Competitions

Takahē Magazine

Hunt Ducker Poetry Competition

We want your words about native NZ birds! First prize is a year’s membership to Forest & Bird and a year’s subscription to takahē magazine, with your poem shared on social media and considered for publication by both organisations. Two runners-up receive takahē subscriptions, their poem shared on social media, and consideration for publication in takahē.
Entry Details: Free. Open to any NZ resident aged 18+. Enter via Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, including #HuntDucker #takahēmagazine and #NZPoetryDay. 100 words maximum (title and hashtags excluded). Those not on social media can send entries to huntducker@takahe.org.nz. Winners announced on National Poetry Day, 23 August.
Submission Dates: 13 July – Midnight 22 August

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Announcing the Short List

for our Short Story Competition

which closed 31 March
congratulations to all of you listed below
  • Andrea Ewing; A Birthday
  • Andy Coyle; The Day of the Free Saveloys
  • Bernard Steeds; The last moment
  • Crispin Anderlini; Adelle99
  • David JV Schaumann; Cracks and Ice
  • Himali McInnes; Old Friends
  • Kath Beattie; When Rachmaninov Held my Hand
  • Melanie Dixon; Peach Crumble
  • Tania Brady; Crack The Egg
  • Taylor Cunningham; The Digger

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Announcing the Long List

for our Short Story Competition

which closed 31 March
congratulations to all our finalists
  • A D Anderson; Cathy’s Clown
  • Andrea Ewing; A Birthday
  • Andy Coyle; The Day of the Free Saveloys
  • Angela Woolff; First
  • Bernard Steeds; The last moment
  • Crispin Anderlini; Adelle99
  • David JV Schaumann; Cracks and Ice
  • Feana Tu‘akoi; Beautiful Dementia
  • Himali McInnes; Old Friends
  • Karen Phillips ; Digital Silence
  • Kate Railton-Jacks; A birthday, three friends and a picture
  • Kath Beattie; Outside the Money-Lenders Office
  • Kath Beattie; When Rachmaninov Held my Hand
  • Melanie Dixon; Peach Crumble
  • Nick Firth; When a Person becomes a house
  • Norman. P. Frankie; Bitter Orange Marmalade
  • Stacey Frances Kennedy; Memory Is Not an Ally
  • Stella Peg Carruthers; Pot Pourri
  • Sue Kingham; The King of Bela Levu
  • Sue Wootton; Blue Moon
  • Tania Brady; Crack The Egg
  • Taylor Cunningham; The Digger
  • Tim Saunders; A Lie of Driftwood
  • Toni Wi; Atria
  • Zachay Hokioi Robertson; Will the Men be Grown

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2019 takahē Monica Taylor Poetry Prize

Now open

This competition will be judged by Cilla McQueen.

First Prize: $300

Second Prize: $150

The maximum length for each poem submitted is 50 lines. Entries must be emailed to comps@takahe.org.nz or posted no later than Friday 31st August 2019.

Results and the winning poem will be published in takahē 97 (December 2019), and all entries may considered for publication. Download the takahē Monica Taylor Poetry Prize 2019 entry form.

 

Born in 1949, Cilla McQueen has lived in Te Waipounamu for most of her life. After formative years in Dunedin and some travel, she settled in Motupohue, Bluff, in 1996.

A poet, teacher and artist, her honours and awards include a Fulbright Visiting Writer’s Fellowship, two terms of the Robert Burns Fellowship, a Goethe Institut Scholarship to Berlin, three New Zealand Book Awards (1983, 1989, 1991), Hon.LittD Otago 2008, and the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in Poetry 2010. She was named National Library New Zealand Poet Laureate 2009 -11.

 

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The results for the

2018 Takahē Monica Taylor Poetry Prize

are now available

You can see them and read the judges report here

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Past Results

The 2017 short story competition closed at the end of March, and the results were published in takahē 92. Click here to read the judge’s report.

The 2017 poetry competition closed at the end of August, and the results were published in takahē 91Click here to read the Judge’s Report.

The 2016 poetry competition closed at the end of August, and the results were published in takahē 88.
Click here to read the Judge’s Report.

The 2016 short story competition closed at the end of March, and the results were published in takahē 87.
Click here to read the Judge’s Report.

The 2015 poetry competition closed at the end of August, and the results were published in takahē 85.
Click here to read the Judge’s Report.

The 2014 poetry competition closed at the end of September, and the results were published in takahē 83.
Click here to read the Judge’s Report.

The 2014 short story competition closed at the end of March, and the results were published in takahē 82.
Click here to read the Judge’s Report.

The 2014 cultural studies competition closed at the end of January and the results were published in takahē 81.
Click here to read the Judge’s Report.

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For all competition queries please contact our competition secretary: comps@takahe.org.nz