Flash Frontier
Flash Frontier

2022 John O’Connor Award: Rose Collins, My Thoughts Are All Of Swimming

In conversation with editor Gail Ingram we ask Rose Collins about her debut poetry collection My Thoughts Are All of Swimming, which won the inaugural John O’Connor Award.

Book feature: Tim Saunders, Under a Big Sky

Under a Big Sky is tethered specifically to 2020, and follows the ups and downs of producing food in the face of a debilitating drought, Covid lockdowns, and family illness.

Book feature: Bethany Rogers, Kaleidoscopes in the Dark

Launching at the Queenstown Literary Festival mid-November, these are dark stories. Flash Frontier asks Bethany Rogers about where the inspirations come from.

Art feature interview: Noa Noa Von Bassewitz

On seeing and feeling Flash Frontier: You have noted before: ‘For me art is about ‘feeling’, poetic descriptions ...

Interview: Vera Hua Dong, 2022 NFFD Winner

Congratulations! You’ve just won the 2022 NFFD competition with your story ‘Golden phoenix, grey hen’. Can you tell us something about this story?

Celebrating Ten Years: Writers Then and Now

A series featuring writers whose work was published in early issues of Flash Frontier.

Five Winners from Our First Ten Years

Celebrating five winners from our first 10 years of Flash Frontier.

South Island Writers’ Association (SIWA)

The South Island Writers’ Association (SIWA) is an Ōtautahi based writing group. Established in 1963, SIWA ...

Breach of All Size: Small stories on Ulysses, love and Venice

This year, on June 16, a new anthology of flash fictions launched in Wellington. We celebrated Bloomsday with ...

The Face of Thunder: Cristina Schumacher on writing and translating

The Face of Thunder – a Design of Obsession A small story, in English and Portuguese   I was never ...

Editors in 2021: New books, new poems, new projects!

The Flash Frontier editors have been busy this year, producing poetry and short stories, novels for young people, ...

Agnes Marton’s ‘Mission Jaguar’, and a conversation with Michelle Elvy

Artist statement First published at Long Poem Magazine To be able to explore the jaguar corridor and the jaguar ...

Guest Editor: Anton Blank & Panoni te ao Change is the only constant

Panoni te ao Change is the only constant Māori identity is not a fixed phenomenon, it is dynamic, shaped by ...

Excerpts from Feminine Rising: Voices of Power and Invisibility

Feminine Rising: Voices of Power and Invisibility, Edited by Andrea Fekete and Lara Lillibridge With COVID ...

Opening new doorways: dream-talking with Siobhan Collins and Jude Higgins

For the year-end DOORS issue, we asked poet Siobhan Collins and flash fiction writer and publisher Jude Higgins to ...

Video Reading: Claire Lacey – Input Her Into the System

I was in a bad place to stay in touch with you and I am not sure if you have any questions or concerns. ...

Excerpt: Meeting Papa by Michelle Campbell

An excerpt from her recently published book about walking Te Araroa A dewy frost coats the ground and tunnel webs ...

Stars around the world

This month, in addition to the stories from Aotearoa New Zealand for Matariki, we also introduce stories and poems ...

The Harry Ransom Center’s Flash Fiction Library

An interview with founding collectors Robert Shapard, Tara Lynn Masih, Robert Scotellaro, Pamela Painter and Tom ...

The Art of Writing Small: A Roundtable with Journal Editors Around the World

Panelists Christopher Allen, SmokeLong Quarterly (Germany), is the author of the flash fiction collection Other ...

Best Small Fictions and Best Microfiction: an international reading

Contributors Best Microfiction 2020 Steven John’s writing has appeared in Pithead Chapel, Bending Genres, Spelk, ...

2020 NFFD competition judges’ notes

This year’s judges for the adult competition were Sandra Arnold and Helen Heath. Thank you for sharing comments on ...

Fiction and reality: Sandra Arnold on writing The Ash, the Well and the Bluebell

After the second major earthquake in Christchurch in 2011, I wrote a short story to capture some of the horror ...

Jeremy Roberts: On character, language and telling a Kiwi story

This month, we caught up with Napier poet Jeremy Roberts to talk about character-building (in story and real life ...

In Conversation: Guest Editors Zana Bell and Gill Stewart

Zana Bell: Gill, I was surprised when I first learnt you were writing romance - I'd never thought of you as a ...

Book Interview: Sandra Arnold, Soul Etchings

A look at guest editor Sandra Arnold's new collection and a conversation with James Norcliffe. Interview James ...

NFFD 2019 Judges’ Notes – Youth

Judges' Report Eirlys Hunter and Gail Ingram There were 63 youth entries this year, some straightforward, others ...

NFFD 2019 Judges’ Notes – Adult

Siobhan Harvey and Lloyd Jones   Highly Commended The Visitors   This is an entry we kept ...

NFFD Youth: If your story were a colour…

This month, we asked the 2019 NFFD youth short-listed writers to illustrate their stories in colour... Simon ...

Artist Commentary: Claire Beynon, Many as one

This growing honeycomb is a whole of many parts whose purpose is to stitch together a cross-section of life as ...