Use Labour weekend fruitfully- write a short story for us

Thanks to those of you who’ve already submitted a story or two to our 2017 Short Story Competition. And to those of you who haven’t yet entered, a wonderful way to spend the coming weekend would be writing a winning story, or, if you have one that you prepared earlier, honing and editing it to make it your best ever. In other words get writing! I’m looking forward to an avalanche of entries in the coming weeks. You have until November 30th but why wait until the deadline? Look at our competition page for more information and you can find a story written by our judge, Eileen Merriman, in our current on-line issue.

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Fiction for Issue 91 ready to go

Thank you to all the fiction writers who shared your work with Jane and myself for our upcoming issue – it was a privilege to be able to read so many varied stories from writers we know well, and those who have sent work to takahē for the first time.

Varied voices and themes told stories about relationships with family, community and the world, spanning from rural New Zealand to Italy and the United States. The stories we selected connected with us no matter their location or characters. We look forward to sharing them with you in December

2017 short story competition now open!

Calling all writers, it’s time to start thinking about those winning words you know you can put together. Our 2017 short story competition has just opened and you have until November 30th to create and polish you entries, which for the first time we are accepting by email. If you don’t enter you won’t win. Simple really. So get writing and do look at our competition page for more information and to download the entry form. Good luck.

We are now accepting flash fiction

Good news for those of you who write very short fiction. Rachel and I are now accepting flash fiction between 200 and 500 words. We plan to publish these on our on-line issues only so there’s some time before they’ll appear. But don’t let that stop you honing your skills in minimalism. Check our submissions page for full details and get writing!

Short stories selected for August issue

Rachel and I have just finished making our selections for the August issue of takahe. Thanks to everyone who submitted. There were a large number of stories to choose from, and we could only take 12. Many of the pieces we didn’t accept had a great deal of merit such as an interesting theme, an intriguing plot or great characters. But in several cases, we rejected a potentially good story because it was overwritten. By this I mean the addition of words, sentences or even paragraphs that the story didn’t need. Often the less said the more powerful the writing.

We do hope that those of you who are short fiction writers continue to submit to our magazine. If you don’t already belong to a writing or critique group I would recommend that you find one to join. Almost all stories, even those written by experienced writers, can be improved by taking judicious notice of readers’ comments.

Our next issue is an on-line only issue due out in August when you will be able to read the stories we have chosen for you. Do let us know if there any you particularly like.’