For the last two years we, Rachel Smith and Jane Seaford, have been the joint fiction editors for takahē 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 takahē 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 takahē, keep those stories coming in.
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
Our short story competition is over… but if you missed the deadline we would welcome your work as a submission for our April print issue. We are currently making our selection and will continue the process until the middle of January. So you’ve several weeks to get that story perfect. We look forward to reading it.
Thanks to all of you who’ve entered our short story competition. Our judge, Eileen Merriman, is enjoying reading your writing.
To those still working on their stories, we’re looking forward to receiving them. Remember, there is no limit on the number of entries you can submit. For more information do look at our competition page and get writing!
Thanks to those of you who’ve already submitted a story or two to our 2017 Short Story Competition. And to those of you who haven’t yet entered, a wonderful way to spend the coming weekend would be writing a winning story, or, if you have one that you prepared earlier, honing and editing it to make it your best ever. In other words get writing! I’m looking forward to an avalanche of entries in the coming weeks. You have until November 30th but why wait until the deadline? Look at our competition page for more information and you can find a story written by our judge, Eileen Merriman, in our current on-line issue.