Avalanche appreciation

Image courtesy of Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections, AWNS-19360909-53-2

We’ve had an avalanche of fiction submissions for the August online issue. Our Fiction Editor is somewhere under there, tunnelling her way to daylight, with only a bendy spoon in hand and some fortified gumption in her guts…thanks to everyone who submitted!

While fiction submissions for takahē 96 are now closed, we’d love to receive your short stories and flash fiction sets for our December print issue (takahē 97).

Check out our Submissions page for details, and treat yourself to a warming bowlful of subscription while you’re at it.

Oh, and someone send a St Bernard, just in case?

a takahē harvest

Autumn, 1915, Auckland, by Robert Walrond. Purchased 1999 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa (A.018208)
Autumn (1915), Robert Walrond

Our mid-autumn issue is ripe for the harvest!

We’re busy posting to our subscribers and select bookshops, including Scorpio and Unity. In case you’re peckish in the meantime, we have plenty of online snacks.

Special guests bring us bushels this issue: Frankie McMillan (fiction), Simone Kaho (poetry), and Kim Lowe (art).

We have an insightful essay about our origin story from Sandra Arnold: takahē: When the Bird Hatched, and thankfully, an editorial from Art and Essays Editor, Andrew Paul Wood, which manages to put words to our feelings about the devastating mosque attacks of March 15th.

A special thanks to all our contributors, readers, and supporters this autumn. Keep well, and read well too. Kotahitanga.

a takahē is born

Just in time for Christmas, she’s a bonnie Issue 94! Currently winging her way to our lovely subscribers and stockists, so watch those letterboxes, bookshop shelves, and stockings.

She features the glorious art of Tyne Gordon, and special guests Bryan Walpert (poetry), Michael Harlow (essay), Iona Winter (fiction), and Barbara Garrie (art review).

Also featured, the winning poem of the takahē Monica Taylor Poetry Prize, along with the judge’s report and shortlist from James Norcliffe.

Glittering among the pages, as always, are short fiction and poetry treats from emerging and established writers, and reviews that unwrap some of New Zealand’s best books.

Select bonbons from its contents are also available free online, so why not take a peek?

2018 Monica Taylor Poetry Prize Shortlist

With many thanks to this year’s judge, James Norcliffe, takahē is pleased to announce the poems shortlisted for the 2018 Monica Taylor Poetry Prize. They are (in alphabetical order):

In Other Words

In the Anteroom

This House

Tree of Souls

The final results, along with the poet’s names, will be announced in the forthcoming December issue (94), along with the winning poem.

takahē extends special thanks to all of this year’s entrants.

Announcing the 2019 Takahē Short Story Competition

Snake, 2018, by Nod Ghosh

Entries are now open for the 2019 takahē Short Story Competition, and we’re all a flutter to welcome writer and artist Nod Ghosh as judge.

Nod is a prolific writer, having graduated from the Hagley Writers’ Institute in 2014, she already has an impressive list of awards and publications to her name, along with two years’ associate editing Flash Frontier. This year, between creating artworks like Snake (featured here), she found time to launch her debut flash fiction novella, The Crazed Wind.

We’ve also been lucky enough to have Nod’s work in the pages of takahē. Most recent was Muscle, in t93, which begins:

The screams. It’ll be the screams that finish me off.

And back in t87, Nod was our guest fiction writer, gifting us horse, starting with the haunting line:

i only ever saw horse cry once.

The Crazed Wind, by Nod Ghosh

It’s not only the start of Nod’s stories that so evocatively imaginative. Reading her work feels at times like being caught in a psychedelic whirlwind, with time and sensation whipping past almost before we can catch them. There’s the science-spiced tale of the Shapeshifters on the Bus, the speculative joy of The Cool Box, and the sensual intensity of Seven Lesbians and a Bar of Soap.

The Crazed Wind continues pushing boundaries, beginning with the story They Have a Different Heaven, set in a dreamscape in which the narrator is following their father, when suddenly:

He turns a corner and becomes younger. There are remnants of sunshine on his skin, his hair, even though the dusk has turned the ground a midden brown. I follow the boy who is to become my father.

There’s such a richness in the world of Nod’s writing, it feels as if you could dive in anywhere and find a treasure.

Nod Ghosh

So if you’ve got a strange story hidden away – a odd hybrid, something grown from truth and twisted into fiction, something that seems to talk about one thing while whispering incessantly about another, something layered, something funny, something surprising – Nod may well be your ideal reader.

See the Competitions page for full entry details for the 2019 takahē Short Story Competition.