The essay competition is now closed.
A huge thank you to all the entrants and all the very best for the competition.
Results will be published online in April 2017.
The winning essay will be published in our online issue (takahē 90) in August 2017.
All entries will be considered for future publication, and will be notified by 1 May 2017.
Take care, keep safe, keep writing and keep reading (especially our blogs!)
Sun shining, birds singing, and keyboards clattering.
Nineteen sleeps to go.
Plenty of time to spit and polish.
Winner gets the money ($250) and publication, not to mention – glory. What a brilliant start to the new year.
Made any writing resolutions? Not too late!
Sharing from my own extensive list: finish what I start; try something new; challenge myself to write out of the comfort zone, be brave.
There are more but I don’t want to overload.
Looking forward to opening all the essay entries – it will be like Christmas all over again (without the expensive and heart-burn). You don’t have to restrict yourself to one entry.
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year from the Competitions Department (of one!)
My cake is cooked, presents wrapped and the tree looks very Christmassy.
Christmas week is hectic crazy and maybe not the best time to be reminding you about our ESSAY COMPETITION. So I won’t. I’ll save that for the New Year when we can think about resolutions and other scary stuff. In the meantime, kick-back, relax, enjoy Christmas and the break from the old routine.
Take care on the roads. There are people out there with too much to do and not enough time. If you don’t believe me ask my panel beater!
In case you didn’t know, it has been a pleasure and a privilege during the year to work with the editors, the judges and you the contestants.
See you in 2017.
POETRY COMPETITION 2016
ONLY THREE WEEKS TO GO (GIVE OR TAKE THE ODD DAY!)
Riemke Ensing, our 2015 Judge made the following comment in her Judge’s report: One wants a poem to ‘say’ something and grab one by the throat. Yeats’ lines – ‘two girls in silk kimonos, both beautiful, one a gazelle’ kept coming into my head.
Of the winning entries she said: They kept one’s attention throughout. As I read them aloud, I listened to Robert Frost telling me ‘the ear is the best reader.’ And in conclusion she reminded us that: You are all winners in the sense that with Ulysses in Tennyson’s poem, ‘all experience is an arch wherethro’ / Gleams the untravell’d world.’ – Keep striving and keep at it.
Of course you have to enter to be a winner – that’s how these things work.
One of the fab things about competitions is that you will never be rejected – we welcome your entry and don’t forget that every entry will be considered for publication, which by my reckoning is value for money.
The good thing is there is still plenty of time to send in a couple (or more) of your best.
Do a Robert Frost, read them to your cat, your bestie, the postie (well, maybe not the postie), fold with care, stuff in an envelop and send them to:
Takahe Poetry Competition, P O Box 13-335, Christchurch 8141, New Zealand.
Nothing ventured …
Short Story Competition 2016 Short List:
We are thrilled to offer a big congratulations to those of you who have reached the short list.
In no particular order:
Kokako – Hamilton
Helicopter – Dunedin
The Girl with the Spoon in Her Eye – Dunedin
Family Likenesses – Wellington
The Dead Man – France
Happiness – Auckland
Doling Out Dad – Dunedin
Blue – Christchurch
Names and final placings will be revealed along with our Judge’s report in August. It is great to see stories from such a broad regional and international spread.
A huge thank you to each and every writer who made the effort, wrote, polished and sent us stories. Without you this competition does not happen. You are all stars.
It is never easy choosing and our judge has said that she has been impressed by such a wide and interesting range of topics and approaches.
I read a good piece of advice for writers the other day, apparently we should read twice as much as we write. So if the sun won’t shine and the washing won’t dry, at least I can console myself that reading a chapter or two is NOT wasted time. Happy reading, happy writing, happy days!