Sir Julius Vogel Award nominations

takahē is pleased to have nominated two short stories for the 2020 Sir Julius Vogel Award for best short story:

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Taemumu Richardson – Empire Developments’ Show Home 

Toni Wi – Atria

Congratulations to these two wonderful writers, and all the best of luck!

If you have a favourite speculative fiction piece from takahē’s 2019 issues (95, 96, and 97), you can nominate too! Visit the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand to find out more.


Best Microfiction success

A huge congratulations to the two takahē writers who’ve had work selected for inclusion in Best Microfiction 2020! And as always, thank you for choosing takahē as a home for your work.

Of our nominations, guest editor Michael Martone has cherry-picked:

Frankie’s story The Fish My Father Gave Me, from Atticus Review, has also won a spot in the anthology.

Best Microfiction, due out with Pelekinesis in April 2020, is a collection of the best English language stories under 400 words from around the world. This year’s anthology will also include some internationally acclaimed writers of the short form, including K M Elkes, Kathryn Kulpa, and Cathy Ulrich, among many others. Here’s the full list of the selected stories.



Best Small Fictions 2020

The takahē nominations for Best Small Fictions 2020 are:

A Good Match – Frankie McMillan

A New Fairy Tale – Allan Drew

Every V Her Feathers – Rachel J Fenton

One Out of the Hat – Frankie McMillan

The horses – Megan Kitching [print only, t95]

Congratulations to these wonderful writers, and all the very best of luck!

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Hunt Ducker Competition winners

A huge thank you to everyone who entered the takahē Hunt Ducker poetry competition!

We thoroughly enjoyed reading all your poems for our special celebration of native New Zealand birds, in fact, you made our National Poetry Day super special. We were especially thrilled with some of your onomatopoeia!

     flit flit!

           khee khee!

                     cheep cheep!

We’d like to give a big shout-out to the wonderful Forest & Bird for gifting us an annual membership for the top prize, and of course to National Poetry Day for sponsoring our top 3 prizes. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Before the big drumroll, we’d like to commend these poets, who sent in some robust, moving, and closely-observed poems, and really gave our judges a tough time in coming to a decision:

Cindy Botha, flight of the pīwa-

Maggie Buxton, Ngā Tūī o Tangihua 

Rosie Copeland, Kereru Outside my Window

Jared Doe, Kāhu

Melanie Harding-Shaw, A Problem Solved

Jenna Heller, kereru

Courtney Hilden, 7 Ways of Looking at New Zealand Birds

Amanda Hunt, Rangitata River

Glenda Lassen, Ma te Kanohi Miromiro

Lissa Moore, Kereru

Anna Woods, thirteen ways of looking at a tūī

And now for the big drumroll! The top 3 were absolute stand-outs, offering us finely crafted poems that embraced the theme, and reached beyond it too. We just kept coming back to them. A huge congratulations to:

WINNER: Hebe, suburban pukeko 

RUNNER-UP: Jan FitzGerald, Albatross return

RUNNER-UP: Joan Norlev Taylor, Birds, Sanctuary: Rarangi 3