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Hunt Ducker Competition winners

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!

     flit flit!

           khee khee!

                     cheep cheep!

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-
                                                ka-
                                        wa-
                                                  ka

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

RUNNER-UP: Joan Norlev Taylor, Birds, Sanctuary: Rarangi 3

 

 

Joan Norlev Taylor

Birds, Sanctuary: Rarangi 3

We sit in a nest of soft sun,
where you’ve placed
heart-shaped stones, paua, driftwood.
Trees percussion the breeze while
korimako practise dinging,
tui experiment with
squeaks and tweets,
pīwakawaka peep.
The great green hill
curls comfortably,
like a curvaceous body asleep,
its forest
a hidden aviary, busy,
and the sea breathes, exhaling a
shush to the noisy birds,
sloppily lapping at the feet of gulls.
I think of childhood albums:
wildlife cards from jelly packs,
sought after, glued, the empty squares
like creatures now extinct.

Hunt Ducker poetry competition

To celebrate National Poetry Day 2019, and with our special friends, Forest & Bird, takahē introduces the Hunt Ducker Poetry Competition!

Hunt Ducker? Yeah, Hunt Ducker, because we want your words about New Zealand’s awesome native birds. Celebrate the natural beauty (or the natural comedy) of anything from a pīwakawaka to a kākāpō, an albatross to a fairy tern.

First prize is a year’s membership to Forest & Bird and a year’s subscription to takahē magazine, with your poem shared on social media and considered for publication by both organisations.

Two runners-up will receive takahē subscriptions, their poem shared on social media, and consideration for publication in takahē.

We especially want to hear from new and emerging poets, so don’t be whakamā. Give us a tweet, a chirrup, or a flap about your favourite fowl! Entry is free, and open from 13 July until midnight 22 August 2019.

For full entry details, see our Competitions page. Good luck!

 

 

 

roll up! takahē poetry competition 2018

Entries are now open for the 2018 Takahē Monica Taylor Poetry Prize. This year’s judge is outgoing poetry editor and current Randell Cottage Writer in Residence, poet, novelist, and short story writer, James Norcliffe. As begins his glittering poem, trapeze: 

the thrill is in the possibility...

All poems entered are considered for publication, and for the winner we have a $250 prize and publication in takahē 94, our December print issue.

But the chance will be gone in a sequined flash (entries close Friday 31st August 2018).

Check the Competitions page for the entry form, details, and to read James’s biography. You might also like to read last year’s judges report, or send a query to comps@takahe.org.nz.

Good luck!

Our Short Story Competition ends on November 30th

Thanks to all of you who’ve entered our short story competition. Our judge, Eileen Merriman, is enjoying reading your writing.

To those still working on their stories, we’re looking forward to receiving them. Remember, there is no limit on the number of entries you can submit. For more information do look at our competition page and get writing!