Submissions Notice – August 2020 Issue: Unthemed

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Information about National Flash Fiction Day 2020 here

About the August 2020 issue: 

  • Submission period: 16 June to 31 July 2020
  • Theme: No theme
  • Artists/authors notified in August 2020

Guest editor: E Wen Wong is a year-13 student at Burnside High School (Christchurch, New Zealand). Since becoming passionate about poetry through Paula Green’s Poetry Box, E Wen has had her work featured in various anthologies, on the back of local buses, and on display in the Guernsey Airport. In 2019, E Wen placed first in the Poetry New Zealand Student Yearbook Poetry Competition and runner-up in the National Schools Poetry Award.

Submission guidelines:

  • What to submit:
    • Submissions may be any form of creative art. That includes writing (essays, short stories, micro stories, poetry—any forms of writing), photography, visual art (digital art included), music, et cetera.
    • We welcome previously published work, and simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but we advise that the artist/author informs us if the submission is accepted or published elsewhere.
    • There are no limits as to the length of written submissions, but prose submissions under five thousand words are preferable (though exceptions may be made).
    • Artists/authors may submit up to five pieces each.
  • How to submit: Submit through email at fingerscommatoes[at]gmail[dot]com. In your email submission, please include the following:
    • Your age
    • Your geographical location
    • A brief bio (approximately 50 words, or three sentences)

Please send written submissions as downloadable .txt.rtf, or .docx documents. Please do not send documents via Google Documents or other online sharing platforms, as these are private and can be restricted for us.

  • Who can submit: There is no strict age limit for submitters. We are a youth journal, and our submitters currently range in age from four to twenty-six years old. We encourage international and diverse submissions. As a general guide to what we’re looking for, our previous issues can be found here.

There is no theme for the August 2020 issue. Submission themes are not strict and may be interpreted freely. We are always excited to receive a variety of submissions and see how different perspectives respond to an overarching idea: some pieces may relate to a theme concretely, using it to convey a message in a new way, while others may be more abstract, making the audience work a little harder to see the connection. There is never one way to respond to a theme. In every case, we encourage you to have fun with it and push your boundaries—be creative, and see what you can do.

Any inquiries may be emailed directly to us.


Contact: fingerscommatoes[at]gmail[dot]com

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Submissions Notice – January 2020 Issue / Artwork: Red

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About the January 2020 issue:

  • Submission period: 21 October 2019 to 20 December 2019
  • Theme: Red (Note: only applies to visual artwork submissions)
  • Artists/authors notified in December 2019 and January 2020

Guest editor: Margaret Li

Margaret Li is in her final year at Saint Kentigern College in Auckland, New Zealand, and is interested in pursuing a Language and Literature degree in the UK. She reads widely in her spare time and enjoys the creative writing process, particularly with short stories and script writing. She approached fingers comma toes’  August 2019 theme Space by describing the senses evoked by The Clinic, exploring the often overwhelming pressures faced by young adults.

Submission guidelines:

  • What to submit:
    • Submissions may be any form of creative art. That includes writing (essays, short stories, micro stories, poetry—any forms of writing), photography, visual art (digital art included), music, et cetera.
    • We welcome previously published work, and simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but we advise that the artist/author informs us if the submission is accepted or published elsewhere.
    • There are no limits as to the length of written submissions, but prose submissions under five thousand words are preferable (though exceptions may be made).
    • Artists/authors may submit up to five pieces each.
  • How to submit: Submit through email at fingerscommatoes[at]gmail[dot]com. In your email submission, please include the following:
    • Your age
    • Your geographical location
    • A brief bio (approximately 50 words, or three sentences)

Please send written submissions as downloadable .txt.rtf, or .docx documents. Please do not send documents via Google Documents or other online sharing platforms, as these are private and can be restricted for us.

  • Who can submit: There is no strict age limit for submitters. We are a youth journal, and our submitters currently range in age from four to twenty-six years old. We encourage international and diverse submissions. As a general guide to what we’re looking for, our previous issues can be found here.

Submission themes for the January 2020 issue apply only to visual artwork. All other work may be unthemed. Submission themes are not strict and may be interpreted freely. We are always excited to receive a variety of submissions and experience how different perspectives respond to an overarching idea: some pieces may relate to a theme in a concrete manner, using it to convey a message in a new way, while others may be more abstract, making the audience work a little harder to see the connection. There is never one way to respond to a theme. In every case, we encourage you to have fun with it and push your boundaries—be creative, and see what you can do.

Any inquiries may be emailed directly to us.


Contact: fingerscommatoes[at]gmail[dot]com

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Submissions Notice – August 2019 Issue Space

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About the August 2019 issue:

  • Submission period: 27 May 2019 to 31 July 2019
  • Theme: Space
  • Artists/authors notified in July and August 2019

Submission guidelines:

  • What to submit:
    • Submissions may be any form of creative art. That includes writing (essays, short stories, micro stories, poetry—any forms of writing), photography, visual art (digital art included), music, et cetera.
    • We welcome previously published work, and simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but we advise that the artist/author informs us if the submission is accepted or published elsewhere.
    • There are no limits as to the length of written submissions, but prose submissions under five thousand words are preferable (though exceptions may be made).
    • Artists/authors may submit up to five pieces each.
  • How to submit: Submit through email at fingerscommatoes[at]gmail[dot]com. In your email submission, please include the following:
    • Your age
    • Your geographical location
    • A brief bio (approximately 50 words, or three sentences)

Please send written submissions as downloadable .txt.rtf, or .docx documents. Please do not send documents via Google Documents or other online sharing platforms, as these are private and can be restricted for us.

  • Who can submit: There is no strict age limit for submitters. We are a youth journal, and our submitters currently range in age from four to twenty-six years old. We encourage international and diverse submissions. As a general guide to what we’re looking for, our previous issues can be found here.

Submission themes are not strict and may be interpreted freely. We are always excited to receive a variety of submissions and experience how different perspectives respond to an overarching idea: some pieces may relate to a theme in a concrete manner, using it to convey a message in a new way, while others may be more abstract, making the audience work a little harder to see the connection. There is never one way to respond to a theme. In every case, we encourage you to have fun with it and push your boundaries—be creative, and see what you can do.

Any inquiries may be emailed directly to us.


Contact: fingerscommatoes[at]gmail[dot]com

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Call for Submissions: Flash Frontier (NZ)

April 2019: Special Call for Submissions


For April 2019, the editors of Flash Frontier will collect words and art by New Zealand and international writers who choose to maintain art and beauty in the face of tragedy. We call this issue:

love | ἀγάπη | mehr | mettā | محبة  | aroha 

Note this is an international call, and word count is extended to 500 for this special issue. Along with flash fiction we will also include poetry, creative nonfiction and art.


Send submissions by April 10 to flashfrontier[at[gmail[dot]com.

The issue will be published in late April.

Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction is a international literary journal based in New Zealand. The journal is edited by Michelle Elvy, James Norcliffe, Gail Ingram, Sam Averis & Vaughan Rapatahana, and can be found at flash-frontier.com.

Submissions Notice – January 2019 Issue Forest

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Submissions may be, but are not limited to, writing (essays, short stories, micro stories, poetry—any forms of writing), photography, visual art (digital art included), and music. Submit through email at fingerscommatoes[at]gmail[dot]com. In your email, please include your age, geographical location, what kind of piece you are submitting (writing, photography, art, music, etc.), and, if you wish one to be published, a short biography of 50 words or so. If submitting multiple pieces, please condense them into a zipped (.zip) file with your name included in the file name.

We welcome previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable but we advise that the artist/author informs us if the submission is accepted or published elsewhere.

There is no strict age limit for submitters. We are a youth journal, and our submitters currently range in age from four to twenty-six years old. As a general guide to what we’re looking for, our previous issues can be found here.

There are no limits as to the length of written submissions; we enjoy flash fiction, short stories, long stories, and poetry, but prose submissions under five thousand words are preferable (though exceptions may be made). Artists/authors may submit up to five pieces each. We encourage variety and international submissions.

Submission themes are not strict and may be interpreted freely. Any inquiries may be emailed directly to us.

About the January 2019 issue:

– Submission period: 29 October 2018 to 07 December 2018

– Theme: Forest

– Artists/authors will be notified from December 2018 to January 2019.

Guest editor

For the first time, fingers comma toes is having a guest editor. Russell Boey, from Christchurch, New Zealand, will be guest editing the January 2019 issue.

About the guest editor:

Russell is a student in his final year of studies at St. Andrew’s College, Christchurch, New Zealand. He has an avid love for science and math, but despite this maintains that he will fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a struggling author. He has been published in fingers comma toes in the 2016 Issue Rust, as well as New Zealand’s national newspaper The Sunday Star Times for winning their short story competition. He likes stars, quasars, black holes, and all the places in-between. Unlike Lola and Tristan, if he ever leaves dry land again, it will have been far too soon.


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Submissions Notice – August 2018 Issue Wild

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Submissions may be, but are not limited to, writing (essays, short stories, micro stories, poetry—any forms of writing), photography, visual art (digital art included), and music. Submit through email at fingerscommatoes[at]gmail[dot]com. In your email, please include your age, geographical location, and what kind of piece you are submitting (writing, photography, art, music, etc.). If submitting multiple pieces, please condense them into a zipped (.zip) file with your name included in the file name.

We welcome previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable but we advise that the artist/author informs us if the submission is accepted or published elsewhere.

There are no limits as to the length of written submissions; we enjoy flash fiction, short stories, long stories, and poetry, but prose submissions under five thousand words are preferable (though exceptions may be made). Artists/authors may submit up to five pieces each. We encourage variety and international submissions.

Submission themes are not strict and may be interpreted freely. Any inquiries may be emailed directly to us.

About the August 2018 issue:

– Submission period: 22 June 2018 to 03 August 2018

– Theme: Wild

– Artists/authors will be notified in August 2018.

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Submissions Notice – January 2018 Issue Unthemed

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Submissions may be, but are not limited to, writing (essays, short stories, micro stories, poetry—any forms of writing), photography, visual art (digital art included), and music. Submit through email at fingerscommatoes[at]gmail[dot]com. In your email, please include your age, geographical location, and what kind of piece you are submitting (writing, photography, art, music, etc.). If submitting multiple pieces, please condense them into a zipped (.zip) file with your name included in the file name.

We welcome previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable but we advise that the artist/author informs us if the submission is accepted or published elsewhere.

There are no limits as to the length of written submissions; we enjoy flash fiction, short stories, long stories, and poetry, but prose submissions under five thousand words are preferable (though exceptions may be made). Artists/authors may submit up to five pieces each. We encourage variety and international submissions.

Submission themes are not strict and may be interpreted freely. Any inquiries may be emailed directly to us.

About the January 2018 issue:

– Submission period: 18 September 2017 to 30 November 2017

– Theme: Unthemed – The January 2018 issue is our first unthemed issue. We look forward to seeing your work!

– Artists/authors will be notified by 31 December 2017.

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Submissions Notice – January 2017 Issue Snow

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Submissions may be, but are not limited to, writing (essays, short stories, micro stories, poetry—any forms of writing), photography, visual art (digital art included), and music. Submit through email at fingerscommatoes[at]gmail[dot]com. In your email, please include your age, geographical location, and what kind of piece you are submitting (writing, photography, art, music, etc.). If submitting multiple pieces, please condense them into a zipped (.zip) file with your name included in the file name.

We welcome previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable but we advise that the artist/author informs us if the submission is accepted or published elsewhere.

There are no limits as to the length of written submissions; we enjoy flash fiction, short stories, long stories, and poetry, but prose submissions under five thousand words are preferable (though exceptions may be made). Artists/authors may submit up to five pieces each. We encourage variety and international submissions.

Submission themes are not strict and may be interpreted freely. Any inquiries may be emailed directly to us.

About the January 2017 issue:

– Submission period: 28 October 2016 to 16 December 2016

– Theme: Snow

– Artists/authors will be notified by 31 December 2016.

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Submissions Notice – August 2016 Issue Rust

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Submissions may be, but are not limited to, writing (essays, short stories, micro stories, poetry—any forms of writing), photography, visual art (digital art included), and music. Submit through email at fingerscommatoes[at]gmail[dot]com. In your email, please include your age, geographical location, and what kind of piece you are submitting (writing, photography, art, music, etc.). If submitting multiple pieces, please condense them into a zipped (.zip) file with your name included in the file name.

We welcome previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable but we advise that the artist/author informs us if the submission is accepted or published elsewhere.

There are no limits as to the length of written submissions; we enjoy flash fiction, short stories, long stories, and poetry, but prose submissions under five thousand words are preferable (though exceptions may be made). Artists/authors may submit up to five pieces each. We encourage variety and international submissions.

Submission themes are not strict and may be interpreted freely. Any inquiries may be emailed directly to us.

About the August 2016 issue:

– Submission period – extended: 20 May 2016 to 15 July 2016

– Theme: Rust

– Artists/authors will be notified by 31 July 2016.

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fingers comma toes

fingers comma toes is an online journal for children and young adults created by Lola Elvy and Tristan Deeley in October, 2015, in Nosy Be, a small island to the west of mainland Madagascar.

Submissions – recently closed

The inaugural issue is scheduled for January, 2016, and is themed Blue.

Submissions may be, but are not limited to, writing (essays, short stories, micro stories, poetry—any forms of writing), photography, visual art (digital art included), and music. Submit through email at fingerscommatoes[at]gmail[dot]com. In your email, please include your age, geographical location, and what kind of piece you are submitting (writing, photography, art, music, etc.). If submitting multiple pieces, please condense them into a zipped (.zip) file with your name included in the file name.

We welcome previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable but we advise that the artist/author informs us if the submission is accepted or published elsewhere.

There are no limits as to the length of written submissions; we enjoy flash fiction, short stories, long stories, and poetry, but prose submissions under five thousand words are preferable (though exceptions may be made). Artists/authors may submit up to five pieces each. We encourage variety and international submissions.

Submission themes are not strict and may be interpreted freely. Any inquiries may be emailed directly to us.

About the inaugural issue:

– Submission period: 2015, October 03 to November 30

– Theme: Blue

– Artists/authors will be notified by December 15, 2015.


Founders/Editors

Lola Elvy dabbles in music, song-writing, poetry, and forms of creative fiction and nonfiction; her work can be found at lolaelvy.wordpress.com. She likes the sea, sarcasm, and the colour grey. She lives on a forty-three foot sailboat named Momo, after the German children’s novel by Michael Ende; she has been sailing and travelling her whole life. She is currently in Tanzania.

Tristan Deeley is a semi-enthusiastic sailor who likes creative writing, snakes, and milk chocolate. He, like Lola, has travelled most of his life, and is currently situated in Martinique, onboard his yacht Utopia.

Lola and Tristan became friends in Langkawi, Malaysia, during the night of February 01, 2015, where they stayed up until dawn, playing hangman and socializing with two friendly, rambunctious South Africans with poor math skills and a PVC didgeridoo. The South Africans showed them their skateboarding skills, home-made goat videos, and talented bonfire singing while schooling Lola and Tristan on the arts of being optimistic and fun-loving, living in the moment, appreciating their parents, and fire-building. Sadly, Lola and Tristan forgot to bring blankets.


Contact: fingerscommatoes[at]gmail[dot]com

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