Flash Frontier
Flash Frontier

2024 Festival of Flash

In June, we celebrated flash fiction in Aotearoa and around the world. Online, we held our annual Festival of Flash, with panels, readings and conversations.

New book: Madeleine Slavick’s Town

This month, we are pleased to feature Town, a beautiful, subtly powerful collection from Madeleine Slavick.

New Book: Jenna Heller’s The End of the Beginning

Heather McQuillan launched Jenna Heller’s new book, The End of the Beginning, at Scorpio Books on 13 June in Ōtautahi, a flash fiction collection.

New Book: Janis Freegard’s Wild, Wild Women

Maggie Rainey-Smith launched Janis Freegard’s new book, Wild, Wild Women, at Unity Books on 19 June in Wellington, with a view to what makes this book special.

NFFD 2024: Judges’ writing

Discover the works of NFFD 2024 judges from Aotearoa: Lynn Jenner, Rachel O’Neill, James Norcliffe, and Ya-Wen Ho, in this special feature.

Feature: Savage, and the NFFD 2024 winning story

‘Brother’ is the 2024 winner of the National Flash Fiction Day competition. We asked the author to share a bit about background, inspiration and writing techniques and flow.

Feature editor: Welcome, Mikaela Nyman!

This year, Mikaela Nyman joins our team of editors. We sat down to talk briefly with her as a way of introducing ...

New book: Robert Scotellaro’s Quick Adjustments

Flash Frontier Editor Michelle Elvy talks with Robert Scotellaro about writing micros –from the precision of the ...

Interview: National Flash Fiction Day 2024 Judges Lynn Jenner and Rachel O’Neill

The National Flash Fiction Day competition is open! Details are on the website. Flash Frontier Editor Rachel ...

Micro Madness 2024 Judges: Mikaela Nyman talks with Christopher Allen and Courtney Sina Meredith

We are excited to present this year’s Micro Madness judges, who between them hold such a range of experience and ...

Kōrero: Vaughan Rapatahana and Mere Taito

Vaughan Rapatahana:  Can you please tell us about your background, i.e., where you are from and so on… of course ...

Writing the last taboo: Alex Reece Abbott talks with Iona Winter

An introduction from Alex Reece Abbott We first met through flash fiction, and across the waves, and in my ...

Flash around Aotearoa: Te Tai Tokerau Northland

Flash writers and locals from the Whangārei district, Deb Jowitt and Sue Barker, tell us about flash in their ...

Feature Artist: Rod Eales

Let’s begin with your new exhibition, ‘Rod Eales: Art of the Flower – currently featured at the Eastern Southland Gallery. Gardens and flowers.

Flash around Aotearoa: Queenstown Lakes

Flash writer and local from Queenstown Lakes, Bethany Rogers, tells us about flash in the region and shares some ...

Flash around Aotearoa: Waikato

Tracey Slaughter, writer, teacher and editor, tells us about flash in the Waikato region and shares some flash ...

Book feature: Pav Deconstructed

About the book Pav Deconstructed: Pavlova through the eyes of everyday Kiwis is a luscious, hard-cover, ...

Book feature: Nod Ghosh and two new novellas

This month we talk with former associate editor of Flash Frontier and frequent flash writer Nod Ghosh and hear ...

Celebrating Mansfield 2023: a Phantom Billstickers series

A set of micros and creative nonfiction works written for a special Katherine Mansfield Phantom Billstickers ...

Celebrating Mansfield 2023: Redmer Yska, on getting to know KM

We are delighted to welcome Redmer Yska, who shares his adventure Katherine Mansfield and his new book Katherine ...

Kōrero: Vaughan Rapatahana and Ben Brown

This month’s Flash Frontier featured author is Ben Brown, award-winning children’s author, poet and storyteller – ...

Book feature: Kate Mahony, Secrets of the Land

This new book launched in September; we’re glad to sit down with frequent contributor and flash fiction writer ...

New book: Gail Ingram and Some Bird

Flash Frontier editor Rachel Smith talks with Gail Ingram about navigating female roles, inspiration and identity ...

Kōrero: Vaughan Rapatahana and Brian Potiki

This month's Flash Frontier featured author is Brian Potiki, who is a poet, playwright, scriptwriter, songwriter ...

Feature: The 2023 Katherine Mansfield Sparkling Prose Competition

from AT THE BAY | I TE KOKORU A new story competition for writers of short stories, hybrid works and flash ...

New story collection: Catherine McNamara, Carnal Fugues

Catherine McNamara launches her new collection at the Australian Short Story Festival in Adelaide, South ...

Nature at the centre of everything: Rachel Smith talks with featured artist Dr Tabatha Forbes

Nature at the centre of everything: Rachel Smith talks with featured artist Dr Tabatha Forbes.

Across oceans: Ashley Johnson on releasing the taniwha and shifting perspectives

In 2022 I was invited to participate, with Pip Adam, in a kōrero for a project called ‘ĀPŌPŌ / TOMORROW’, edited by Michelle Elvy and Witi Ihimaera.

Across oceans: Ghazaleh Golbakhsh & Catherine McNamara

Two writers talk of what motherhood may or may not mean – rebelling against norms, expectations and ...

Best Small Fictions 2023 sampler

Following June’s Festival of Flash, we asked several more BSF contributors to share their story. Below we include ...