Flash Frontier


Flash Frontier had its start in 2012, in the far north of New Zealand. We have been building a community of short fiction writers, one small story at a time, ever since.

Our early issues were focused on New Zealand writers. By October 2012, we went international. Each year, some issues are devoted to writers from Aotearoa New Zealand and others welcome international submissions.


  • We publish quarterly. Please see the Submissions page for details.
  • We publish stories up to 250 words, with a special issue each year featuring National Flash Fiction Day’s winning stories (those exceed our usual 250-word limit, reaching to 300 words).
  • Each issue follows a theme or point of focus. Themes are posted under our Submissions guidelines.

What we like

We are looking for variety and originality. Tickle us, haunt us, gobsmack us. Choose your words carefully and leave our readers wanting more.

We also feature art in each issue. Photography, painting, drawing, art installations, sculpture – we’re open to what you have to share with us.

Submissions are open for 2023. Go to Submissions for details.


In 2012, we awarded four quarterly prizes to writers whose flash fiction demonstrated a degree of excellence that set our standard. Since then, we have awarded two prizes per year for outstanding writing, in July and in December.

Prize-winners are selected from those writers whose works have been selected for each issue during the half-year. Each year, we also nominate stories from our pages for the Best Microfiction and Best Small Fictions anthologies, as well as the Pushcart Prize.

Banner Notes

We thank our contributing artists for the banners that were featured in our first ten years. In 2022, with our new website launch, our banner has been selected from one of those previous artworks.

Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2022. We thank Creative New Zealand for their generous support.

Creative New Zealand