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2021 Contributors

Vivienne Bailey is a Wellington-based writer/journalist and has studied creative writing at Whitiriera NZ. Her award-winning short stories have been published in online literary journals and in anthologies. Her children’s novel Cricket Crazy was published in 2021 by The Cuba Press.
Claire Beynon is a Dunedin-based artist and published writer with a steady history of exhibitions and awards. In addition to her solo practice, she works collaboratively on a diverse range of projects with fellow artists, writers, scientists and musicians in New Zealand and abroad. She has a special affection for foraminifera, fungi and prime numbers. |

Jane Bowman is a Tennessee native who spends most of her time writing government policy but occasionally pens short stories, flash fiction and poetry. She currently resides in Wellington, New Zealand, with her partner and their squashed-faced cat.
Claudia Bolz was made in Germany, lived in Paris, came to Aotearoa, fed on words. She holds a European Master of Conference Interpreting completed in Paris and a Master of International Law and Politics completed in Christchurch. She lives with her family and dog in Wellington.
Ian Burn is a husband, father of two and occasionally writes – mainly poetry and science fiction. He has worked in public and not-for-profit sectors in New Zealand as a fundraiser and manager. Climate change scares the living daylights out of him, board games keep him entertained and God keeps him stable.
Gretchen Carroll lives in Auckland, New Zealand, with her husband and son. She has played with words all her life, either for fun, or money, or both. Read some of her writing on this online writing portfolio.
Ashleigh Cattermole-Crump is a writer from Christchurch, who enjoys crafting short stories and micro-fiction with a twist. She has published in over 20 anthologies and journals. She balances working, writing, reading and parenting like a perpetually exhausted cephalopod.
Helen Chambers is a short story and flash fiction writer from North East Essex, UK, who dreams up ideas whilst out walking by the river. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Essex and she won the Fish Short Story prize in 2018. Helen has several publications, many of which you can read on her blog:
Janean Cherkun is a working mum from Otago. She likes cats, coffee, basketball, and particularly enjoys attending acupuncture sessions to mitigate the stressful bits of life and for the excellent chat. She hopes to write a novel, but for now is happy with stories that sometimes get shorter than they might have started out and/or become unwieldy and frustrating.
Sam Clements’ poetry has appeared in Landfall and Jamaica’s Sunday Gleaner. He has collaborated and performed with leading New Zealand musicians, jazz pianist Ben Fernandez, guitarist Nigel Gavin, singer songwriter Sonia Wilson, and various poets. He has read at recitals featuring violist Milan Milisavljević, principal violist in the Met Opera Orchestra, and the APO’s principal violist, Robert Ashworth. He co-edited This Twilight Menagerie, celebrating 40 years of the cultural institution Poetry Live!
Christine Cloughley is a former newspaper and magazine journalist who now works as a freelance manuscript assessor and editor. She lives with her husband, adult son and spoilt cat in Tauranga where she tries hard to ignore the sun outside so she can get her work done. Any spare time is spent reading fiction and writing short stories.
Rose Collins has an MA from Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters (2010). Her work has been shortlisted for the Bare Fiction Prize (2016), the Bridport Prize (2020) and the Takahē Monica Taylor Poetry Prize (2020). She won the 2020 international Micro Madness Competition. Rose was the 2018 Writer in Residence at Hagley College, Christchurch. She lives in Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour.
Nikki Crutchley works as a freelance proofreader and lives in Cambridge with her husband and two daughters. She has had her flash fiction published in various anthologies including Fresh Ink, Bonsai: Best Small Stories from Aotearoa and most recently Restore to Factory Settings. Nikki has published three crime novels, Nothing Bad Happens Here, No One Can Hear You and The Murder Club. She has recently signed a two-book deal with Harper Collins Australia and her psychological thriller To the Sea will be out December 2021.
Annette Edwards-Hill lives in Wellington, New Zealand. Her short stories and flashes have been published in New Zealand and overseas. She was nominated for the Best Small Fictions and the Pushcart Prize and shortlisted for the New Zealand Heritage Writing Awards in 2018 and the Sargeson Prize in 2020.
Charlie Ellis is an avid writer (when not procrastinating), hoarder of notebooks, eternal seeker of the perfect pen and lover of the right word in its proper place. The funnier, the better. Currently residing in Taranaki, she gains a wealth of inspiration from her completely normal family, her travels and her side hustle as an unpaid pet sitter.
Nathaniel Herz-Edinger is a Wellington-educated Cantabrian with a taste for coffee, Chekhov, hitchhiking and Adichie. He is always looking for new friends, and can often be found at Space Academy, Christchurch.
Jan FitzGerald is a long-established NZ poet with regular publication in mainstream NZ literary journals since the 60s, and overseas in magazines such as The Atlanta Review (USA), Acumen (UK) and The London Magazine. Jan also writes shorts stories and flash fiction and has a fourth poetry book coming in 2022.
Michelle Howie lives in Hamilton with her two sons, husband and a large ginger cat called Nixon. She is a self-employed and runs a facilitation and coaching business. Michelle has been sharing her writing with a small mailing list since March 2020. Her ‘Friday Flow’ emails are quickly written musings on life, parenting, love and leadership. Read more at
Benjamin Jardine is a writer, poet, and performer currently based in Wellington. He wrote a story that was shortlisted in the 2021 National Flash Fiction Day competition.
Rhonda K lives locally and writes intermittently. This competition was a spur to get her started…
Marc Littman is an American writer whose flash fiction has been widely published in online magazines and journals from 50-Word Stories to The Saturday Evening Post. He also writes novels and plays.
Kate Mahony’s fiction has been published in numerous publications and anthologies including among others, Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand, Canterbury University Press, 2018, Mayhem, Waikato University, New Zealand, 2019, Fiction Kitchen Berlin, 2019, The Blue Nib, 2020, Blink Ink, 2020, Blackmail Press, 2021, and Fictive Dream, 2021. Her fiction has been shortlisted in international competitions. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Writing Victoria University, Wellington. Website:
Tallulah Nunez is a mid-career artist who creates multi-layered abstract paintings, assemblages and most recently ink paintings/drawings of intimate imaginary and emotionally charged spaces often inhabited by mystical people. She has been a finalist in the prestigious Parkin Drawing Award and the Miles Art Award. She is represented by Art by the Sea Gallery, Auckland. instagram – tallulahnunez_art_nz
Wellington based author Gerard O’Brien has worked as a professional DJ, IT consultant, photography assistant, business owner and personal trainer. He’s now turned his enthusiasm to writing and brings his sense of humour and varied life experiences to his work. During 2021 he is studying towards a Masters in Creative Writing at Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters.
Julie Orr-Wilson is new to the genre of flash fiction, and as a self-confessed introvert prefers to hide behind her words.
Organically farming off-grid in a quiet rural valley, Trish Palmer is blessed with the essentials in life: family, friends, fun and food. She enjoys gold panning, fishing and exploring. Laughter, respect and living lightly on this planet underline her philosophies. She likes to lighten the reader’s day so her work tends to be humorous or tackling social issues, and often both. Two plays, produced in France, are available on YouTube. Her non-fiction book Knock knock (Upstart Press) is due for release in June.
Penny Raine has stopped teaching literature and attempts to write it. She belongs to a group whose members think her stories lack drama and she agrees with them. She has been published in Landfall and takahē.
Brendon Stanton‘s work has appeared in Headland, Flash Frontier and Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand. He is currently undertaking an MA at the International Institute of Modern Letters.
Since emigrating to Switzerland in 2008, Caroline Thonger has freelanced as translator/proofreader; been Chief Editor of Hello Switzerland, and of Offshoots 13; collaborated on Offshoots 15. She has published dozens of articles about Swiss life, while her pieces have appeared in Offshoots 11 and 14. A poem was shortlisted and published online in this year’s Micro Madness. The author of The Banker’s Daughter, she is co-writing a book with her sister in New Zealand. A passionate skier/snowshoe-walker in winter, mountain hiker in summer, Caroline also volunteers as Secretary of Geneva Writers’ Group.
Poet, writer and actor/performer/percussionist, Vivian Thonger of Kerikeri, NZ, hones her skills with several virtual and actual Northland groups, including the mighty Bay of Islands Writing Group. Her work has been long- and shortlisted in several countries’ flash competitions, and appeared in print and online. She’s nearing completion of a book of unreliable shared memories with her sister Caroline.
As part of the Young Writers Programme, Amy Trakos wrote a play which was performed as a reading at Soho Theatre. Alongside her current project, an historical/literary fiction novel, she writes short stories, some of which have been published and longlisted in international competitions. Amy has been in the Royal Navy and the Civil Service.
Catherine Trundle is a writer, anthropologist, and mother from Wellington. She writes poetry, short fiction, and ethnography. Recent work has appeared in takahē, Landfall, Poetry NZ, Not Very Quiet and Flash Frontier.
Bart Van Goethem is a micro and flash writer from Brussels, Belgium. He has family in NZ (“Hi, nan!”). Read his published stories on Follow him @bartvangoethem.
Susan Wardell is an academic and writer from Ōtepoti Dunedin, New Zealand, where she lectures in Social Anthropology while raising two small children in a garden overlooking the harbour. Her poetry, essays, reviews, and prose, have been published in a variety of journals and collections, achieving recognition in the Landfall Essay Competition (2018), NZPS International Poetry Competition (2019, 2020), International ‘Micro Madness’ competition (2019, 2020, 2021), and SHA International Ethnographic Poetry Competition (2020), among others. Susan also has a children’s book (The Lighthouse Princess) forthcoming, with Penguin RandomHouse New Zealand.
Lisa Wiley teaches creative writing at SUNY Erie Community College in Buffalo, NY. Her chapbook Eat Cake for Breakfast, a tribute to Kate Spade, is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press. She is the author of three chapbooks including Chamber Music (Finishing Line Press, 2013). Her work has appeared in Chest, Fictive Dream, Flash Fiction Magazine and Medical Journal of Australia.
Sian Williams was an editor at Flash Frontier from 2012-2013. Sian lives in Kerikeri writing fiction, growing kiwifruit and walking with her dog, Angus.
Angela Wilson lives and writes in Wellington city. She is drawn to flash fiction for its precision and artistry. Busy crowded places inspire her writing.
Sophia Wilson has writing in Stylus-Lit, Blackmail Press, a fine line, Fresh Ink, Flash Frontier, Best Microfiction 2021 and elsewhere. She has been a recent finalist in National Flash Fiction Day and Micro Madness Competitions and is based in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Jenny Woodhouse began to write seriously after she retired and studied creative writing with the Open University. Since then, her output has shrunk from novel to short stories to flash, and she’s afraid of shrinking even more, like Alice. She is currently working on a number of novellas in flash, expanding again like a universe after the big bang. She has published in Flashflood, National Flash Fiction Day and other anthologies. She has been longlisted, shortlisted and every-way-listed, and recently won second place in a competition.
Rose Wunrow grew up in the United States, the Fiji Islands, and Aotearoa and is currently based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara. In 2021, she graduated with an MA in fiction from the International Institute of Modern Letters. She sends deepest aroha to her family and friends who – like her favourite flash fiction – fill even the smallest moments with the biggest hearts imaginable.