What is a theme?

A theme is not a prompt. Your submission does not have to include the word(s) in the theme but should evoke the idea.

Use the theme in any way you desire. You may use it like a prompt and include the words, but you can also interpret it as broadly as you desire.

Why do we have themes?

Themes get us going in all kinds of creative directions. Each month, the theme creates a common-ground starting place for us all.

Who makes up the themes?

You. Anyone can submit a theme. Please do so by sending us an email at flashfrontier [at] gmail [dot] com with the word THEME in the subject line. We’ll choose upcoming themes from your submissions.

What are the upcoming themes?

The following are the current and upcoming themes:

September 2015: science 

November 2015: sky

December 2015: our micro issue — no theme — stories up to 100 words

Go to our Submissions page and send us your story!

13 thoughts on “Themes

  1. Should one assume that you will update this page each month with the new theme?
    Do you have the facilities to email a database with each month’s new theme?

  2. Yes, that’s right, Lance. We’ll update each month. You can also email us at flashfrontier[@]gmail[dot]com and we’ll add you to our mailing list so you’ll receive regular updates about themes, contests and upcoming issues/events.Thanks for the comment/question/interest!

    • That’s right, Craig. In 2013 our schedule changed to a bi-monthly publication so we have issues coming out in April and June but not May.

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  4. Love the themes- what about one on new brides cookin’ oopses! bet there would be some beauts – God bless Marie.

  5. Love this website – and the stories. Wish you would open it up to non-kiwis – not found anything as good on a British equivalent site! Well done!

    • Thanks for that, Helen. What a lovely comment.

      We do currently run two issues annually that are open to international submissions. The next one coming up is in October. We hope to see you then! And do feel free to share around. Thanks again for stopping by!

  6. Hello, Michelle and other Flash Frontier editors. In reading your comments from 2013, it looks like you accept international entries only in October and in some other month; I’m not entirely clear from reading the submissions and themes pages if you have lifted that restriction. Does that “NZ entries only” hold for 2015 as well? I love what I read here and would like to try my hand at your December 2015 micro issue, but I’m, sadly, not in New Zealand. In any case, thanks for your time. Keep it up!

    • Thank you for your interest, Leigh. Our December 2016 micro issue is international in scope and therefore open to everyone. We usually have two issues annually that are devoted to NZ writers. We’ll post the 2016 schedule by the end of this year.

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