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Our Short Story Competition is over and now it’s time for the poets

Our short story competition closed on 31 March and thanks so much to all of you who entered. We were impressed by the quality and quantity of the entries. We had a record number of stories submitted, 30% higher than our previous maximum and the judge was impressed by the standard of many of these.

The long list will be published towards the end of May. If you’re not on it, don’t be too disappointed, there were so many good pieces and sadly not all of them could be on the list.

One word of warning. If you’re entering a competition, please read the entry rules…. These were not always followed.

And now for some good news. Poets, it’s your turn next. Our poetry competition is about to open. Go to our competition page for all the information about this.

 

a takahē harvest

Autumn, 1915, Auckland, by Robert Walrond. Purchased 1999 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa (A.018208)
Autumn (1915), Robert Walrond

Our mid-autumn issue is ripe for the harvest!

We’re busy posting to our subscribers and select bookshops, including Scorpio and Unity. In case you’re peckish in the meantime, we have plenty of online snacks.

Special guests bring us bushels this issue: Frankie McMillan (fiction), Simone Kaho (poetry), and Kim Lowe (art).

We have an insightful essay about our origin story from Sandra Arnold: takahē: When the Bird Hatched, and thankfully, an editorial from Art and Essays Editor, Andrew Paul Wood, which manages to put words to our feelings about the devastating mosque attacks of March 15th.

A special thanks to all our contributors, readers, and supporters this autumn. Keep well, and read well too. Kotahitanga.

The end of March is nearly here….

… and that is when our short story competition ends. So, if you haven’t already – and thanks to all of you who have entered – it’s time to send us your best short fiction. Our judge is already enjoying reading your stories and hopes for more.

We’re looking forward to an avalanche of entries before April arrives. If you don’t send us your work, you can’t win. Simple really.  Now get writing, the ironing can wait and there’s nothing wrong with an untidy kitchen or weeds in the garden.

Great news!

Nod Ghosh our short story competition judge is giving feedback on your entries…

….. but only if yours is one of the first 40 stories to be received. This is a wonderfully generous offer by Nod and I would encourage you to submit your work as soon as it’s ready. We’ve already had several entries for which Nod has prepared comments, so there’s not many spaces left.

So, get onto it now, let us have your stories and don’t miss out!

Our short story competition is underway

Christmas is over, 2019 has arrived and our short story competition is running. Time to sharpen your wits, put fingers to keyboard and craft those fabulous phrases you know you want to write.

We’re looking forward to receiving your entries – several of you have already e-mailed us stories and our judge is enjoying reading them.

For those who’ve not yet done so here’s a simple fact. You can’t win unless you enter. I have writer friends who struggle to submit to magazines or to send their work to competitions. Some ask,’ what’s the point?’ They doubt they’ll even be on the long list, let alone making the short list or gracing the winner’s podium. (We don’t actually have a podium but I like the idea of our writers being lauded as loudly as sports people are.)  

So maybe you won’t be placed, but even sending a story out is a success. It takes time and patience to write, it takes courage to share your work with others. And one of you out there will win the competition – someone has to, so why not you?

Here’s another fact. Last time we ran the short story competition we included several of the short and long listed stories in our magazine. So you’re not only entering our completion you may also be published.

So get writing and send us your stories. You have until  31 March but don’t leave it too late; dates have a habit of arriving before you’re ready for them. Like Christmas for example.