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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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 completed the Poetry Creative Writing workshop at Victoria University in 1997 and a Masters in Art History at Auckland University in 2000. A strange series of events led her to a career as a business analyst but she has a preference for writing fiction over project documentation.
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.
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.
Rachel J Fenton
was born in Yorkshire and currently lives in Auckland. She won the University of Plymouth’s Short Fiction Competition in 2013 and has been short-listed for various prizes, including the Fish International Poetry Prize and the Royal Society of NZ Manhire Prize. She also won Flash Frontier
‘s 2013 Winter Award for excellence in writing. AKA Rae Joyce, she publishes graphic poetry including ‘Escape Behaviours
‘ and the 2012 AUT Creative Writing Prize winning ‘Alchemy Hour’. A finalist in the 2014 Dundee International Book Prize, she was also selected for the NZ Book Council’s 2015 Graphic Novelists Exchange Residency in Taiwan in association with PANZ and the Taipei International Book Exhibition. Rachel also was Flash Frontier
‘s 2014 Features Editor. She blogs here
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.”
has been published in mainstream NZ literary journals since the 1970s and in Poetry Australia, The London Magazine, Acumen
and others. Her latest poetry book is entitled On a day like this
(Steele Roberts, NZ). Jan works in Napier as a full-time artist. For more see her website, Painting Poets
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
was was born in Canada and bred in the US. He has created cover art and illustrations for literary publications and books. He is the winner of the Leslie Jacoby Honor for Art at San Jose State University’s Reed Magazine
and his Bel Red painting series is part of the Bellevue College Foundation’s permanent art collection. Forrest’s expressive drawing and painting style is a mix of avant-garde Expressionism and post-Impressionist elements reminiscent of van Gogh, creating emotion on canvas. Art website (paintings for sale) 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.
’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.
Nod Ghosh lives in Christchurch, New Zealand, and has recently completed year two at the Hagley Writers’ Institute in Christchurch. Nod’s work has been accepted in Catalyst, Penduline, The GayUK, Christchurch Press, Takahē and Express, and she was the recipient of the Flash Frontier 2014 Winter Writing Award. Nod works as a medical laboratory scientist. Nod is writing a second novel, but keeps getting distracted by the desire to write short stories.
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.
Steven Gowin, a native of Darkest Iowania, but California dual citizen, produces Corporate Video in San Francisco.
Anna Granger used to play with an old typewriter in the toybox and has been clicking away at keys ever since. She has worked as a journalist, editor and photographer. Her short stories have won awards, been published in magazines and collections, and broadcast on radio. Originally from Auckland, Anna now lives in the Ruapehu District, where she appreciates the fresh air, rivers, trees and birdlife.
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.
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.
Bob Halford worked for many years in hardware 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, where Bob revived a longstanding interest in writing fiction.
Adrian Hall was born in Hull in 1969. After studying Philosophy at Lancaster, he went into teaching and has been teaching in the north west of England for over 20 years. In what little spare time he has, he writes short stories and flash fiction. He lives in Lancashire with his wife, three children and some chickens.
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 lives in Greece. He blogs here
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.
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.
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.
Bernard Heise lives in Northland and contributed the photograph Twin Doorways, taken in Mazatlán, Mexico, to the August 2012 issue.
Jana Heise occasionally snaps photos or sits down with pen and paper and splatters the page with words that, together, sometimes make a story.
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.
’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.
runs Bath Flash Fiction Award and co-runs Bath Short Story Award and Writing Events Bath. In the last couple of years, she’s fallen in love with flash fiction and been successful in a few flash fiction contests. Her pieces have also been published on Visual Verse and in Landmarks for the UK’s National Flash Fiction Day 2015 and in the Fish Prize 2014 Winner’s anthology. @judehwriter Blog: 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.
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.
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.
’s poetry and short stories have appeared in Takahē
, Penduline Press
, NZ Poetry
and Cordite Poetry Review,
among others. She was placed in 2013 BNZ Flash Fiction awards and long-listed in 2014 National Flash Fiction competition. She was an inaugural graduate of Hagley Writers’ Institute and is currently the president of South Island Writers (SIWA
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
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.
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.
Ingrid Jendrzejewski studied creative writing at the University of Evansville, then physics at the University of Cambridge. She has soft spots for Go, cryptic crosswords and the python programming language. Once in a while, she tweets at @LunchOnTuesday or adds a little something to www.ingridj.com.
Jac Jenkins‘ 2012 NZSA mentorship with Sue Wootton has been instrumental in her recent writing successes, including winning the 2013 Takahē Poetry Competition and the Northland regional prize of the NFFD competition three years in a row. She has had her work published in the Northern Advocate newspaper, Fast Fibres broadsheet, Takahē and online at National Poetry Day in Northland and NorthWrite 2013. Jac is also a member of the Northland poetry group Take Flight.
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.
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.
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.
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.
lives and writes in Dunedin. She writes mostly fantasy fiction, but sometimes takes a detour into sci-fi, mainstream or literary fiction, and occasionally into poetry. Some of her stories have previously been published by 365 Tomorrows
and Every Day Fiction
. For more stories, check out her website www.rosaliekempthorne.name
Sue Kingham now lives in Christchurch but her short stories and flash fictions are often inspired by her north of England roots or her travels. She was placed third in the 2014 National Flash Fiction Day competition and has had several flash fictions published in Flash Frontier. Sue is a graduate of the Hagley Writers’ Institute. When not thinking up stories, she enjoys the visual arts, literature and getting out into New Zealand’s stunning countryside.
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.
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.
George Korolog is a San Francisco Bay Area poet and writer whose work has been widely published in journals such as Southern Indiana Review, The Los Angeles Review, Word Riot, The Monarch Review, The Journal of Modern Poetry, The Chaffey Review and many others. He has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. His first two books of poetry are Collapsing Outside the Box (2012, available on Amazon) and Raw String (2013, Finishing Line Press). He is working on his third book of poetry, The Little Truth.
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).
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.
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
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.
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.
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 lives in Seattle, Washington, in the rainy Pacific Northwest region of the United States. She’s spent the past few years honing her skills in informal flash fiction writing contests, and appreciates nothing so much as a blunt critique.
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
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.
Fiona Lincoln lives and works. She also writes.
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.
Kate Mahony is a Wellington writer. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the IIML at Victoria University. Her stories have been published in numerous literary magazines, including Takahē, Headland, The Island Review, Blue Fifth Review and Litro New York. In 2015, her short stories were shortlisted for the Fish International Short Story Competition, the Bridport Short Story Competition and the New Zealand national flash fiction day competition. A flash fiction story, On the Beach, was published in Landmarks, the 2015 UK national flash fiction day anthology.
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.
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.
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.
’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.
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.
Michelle Matheson is an aspiring writer, as well as a mother and wife based in Auckland with husband, daughter and Monty the Cat (also known as ‘he who rules them all’). A graduate of the Creative Hub 30-week fiction course, she is currently working on her first novel. Her work has most recently been featured in Issue 4 of Headland Online Literary Journal.
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’.
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/
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.
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).
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.
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 lives in Christchurch and has published two novels and a short story for children with Scholastic NZ. She was awarded the Tom Fitzgibbon Award in 2005 and her two books have been selected for the Notable Books List by Storylines NZ. She is a tutor with the School for Young Writers. Her work was long-listed in the 2014 National Flash Fiction Day competition. Most nights Heather goes to sleep hearing the waves on the shore and in the morning she wakes with more stories in her head. Sometimes she sleeps in a caravan by pine trees and wakes up with magpies quardling and the stories all ebbing away.
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.
is originally from Christchurch and completed a Masters of Creative Writing at the University of Auckland in 2012. Her story “Things with Faces” won the Pacific Region Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2013, and is published online at Granta
. Other flash and short fiction work appears in Penduline Press, The Island Review
and Hue and Cry.
Her 2012 National Flash Fiction Day story “Uses” was first published at Penduline Press, here
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 on the Kapiti Coast where it is all too easy to beachwalk and dream her days away. Sometimes, when she’s lucky, some of these dreams become stories and poems. Writing as Vivienne Joseph, she has won several awards for her work, particularly for her children’s books. Vivienne also won Flash Frontier‘s 2012 fourth quarter award for writing.
Eileen Merriman‘s awards include second in the 2015 Bath Flash Fiction Award, third in the 2014 & 2015 NZ Sunday Star Times Short Story competitions, and winner of the 2015 Graeme Lay Short Story competition. Her work has previously or is forthcoming in the 2015 Bath Short Story anthology, the Sunday Star Times, Literary Orphans, Blue Five Notebook, Headland, Takahē, F(r)iction and Smokelong Quarterly.
lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand. She has written short fiction for some time but is new to publishing. She was long-listed in the 2014 National Flash Fiction Day competition. She blogs at Life in Hydra
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
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.
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.
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”.
, 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
Emma Neale is a Dunedin-based writer, editor and occasional creative writing tutor. She has had five novels and four collections of poetry published, with another, Tender Machines, due out from Otago University Press in 2015. ‘Plot’ – her story that placed in the 2015 NFFD competition – is her first attempt at flash fiction.
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.
Keith Nunes is a former New Zealand newspaper sub-editor who now writes for the sheer joy of it. Although relatively fresh to flash fiction, he’s been published in New Zealand and increasingly in the US and UK. He lives south of Tauranga with artist Talulah Belle and a coterie of nutty animals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jane Percival lives on the Kaipara Harbour, north of Auckland, New Zealand. She has always enjoyed writing and has recently taken time out from full-time paid employment to pursue this activity. Lately she has been focusing on speculative fiction.
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.
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.
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.
, 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
is the author of two 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.
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
Aaron Robertson is a writer and musician living in Hikurangi. His poetry and flash fiction have previously appeared in Poetry NZ, Snorkel and 52I250.
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.
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
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.
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.
Chelsea Ruxer is an MFA student at the Bluegrass Writers Studio. Her work has recently appeared in Hermeneutic Chaos, 5×5, The Higgs Weldon, and others.
Fortunato Salazar lives in Los Angeles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Rachel Smith writes short and flash fiction, and more recently poetry. Her work has previously been published in JAAM and Takahē.
Caroyln Smith-Masefield writes for sanity, teaches for humanity, lives for equanimity, dresses for vanity but can rhyme with manatee.
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.
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.
’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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
VRL Thonger, a new resident of Kerikeri, New Zealand, is a poet, writer, editor/proofer, experimental performer, actor and artist, having previously lived in Cornwall, The Netherlands, Washington DC and London. Her work has been published in Offshoots 13, Fast Fibres 2 and Write Up North.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 on Tyneside with his family. His poetry appears in the Emma Press Slow Things anthology, Butcher’s Dog 5, Firewords Quarterly, Deseeded, Visual Verse and Northern Voices. His stories are published by IRON Press, Red Squirrel, New Writing North, Arachne and Shelter. Winner of UK NFFD micro-fiction competition 2015, he has written script and collated the New Hartley Memorial Pathway text.
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
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
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.
Gill Ward lives and writes in Wellington.
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
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.
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.
Iona Winter is a Pākehā/Māori, whose day job is a holistic therapist. When she’s off duty she writes, blogs and reads. Her mixed whakapapa opens other worlds to her. She lives rurally by the sea, in the land of her tupuna.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”