frontier.
Caroyln Smith-Masefield writes for sanity, teaches for humanity, lives for equanimity, dresses for vanity but can rhyme with manatee.
Sarndra Smith is a gardener whose life’s work is creating and planting gardens. She writes when a garden is not calling – that’s why flash fiction is so appealing. She has had stories and poems published in various magazines and has had stories broadcast on National Radio.
Nigatu Solomon was born in Dessie, Souther Wollo, Ethioia in 1986. His father was an artist and got him acquainted with art at a very young age. Under his father’s apprenticeship he developed a strong curiosity and passion towards art and art making. He graduated from the Addis Ababa University, Alle School of Fine Art and Design in 2011. He is inspired by Habesha women’s beauty, especially in market settings. He uses new techniques and employs them with old mediums in order to create a mosaic of colored fabric in various sizes, tones and intensity, and arranges them in ways that bring forth an impressive spectacle.
Penny Somervaille writes poetry and short fiction. She is currently one of four MCs for Poetry Live, the weekly poetry event at the Thirsty Dog in Auckland. She has been published in Sidestream Magazine, Blackmail Press, Live Lines, and Pot Roast and has read her poetry at Rhythm & Verse, The Library Bar, The Pah Homestead, The Thirsty Dog and The PumpHouse. She lives in Auckland.
Elaine Souster is an accomplished artist who several years ago discovered a love for creative writing. She is active in various writing groups and supports other writers. She loves to take her view of human nature and turn it into a story.
Konstantina Sozou-Kyrkou lives in Athens, Greece, and writes in both the Greek and English. She holds a BA (Hons) in Literature and an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. Her stories have been published online and in print in several literary magazines and anthologies, and many have won in competitions. She plans her stories carefully, researches thoroughly and edits incessantly, only to realize that her characters have been leading them to places she never intended or imagined they would go to.
is a lecturer and writer who lives in Berlin.His debut collection of short fiction Thank You For You Sperm
was published by MadHat Press in 2013 and his novel in flash, Gisela
, will be published by Folded Word Press in 2015. He writes in English as well as German and spent a wonderful year in NZ
. He occasionally blogs at marcusspeh.com
Natalia Spencer studied prose poetry and flash fiction under the tutelage of American poet Dr Carrie Etter and has an honours degree in Creative Writing. In 2012 her flash fiction was published in the anthology Kissing Frankenstein and Other Stories. She is also interested creative non-fiction and prose, biology, religion and history, and writes under the name of Talia Hardy.
is a lapsed physicist who now tells the most outrageous lies for a living. Her satirical fantasy ‘The Price of Time
‘ is presently on the prowl for an agent, ideally not of the ‘Five Eyes’ sort. www.cspillardwriter.co.uk
Andrew Stancek grew up in Bratislava and saw tanks rolling through its streets. He currently dreams and entertains Muses in southwestern Ontario. His work has appeared in Tin House online, Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Vestal Press, Every Day Fiction, fwriction, Pure Slush and Camroc Press Review, among others. He’s been a winner in the Flash Fiction Chronicles and Gemini Fiction Magazine contests and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
PJ Stephenson is a British writer and environmentalist living near Geneva, Switzerland with his wife and Parson Russell Terrier. Much of his fiction is inspired by nature and history. He has had short stories published online and in print in outlets such as Writing Magazine, Writers’ Forum Magazine, Dream Catcher, The Fiction Pool, Flash Fiction Magazine, Short-Story.me and several anthologies. Follow him @Tweeting_Writer.
’s books include the newly released flash fiction collection The Vixen Scream and Other Bible Stories
(2014), the flash novels The Monster Opera
(2013) and Searching for Suzi: a flash novel
(2009), and four anthologies including Fast Forward: The Mix Tape
(2010), which was a finalist for a 2011 Colorado Book Award. She is a founding member of Fast Forward Press
, the creator of The F-Bomb Flash Fiction Reading Series
in Denver, and her work has been included in The Best of the Web.
Lily Straker is a fourteen-year-old girl who lives in Tauranga. She has three cats, three chickens and three siblings. She enjoys writing, reading and drawing.
Sharon Stratford is a Wellington writer. She loves spending days at the beach with a good book for company, playing with words and swapping stories with children.
Xander Stronach is an author from Wellington. He is tragically short, but often thinks hard about being taller. You can find him on Twitter @understatemen.
Kurt Struble grew up during the 1950s in a small mid-western town. His stories illustrate the adventures of a boy growing up during that golden age of American history. He received his bachelors degree in Liberal Arts from Eastern Michigan University, taught elementary school and ran his own business. He is married and has raised four children. He travels between his homes in southwest Florida and Michigan.
Rebecca Styles is a Creative Writing PhD student at Massey University. She completed the MA at the International Institute of Modern Letters in 2011, and has published short stories in local journals and anthologies. Rebecca Styles placed second in the 2013 National Flash Fiction Day competition.
is an associate member of the New Zealand Society of Authors (Northland) and writes mainly poetry and children’s picture books. Her poetry has been published both online and in magazines such as A Fine Line
. She has a Diploma in Creative Writing from Whitireia, and has recently published a children’s picture book, Fearless Fred and the Dragon
, which was short-listed for the 2012 Storylines Joy Cowley Award. Her blog is kiwissoar
Anne Summerfield lives and works in Hampshire, England. She’s written computer manuals, poetry and a couple of bottom-drawer novels, but short short stories are her real love. Recent work is in in Jellyfish Review, New Flash Fiction Review and the 2018 Bath Flash Fiction Award anthology Things Left and Found by the Side of the Road. Twitter @summerwriter
Fiona Summerfield is a freelance writer with a science background. Her articles have appeared in a large range of print publications and online. She was short-listed for the 2013 Kobo/NZ Authors E-Publishing Prize. Living close to the beach in Nelson, New Zealand, she helps run the annual No More Excuses Writers’ Weekends at Arrow Motel. She also works in another form of story telling, commonly known as marketing.
Jane Swan is newsletter editor for the Waitaki Writers’ Group. Highly commended in the Heartland Short Story Competition and short-listed in the Sunday Star Times competition, she has also been included in the 2015 Best Small Fictions anthology. Her work has also been read on Radio New Zealand and published in local and daily newspapers, Alfie Dog Ltd and Essentially Food. Jane has recently moved to a seaside village north of Dunedin. She doesn’t share her chocolate with the seals and birds.
Heather Sylvawood publishes her books as Kindle eBooks. She started with non-fiction, moved into children’s stories written to be read by adults, short stories for adults and finally one published novel – More Than I could Bear – A Lesbian Affair. A series of life chances have led Heather and her and Civil Union partner to live in a beautiful rural area of New Zealand overlooking a wide bay, in a diverse community with an overriding passion for the environment.
Mere Taito is originally from the island of Rotuma. She emigrated to New Zealand in 2007 from Fiji. Her work has appeared in New Zealand and international literary publications such as Landfall, Manifesto Aotearoa and So Many Islands (Commonwealth Writers, London). She lives in Hamilton with her partner Neil and nephew Lapuke.
Campbell Taylor is often a phlebotomist, sometimes a soundman, occasionally a performance poet. His short stories have been published in New Zealand and overseas. Born in Christchurch, he lives in Titahi Bay with his young daughter while he chips away at his first (or second novel), depending on his mood.
Jeff Taylor is retired and living in Hamilton, concentrating on flash fiction and short stories for both adults and children. He particularly enjoys writing humour. Successes include winning three short story competitions in the UK (Global Short Stories) and placing as runner-up in the 2014 BNZ short short story contest and second in the 2015 Franklin Writer’s short story contest; he also won the 2015 Raglan Word Café flash fiction and the 2015 NZ Writer’s College short story contests. His children’s short story was also published in Barbara Else’s anthology Great Mates (Random House).
Beverley Teague has been a member of a writing group for almost three years, attracted to the group because of her interest in writing poetry. Flash fiction is her most recent discovery, her newest challenge.
Shewa Tamerat went to Arsi Negele High School and then attended Abisiniya Sene Tebeb in 2010. In 2012 he attended Teferi Mekonen Fine Art School. Notably, Shewa has participated in many international exhibitions. His Ethiopian Art style is feature by a unique and innovative approach towards people’s portraits.
Sharon Telfer lives near York, UK. She is an editor at FlashBack Fiction litmag, which showcases historical flash. Her work has won prizes, including the Bath Flash Fiction Award and the Reflex Fiction Prize, and was selected for Best Microfiction 2019. She was awarded the 2018 New Writing North/Word Factory Short Story Apprenticeship. She tweets as @sharontelfer.
is the author of five published books of fiction and poetry. She is Second Place Winner in the ‘story/South Million Writers Award’ 2015, and the recipient of nine Pushcart nominations — and once for a Pulitzer in fiction for her novel What May Have Been
(co-author Gary Percesepe, published by Cervena Barva Press, 2010. Tepper writes a column for Black Heart Magazine
and hosts FIZZ a reading series at KGB Bar.
Artist Sisay Teshome
was born and raised in Debre Sina, Ethiopia. He studied fine arts in Teferi Mekonen school (TMS) and Entoto TEVT college, which is also found in Addis Ababa. Sisay joined the TMS school of fine arts in 2010. He took different courses for three years and graduated in 2006 in sculpture. Sisay is now a full-time studio artist. More at Gallery Ethiopia
lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, where she runs Marblehead Writers’ Workshop. Over the years her nonfiction has earned several Society of Professional Journalists awards and more recently, her short story “The Company We Keep” earned an Honorable Mention from Glimmer Train Stories
. She has an MFA from Goddard College. Learn more about Julianna and her work at www.juliannathibodeaux.com
Kim Thomas is a bloke — let’s get that clear — although was once asked, in writing, by his doctor’s receptionist to make an appointment for a cervical smear test. Usually most accommodating, he politely declined on that occasion. He recently rekindled a long smouldering interest in creative writing. A growing weariness with his profession — the law — has had something to do with that.
C.G. Thompson was a runner-up for the Barry Hannah Prize for Fiction in 2017 and is a three-time finalist for the James Applewhite Poetry Prize. Her stories and poems have appeared in FlashBack Fiction, Brilliant Flash Fiction, Yalobusha Review, North Carolina Literary Review, and Jersey Devil Press, among others.
Jessica Thompson-Carr is a 21-year-old writer born and bred in Dunedin. She is in her final year at university majoring in English and Art History, and writes whenever and wherever she can. Books editor for Critic magazine and freelance writer for anyone that will take her, Jessica aspires to write creatively and travel the world.
Vivian Thonger is a London-born writer, poet and performer now based in Kerikeri, NZ. Her flash fiction and poetry appear in Bonsai, Flash Frontier, International Flash Fiction, Offshoots and Fast Fibres. She has been shortlisted for the NZ NFFD competition 2018 and awarded Northland Short Story of the Year 2017 and 2018. She performs at events and festivals with Northland’s Poetry Posse and ImprovMob.
Lulu A Tika is Mexican and lives with her husband and her Pomeranian husky. She enjoys reading, writing and sky diving.
Reuben Todd currently lives on the prose-poetry continuum somewhere in Christchurch, and he was long-listed in the 2014 National Flash Fiction Day competition. He likes to meet other writers and artists. You too could meet Reuben! He too could meet you! He’d like that.
Jo Ann Tomaselli on her Art: Defining myself as a particular type of photographer is impossible as every moment behind the lens offers an opportunity to see the world from a different point of view. My inspiration? Color, shape, design, and the most delightful factor of all – fun!
Joy Tong, who loves expression through the arts, is a 17-year-old Year 12 student at St Cuthbert’s College in Auckland. You’ll often find her scribbling in a dark corner, tinkering on the piano or doing something weird onstage. Previously placing first in the NFFD Youth competition (2017) inspired her to experiment further with writing – but she always feels drawn back to flash fiction. Joy’s work appears in the 2017 and 2018 NFFD Youth Competition issues.
Dan Tremaglio teaches creative writing and literature at Bellevue College where he is assistant editor at Belletrist Magazine. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cease Cows, Jellyfish Review and Tammy.
Maisie Chilton Tressler is a Pōneke-based artist-poet-teacher. Co-editor and production manager of art-poetry zine Salty, Maisie also has work published or forthcoming by Oscen, Sweet Mammalian, ecARTnz and Salty.
Catherine Trundle is an anthropologist, writer, mother and university lecturer based in Wellington, New Zealand. She enjoys writing poetry, flash fiction and experimental ethnography.
is a New Zealand-based artist of Samoan, Rarotongan and Ma’ohi Tahitian heritage. His work draws on his Pacific island heritage and ranges from printmaking, posters, woodcuts and lithography to sculpture, set design and performance pieces. Of his art he says, ‘My kaupapa within my art practice is the role of working “in between” as a connector by placing a fresh lens on environmental, community, cultural and art historical divides.’ More of his story and his art can be found on his website
. Also on Facebook
and Twitter: @MichelTuffery.
Alistair Tulett is a 1960 baby belatedly emerging as a wannabe writer from the obscurity of a professional career (ongoing) and farming goats (a “silent” partner) near Morrinsville in the Waikato. He lives with two of four grown children, an indomesticate cat, various livestock, and gratitude that luck has found him both the inspiration to try as well as encouragement.
Kurt Jon Ulmer is a Canadian Kiwi who is usually either restless or travelling. He lives on the water based in Northland, New Zealand, and sails in NZ, the Pacific and Europe. Kurt writes short stories, poetry, essays, long stories and a bit of this. 250 words indeed! It’s good for him.
Daniel Uncapher is an MFA candidate at Notre Dame from Water Valley, Mississippi, where he operates a private letterpress. His work has appeared in The Baltimore Review, Neon Literary Magazine, the Wilderness House Literary Review, Posit and more.
Emma Uren, 17, attends Diocesan School for Girls in Auckland. Her favourite authors include Terry Pratchett but she will read anything she gets her hands on. She has been published or won awards in Writing with Shakespeare, Warren Trust Awards for Architectural Writing, Signals, New Zealand Poetry Society International Competition, Write Off Line and in school. She also loves dance and languages. Emma’s work appears in the 2018 NFFD Youth Competition issue.
Jodie van de Wetering is a writer and journalist based in Rockhampton, Australia. Her work has appeared on radio, TV, online and in literary journals including Idiom 23, and on the backs of a great many envelopes.
studied fine arts at the University of Auckland. She has been published in Headland
, and has a website
. Jill lives in Auckland with her partner and their two children.
Emma Vere-Jones is a journalist who moonlights as an author of fiction. She grew up in Wellington, spent twelve years in the UK and the Netherlands, and three years ago moved to Auckland. Her first children’s book Stan the Van Man appears from Scholastic in August 2015. ‘Gone’ – the story that placed in the 2015 NFFD competition – is her first piece of published fiction for adults.
Suzanne Verrall works for the Adelaide Hills Library Service. She has written over 300 reader reviews for the South Australian Public Libraries Catalogue, and her article on lesbian fiction appeared in Archer Magazine in February 2016. Suzanne’s flash fiction stories are all exactly 150 words in length.
Melanie Vezey lives in the Bay of Islands, taking inspiration from the surrounding natural beauty, her husband, and the wild adventures of their two young boys. She is renewed by daily hikes in the bush where story characters call to her from behind every tree. She tries to remember a pen and paper lest the good ones get away.
Noa Noa Von Bassewitz
is a Wellington based print maker of German and Maori extraction.
Her fascination with the medium of print began 24 years ago when she attended a print making course run by Jenny Dolozel at Elam art school. Wood block prints are her chosen medium for expression. Her art works are often raw and filled with both personal and pacific symbolism and a rich cast of ever evolving characters. Her work has been featured in Takahe and in Asian art review in 2013. An anthropologist and teacher by training Noa Noa has also worked producing educational resources, as a sexuality educator as well as a freelance illustrator.
After an elongated hiatus Noa Noa is back working full-time as an artist as well as raising her four fabulous boys and managing a loud, hungry and highly creative household with her Austrian husband and two crazy cats.
The prints featured in this edition come from her most recent series entitled “Rona and her Night-Time Creatures”. The series explores the relationship between the subconscious represented by the moon and it’s dark, sexual, female expression as represented by Rona the woman in the moon as well as a host of additional creatures who reside within both the face of the moon and the heart of the artist.
is a writer living in San Francisco. His stories have been published in over fifty literary journals and included in six anthologies. One story won the SLO NightWriters story contest. Two were nominated for The O. Henry Award. Four were performed at the New Short Fiction Series in Hollywood. During a career in finance he published three books: foreign exchange, derivatives and portfolio management. His website is here
Judi Walsh writes poetry and flash fiction. Her work has been listed for several awards including the Salt Flash Fiction Prize, National Flash Fiction Micro Competition and the Bath Flash Fiction and Novella-In-Flash awards. She tweets @judi_walsh
Lucy-Jane Walsh is a young writer of science fiction. Her stories deal with themes such as infinity, drug use and the manipulation of time. She has had her work published in Takahē and shortlisted in the AUT Short Story Competition and the NZ College Short Story Competition. In 2013, she graduated cum laude from Hagley Writers’ College.
Rob Walton is from Scunthorpe, and lives with his daughters in Whitley Bay in England. His stories have appeared in various magazines and anthologies in the UK, USA and New Zealand. He also writes poetry, and collated the text for the New Hartley Memorial Pathway. He sometimes tweets @anicelad.
is a NZ expat currently teaching English in South Korea. He’s always had a passion for the arts, and spends most of his free time reading and taking photos. You can find more of his work here
John Ward moved to Nelson following the Christchurch shake-up and joined the South Island Writers’ Association who mentioned Flash Frontier in a recent newsletter. He read through some of the pieces and was tempted to try.
writes from Baltimore, where she spends her days professing, mothering, and giving a damn; nights, she writes, mostly novels. You can find her Pushcart- and Best-of-the-Net work at Smokelong Quarterly, Monkeybicycle, Scissors and Spackle, MiCrow, The Sun, Blue Five Notebook, The Poet’s Market 2013, Hoot, Camroc Press Review, Every Day Fiction,
, among others. She blogs at http://linda-leftbrainwrite.blogspot
Harry Watson is an artist – a woodcarver living in Masterton. He also works as an art tutor. Harry enjoys writing poems and stories for his friends and family. Only recently has it occurred to him to share what he writes with a wider audience.
Jackie Watson is an English teacher who has always written. She is also a student at Hagley Writers’ Institute and trying to actually finish something. She’d not heard of flash fiction before this year but is enjoying trying to hone a story down to a minimum. She lives in Ohoka near Kaiapoi and is involved in the recovery of the devastated town after the quakes, chairing the Kaiapoi Rubble Rousers, a group intent on brightening empty sites in the town with art. They are colouring Kaiapoi with promise. Jackie Watson’s story was Highly Commended in the 2013 National Flash Fiction Day competition.
has worked with chemicals more than half his life, and you might argue they have affected his brain. He writes at innocentsaccidentshints.blogspot.com
and you can buy his novel Everybody Loves You Now
by clicking here
Ann Webber grew up in regional Victoria, spent most of her adult life in Sydney and moved to Auckland two years ago. Because of her work as a hospital scientist, she can confirm that everything that happens in medical soaps is true. Ann is a member of the Auckland-based writers’ group International Writers’ Workshop and was runner-up in the 2012 National Flash Fiction Day competition.
Elizabeth Welsh was editor at Flash Frontier in 2014. A a poet, flash writer and academic editor, she is also member of the Tuesday Poem collective and editor of The Typewriter, an online poetry magazine for emerging New Zealand, Australian and Asia-Pacific poets. Originally from the beautiful climes of New Zealand, Elizabeth has been living and working in, and exploring, Europe for the last several years. She wakes up daily with a sense of adventure and loves where travelling is taking her.
is Editor-in-Chief of rIgor mort.US
, art editor at A-minor Magazine
and art director at A-minor Press
. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including elimae, Used Furniture Review, HOUSEFIRE, Connotation Press, Psychic Meatloaf
and Short, Fast, & Deadly
. He has published four chapbooks: 4am, a visual poetry collectionpublished by No Press (Canada); 1975
, an experimental poem published by Deadly Chaps (US) which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize; Status Programs | Some Rules For Us To Break
, a collaborative writing effort which utilizes Facebook to generate the output of poetry; and You are my anti-spam hero, a collection of spam-email subject headings published by Twenty-four Hours Press (US) and also nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He lives at erykwenziak.com
Philippa Werry lives in Wellington, New Zealand, and writes fiction, non-fiction and plays for children and young adults.
Jodie van de Wetering is a writer and journalist based in Rockhampton, Australia. Her work has appeared on radio, TV, online and in literary journals including Idiom 23, and on the backs of a great many envelopes.
Bart Van Goethem
. Father. Copywriter. Drummer. His mother-in-law is from New Zealand. That might explain a few things. List of publications on bartvangoethem.com
. Follow him @bartvangoethem.
Sophie van Llewyn She is currently editing her first novel, writing short (and short short) stories and reading for the literary magazine Bartleby Snopes. Her fiction has been published/is forthcoming in 101 Words, Paragraph Planet, Sick Lit Magazine and Flash Fiction Magazine. You can find her on Twitter @sophie_van_l.
Gill Ward lives and writes in Wellington.
writes from Baltimore, where she professes, mothers and gives a damn. You can find her stuff at Smokelong Quarterly, Monkeybicycle, The Sun, The Poet’s Market 2013, Scissors and Spackle, Connotation Press, Camroc Press Review, Right Hand Pointing, Every Day Fiction
, among others. Senior Fiction Editor at JMWW
, she slogs one word at a time toward her MA in Writing at Johns Hopkins and two novels-in-progress. In between sentences, she blogs at http://linda-leftbrainwrite.blogspot
Holly Wells lives in Mississippi and has taught both high school and community college English. As a writer, she is interested in exploring the points of view of both major and marginal historical figures. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Copperfield Review, Torrid Literature Journal, TWJ Magazine, Sehnsucht, Wordgathering and The Magazine of History & Fiction.
is a Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, and Pushcart Prize-nominated author whose work appears in journals like Structo Magazine, SmokeLong Quarterly, The Collapsar, DIAGRAM
, and Entropy
. Recent non-fiction in The Alaska Star, Alternating Current, The Review Review
, and Change Seven
. She reads fiction for Pithead Chapel
. Follow her on Twitter @aeweisgerber, or visit her website http://anneweisgerber.com
was born in Tauranga, and raised in Mount Maunganui, Hamilton and Te Aroha. Racheal creates art that connects family and her sense of home. Her painting style has developed through the inspiration of her Māori heritage and her love of New Zealand. She says: “I am drawn to the beautiful and natural shapes that surround our wonderful land and all the historical and deep cultural significance of Māori symbols and their meanings.” You can find more of Racheal Weti’s work here
Brendon Stanton White is currently studying English and Philosophy at the University of Canterbury, where he won the 2015 MacMillan Brown Prize for Writers.
lives in Northland and paints with a unique style of realism achieved by painting layer upon layer with the finest oil paints. More about her work, including commissioned paintings, here
Toni Wi is a speculative fiction writer from New Zealand. She likes space opera and flash fiction, and is currently working on a novel. You can find her on Twitter @toniwaiaroha.
Anna Williams published her first book, Simply Parenting, in 2013. She was short-listed in the 2015 Northland Flash Fiction competition, winning third prize. She attends two local writing groups and enjoys the support and encouragement from group members. She lives in Whangarei.
is a writer, editor and orchardist. She helped launch Flash Frontier
in 2012 and edited here for the first two years, in addition to playing an integral role in the inaugural National Flash Fiction Day
. Sian lives in the Bay of Islands, ostensibly writing flash fiction, working on a young adult novel, growing kiwifruit and chauffeuring children to sporting events, but in reality life revolves around her dog, Angus.
Ashley Williams is a 16-year-old from the Bay of Plenty raised in the country, with a family of six with a love of reading and writing. Developing a story in 250 words is something she has never done before and something she finds difficult and a fun challenge. This year, she has started making an effort to break out of her shell, so sharing her work is one of the ways in which she is hoping to achieve this.
Fraser Williamson has had work in many national and international publications, books and projects for design firms and agencies. He shows his paintings at the Flagstaff Gallery in Devonport. He lives with his wife Loisi and their son Antonio. They like to spend their time between Tonga, New Zealand and Spain. His painting ‘Fishing’ was featured in our April 2013 issue.
Wendy Williamson comes from the seismically vibrant city of Christchurch and has been a member of South Island Writers’ Association for about a year. She has recently had some success in their competitions with flash fiction, a poem and a memoir. Wendy also belongs to a critique group which keeps her on her toes and enjoys the challenge of writing flash fiction.
Gerard Winter CRH, a New Zealand born lawyer, academic and Jurist, is the author of far too many works of nonfiction on constitutions, parliaments and courts. A story teller, lyricist and sometime essayist, he has written for voice and visual media and enjoys the challenge of short tales told well. He returned home in 2010 from work in Geneva and the South Pacific. He now lives in Karaka with his wife, Katherine, and two of their five sons. Gerard Winter’s story was Highly Commended in the 2012 National Flash Fiction Day competition.
(Waitaha/Kāi Tahu) lives in Waikouaiti, Otago. In 2017 her fiction was anthologised with Bath Flash Fiction, Nottingham Peacebuilders, Pacific Monsters, Elbow Room, Centum Press
and Ora Nui
. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications including Flash Frontier, Reflex Fiction, Headland
. Iona is passionate about representing Aotearoa in her work, and exploring the intersection between written and spoken word. https://ionawinter.wordpress.com/
P V Wolseley’s first loves were Boy George and My Little Pony. When these childhood crushes came to nothing, she fell in love with art history, which she studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She then moved to France, where she discovered a passion for English (absence makes the heart grow fonder).
R. P. Wood is a Tauranga-based writer, dancer, and actor whose work has previously been published in Mayhem.
Alison Woodhouse writes flash and short fiction. Her stories have won or been shortlisted in many competitions including Flash500, Adhoc, Limnisa, Hastings, Farnham, Ilkley, TSS, Reflex Fiction and Bath Flash Fiction Award. She has just completed a Masters in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.
Jenny Woodhouse began to write seriously after she retired and studied creative writing with the Open University. Her output has gradually shrunk from novels to short stories and she now writes mainly flash. A few pieces have appeared in anthologies, but she still feels that she is always the bridesmaid.
Lindsay Woodlocke comes from Dunedin and shares a large suburban garden with resident family and three cats. Recently retired from teaching, Lindsay enjoys the challenge of writing flash fiction and, when not writing, might sometimes be found learning Mandarin, sculpting or taking tap-dancing classes.
is the selecting editor for the Otago Daily Times
Weekend Poem column, and co-editor of the Medical Humanities blog Corpus: Conversations about Medicine and Life
. Her first novel, Strip
, is to be published soon by Mākaro Press and her fifth collection of poetry, The Yield
, will be published in 2017 by Otago University Press. Her website is suewootton.com
Alex Wolstencroft currently lives on the prose- poetry continuum somewhere in Christchurch. He likes to meet other writers and artists. You too could meet Alex! He too could meet you! He’d like that.
Marjory Woodfield is a New Zealand teacher and writer who has lived in Saudi Arabia. Her work has been published by the BBC, Nowhere, takahē, Star 82, Shot Glass Journal, Flash Frontier, Blue Five Notebook, Cargo Literary and Raven Chronicles. She is a Bath Ad Hoc Fiction winner and was long-listed for the Alpine Fellowship (Venice). Her writing inspiration often derives from Middle Eastern experiences.
Phoebe Wright is a writer and English teacher based in Christchurch but currently living in in Gulu, Northern Uganda. Phoebe has published poems and short stories in Landfall, takahē, The Six Pack, Starling, Catalyst, The Butterfly Diaries and BONSAI: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand. Phoebe majored in English Literature and Political Science at the University of Canterbury before training to be a teacher. She now balances teaching and travelling with a writing life, and has loved taking part in Catalyst open mics, roadshows and poetry slams when in Christchurch. In 2017, Phoebe also enjoyed taking part in the Hagley Writers’ Course, which she used to workshop a novel manuscript in progress.
Sheri L Wright is a Pushcart Prize nominee and the author of six books of poetry, including her most recent, The Feast of Erasure. Wright’s visual work has appeared in numerous journals, including Blood Orange Review and The Single Hound, and is featured in the October international issue.
Kath Wynn is a freelance editor, writer and researcher living in Maungatapere. She ghost-writes biographies and reflections mainly for hospice patients and immigrants, writes short stories and poetry, especially for children and transcribes recordings of meetings, interviews, etc.
Melindy Wynn-Bourne is a freelance writer with an emphasis on flash fiction living in Mississippi. Her stories have been featured in such magazines as Gemini and the sixth annual ultra short edition of The Binnacle. When she is not writing, she enjoys reading and photography.
Pauline Canlas Wu was born and raised in Hong Kong SAR. She has also lived in Aotearoa New Zealand and graduated in Media Arts from Wintec, Hamilton. She also visits the Philippines regularly to visit her family there. Currently she is a full-time tattoo artist in Kwun Tong, Hong Kong.
Helen Yong is a Christchurch poet who has had work published in New Zealand and overseas journals and anthologies, most recently in Wishbone Moon (USA 2018) and Landfall journal (Issue 236, November 2018).
Guy Yasko was born in Chicago. He makes his living at the intersection of Japan and the anglophone world.
Matthew Zela is a writer of poetry, prose and fiction, currently at work on a final draft of his first novel. Matthew lives in Northland, a gardener by trade. Matthew won the 2012 first quarter award for writing at Flash Frontier.
Sinafikish Zeleke got her diploma from Addis Ababa Fine Art University in Ethiopia. She dedicated most of her life to teaching, but her has participated in numerous solo exhibitions in various institutes and abroad. She has also received many recognition certificates for her art, such as from the National Museum of Ethiopia.
Natasha Zeta is an artist whose work has most recently focused on scars: “I am fascinated with the intimate nature of scars, and how much we choose to share about them. In the collection are surgical scars, sports accidents, self injury, bar fights. Some a slip on the stairs and some the proof of surviving something life threatening. We are rarely born with them, but it is part of our biology.”