fingers comma toes publishes two issues a year, in January and August.
Submissions for the January issue are typically open from October to December.
Submissions for the August issue are typically open from May to July.
Submissions for 2020 NFFD Youth Competition now open
About the 2020 NFFD Youth Competition:
- Submission period: UPDATE – deadline extended: 15 February to 30 April 2020
- Unthemed; previously unpublished work only
- Long lists announced in mid-May, shortlists in late May, winners on National Flash Fiction Day, June 22.
- Winners and short-listed work will be published in a special edition of fingers comma toes
Guest judge: Hannah Daniell is the winner of the 2019 National Flash Fiction Day Youth Competition, and an active member of the Christchurch writing community.
For more information, please see fingerscommatoes.wordpress.com/nffd-youth.
About the January 2020 issue (closed):
- 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 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.
- 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.