Congratulations to all of you who have made it thus far. A tremendous achievement. And it won’t be long until our 2019 summer edition of takahē. It will be chockful of reading treats for you all – including the final results of the poetry competition and the winning poem.
Not long now until summer and the next issue of takahē, which will be out in time for Christmas and will include the results of our Monica Taylor poetry competition. But the long list is already published. You can access it here.
Congratulations to all those listed. Thanks, too, to those of you who entered and to our lovely judge, Cilla McQueen.
The 2019 takahē Monica Taylor Poetry Prize has closed
Thanks so much to everyone who entered. The judging is now in process…. And the results will be announced on our competitions page and in the December print issue of takahē.
Sorry, we don’t have another competition about to run but there will be one in due course. Keep checking our website for announcements.
And you can continue to submit – poems, flash fiction and short fiction – the editors are looking forward to reading your work.
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!
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