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Essay Competition 2017 – Deadline 15 Feburary

Sun shining, birds singing, and keyboards clattering.

Nineteen sleeps to go.

Plenty of time to spit and polish.

Winner gets the money ($250) and publication, not to mention – glory. What a brilliant start to the new year.

Made any writing resolutions? Not too late!

Sharing from my own extensive list: finish what I start; try something new; challenge myself to write out of the comfort zone, be brave.

There are more but I don’t want to overload.

Looking forward to opening all the essay entries – it will be like Christmas all over again (without the expensive and heart-burn). You don’t have to restrict yourself to one entry.

Essay Competition and Christmas

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year from the Competitions Department (of one!)

My cake is cooked, presents wrapped and the tree looks very Christmassy.

Christmas week is hectic crazy and maybe not the best time to be reminding you about our ESSAY COMPETITION. So I won’t. I’ll save that for the New Year when we can think about resolutions and other scary stuff. In the meantime, kick-back, relax, enjoy Christmas and the break from the old routine.

Take care on the roads. There are people out there with too much to do and not enough time. If you don’t believe me ask my panel beater!

In case you didn’t know, it has been a pleasure and a privilege during the year to work with the editors, the judges and you the contestants.

See you in 2017.

Format Aside

Just one more sleep before the launch of the latest issue – takahē 88! Even if you can’t make it to the launch party at the Woolston Hop tomorrow night, I hope you’ll raise a celebratory glass with us to mark the occasion. Or perhaps lift a mug of coffee in salute as you brighten your morning by browsing the samples that will be posted online. Or tap a biscuit against a mug of tea as you flick through the pages of your subscriber’s copy, fresh from its wrappers.

Discover … who won the 2016 Takahē Poetry Competition, and why; what happens in the the Embassy of ’Waiki; which body part our guest poet has penned an ode to; whether Gavin’s gift of pancakes had the desired effect; the extent of sheep’s awareness of the music of Joan Armatrading; why Julia Holden painted 1000 portraits of actor Geoffrey Rush; and what exactly another poet says she could prove “if I had another life / and another husband”.

These and many more poems, stories, essays, articles and reviews await your pleasure in the pages of takahē 88.
Go on, you know you want to.

A simple way to show your support

Format Status

The observant among you will have noticed a small change to the takahē website – the appearance of a Donate button at the bottom of the page. Like most literary magazines, our survival is heavily dependant on a combination of subscriptions and grants from various funding bodies. While we’d really love it if you would subscribe to the magazine as whole, we do realise that some of you simply can’t afford to, or don’t want to have paper copies accumulating in a book case somewhere.

Here’s what we’re asking instead: if you like what we’re doing, if you enjoy reading the work we publish, if one of our editors sent you a useful response to a submission, or even if you’re just feel in a slightly generous mood today, please consider clicking the donate button below and sending us a little love back, via Paypal. Your donation will help us keep doing what we do.

Thanks.

TAKAHĒ 88 – LAUNCH PARTY

Our first launch party was such a good night that we want an excuse for another! holly

So we’ve planned a launch for takahē 88 – and to celebrate the end of another writing and publishing year.

To be held at:

Venue: Upstairs at The Twisted Hop, 616 Ferry Road, Woolston

Date: Wednesday 14 December

From: 6.30pm                                          balloons

Readers and Writers, come and meet, greet, eat and hear contributors to takahē 88 read from their work.

Subscribers and Contributors, collect your copy of the magazine and avoid the vagaries of NZ Post and the Christmas mail. takahē 88 is a print issue. Buy extra copies as Christmas presents [current issue $20; back copies $5].

See you there! We’d love to see new faces as well.