From Crap to Artichoke Tears

We’re lucky enough to have Eileen Merriman judging the Takahē Short Story Competition 2017. Novels aside, her short fiction has been widely published and commended, and appears with prodigious frequency in the Sunday Star-Times Competition, among others. Of course we want to know exactly how she does it.

“The first draft is crap,” she said in a recent interview. It’s something she learned early on in her writing career. See? I told you we were lucky to have her. She knows exactly how much hard work will be going into all the entries to this year’s competition.

If you’re after inspiration for your Takahē entry, read Eileen’s second-placed Bath Flash Fiction Award story, This Is How They Drown. It’s unmissable for its summer-fresh prose and mastery of tension. And don’t miss Artichoke Tears right here in Takahē, for its innovative structure and enduring bittersweetness.

Or, if you’re brewing fresh coffee and stretching your back before launching into another draft before the November 30th deadline, take heart. As Eileen says, “Writing is like anything – you need to put in the hours.”

Essay Competition 2017 – Closed 15 Feburary

Hello all

The essay competition is now closed.

A huge thank you to all the entrants and all the very best for the competition.

Results will be published online in April 2017.
The winning essay will be published in our online issue (takahē 90) in August 2017.
All entries will be considered for future publication, and will be notified by 1 May 2017.

Take care, keep safe, keep writing and keep reading (especially our blogs!)

 

Essay Competition 2017 – Deadline 15 Feburary

Sun shining, birds singing, and keyboards clattering.

Nineteen sleeps to go.

Plenty of time to spit and polish.

Winner gets the money ($250) and publication, not to mention – glory. What a brilliant start to the new year.

Made any writing resolutions? Not too late!

Sharing from my own extensive list: finish what I start; try something new; challenge myself to write out of the comfort zone, be brave.

There are more but I don’t want to overload.

Looking forward to opening all the essay entries – it will be like Christmas all over again (without the expensive and heart-burn). You don’t have to restrict yourself to one entry.

Essay Competition and Christmas

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year from the Competitions Department (of one!)

My cake is cooked, presents wrapped and the tree looks very Christmassy.

Christmas week is hectic crazy and maybe not the best time to be reminding you about our ESSAY COMPETITION. So I won’t. I’ll save that for the New Year when we can think about resolutions and other scary stuff. In the meantime, kick-back, relax, enjoy Christmas and the break from the old routine.

Take care on the roads. There are people out there with too much to do and not enough time. If you don’t believe me ask my panel beater!

In case you didn’t know, it has been a pleasure and a privilege during the year to work with the editors, the judges and you the contestants.

See you in 2017.

Inaugural Takahe Essay Competition

New and Exciting!balloons

To kick off a bumper 2017 season of competitions, we are running our Inaugural Essay Competition.

This is the perfect opportunity to meld your creative and your academic brain. A sort of left right merger. We are looking for works with a clear point of view on any topic relating to arts and/or culture in Aotearoa New Zealand or the broader Pacific. As most writers have something to say about something then choosing a topic should be the easy bit. The fun bit is the chance to present a rational and logical argument that methodically analyses and evaluates your chosen topic.

If you are unsure about the structuremillie editing of an essay then I recommend that you contact Mr Google. When I entered ‘helpful hints for writing an essay’ I was flooded with possible reads offering tips and examples.

Give yourself a break from the poems and stories, have a go at writing an essay.

Or, if you already have a couple on hand, dust them off and send them in. Erin (our judge) has cleared a space in her diary and is looking forward to reading your work. Don’t forget the 15 February deadline. Entry form and rules  can be found on our Competitions page.

The holiday break is the ideal time to kick-back and think about stuff. And we want to know what you are thinking about. – Go on, share.three takahe