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The end of March is nearly here….

… and that is when our short story competition ends. So, if you haven’t already – and thanks to all of you who have entered – it’s time to send us your best short fiction. Our judge is already enjoying reading your stories and hopes for more.

We’re looking forward to an avalanche of entries before April arrives. If you don’t send us your work, you can’t win. Simple really.  Now get writing, the ironing can wait and there’s nothing wrong with an untidy kitchen or weeds in the garden.

Great news!

Nod Ghosh our short story competition judge is giving feedback on your entries…

….. but only if yours is one of the first 40 stories to be received. This is a wonderfully generous offer by Nod and I would encourage you to submit your work as soon as it’s ready. We’ve already had several entries for which Nod has prepared comments, so there’s not many spaces left.

So, get onto it now, let us have your stories and don’t miss out!

Our short story competition is underway

Christmas is over, 2019 has arrived and our short story competition is running. Time to sharpen your wits, put fingers to keyboard and craft those fabulous phrases you know you want to write.

We’re looking forward to receiving your entries – several of you have already e-mailed us stories and our judge is enjoying reading them.

For those who’ve not yet done so here’s a simple fact. You can’t win unless you enter. I have writer friends who struggle to submit to magazines or to send their work to competitions. Some ask,’ what’s the point?’ They doubt they’ll even be on the long list, let alone making the short list or gracing the winner’s podium. (We don’t actually have a podium but I like the idea of our writers being lauded as loudly as sports people are.)  

So maybe you won’t be placed, but even sending a story out is a success. It takes time and patience to write, it takes courage to share your work with others. And one of you out there will win the competition – someone has to, so why not you?

Here’s another fact. Last time we ran the short story competition we included several of the short and long listed stories in our magazine. So you’re not only entering our completion you may also be published.

So get writing and send us your stories. You have until  31 March but don’t leave it too late; dates have a habit of arriving before you’re ready for them. Like Christmas for example.

A note from Rachel and Jane

For the last two years we, Rachel Smith and Jane Seaford, have been the joint fiction editors for taka magazine. And we’ve both enjoyed reading the submissions and working together. We’ve just done our selection for December and that will be the last issue we work on, as we are moving on. Rachel will be focusing more on her own writing and Jane will become the taka competition secretary.  Zoë Meager is taking over from us.  And we think she’s looking forward to the role. It’s hard work at times but it’s a pleasure and a privilege to be able to read so many stories written by both New Zealand and overseas writers.  We very much enjoy the emails we get from those whose work we accept and  it’s also lovely when writers whose pieces we have decided not to take thank us for the comments we’ve made on their stories , telling us that they‘ve found  them helpful.

Thank you to everyone who has submitted to us. So now, over to you, Zoë. And to you writers who support taka, keep those stories coming in.

Fiction for takahē 93

Rachel and I have now finished choosing and preparing the stories for takahē 93. Thanks to everyone who submitted. We were sent over 100 pieces, so those of you selected should feel proud.

It’s often said by judges and editors that the selection process is subjective and that someone else might well have chosen differently. This is true, but working together Rachel and I have found that we are in agreement over the majority of the stories. And where we disagree we spend time trying to persuade the other why they should (or shouldn’t) take the disputed piece.

So to those of you who have stories in takahē 93, congratulations and to those we rejected thanks for submitting and do continue to send us your work. We are always pleased when we have a large number pf pieces to consider – even though it does make our job more arduous!

I hope you all enjoy the stories we have selected for you to read this winter