General Guidelines

  • Submissions may be made at any time and will be considered for the next issue. Email is the preferred mode of submission in all genres, and will be acknowledged on receipt.
  • We do not consider previously published work (including online – blogs, websites, ezines, social media).
  • With the exception of essays, we accept simultaneous submissions, but please let the editor know if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Our usual response time is no longer than four months, and contributors should not submit further work until advised of the fate of earlier submissions.
  • Please send as a Word attachment (doc or docx) to the relevant editor: art, essays, fiction, poetry or reviews. If submissions are being made in more than one genre, send each separately.
  • Files should contain a cover page which includes the date, your name, email address, postal address, and the title/s of the work. Your name should appear on every page of the submission.
  • If we accept your work we also publish a short bio (obligatory) and a comment on writing (optional). The bio should be no more than 50 words and combined length of bio + comment no more than 70 words and you may include them with your submission.
  • If you do not have access to email, please include a covering letter with above information, and a stamped self-addressd envelope for reply. (Submissions without either an email address or SSAE will be destroyed unread.) Put your name, the title of the work and the page number on each page, and post to: takahē, PO Box 13 335, Christchurch 8141, New Zealand. Please note, do not send books for review to this address; contact the Reviews Editor for details.
  • Overseas Submissions will only be accepted by email, as New Zealand Post no longer accepts IRCs (International Reply Coupons). Foreign stamps and/or cash are not acceptable alternatives.
  • Quote your name, the title/s of your submission, and the date it was sent with any subsequent enquiry.
  • By submitting your work to takahē, you agree to be contacted occasionally by email (at most five times per year) about the release of issues and the announcement of competition deadlines. If you would like to opt out of this, please say so in your covering letter.

Copyright statement: With acceptance of work for publication, the writer cedes first publication rights in print and/or online to the Takahē Collective Board. The Takahē Collective Board reserves the right to archive issues of takahē on its website. Copyright reverts to the author on publication. If the work is subsequently republished elsewhere, acknowledgement of the original publisher/publication should be made. Contributors are responsible for obtaining copyright clearance for direct quotation from the work of others.

Grants from Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa enable us to make a small payment to local contributors for work published. Overseas contributors may opt for payment via PayPal, or put their fee towards a subscription. All contributors receive one free copy of the issue in which their work appears.

Specific Guidelines

Editor – Andrew Paul Wood
  • Arts content is selected by invitation of the Arts Editor.
  • No unsolicited submissions, please.
Editor – Andrew Paul Wood
  • The editor invites essays, especially creative non-fiction and works of cultural criticism, between 1000 and 2500 words. Unsolicited submissions longer than this will not be considered.
  • Preference will be given to writing that critically engages with or analyses culture or cultural practice in New Zealand and the South Pacific. Works of memoir and personal essays that do not include such content are unlikely to be considered for publication.
  • The essay may, at the discretion of the editor, include black and white photographs or illustrations, but the contributor is responsible for ensuring that the relevant copyright clearances have been obtained. Essays accompanied by such images may be no longer than 2000 words.
Editor – Zoë Meager

Submissions for the December issue close on 16th August. Submit your work double-spaced in a plain 12-point font. We do not publish illustrations – please exclude them.

Send a single story of up to 3000 words, or 3 pieces under 500 words each.

No multiple submissions, except for sets of stories (as above). Simultaneous submissions are okay – please let us know as soon as your story is accepted elsewhere. Ensure you check your spam folder before querying the fate of a submission.

Editors – Gail Ingram and Jeni Curtis
  • Submissions are accepted year-round, but the reading deadlines for each issue are as follows:
    December 31st for April print issue
    April 30th for August online issue
    August 31st for December print issue
  • Please submit no more than four poems.
Editor – Michelle Elvy
  • Publishers, please get in touch with Reviews Editor Michelle Elvy to arrange your books to be sent to reviewers. Please do not send books for review without prior arrangement.