Nod Ghosh our short story competition judge is giving feedback on your entries…
….. but only if yours is one of the first 40 stories to be received. This is a wonderfully generous offer by Nod and I would encourage you to submit your work as soon as it’s ready. We’ve already had several entries for which Nod has prepared comments, so there’s not many spaces left.
So, get onto it now, let us have your stories and don’t miss out!
Christmas is over, 2019 has arrived and our short story competition is running. Time to sharpen your wits, put fingers to keyboard and craft those fabulous phrases you know you want to write.
We’re looking forward to receiving your
entries – several of you have already e-mailed us stories and our judge is
enjoying reading them.
For those who’ve not yet done so here’s a simple fact. You can’t win unless you enter. I have writer friends who struggle to submit to magazines or to send their work to competitions. Some ask,’ what’s the point?’ They doubt they’ll even be on the long list, let alone making the short list or gracing the winner’s podium. (We don’t actually have a podium but I like the idea of our writers being lauded as loudly as sports people are.)
So maybe you won’t be placed, but even sending a story out is a success. It takes time and patience to write, it takes courage to share your work with others. And one of you out there will win the competition – someone has to, so why not you?
Here’s another fact. Last time we ran the short story competition we included several of the short and long listed stories in our magazine. So you’re not only entering our completion you may also be published.
So get writing and send us your stories.
You have until 31 March but don’t leave
it too late; dates have a habit of arriving before you’re ready for them. Like Christmas
For the last two years we, Rachel Smith and Jane Seaford, have been the joint fiction editors for takahē magazine. And we’ve both enjoyed reading the submissions and working together. We’ve just done our selection for December and that will be the last issue we work on, as we are moving on. Rachel will be focusing more on her own writing and Jane will become the takahē competition secretary. Zoë Meager is taking over from us. And we think she’s looking forward to the role. It’s hard work at times but it’s a pleasure and a privilege to be able to read so many stories written by both New Zealand and overseas writers. We very much enjoy the emails we get from those whose work we accept and it’s also lovely when writers whose pieces we have decided not to take thank us for the comments we’ve made on their stories , telling us that they‘ve found them helpful.
Thank you to everyone who has submitted to us. So now, over to you, Zoë. And to you writers who support takahē, keep those stories coming in.
Rachel and I have now finished choosing and preparing the stories for takahē 93. Thanks to everyone who submitted. We were sent over 100 pieces, so those of you selected should feel proud.
It’s often said by judges and editors that the selection process is subjective and that someone else might well have chosen differently. This is true, but working together Rachel and I have found that we are in agreement over the majority of the stories. And where we disagree we spend time trying to persuade the other why they should (or shouldn’t) take the disputed piece.
So to those of you who have stories in takahē 93, congratulations and to those we rejected thanks for submitting and do continue to send us your work. We are always pleased when we have a large number pf pieces to consider – even though it does make our job more arduous!
I hope you all enjoy the stories we have selected for you to read this winter
Our short story competition is over… but if you missed the deadline we would welcome your work as a submission for our April print issue. We are currently making our selection and will continue the process until the middle of January. So you’ve several weeks to get that story perfect. We look forward to reading it.