Flash Frontier


We read and publish on a quarterly basis. All issues contain stories up to 250 words. Occasionally we explore longer flash fictions or even shorter micros (see June 2018: NEW ORLEANS and December 2021: MICRO).

In addition to our regular quarterly publication, we also publish the winning stories from the annual National Flash Fiction Day competition in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Forthcoming issues

Month Theme Word limit Open to Submissions Due
October MĀRA / GARDEN 250 International issue celebrating Katherine Mansfield 31 August
October RĀKAU / TREE 250 Aotearoa New Zealand 30 September
December MANU / BIRD 250 International 30 November

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. And do it in a small space.

Please submit only previously unpublished stories. If the work has appeared in any other print or electronic journal, we consider it published.

If it has appeared on a writing workshop site, we will consider it but please do let us know, and we expect Flash Frontier to be credited with first publication if your work appears in our pages.

We love original art in all forms – colourful and daring, muted and understated. We’ll choose art each month that reflects the theme.

How to submit

Please submit your story to the editors in email:



Please paste your work and your bio directly into the body of the email.

If your story requires unusual formatting let us know – the editors may ask for a different kind of document to confirm your formatting requirements.

Provide a brief biographical sketch (approx. 60 words) about yourself – written in third person – that can be included on our Contributor page. You do not have to include your bio if you have submitted to us before.


  • Submissions are due by the last day of the month for the following month’s issue.
  • Issues are published during the last week of the month.
  • Remember to count: 251 won’t be accepted.