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

Nathan Alling Long
Nathan Alling Long grew up in rural Appalachia, worked for several years on a commune in Tennessee, and now lives in Philadelphia. Their work appears on NPR and in various journals, including Tin House, Master's Review, Electric Lit, and Witness. The Origin of Doubt, their collection of fifty short fictions, was a 2019 Lambda Award finalist. 
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.

Katie Avagliano

Katie Avagliano is a college writing instructor. She lives in South Jersey with her dog.

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.
Matthew Charles Barron

Raised in Nova Scotia, Matthew Charles Barron currently lives in Vancouver, BC, where he works as a development writer. His fiction has appeared in the anthology This Will Only Take a Minute: Canadian Flash Fiction (Guernica editions) and the journal Change Seven. A former journalist, he holds an MA in journalism and has contributed non-fiction to numerous Canadian consumer magazines. 

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.
Carin Bevan

Carin Bevan is a South African writer and editor based in the south of England. She's written for magazines, websites, text books and television.

Claire Beynon

Claire Beynon is a Dunedin-based artist and published writer. In addition to her solo practice, she works collaboratively on a diverse range of projects with fellow artists, writers, scientists and musicians in New Zealand and abroad. Passion. Play. Creative exchange. | www.clairebeynon.com | https://www.instagram.com/claire.beynon/

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.

John Brantingham

John Brantingham was Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park’s first poet laureate. His work has been featured in hundreds of magazines, Writers Almanac and The Best Small Fictions 2016 and 2022. He has nineteen books of poetry and fiction including Life: Orange to Pear (Bamboo Dart Press). He is the founder and general editor of The Journal of Radical Wonder. He lives in Jamestown, NY.

Jeff Burd

Jeff Burd spends a lot of time writing and thinking about writing, and worrying about not writing and thinking about writing.

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.

Anika Carpenter

Anika Carpenter lives and works in Brighton, UK. Her stories have been published by Ellipsis Zine, The Molotov Cocktail, Reflex Fiction, Fictive Dream, Janus Literary and others, and have been shortlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Prize and the Bridport Prize. You can find her via www.anikacarpenter.com or @stillsquirrel

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.
Mike Chunn

Mike Chunn has lived his life in the world of musical adventure – Split Enz and Citizen Band for ten years, followed by managing the Australasian Performing Right Assn (APRA) (also ten years) and then the Play It Strange Trust (twenty years to date), with songwriting competitions throughout NZ secondary schools. Thanks to his father Jerry who was a passionate man of letters, he kicked off reading the 21 Famous Five books and ended up writing the Split Enz bio, Stranger Than Fiction, and later the memoir, A Strange Left Turn. He is dedicated to regular writing now and spent 2022 writing in Michelle Elvy’s Creative Writing Course, 52 | 250 A Year Of Writing.

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.

Charmaine Crossey

Charmaine Crossey is an MA English graduate and Creative Writing student from Hampshire, England. She enjoys writing in all its forms but has a passion for flash fiction. Her first ever flash story, In the Soup, was shortlisted and published by the Farnham Flash Fiction Competition in 2019. @WritesCharmaine

Jane Mary Curran

Jane Mary Curran lives in Asheville, North Carolina. She is retired from a college professorship in piano and a second career as a hospice chaplain and spiritual director. She is the author of Indiana Girl, Poems (2019) and Midwives of the Spirit: Thoughts on Caregiving (2002).

Patrick Darby

Patrick Darby lives in Seattle. He likes to depress himself by reading about climate science and politics, then read and write about science fiction and fantasy to pick himself back up.

Judy Darley

Judy Darley is a fiction writer, journalist and occasional poet from Bristol, UK. She's the author of fiction collections The Stairs are a Snowcapped Mountain (Reflex Press), Sky Light Rain (Valley Press) and Remember Me to the Bees (Tangent Books). Her words have been shared on BBC radio and dock walls, in bookshops, museums, cafés, caves, pubs, a disused church and an artist’s studio. Find Judy at skylightrain.com; https://twitter.com/JudyDarley.

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.
Rebecca Douglas

Rebecca Douglas is an Australian writer whose work has been published by Overland journal, Reflex FictionThe AustralianThe Sydney Morning HeraldKill Your DarlingsVisible InkVerandahThe Big Issue, the ABC and various other lovely places.

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.

Sandy Feinstein

Sandy Feinstein’s most recent fiction appears in Gothic Nature: Haunted Shores. Her poetry chapbook Swimming to Syria (Penumbra Press) has finally appeared in print after a year online. She tries to write in the multiple genres she teaches in her creative writing course, which just concluded (creative non-fiction forthcoming).

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
Craig Fishbane

Craig Fishbane is the author of the short fiction collection On the Proper Role of Desire. His work has also appeared in New World Writing, The Fabulist, Hobart, the New York Quarterly, Lunch Ticket and The Nervous Breakdown.

Ariel M. Goldenthal

Ariel M. Goldenthal is an Assistant Professor of English at George Mason University. Her work has appeared in Tiny Molecules, Janus Literary, MoonPark Review, and others. Read more at www.arielmgoldenthal.com or follow her on Twitter @arielgoldenthal.

Jeanette Goode

Jeanette Goode lives in a state of wonder on the West Coast of the South Island, where she spends her days writing, painting and wandering on the edge between the mountains and the ocean. She has self-published her first children’s book, A Little Blue. jeanettegoode.co.nz

Trish Gribben
Trish Gribben has had a lifetime of writing in different genres and is now trying her hand at flash fiction.
Linda Grierson-Irish

Linda Grierson-Irish lives in Shropshire UK. Her stories have appeared in various lovely publications online and in print. She's been shortlisted twice for the Bridport Prize, included on the BIFFY50 (Best British and Irish Flash Fiction) 2018-19, and received two honourable mentions for Best Microfiction 2019.

Chris Griffiths

Chris Griffiths writes quirky, strange and downright gruesome short stories and books. She won the inaugural Radio NZ Short Story competition and her writing has been short/long-listed for prizes including the Bridport. She was a journalist and has travelled the world, now she writes in her garden Escape Pod in gothic Dunedin, New Zealand's Edinburgh of the South. See more at www.christine-griffiths.com.

Charlotte Hamrick

Charlotte Hamrick has been published in a number of journals, recently including Atticus ReviewNew World Writing, Bending Genres and Still:The Journal. Her Flash Fiction was selected for inclusion in the Best Small Fictions 2022 anthology. She is Creative Nonfiction Editor for The Citron Review and Features Editor for Reckon Review. She lives in New Orleans where she sometimes does things other than read and write. Find her on Twitter @Charlotteham504.

Helen Heath

Helen Heath is a poet and essayist from the Kapiti Coast. Her debut collection of poetry, Graft, won the Best First Book of Poetry award and was the first book of fiction or poetry to be shortlisted for the Royal Society of NZ Science Book Prize. Helen thinks poetry can be a way of engaging people with big ideas and trying them on for size – a public conversation about what we want the future to be like. Her most recent collection, called Are Friends Electric?, is about people, animals and technology.

Kayla Hegedus

Kayla Hegedus is an American who fell in love with New Zealand eight years ago. She works as a data scientist in Auckland and writes in her spare time.

Edna Heled

Edna Heled is an artist, art therapist, counsellor and travel journalist from New Zealand. She studied Art Therapy (MA) overseas and Psychology (Hons) at the University of Auckland. Her writing includes short stories, poetry, travel writing and non-fiction. She has been published in many anthologies in NZ, Australia, USA and more.

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.
Matthew Keeley

Matthew Keeley is a writer and teacher from Glasgow, Scotland. He writes in various genres and won the 2022 Theresa O'Hare Poetry Prize. His supernatural coming-of-age novel, The Stone in My Pocket, was published by The Conrad Press in 2021.

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.

Leonard Kress

Leonard Kress has published in Iowa Review, American Poetry Review, Harvard Review and more. Recent collections include Walk Like Bo DiddleyLiving in the Candy Store and Craniotomy Sestinas. His new verse translation of the Polish Romantic epic, Pan Tadeusz by Adam Mickiewicz, was  published in 2018. 

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.
Andrew Myers

Andrew Myers (writing as A N Myers) is a London-based writer of speculative fiction. His recent short fiction credits include The Best of British Science Fiction 2021, BFS Horizons, Sein Und Werden and Cosmic Crime Stories from Hiraeth Publishing. His flash fiction has appeared in 101Fiction, Speculative 66, Flash Frontier and Bag of Bones. His YA science fiction novel, The Ides,is  available from Amazon. He is a member of Clockhouse London Writers.

Irina Novikova
Irina Novikova is an artist, graphic artist and illustrator. She graduated from the State Academy of Slavic Cultures with a degree in art, and also has a bachelor's degree in design. The first personal exhibition 'My soul is like a wild hawk' (2002) was held in the museum of Maxim Bagdanovich. In her works, she raises themes of ecology and draws on anti-war topics. In 2005 she devoted a series of works to the Chernobyl disaster. The first big series she drew was 'The Red Book', dedicated to rare and endangered species of animals and birds. She also writes fairy tales and poems, illustrates short stories.
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 was born in the autonomous, demilitarised Åland Islands in Finland and lives in Taranaki. Her latest poetry can be found in World Literature Today, Landfall 244The Spinoff Friday poem, the climate change anthology No Other Place to Stand (AUP, 2022), and Trasdemar (in Spanish translation). Nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize 2020 for her first Swedish-language poetry collection När vändkrets läggs mot vändkrets (Ellips, 2019). Her poem ‘Fem år senare’ was set to music by Finnish composer Peter Hägerstrand as part of the Åland Islands’ centenary celebrations 2022 and will be released as an album in February 2023. Co-editor of Sista, Stanap Strong! A Vanuatu Women’s Anthology (THWUP, 2021). Her first novel Sado was published by THWUP in 2020. Her second poetry collection in Swedish is forthcoming in 2023.

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.
Emma Phillips

Emma Phillips is a teacher, writer and mum from Devon, UK. Her work has appeared in print and online in various places, including  the Bath Flash Fiction Award and Best Microfiction 2022, and  longlisted by Reflex Fiction. 

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.
Dominic Reed

Dominic Reed is a 30-year-old who recently moved to London to work as a Children’s Health Researcher after 8 years living and working in Glasgow. His fiction has been published in Thi Wurd. He was also shortlisted for the 2020 Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize and won third prize in the 2021 Fractured Lit Flash Fiction Prize.

Reihana Robinson

Reihana Robinson is a writer and artist and organic farmer living on the Coromandel in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Her writing has been published in the USA and New Zealand in a number of journals including Landfall, Cutthroat, Hawai’i Review, Trout, Melusine, JAAM, takahē, Cezanne’s Carrot and Blackmail Press. Her poems have appeared as part of AUP New Poets 3, Auckland University Press, 2008 and her first volume of poetry was published by Steele Roberts. She has been featured many times in Flash Frontier and her work is forthcoming in the anthology A Kind of Shelter (MUP 2023).

Nelly Sanchez

Nelly Sanchez has been making cut-outs for more than ten years. She has been published in journals such as Mung Being, Sonic Boom, Le Pan des Muses and Temporel. She has also participed in exhibitions: in 2012 (Paris) 'Femmes/Hommes. Stéréotypes à l’oeuvre', galerie ABB (Belleville, Paris); in 2013, at Pézenas (Hérault, France) and in 2014 at Mestre (Italia) – 'Quand saro più grande', La Casa della Renna- and Dieppe (Seine-Maritime, France). She has also illustrated writings like La Falaise était nue (Bernard Baritaud), the American translation of Venus in fur (2014). She can be found at her website and Instagram.

Sadie Scotch

Sadie Scotch has been published in The Smart Set and Fertility Road Magazine.

Donna Shanley

Donna Shanley was born in New Zealand, but now lives and writes in Vancouver, Canada. She studied literature and languages at Simon Fraser University and then wild orangutans in Borneo. Her flash fiction has appeared in Vestal Review.

Amber Silverman

Amber Silverman began her career as an English teacher in the Boston area. In 2008, she moved to New York City and has worked in publishing ever since. She now enjoys life in the suburbs with her husband and two daughters. She has been writing fiction and poetry through it all. 

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.
Kenneth Tanemura
Kenneth Tanemura lives and writes in Mississauga, Canada.
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.

Gary Thomson

Gary Thomson lives in Ontario, where in his rec moments he riffs blues and Beatles on his Hohner harmonica and reads medieval and Ancient Greek history.

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.
Rob Walton

Rob Walton is from Scunthorpe, England, and now lives in Whitley Bay. He writes poems, flash fictions and short stories for adults and children and his work has appeared in various anthologies and magazines. Arachne Press published his debut poetry collection, This Poem Here, in 2021. He has also written scripts and a pathway. Twitter and Instagram: @robwaltonwriter.

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).

Digby Webster

Digby Webster is a visual and performing artist. He works across a range of disciplines with extensive and varied dance and performance experience. Read our interview with Digby here.

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).

Jenny Woodhouse

Jenny Woodhouse began to write seriously after she retired and studied creative writing with the Open University. She has published in Flashflood, National Flash Fiction Day UK and other anthologies. She has been longlisted, shortlisted and every-way-listed.

Susan York

Six of Susan York’s short stories have been published in various anthologies and a journal. Last year, Midnight Street Press published her novelette, On the Cusp of Sleep. The same publisher has recently released Susan’s story collection, Starless and Bible Black.