Michelle Elvy is an editor whose experience varies from very short fiction to novel-length manuscripts. She works as a mentor and private tutor with a range of writers.

Most recently, Michelle has edited work in the category of memoir, novel and short story, as well as a haibun collection, several series of young adult adventure novels, an assortment of articles translated from German to English, flash fiction (on a daily basis), an Aotearoa novella and a post-post-modern absurdist deconstructionist novel with an identity crisis.


Michelle Elvy is founding editor/co-ordinator of New Zealand’s literary journal Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction and  National Flash Fiction Day. She is also fiction editor at the international journal for poetry and flash Blue Five Notebook. She is Assistant Editor for the Best Small Fictions series, which features some of the world’s best short short fiction annually (guest editors include Robert Olen Butler 2015, Stuart Dybeck 2016, Amy Hempel 2017, Aimee Bender 2018; series editor is Tara L. Masih). She is currently editing, with Frankie McMillan and James Norcliffe, an anthology of compressed writing in New Zealand (forthcoming, Canterbury University Press 2018). Past editing projects have included working on the editing teams of Flash Fiction International, eds. James Thomas, Robert Shapard and Christopher Merrill (W.W. Norton) and a book for offshore adventuring families, Voyaging with Kids (L&L Pardey). She served as editor at Awkword Paper Cut 2013-14, has guest edited at Smokelong Quarterly and has judged numerous competitions, including short story, flash fiction, collaborations and poetry — most recently (March-June 2016) for the Bath Flash Fiction Award. Michelle teaches editing, grammar, flash fiction and advanced writing (other projects listed here).

A Pushcart nominee, a Watson Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar, a three-time finalist in the Glass Woman international writing competition and the recipient of the 2012 New Zealand Society of Authors/Auckland Museum Library grant, Michelle was also short-listed for the 2016 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship for her novel-in-progress and her story ‘Lost and Found in Berlin’ placed second in the Nivalis Short Story Competition 2016. Current projects include a collection of short stories, a memoir based on her years of travel and a novella-in-flash. Her short fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, reviews and travel articles can be found in a wide range of journals, magazines and anthologies. A list of publications, interviews and awards can be found here.

Michelle is a member of the New Zealand Association of Manuscript Assessors and the New Zealand Society of Authors. She has been a member of the Tuesday Poem collective and the Take Flight poetry group and has presented her fiction and poetry in places as varied as Auckland’s  Poetry Live, the rhythm & verse series and the Spit.It.Out. spoken-word festival, plus National Poetry Day gatherings, the Auckland Museum Society, university guest appearances and the KGB literary series in NYC.

Originally from the US and still fond of the tidewater region of the Mid-Atlantic eastern seaboard, Michelle has lived in Europe, Canada, Mexico and the South Pacific much of her life. She resides in New Zealand but is currently visiting the shores of East Africa. She is fluent in German and frequently assists with German to English translations. Her clients are international.


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