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?
October 2013: rescued — an international issue (thanks to Ken Smyth for this theme!)
December 2013: underground (submitted by Lesley Marshall, winner of our winter 2013 theme competition)
Go to our Submissions page and send us your story!
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?
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!
Just wondering, is the Travel Issue after fiction or non-fiction?
Fiction. But creative nonfiction is not out of limits either..
No theme for May?
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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Love the themes- what about one on new brides cookin’ oopses! bet there would be some beauts – God bless Marie.
Thanks for that, Marie. Funny idea — we’ll put it in our bag o’ themes for consideration.
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!