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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.

a takahē is born

Just in time for Christmas, she’s a bonnie Issue 94! Currently winging her way to our lovely subscribers and stockists, so watch those letterboxes, bookshop shelves, and stockings.

She features the glorious art of Tyne Gordon, and special guests Bryan Walpert (poetry), Michael Harlow (essay), Iona Winter (fiction), and Barbara Garrie (art review).

Also featured, the winning poem of the takahē Monica Taylor Poetry Prize, along with the judge’s report and shortlist from James Norcliffe.

Glittering among the pages, as always, are short fiction and poetry treats from emerging and established writers, and reviews that unwrap some of New Zealand’s best books.

Select bonbons from its contents are also available free online, so why not take a peek?

2018 Monica Taylor Poetry Prize Shortlist

With many thanks to this year’s judge, James Norcliffe, takahē is pleased to announce the poems shortlisted for the 2018 Monica Taylor Poetry Prize. They are (in alphabetical order):

In Other Words

In the Anteroom

This House

Tree of Souls

The final results, along with the poet’s names, will be announced in the forthcoming December issue (94), along with the winning poem.

takahē extends special thanks to all of this year’s entrants.