Short Stories for Online takahē 87

P1040473Thanks to all who entered stories in the 2016 takahē Short Story Competition. With that deadline behind you, it is time to pick up your pen, get out your laptop. Finish off and send a submission to fiction@takahe.org.nz for the first online issue of takahē magazine – takahē 87 – which will appear on this website in August.

The new online publication of takahē is a special opportunity for those who like to write longer stories, as we can accommodate stories up to 5000 words. Longer is not necessarily better, though, so make every word count. Give us depth. Give us complexity. Give us freshness. Make us want more.

Christchurch author Nod Ghosh is the Guest Fiction writer for the first online issue. You will have read her insightful, even magical stories in previous issues of takahē.  I look forward to seeing what she has for us this time.

Submissions for the online issue takahē 87 will need to be received by 1 July 2016, at the very latest.

Earthquake Poetry Anthology Launch

LtRZ cover – finalLeaving the Red Zone was launched last night at a packed and very suitable venue, The Laboratory in Lincoln (furnished with recycled materials salvaged from the Christchurch earthquakes).

These earthquakes have shaken up Cantabrians’ lives for the last five years, and shaken out many moving and impressive poems.

On this fifth anniversary of the deadly February 2011 quake, an anthology has been drawn together by our very own poetry editor Joanna Preston and her predecessor James Norcliffe. It includes work by all but one past poetry editor of takahē – David Howard, Bernadette Hall, James Norcliffe, Siobhan Harvey; and also a number of the current takahē team – Joanna Preston, Janet Wainscott, Catherine Fitchett, Erik Kennedy and myself . So, a takahē fest!

I sat down to browse Leaving the Red Zone when i got home after the launch and couldn’t put it down. Between its covers lie the hearts and minds of 87 New Zealand poets, the hearts and minds of a community.

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Huge Congratulations to Fiona Sussman!

Fiona is ‘feeling very excited’, and well she might. Her recently published novel, Another Woman’s Daughter (Penguin/Random House, 2015) is Book of the Day at Washington Public Libraries.

Never mind tweeting, this is something to crow about!

A former GP, she left clinical practice in 2003 to write in earnest. She said in 2012, “When not juggling life with two teenage kids or working alongside my surgeon husband to establish Auckland’s first charity hospital, I write.” Her first novel, Black Prism, was named joint winner of the Nemesis Debut Novel Competition (UK).

Fiona is a past contributor to takahē. Her short story, “Roading”, which was included in issue 76, was a sensitive and subtle story about the impact on the people of a small town of being bypassed by a motorway.

It is always very rewarding to see takahē writers succeed in the wider literary world. A little reflected glory, perhaps? Or does it just confirm for us all such things are possible?

Fiction in takahe 85

Preah KhanIt’s a new experience to be able to post comment about our hardcopy magazine! Hope it enhances your reading pleasure.

In #85 we have a departure in our Guest Fiction. Jane Seaford, Fiction Editor, agreed to be our invited writer. Jane has a long history of success with her short stories, both in competitions within NZ and overseas, having several times been short- or longlisted for the prestigious Fish Competition. Her stories have also been read frequently on RadioNZ. It seemed a pity for you not to be able to read her writing just because she is an editor. In addition to appearing in the print magazine, Jane’s story, “Living in the Wrong Place”, is also live on this website for those who do not subscribe to takahe magazine. Go to the “Current Issue” page to find it.

Also live from this issue is Jan FitzGerald’s story, “Return Trip”. I particularly liked this story for its interior monologue and exterior dialogue. A story of family relations in another culture, with a defiant twist. Good beginning, good middle and good ending. It moved my emotions about.

Enjoy!

Karen Zelas
Fiction Editor