We are reading short stories for the April issue of takahe

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.

From Crap to Artichoke Tears

We’re lucky enough to have Eileen Merriman judging the Takahē Short Story Competition 2017. Novels aside, her short fiction has been widely published and commended, and appears with prodigious frequency in the Sunday Star-Times Competition, among others. Of course we want to know exactly how she does it.

“The first draft is crap,” she said in a recent interview. It’s something she learned early on in her writing career. See? I told you we were lucky to have her. She knows exactly how much hard work will be going into all the entries to this year’s competition.

If you’re after inspiration for your Takahē entry, read Eileen’s second-placed Bath Flash Fiction Award story, This Is How They Drown. It’s unmissable for its summer-fresh prose and mastery of tension. And don’t miss Artichoke Tears right here in Takahē, for its innovative structure and enduring bittersweetness.

Or, if you’re brewing fresh coffee and stretching your back before launching into another draft before the November 30th deadline, take heart. As Eileen says, “Writing is like anything – you need to put in the hours.”

We are now accepting flash fiction

Good news for those of you who write very short fiction. Rachel and I are now accepting flash fiction between 200 and 500 words. We plan to publish these on our on-line issues only so there’s some time before they’ll appear. But don’t let that stop you honing your skills in minimalism. Check our submissions page for full details and get writing!

Short Stories for takahe 88 – deadline

P1030566Now 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.