Now that our wonderful online issue – takahē 87 – is ready to go live on 10 August, we must look ahead to takahē 88, December’s print issue.
It’s time to drag your Muse kicking and screaming from the back bedroom, sit her down beside you – and get writing.
Think spring, or summer, or holidays. Think Christmas – families, reunions, departures, arrivals, food – the make and break of family relationships. Think …
To be considered for the December issue, submissions must be received by Friday 9 September. Yes, it’s not far away. REMEMBER, WORD COUNT CANNOT EXCEED 3000. Please proof-read your work carefully before sending – it makes the editors smile.
We, my consulting editor and I, have been overwhelmed by the response from NZ writers for this first online issue – regulars and new faces. The longer word count has been welcomed by writers, with high quality work coming in. Since the online issue is the only forum for these, we feel we need to give priority to the best of the longer works, holding over equally good shorter stories for the print December issue. I hope this won’t disappoint anyone too much. Who’d want to be an editor? And we do it for love – of writing.
Thanks to all who entered stories in the 2016 takahē Short Story Competition. With that deadline behind you, it is time to pick up your pen, get out your laptop. Finish off and send a submission to firstname.lastname@example.org for the first online issue of takahē magazine – takahē 87 – which will appear on this website in August.
The new online publication of takahē is a special opportunity for those who like to write longer stories, as we can accommodate stories up to 5000 words. Longer is not necessarily better, though, so make every word count. Give us depth. Give us complexity. Give us freshness. Make us want more.
Christchurch author Nod Ghosh is the Guest Fiction writer for the first online issue. You will have read her insightful, even magical stories in previous issues of takahē. I look forward to seeing what she has for us this time.
Submissions for the online issue takahē 87 will need to be received by 1 July 2016, at the very latest.
Any day now, the latest print issues of takahē – our 86th – will be arriving in mailboxes across the country. Hurrah!
Those of you who keep a regular eye on this website may have already seen some of our online content – all thirty-one book reviews for example, or the stunning art (cover and other) by Lisa Walker, or the sample fiction and poetry from Rachel Smith, Meagan France, Jenny Powell and Robert McLean. Or maybe you’ve read our Essays Editor’s Editorial piece, and taken a moment with your cup of coffee to wonder about the ins and outs of putting a magazine like takahē together, and keeping it a lively and satisfying read.
Of course, to get the full content of the magazine, you need to subscribe …