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In Issue 13:

Laura Borrowdale, ‘The Wasps’: Laura is a teacher and writer based in Christchurch New Zealand. Her work has been published in Turbine, Sport, and Takahe, amongst others. She is the founding editor of Aotearotica.

Stephen Coates, ‘This is Not My Beautiful House’: Stephen comes from Christchurch but is currently living in Japan.

Megan Corrarino, ‘The Oregon Trail’: Megan lives in New York, where she is an international human rights lawyer by day and aspiring fiction writer by night.  She is currently working on a mystery novel set in her home state of Oregon, from which this story is adapted.

Breton Dukes, ‘Black Bird’: Breton is a Dunedin short story writer. His two collections were both published by VUP.

Annette Edwards-Hill, ‘The Stink in the Corridor’: Annette lives in Wellington, New Zealand. Her flash fiction has appeared in Flash Frontier and is forthcoming in Bonsai: The Big Book of Small Stories (Canterbury University Press, 2018). She was long-listed for National Flash Fiction Day in 2017 and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best Small Fictions 2017. She was the 2017 winner of the Flash Frontier Winter Writing Award.

Joy Holley, ‘Summer Seventeen’: Joy is currently studying English, Philosophy and Creative Writing at Victoria University. Her writing has appeared in Starling and The Spin Off.

Becky Manawatu, ‘Abalone’: Becky is a reporter for one of the smallest independent daily newspapers in New Zealand, The News, Westport. She gained a Diploma in Writing for Creative Industries from the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and now teaches fiction writing at NMIT part time. She was shortlisted for The 2018 Surrey Hotel Steve Braunias Memorial Writers Residency Award in Association with The Spinoff, and has had work published by The Spinoff and NMIT’s literary journal, Kiss Me Hardy. Her novel, Pluck, is to be published by Mākaro Press in May 2019. Her short story published by Headland, ‘Abalone’, was long-listed for the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

Isabelle McNeur, ‘Shaking’: Isabelle studies at Victoria University, where she has completed several IIML courses. In 2015 she won the Margaret Mahy Award for Best Folio at the Hagley Writers’ Institute, in 2017 she won the Prize for Original Composition in at the IIML, and in 2018 she will be completing the Hachette Mentorship Program. She hopes to one day be financially stable enough to adopt a dog.

Vaughan Rapatahana, ‘He pahemo’:  Vaughan is widely published across several genre. His poetry collection, Atonement, was nominated for a National Book Award in Philippines in 2016, the same year he won the inaugural Proverse Poetry prize. His most recent collection, ternion, is published by erbacce-press, Liverpool, England. Currently, he is writing a further series of commentaries on Aotearoa NZ poetry, for Jacket 2 (University of Pennsylvania, USA), while he was also included in Best New Zealand Poems, 2017.

Auden Reid-McLaughlin, ‘Finn’: Auden is an unpublished author, artist, and high school student from California, United States.  His main focus is creative writing, with a mix of both fiction and nonfiction, but all of his work draws from life experience.

Shannon Savvas, ‘The Desert Road is Prone to Erosion’: Shannon, a New Zealand writer, divides her life and heart between New Zealand, England and Cyprus. She has been published online (2015, 2017, 2018) and made it to three print anthologies (2017) with a fourth due in 2018. New Year’s Eve 2017, she learnt she’d won the Autumn 2017 Reflex Flash Fiction competition, which gave her delight and encouragement in equal measure. She has stories and poems published in InkTears, and The Cabinet of Heed. She had two short stories shortlisted in Flash500 April 2018 and has stories accepted in Storgy Magazine (May 18/18) and Fictive Dream (July 2018).

Emma Shi, ‘Under Anaesthetic’: Emma was the winner of the National Schools Poetry Award 2013 and the Poetry NZ Prize 2017. Her work was also included in Best New Zealand Poems 2017. She posts her writing at