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M Elvy, SingaporeMichelle Elvy lives and works as an editor and manuscript assessor based in the Bay of Islands. She also edits at Blue Five Notebook and has guest edited at SmokeLong Quarterly, in addition to being Assistant Editor (International) for the Best Small Fictions series, and an associate editor of Flash Fiction International, W. W. Norton, 2015). In the southern hemisphere winter each year, you’ll find her coordinating New Zealand’s National Flash Fiction Day. A Pushcart nominee, a three-time finalist of the Glass Woman Prize and the 2012 recipient of the NZ Society of Authors/ Auckland Museum Library grant, Michelle has published poetry, fiction, travel writing, creative nonfiction and reviews in numerous print and online journals and anthologies. Some links to recent publications, including reviews, interviews and her recent travel essays, can be found here. She has also judged various writing competitions hosted by Flash Fiction World, the South Island Writers’ Association, the International Writers’ Workshop, the Whangarei Poetry Walk, 2013 NorthWrite Collaboration (with Tim Jones), the NYC Challenge Flash (2013-16) and Short Story (2014-16) competitions and the Bath Flash Fiction Award (June 2016).

Michelle can be found in 2016 sailing on her 43’ sailboat, Momo, her home for thirteen years, in East Africa. Slowing life to a 5-knot pace, Michelle embraces a less-is-more approach to just about everything. Flash suits.

More at michelleelvy.com (editing) and at SV Momo (sailing). Also an interview — “Editors without Borders” — here..

James026_1James Norcliffe is an award-winning poet, novelist and short story writer with work appearing in journals world-wide and translated into several languages. His publications include a collection of short stories, eight collections of poetry — most recently Villon in Millerton (AUP) and Shadow Play (Proverse) — and several award-winning novels for young people including The Loblolly Boy (Longacre/Random) and its successor The Loblolly Boy and the Sorcerer (Longacre/Random)His most recent books for young people are Felix and the Red Rats (Longacre/Random) 2012 and The Pirates and the Nightmaker (Longacre/Random) forthcoming 2015.Besides his long list of publications, he also poetry editor for the Christchurch Press.  Many readers will know him from his long-time involvement in Takahē magazine. Meanwhile, he has worked more recently, with Harry Ricketts and Siobhan Harvey as editor of the major anthology Essential New Zealand Poems – Facing the Empty Page (Godwit/Random, 2014).

James Norcliffe’s flash fiction is most recently included in Flash Fiction International (W W Norton, 2015). His website and blog is here

Gail WritingGail Ingram’s poetry, flash fiction and short stories have appeared in journals and anthologies in New Zealand and overseas, including Takahē, Poetry New Zealand, Blackmail Press, Penduline Press, Cordite Poetry Review and Atlanta Review. In 2016, she won the NZPS international poetry competition, was a finalist for Best Small Fictions 2016 and was short-listed in the 2016 Fish Short Story Prize. In 2015, she was nominated by the Editors of Flash Frontier for the Pushcart Prize with her flash fiction, ‘Whispers’ and was runner-up in 2015 Takahē international poetry competition.

She has been a member of South Island Writers Association for ten years and was Chair for three. In this time, along with Barbara Strang and Mary Ridge, she started up “Poetic Licence”, an open mic event for National Poetry Day, which has been running successfully for four years now.

Gail teaches at the School for Young Writers in Christchurch, and last year completed her Masters degree in Creative Writing at Massey University, achieving First Class Honours. For part of her degree she submitted a manuscript of poetry on a fictional graffiti artist, which explores the turbulence of living in post-quake Christchurch and the role art plays on personal, social and political levels.

She lives on the rim of a rocky crater in Christchurch with her family, and is establishing a tussock garden to blend in with local skinks.

rsz_samkeaSam Averis 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 several pieces in Flash Frontier since 2015, he has been published in Psychopomp Magazine, Shotgun Honey, and has stories forthcoming in Takahē and Geometry.

In 2016 he had two pieces highly commended in the National Flash Fiction Day competition, and studied at Hagley Writers’ Institute where he won the Margaret Mahy award for best portfolio.

He posts links to his published stories on his website, and you can get in touch with him on twitter @Sam_Serif.