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takahē 87 ONLINE – LAUNCH PARTY

After 26 years, takahē magazine is going online!

On Wednesday 10 August, balloonstakahē 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

Time:               6.30pm

Meals, bar snacks and beverages can be purchased from the bar.

Following the meal, there will be readings by local contributors to takahē 87:

takahe 87 coverLynn Tara Austin

Lucy D’Aeth

Nod Ghosh

Gail Ingram

James Norcliffe

Rach Smith

RSVP by 8 August to admin@takahe.org.nz

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

three takaheShort Story Competition 2016 Short List:

 

We are thrilled to offer a big congratulations to those of you who have reached the short list.

 

 

The 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!

 

Fiction Submissions for takahe 87 online

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“I don’t poodle around. If it’s crap, it’s crap!”

[Caption provided by Andrew Mark Bell]

We, my consulting editor and I, have been overwhelmed by the response from NZ writers for this first online issue – regulars and new faces. The longer word count has been welcomed by writers, with high quality work coming in. Since the online issue is the only forum for these, we feel we need to give priority to the best of the longer works, holding over equally good shorter stories for the print December issue. I hope this won’t disappoint anyone too much. Who’d want to be an editor? And we do it for love – of writing.

Poetry Competition – Deadline 31 August 2016 – Judge Peter Bland

three takaheHow are the poems coming along???

I cleared the P O Box today.  Special thanks to all those well organised poets who have posted early. The deluge of entries that arrive close to the deadline date can be overwhelming!

Thought I would share with you some of the things that I like about winter:

No hayfever, cold frosty mornings and clear days, sleeping trees, cinnamon on my latte (that’s trim for me –  thanks) and Christmas is still six months away. Ho Ho Ho.

Beware: before you know it Snoopy and the Red Baron will be zooming around the Mall. Get cracking on those poems and don’t be caught short. Remember to leave yourself enough time for a decent edit and don’t forget an inspiring title. Titles matter, trust me, first impressions and all that.

I’m leaving the last word for David Howard, our 2014 judge. He said in his Poetry Competition 2014 Judge’s report Poets are good when they use their linguistic insight to see beyond what is visible.   And  For me the most precious aspect of poetry is its capacity to capture, perhaps even to create, intimacy.

Happy writing.

2016 Short Story Comp – shortlist soon!

three takaheGood news: patience is a virtue (but you knew that!)

Not so good news: We are running behind time and the new date for the release of our short story competition short list will now be the first week of July.

Everything else is good. Our judge is busy judging and word on good authority is that she is finding a lot to like in the stories.

So, thank you everyone for entering our competition, thank you for your patience and thank you for keeping us on your radar.