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The 2019 takahē Monica Taylor Poetry Prize Long List is Published

Not long now until summer and the next issue of takahē, which will be out in time for Christmas and will include the results of our Monica Taylor poetry competition.  But the long list is already published. You can access it here.

Congratulations to all those listed. Thanks, too, to those of you who entered and to our lovely judge, Cilla McQueen.

 

And now it’s over….

The 2019 takahē Monica Taylor Poetry Prize has closed

Thanks so much to everyone who entered. The judging is now in process…. And the results will be announced on our competitions page and in the December print issue of takahē.

Sorry, we don’t have another competition about to run but there will be one in due course. Keep checking our website for announcements.

And you can continue to submit – poems, flash fiction and short fiction –  the editors are looking forward to reading your work.

Hebe

suburban pukeko

you walk silly, my big-footed bumbler,
without full control, the legs awarded you
end in the orange spiders of your feet.

you are way further up that tree
than you should be, clinging desperately
and with much feather flapping
as the wind tries to dethrone you.

I have seen your friends already
teetering along the neighbour’s fence top,
they are like plump blue acrobats in white bloomers.
what are they doing up there?

your kind are over-confident, my bumbler,
ill-suited for heights, yet high you climb
up trees, fences, rooves and vines

always completely clumsy
and without apology.

Jan FitzGerald

albatross return

Toroa, master aviator,
welcome sight to any solitary seafarer,
what danger you encounter
skimming the ocean for squid
among tiger sharks and orca.

Celestial glider and rider of storms,
sleep-flying night’s thermals
over vast seas, distant countries,
how you tilt the wind
with your tail feathers,
stretch the sky with your shadow!

Illustration by Jan Fitzgerald

It’s hard to imagine
as you shake out great wings
and nestle into the cliff face,
pointing a pastel pink bill
into the wind,
that you can circum-navigate the globe
without landing.

Hoki mai. Hoki mai.
Welcome home.

Final Results of the 2018/9 Short Story Competition!

At last, the final results are out. Go to our Competitions page  to see who won, who came second and who was highly commended. Congratulation to all of you. It has been a hugely successful enterprise with many, many entrants. And our wonderful judge, Nod Ghosh, was impressed by the standard of these, so well done and thank you to everyone who entered.

We will be running another short story competition in due course,  but there’s no need to wait for that, our poetry competition is still open and we look forward to an avalanche of entries as the deadline (31 August 2019) approaches.  What better to do in these cold winter days but to pen a poem? So get writing and let us have the fruits of your labours.