A note from Rachel and Jane

For the last two years we, Rachel Smith and Jane Seaford, have been the joint fiction editors for taka magazine. And we’ve both enjoyed reading the submissions and working together. We’ve just done our selection for December and that will be the last issue we work on, as we are moving on. Rachel will be focusing more on her own writing and Jane will become the taka competition secretary.  Zoë Meager is taking over from us.  And we think she’s looking forward to the role. It’s hard work at times but it’s a pleasure and a privilege to be able to read so many stories written by both New Zealand and overseas writers.  We very much enjoy the emails we get from those whose work we accept and  it’s also lovely when writers whose pieces we have decided not to take thank us for the comments we’ve made on their stories , telling us that they‘ve found  them helpful.

Thank you to everyone who has submitted to us. So now, over to you, Zoë. And to you writers who support taka, keep those stories coming in.

Join the takahē team

Want to be a part of takahē magazine? We’re currently looking for someone to join our friendly team as Database Administrator.

Our database administrator is responsible for maintaining an Excel database of subscribers, liasing with bookshops, and printing labels for our twice yearly print mailout. They are supported by the treasurer, secretary, and the rest of the board who meet four times a year and are in active communication year round. Willingness to create and manage an e-mail subscriber list a bonus.

takahē magazine offers the right volunteer the opportunity to support emerging writers, stay up to date with the New Zealand literary scene, and work alongside dedicated and knowledgeable editors.

For more information email Louise Waghorn at la.waghorn@gmail.com

Fiction for takahē 93

Rachel and I have now finished choosing and preparing the stories for takahē 93. Thanks to everyone who submitted. We were sent over 100 pieces, so those of you selected should feel proud.

It’s often said by judges and editors that the selection process is subjective and that someone else might well have chosen differently. This is true, but working together Rachel and I have found that we are in agreement over the majority of the stories. And where we disagree we spend time trying to persuade the other why they should (or shouldn’t) take the disputed piece.

So to those of you who have stories in takahē 93, congratulations and to those we rejected thanks for submitting and do continue to send us your work. We are always pleased when we have a large number pf pieces to consider – even though it does make our job more arduous!

I hope you all enjoy the stories we have selected for you to read this winter

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!

An Apology

As Joint Fiction Editors of takahē, we would like to apologise for the inclusion of L.E. Scott’s work in Issue 91 and for any distress this has caused to our contributors, readers and the Aotearoa New Zealand writing community. takahē does not condone or support violence in any form and we will endeavour to ensure our actions as editors serve to make our artistic communities safe, inclusive and welcoming.

Rachel Smith and Jane Seaford