Takahē runs three competitions.The poetry competition is run every year.The short story and cultural studies competitions are run every other year; one year short story, the next cultural studies.
As 2014 was our twenty-fifth anniversary year we ran all three competitions.This means that we will only be running one competition in 2015, the poetry competition.
TAKAHĒ SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2016
is coming soon
Opens 1 December 2015
Closes 31 March 2016
Unleash the imagination and start writing now – 1500 to 2000 words
Watch this space for full details and application form
TAKAHĒ POETRY COMPETITION 2015
is now closed. Watch this space for the results.
This year our poetry competition will be judged by
FIRST PRIZE: $250
SECOND PRIZE: $100
Two runners up will receive one year’s free subscription to takahē
Poems up to 50 lines long on any theme will be accepted.
All submissions must be previously unpublished, including online – blogs, zines etc.
Entry Fee: $5 per poem.
Each poem should be printed on one side of A4, and posted to:
takahē Poetry Competition 2015
PO Box 13-335
to be received no later than Monday 31st August 2015.
No email entries, please.
Results will be published in takahē 86 (December 2015),
and all entries will considered for publication
About our judge - Riemke Ensing is the author of twelve collections of poetry, most recently O Lucky Man – Poems for the Charles Brasch Centennial, (Otakou Press, University of Otago, 2009). Several musicians have set her poems to music, and Canterbury University composer, Alex van den Broek is presently working on a chamber ensemble setting for her volume Storm Warning – after McCahon. (His composition of her poem ‘Crossing’ can be heard on his website: www.alexvdbroek.co.nz.)‘Ensing has her own voice and eye and frame of reference in her poetry, and the Dutch origins are a significant factor in this uniqueness, contributing to a European quality which has made an increasingly rich mix with a range of New Zealand (and other) elements. ’ – Lawrence Jones.
In 2012, she was awarded the Lauris Edmond Memorial Poetry Award for Distinguished Contribution to Poetry in New Zealand.
The 2014 poetry competition closed at the end of September and the results are now available. Click here to see these and for a link to the Judge's Report.The winning poem is in takahē 83. Runners-up and a selection of other poems from the competition will appear in issues next year. Joanna Preston, our poetry editor, has now contacted everyone whose entries she'd like to use. So if you've not heard from her thanks for entering the competition and your poem(s) are now free to be sent elsewhere.
The 2014 short story competition closed at the end of March and the results are now available. Click here to see these and for a link to the Judge's Report.
The 2014 cultural studies competition closed at the end of January and the results are now available. Click here to see these and for a link to the Judge's Report.
For all competition queries please contact our competition secretary on: email@example.com
2014 25th Anniversary Takahē POETRY COMPETITION
was judged by DAVID HOWARD
First Place: Paula King - the sound of floating vessels
Second Place: Michael Harlow - The Book of Evidence
Runners Up: Terry Locke - Intercession: A villanelle and Elisabeth Morton - tomatoes
2014 25th Anniversary Takahē SHORT STORY COMPETITION
was judged by SARAH QUIGLEY
First Place: Anahera Gildea - Thief
Second Place: Kate Mahony - Freedom
Runners Up: Patricia Bell - The Girl Behind the Bar and Eileen
Merriman - Step on a Crack
2013 Takahē CULTURAL STUDES COMPETITION RESULTS
was judged by
Brenda Allen and Cassandra Fusco
First Place: John Ewen - When Coal was King
First Runner Up: Jane McNaughton - A Foreign Country for Old Men and Women
Second Runner Up: Diane Andrews (nee Pithie) - The Prehistory of Tauranga Writers