Michelle is Reviews Editor of Landfall, Assistant Editor for the international Best Small Fictions series and founder of National Flash Fiction Day NZ. Recent anthology work includes Ko Aotearoa Tātou | We Are New Zealand, edited with Paula Morris and James Norcliffe (Otago University Press, 2020), Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand (Canterbury University Press 2018; co-editor), Flash Fiction International (W. W. Norton 2015; associate editor) and Flash Then and Now: An Anthology (forthcoming 2021; co-edited with John Wentworth Chapin). Since 2020, Michelle has been curating, with Witi Ihimaera, Love in the Time of COVID: A Chronicle of a Pandemic, with an anthology forthcoming in 2023.
Michelle has guest edited at SmokeLong Quarterly, Reflex Fiction and other journals, and has judged competitions in Aotearoa New Zealand and abroad, including the 2021 & 2922 Bath Novella-in-Flash Award and the 2020 Lilian Ida Smith Award, as well as competitions for the South Island Writers’ Association, the International Writers’ Workshop, the Whangārei Poetry Walk, NorthWrite’s collaboration competition, the NYC Challenge and the Bath Flash Fiction Award. Her poetry, fiction, travel writing, creative nonfiction and reviews have been widely published and anthologised. Her book, the everrumble (Ad Hoc Fiction 2019), a small novel in small forms, was long-listed in The Guardian’s Not-The-Booker Prize, featured in Verb Wellington’s digital programme and nominated for the James Tait Memorial Prize and the Pushcart Prize. Her new collection of short fiction, the other side of better, was published by Ad Hoc Fiction in June 2021.
Her work has been widely published and anthologised in journals such as Poetry New Zealand, Landfall, Atlanta Review, Blue Five Notebook, Cordite Poetry Review, Fib Review and Bonsai. Her awards include winning both the Caselberg (2019) and New Zealand Poetry Society (2016) international poetry competitions, and placed third in Poets Meet Politics (UK) 2018 international poetry competition. In fiction, awards include runner up Flash Fiction Day NZ Micro Madness, shortlist for Fish Short Prize, and nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
As well editing for Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction, she also is a joint poetry editor for takahē magazine. She teaches at Write On: School for Young Writers and holds a Master of Creative Writing (Distinction). You can find her at https://www.theseventhletter.nz/
Vaughan experienced a varied career before becoming a writer, working as a secondary schoolteacher,
housepainter, storeman, freezing worker, and special education advisor. He was poetry editor of the
Māori and Indigenous Review Journal until 2011. He was a semi-finalist in the Proverse Prize for Literature in 2009 and highly commended in the 2013 erbacce poetry prize (from 6000+ entrants). He won the inaugural Proverse Poetry prize in 2016, the same year as his poetry collection Atonement was nominated for a National Book Award in Philippines. His work has also been featured in Best New Zealand Poems 2017 and Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand (2018).
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.