New and Exciting!
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 structure 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.
Poetry Competition Update
Our Judge, Mr Peter Bland, has emerged from the mountain of words that three hundred and thirty seven poems create. He was delighted by the opportunity that ‘as a whole renewed his belief in the diversity of possibilities that poetry offer, and reminds him how poetry expresses the nature of things, it doesn’t explain them.’ ( A sneaky wee teaser from his report.)
And, yes, results are in.
We are in the process of contacting the four prize getters. In the meantime all the poems are with Joanna (our poetry editor). She is reading her way through the poems and selecting possibles for publication. (That’s two bites of the apple and just another example of how fab our competitions are!)
If you do not hear from us by 1 December you can safely send your work elsewhere. I urge you to do this. Remember art is subjective.
While I have your attention:
Please heed the call to keep a bo-peep on the blog.
Over the next week or so I will be revealing an exciting new competition. Yes, another innovation from your forward thinking and dedicated Board.
It is something meaty to get your teeth into as your end of year worries are blowin’ in the wind. Till then, enjoy the long weekend.
2016 Poetry competition is now closed and following on from Joanna’s blog: I’m singing the praises of poets.
What an outstanding effort:
Three hundred and thirty seven (337) poems have been subjected to a rigorous administrative procedure (can’t divulge sensitive details, but a hot soak and a few peeled grapes will go along way to restore my equilibrium). They have been parceled and are now winging their way, via pigeon post, to our judge. When I told him how many poems to expect, he was absolutely delighted and can’t wait to read them all.
As for the results, they will be published on the website in December, when the next issue of the magazine comes out. All poems entered into the competition will be considered for publication, and any selections notified by the end of November. Please note that all poems entered are free to be sent out elsewhere after 1 December 2016.
Thank you all for your entries and I wish each and every one of you the very best for the competition. Take care and keep writing.
POETRY COMPETITION 2016
ONLY THREE WEEKS TO GO (GIVE OR TAKE THE ODD DAY!)
Riemke Ensing, our 2015 Judge made the following comment in her Judge’s report: One wants a poem to ‘say’ something and grab one by the throat. Yeats’ lines – ‘two girls in silk kimonos, both beautiful, one a gazelle’ kept coming into my head.
Of the winning entries she said: They kept one’s attention throughout. As I read them aloud, I listened to Robert Frost telling me ‘the ear is the best reader.’ And in conclusion she reminded us that: You are all winners in the sense that with Ulysses in Tennyson’s poem, ‘all experience is an arch wherethro’ / Gleams the untravell’d world.’ – Keep striving and keep at it.
Of course you have to enter to be a winner – that’s how these things work.
One of the fab things about competitions is that you will never be rejected – we welcome your entry and don’t forget that every entry will be considered for publication, which by my reckoning is value for money.
The good thing is there is still plenty of time to send in a couple (or more) of your best.
Do a Robert Frost, read them to your cat, your bestie, the postie (well, maybe not the postie), fold with care, stuff in an envelop and send them to:
Takahe Poetry Competition, P O Box 13-335, Christchurch 8141, New Zealand.
Nothing ventured …
Short Story Competition 2016 Short List:
We are thrilled to offer a big congratulations to those of you who have reached the short list.
In no particular order:
Kokako – Hamilton
Helicopter – Dunedin
The Girl with the Spoon in Her Eye – Dunedin
Family Likenesses – Wellington
The Dead Man – France
Happiness – Auckland
Doling Out Dad – Dunedin
Blue – Christchurch
Names and final placings will be revealed along with our Judge’s report in August. It is great to see stories from such a broad regional and international spread.
A huge thank you to each and every writer who made the effort, wrote, polished and sent us stories. Without you this competition does not happen. You are all stars.
It is never easy choosing and our judge has said that she has been impressed by such a wide and interesting range of topics and approaches.
I read a good piece of advice for writers the other day, apparently we should read twice as much as we write. So if the sun won’t shine and the washing won’t dry, at least I can console myself that reading a chapter or two is NOT wasted time. Happy reading, happy writing, happy days!