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About the 2023 NFFD Youth Competition:
  • Submission period: 28 February to 30 April 2023
  • Unthemed; previously unpublished work only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: Joanna Cho / 조은선 is a writer and editor. Her debut book People Person was published by Te Herenga Waka University Press in 2022.

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About the February 2023 issue (closed):
  • Submission period: 01 December 2022 to 05 February 2023
  • Theme: Home
  • Artists/authors notified in February 2023
    • Submission guidelines:
      • What to submit:
        • NEW: Nonfiction column: We are excited to hear from voices all around the world, so share your stories! Nonfiction essays, presentations, personal anecdotes, et cetera—any format welcome, text/writing up to 1,500 words, videos/recordings up to 10 minutes (exceptions may be made). 
        • 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, dance (in video form, for example), 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 three 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 March 2022 issue. 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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