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 …
Wherever you are in the world, join us in celebrating the launch of the first online issue of takahē by logging onto this website on the evening of
Wednesday 10 August.
Discover whose mother had been educated in a German boarding school in Transylvania; what the bitter ovary said; what Karen Healey’s shadow-self may or may not think about the American elections; how our reviewer felt about Love as a Stranger; and the results, judge’s report and winning stories from the 2016 short story competition.
Tell us what you think of takahē online – love it, hate it, give up a week of hot dinners for it? What would you like more of? What would you change if you could?
Have your say. We want to hear from you.
Now that our wonderful online issue – takahē 87 – is ready to go live on 10 August, we must look ahead to takahē 88, December’s print issue.
It’s time to drag your Muse kicking and screaming from the back bedroom, sit her down beside you – and get writing.
Think spring, or summer, or holidays. Think Christmas – families, reunions, departures, arrivals, food – the make and break of family relationships. Think …
To be considered for the December issue, submissions must be received by Friday 9 September. Yes, it’s not far away. REMEMBER, WORD COUNT CANNOT EXCEED 3000. Please proof-read your work carefully before sending – it makes the editors smile.
After 26 years, takahē magazine is going online!
On Wednesday 10 August, takahē 87 will be published online.
To celebrate, the Takahē Collective is holding a launch party and you are invited.
Venue: Upstairs at The Twisted Hop, 616 Ferry Road, Woolston
Date: 10 August 2016
Meals, bar snacks and beverages can be purchased from the bar.
Following the meal, there will be readings by local contributors to takahē 87:
Lynn Tara Austin
RSVP by 8 August to email@example.com
It will be helpful to the tavern if you can advise whether you will want to purchase a meal (or more than one).
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!