Welcome to Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction, New Zealand’s flash fiction challenge and competition site. Here at Flash Frontier, we are building a community of short fiction writers, one story at a time.
In 2012 we published twelve issues, one each month. Each issue contained stories of 250 words or fewer, and several writers became repeat contributors, one writing every single month.
In 2013 we moved to a bi-monthly schedule and since then we publish issues in February, April, June, August, October and December, plus a special issue in July with the winning entries from New Zealand’s National Flash Fiction Day competition.
Themes and challenges
Each issue follows a theme.
Your challenge is to write a story in 250 words or fewer following the monthly themes which you can find posted on our Themes page.
In 2012, we awarded four quarterly prizes to writers whose flash fiction demonstrated a degree of excellence we’ve come to expect.
In 2013 we offered two prizes for outstanding writing, one in June and one in December.
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 work — we’re open to what you have to share with us.
Some of our issues are devoted to New Zealand writers, while others are international. Please check the Themes and Announcements pages to see our publishing schedule.
Note: Submission period varies. Check website before submitting.