Flash Frontier

2022 Contributors

Alex Reece Abbott

Alex Reece Abbott  is a New Zealand-Irish writer across genres and forms, published in Best Small Fictions, Bonsai: Best Small Stories from Aotearoa New Zealand and Heron (Katherine Mansfield Society), among others. A Penguin Random House WriteNow finalist, often shortlisted, her work has won the Irish Novel Fair, Northern Crime, Arvon and HG Wells prizes. www.alexreeceabbott.info @AlexReeceAbbott

Adebisi Amori

Adebisi Amori is a creative writer and student from Ibadan, Nigeria who is also currently adulting. Follow her journey: notesonadulting.substack.com

Liana Ashenden
Liana Ashenden is a writer / researcher / artist currently living in Banks Peninsula. She has a PhD in English Literature from Cambridge and a BSC in Physiology from Auckland. The inter-blending of nature and art is a perpetual fascination.
Allen Ashley

Allen Ashley is an award-winning writer, editor and poet based in the UK. His most recent book is the poetry collection Echoes from an Expired Earth (Demain Publishing, UK, paperback 2021). He is the founder of the advanced science fiction and fantasy group Clockhouse London Writers. Allen previously featured in the ‘Doors’ issue of Flash Frontier.

Caterina Baldi

Caterina Baldi was born on 6th March 1983. She is an Italian children’s books illustrator, author, translator and English teacher for little kids. She never misses an episode of her Neapolitan soap opera. Swimming in the winter sea is the year’s purpose, but she has not found the courage yet. Her picture book, Three Cats in the Sink, will be published by Settenove in May 2022. She is eager to write thousands of new stories and tales.

Rebecca Ball

Rebecca Ball is a teacher based near Ōtautahi, New Zealand. She has had writing published in a range of places including Landfall, London Grip, Shotglass Journal, Turbine | Kapohau and Poetry New Zealand Yearbook.

Sue Barker
Sue Barker lives in Waipū, rural Te Tai Tokelau Northland, Aotearoa New Zealand and shares stories with the Whangārei Library 3.30 Flash writers’ group. She writes all the short forms seeking to capture moving interactions between characters – some two-legged, some four-legged, some with leaves and branches.
Marty Beauchamp
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.
Carrie Beckwith
Carrie Beckwith 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.
Shannon Bowring

Shannon Bowring’s work has appeared in numerous journals, has been nominated for a Pushcart and a Best of the Net, and was selected for Best Small Fictions 2021. She was a Finalist for the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance 2021 Maine Literary Awards. Shannon earned her MFA at Stonecoast, where she served as Editor-in-Chief for the Stonecoast Review.

Shelley Burne-Field

Hawke’s Bay writer Shelley Burne-Field (Ngāti Mutunga; Ngāti Rārua) was a finalist in the 2021 Voyager media awards, is a regular writer at e-Tangata, and an alumni of the Auckland University Masters in Creative Writing 2019-2020. Her short story ‘Pinching out dahlias’ is the most read story ever published on Reading Room.

Gretchen Carroll

Gretchen Carroll lives in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa, with her husband and son. She has worked in journalism and communications for more than 20 years, and enjoys writing flash fiction. More on her online writing portfolio.

Steve Charters
Steve Charters lives in the Kaipara. He completed a Master of Creative Writing in 2016. His short fiction appears in several anthologies and is published online. He’s won the Macmillan Brown Prize for Writers and been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.
Janean Cherkun
Janean Cherkun is a working mum from Otago. She likes cats, coffee, basketball, and particularly enjoys attending acupuncture sessions to mitigate the stressful bits of life and for the excellent chat. She hopes to write a novel, but for now is happy with stories that sometimes get shorter than they might have started out and/or become unwieldy and frustrating.
Leanne Comer
Leanne Comer was born and raised in Australia. She has lived in Auckland for thirty years. Leanne has dabbled in writing all her life. She enjoys reading fiction and travelling to far-flung places.
Rosie Copeland

Rosie Copeland is a New Zealand word-artist based in Wellington. She is currently writing a novel for young adults. She completed several writing papers at the IIML. Rosie belongs to several writing groups in New Zealand and collaborated with Atrocious Poets (USA) in 2021 for their Haunting of Hebron Library, a poetry display. In 2022 her collaged poem was exhibited in the Lightbox Project at Thistle Hall, Wellington. Her poetry is published in Mayhem, Awa Wahine and Mindfood, and forthcoming in Honeyguide (USA), Ethelzine (USA). A short story was published in Newsrooms’ Reading Room in 2021.

Rebecca Dempsey
Rebecca Dempsey’s works are featured or forthcoming in Ligeia, Miniskirt Magazine and Elsewhere Journal. Rebecca lives in Melbourne, Australia, and can be found at WritingBec.com
Vera Hua Dong
Vera Hua Dong discovered the joys of writing and gardening three years after she moved from Shanghai to Kerikeri, where she has lived with her husband and two children since 2013. Her writing deepens her sense of childhood in China and opens her mind’s eye to the beauty of living in rural New Zealand. She writes prose and poetry in both Chinese and English.
Jacob Dowling

Jacob Dowling is a New Zealand writer based in Ōtautahi Christchurch and well-travelled throughout the South Island. He is studying creative writing at the University of Canterbury and gradually expanding the forms in which he writes. He has poetry published ReDraft 21, One of the Wild Kids.

Annette Edwards-Hill
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.
Jen Eller-Kirkham
Jen Eller-Kirkham lives, writes and reads in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. She received Highest Honours in the NZ Writers College Short Story Competition in 2021, and her work has appeared in The Write-In. Raised in South Africa, she sometimes lets African creatures and landscapes sidle into her work. Find her on Twitter @JenEllerKirkham.
Leonard Eusebi
Leonard Eusebi lives near Boston with his wife and kids. He has studied physics, designed computer games, built a career in applied science and told many stories to his two young daughters. Inspired by the sci-fi and fantasy masters and his dad’s love of writing, he casts short fictions into the depths of the web. His work has been published in Prime Number Magazine.
Nick Fairclough

Nick Fairclough is a writer on the cusp: his stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best Small Fictions, he’s been shortlisted and longlisted in competitions … You get the idea. He lives in Aotearoa New Zealand with his family. More here.

Epiphany Ferrell
Epiphany Ferrell lives on the edge of the Shawnee Forest in Southern Illinois. Her stories appear in more than 50 journals and anthologies. She is a two-time Pushcart nominee, and the 2020 Prime Number Magazine Flash Fiction Prize recipient. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter, or epiphanyferrell.com
Kyle Gibson
Kyle Gibson is new to writing fiction, and Flash Frontier is the first place he has submitted his work. He is exploring his interest in writing while recovering from health issues. In the past Kyle worked as a high school history teacher and recently completed a doctorate in philosophy.
Trish Gribben
Trish Gribben has had a lifetime of writing in different genres and is now trying her hand at flash fiction.
Amanda Hurley
Amanda Hurley is a New Zealand writer, editor and translator, currently based in Germany. Her poems and short fiction have been selected for publication by Cloud Ink, Flash Frontier, Capsule Stories, Elpis Pages, Flash Fiction Magazine, Globe Soup and Red Penguin Books.
Rata Ingram

The lignified skeleton of Rata Ingram is home to a number of beetles.

Benjamin Jardine
Benjamin Jardine is a writer, poet, and performer currently based in Wellington. His work has appeared in Flash Frontier, Poetry New Zealand, and in the shortlist for the 2021 National Flash Fiction Day competition.
Teoti Jardine
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.
Lincoln Jaques
Lincoln Jaques’ poetry, fiction and travel writing has appeared in Aotearoa and internationally. He was a finalist and Highly Commended in the 2018 Emerging Poets, the Featured Poet in the Spring 2021 a fine line magazine (New Zealand Poetry Society) and a 2020 Vaughan Park Residential Scholar / Writer. He lives in Tāmaki Makaurau.
Evie Jay
Evie Jay took up writing after a career in public service. She never misses doing the daily crossword, is a keen disability advocate, and her Kindle is crammed with an ever-expanding collection of all sorts of writing. She loves children, positive people, John Prine songs and warm toast.
Jac Jenkins
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.
Deborah Jowitt
Deborah Jowitt lives in Parua Bay, Tai Tokerau/Northland. Birds, wind, and weather are constants of the local seascape and often find their way into her writing. Flash is her favourite medium for exploring the world and the ways we respond to it.
Rosalie Kempthorne

Rosalie Kempthorne 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 in the anthology, Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand (Canterbury University Press, 2018). For more stories, check out her website.

Kerry Lander
Kerry Lander is an emerging writer of creative fiction and non-fiction, now living on Whangaparaoa Peninsula after 22 years as a Melbourne-based radio copywriter. She was short-listed three times, coming second on one occasion, for the Ada Cambridge Biographical Short Story and Poetry Prize.
Kerry Lane

Kerry Lane is a loose aggregation of neuroses that coalesced mostly in Ōtepoti Dunedin, now living near Glasgow. Current projects include a dystopian science fiction novel and a one-act play about climate and a kelpie, and attempting to grow tomatoes despite the best efforts of the Scottish climate.

Sara Litchfield
Sara Litchfield is a writer and book editor based in Te Anau, on the doorstep of Fiordland National Park. A member of the Queenstown Creative Writing Group and the Fiordland Arts Society, Sara holds a Masters in Theology from the University of Cambridge, where she is currently completing a Diploma in Creative Writing.
Sue Luus
Sue Luus lives and writes in Arrowtown. She is new to the genre of flash fiction. She has mentored children in writing for many years and has decided it’s time to do, not say. Sue is inspired by the incongruous.
Emer Lyons
Emer Lyons is a lesbian writer and academic from West Cork living in New Zealand. Her critical and creative writing has been published worldwide in Meridians, College Literature, The Journal of New Zealand Literature, Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly and more.
Kate Mahony

Kate Mahony’s short fiction has been widely published in New Zealand and internationally and been shortlisted and longlisted in international competitions; her short story ‘Respect’ was longlisted in the 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Competition. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington. katemahonywriter.com

S J Mannion
S J Mannion is an Irish writer living in New Zealand. When she can she writes, when she can’t she reads. In between she ukuleles.
Melissa Marie
Melissa Marie (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, Ngāti Rārua, Rangitāne, Kāi Tahu) was born in Ōtautahi, Christchurch and raised in Ōtepoti, Dunedin. Her interest in being creative was sparked by the greats: Hulme, Ihimaera, Grace, and Tuwhare - Te Taura Here| Binding Ropes/Leash is her first flash fiction.
Laurie Marshall
Laurie Marshall is a writer and collage artist, winner of the 2021 Lascaux Review Flash Fiction Prize. Her work has recently been published or is forthcoming in Stanchion, Twin Pies Literary, Cloves Literary, Emerge Literary Journal and New World Writing; her art can be found in Flash Frog, Fictive Dream, Rejection Letters, Acropolis Review and Chaotic MergeWebsite | Twitter | Facebook
Margot McLean
Margot McLean’s ancestors are from the Scotland highlands, but she was born in Te Whanganui-a-Tara and loves its wind, underground streams and random paths.
Caoimhe McKeogh

Caoimhe McKeogh is currently working on a PhD in Creative Writing at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University. She has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies in New Zealand, Australia and Ireland, including Landfall, Overland, Turbine, Starling, Cordite, Meniscus and The Blue Nib. Caoimhe has been a member of the Headland journal editorial team since 2018.

Moata McNamara
Moata McNamara (Ngāpuhi, Te Mahurehure) has been working with various forms of art and languages for over 50 years. Her work is held in private collections in Europe and Aotearoa. She holds a Masters in Art and Design and a PhD in Māori Development, and has taught extensively in tertiary education. Focusing on making art and poetic writing, her recent work centres around issues of memory and identity. Of the time since 2020 she says: ‘Being in Tamaki during Covid has gifted me a pulling close, a refining and redefining, where new-old paths are able to open.’
Heather McQuillan

Heather McQuillan writes short stories, even shorter stories and poems. Her collection of flash fiction Where Oceans Meet was published by Reflex Press in 2019. Heather also writes for young readers and is the director of Write On School for Young Writers in Christchurch.

Marcelo Medone
Marcelo Medone is from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is a fiction writer, poet, essayist and screenwriter. His works have received numerous awards and have been published in magazines and books, individually or in anthologies, in multiple languages in more than 40 countries all over the world. He has been nominated for the 2021 Pushcart Prize.
Laila Miller
Laila Miller was born and raised in rural Alberta, Canada, with five older siblings. She has been an environmental scientist for 25 years. In her spare time, she writes short fiction about bougainvillea and sea urchins and turnips, and sometimes about people who don’t get along. She lives in Perth, Western Australia.
Margaret Moores
Margaret Moores lives in Tāmaki Makaurau, where she and her husband own a bookshop. She holds a PhD in English and a Masters in Creative Writing from Massey University. Her poetry and flash fiction have been published in journals and anthologies in Australia and New Zealand.
Lynn Mundell
Lynn Mundell is the author of the flash collection Let Our Bodies Be Returned to Us (Yemessee) and co-editor of 100 Word Story. Her writing has appeared most recently in Gone Lawn, The Masters Review, MacQueen’s Quinterly and Hobart Words & Sports.
Keith Nunes
Keith Nunes (Aotearoa) has had poetry, fiction, haiku and visuals published around the globe. He creates ethereal manifestations because he’s inept at anything practical or useful.
Mikaela Nyman

Mikaela Nyman is a poet, novelist and non-fiction writer in English and Swedish. Her micro-fiction 'Holding on / Hålla fast' appeared on Phantom Billboards in June 2022. She’s the author of the novel Sado (THWUP 2020) and co-editor of Sista, Stanap Strong! A Vanuatu Women’s Anthology (THWUP 2021). Her poem ‘Iron throne, submerged’ was a Spinoff Friday Poem in May.

Leeanne O’Brien
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.
June Pitman-Hayes
June Pitman-Hayes is a well-known jazz singer, songwriter and lyricist, children's author, poet and author of the recently published book Kaumātua o Tamaterau: Life stories through the lens, a collection of oral history life stories and images.
Hayden Pyke

Hayden Pyke was raised in the Waikato though currently lives with his family on the ancestral whenua of Te Kawerau a Maki, Auckland. He’s been writing poetry and short fiction late at night for a while now. You can find it in publications like Landfall, takahē and Mayhem as well as written in spaghetti bolognese at abandoned bus stops.

Paul Radcliffe
Paul Radcliffe is an RN working in Emergency and other places. He is a former flight nurse who completed some travelling here and there. He’s interested in the supernatural and easily susceptible to hypnosis by cats waiting to be fed. In childhood, he visited an aunty who lived in a 400-year-old farmhouse haunted by a monk, of course – which explains a lot.
J. Iner Souster

J. Iner Souster is a painter of landscapes and portraiture, a sculptor who creates musical instruments out of reclaimed materials, metal dresses from handspun metal, and a collection of upcycled FauxBots. He's also a photographer, musician, illustrator and mixed media artist. His writing has appeared in Spillwords, Friday Flash Fiction, 100 Word Project, The Drabble, and 101 Word Stories.

Erica Stretton
Erica Stretton lives in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland and is the co-ordinator of National Poetry Day. She has a Masters in Creative Writing (First Class Honours) from the University of Auckland. Her poetry and strange speculative stories have been published in Headland, Mayhem, takahē and others.
Jeff Taylor
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).
Rachael Taylor

Rachael Taylor is a writer and artist living in Ōtautahi Christchurch. Her work has appeared in Landfall and takahē.

Helen Waaka
Helen Waaka (Ngāti Whātua, Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Torehina) has a Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing (Whitireia). Her debut collection of interconnected short stories Waitapu, was a finalist in the Te Tuhinga Auaha category of the Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Awards and is currently being promoted as a class set in secondary schools. She has spent the last few years working on a sequel, which focuses on the intergenerational impact of and recovery from childhood family violence. Writing and submitting ‘He Rangi Mokopuna’ came as a welcome relief from that project. Helen works part time as a nurse in Waipukurau.
Susan Wardell

Susan Wardell is an academic and writer from Ōtepoti Dunedin. Her poetry, essays, reviews and prose have been published widely, and she has achieved recognition in the Landfall Essay Competition (2018, 2021), NZPS International Poetry Competition (2019, 2020, 2021), NZ National Flash Fiction Day competitions (2019, 2020, 2021) and SHA International Ethnographic Poetry Competition (2020).

Sophia Wilson
Sophia Wilson is based outside Ōtepoti Dunedin where she runs a small organic farm and animal refuge. Her writing has been published in various literary journals and anthologies and recognised in a number of awards including the Hippocrates Prize and the Caselberg Trust International Poetry Prize.
Aine Whelan-Kopa

Aine Whelan-Kopa is fascinated by insects and their contribution to the bio-diversity of Aotearoa and her imaginary stories. Aine has had work previously published with Flash Frontier for National Flash Fiction Day 2022.

Marjory Woodfield
Marjory Woodfield is a New Zealander who’s lived in the Middle East. She’s been published by the BBC, Orbis, The Alchemy Spoon, Flash Frontier and others. She was second in the 2022 NFFD Micro Madness Competition and highly commended in the Erbacce International Poetry Prize. She’s been anthologized by Frogmore Press (Pale Fire), Sonder Press (Best Small Fictions) and Bath Flash Fiction (with one eye on the cows).