Competitions

We have now decided that in 2017, takahē magazine will be running three competitions – Essays (now closed, results published in April), Poetry (closes August, results published in the December issue) and Short Story. This will open in September and close 30 November. The results will be in the April 2018 issue.

Now OPEN:

The INAUGURAL takahē Essay Competition

Judged by Erin Harrington

Closing Date: 15 February 2017

First Prize $250

Writers are invited to submit essays, standalone reviews, or works of creative non-fiction
with a clear point of view on any topic relating to arts and / or culture
in Aotearoa New Zealand or the broader Pacific

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.

erin-harrington-2016Erin Harrington is a lecturer in English and Cultural Studies at the University of Canterbury, and until recently served as the essays editor for takahē. Her teaching and research centres on popular and visual culture, gender and sexuality, genre, and theatre. Outside of regular theatre criticism and her academic work on the representation of women within the horror genre, she has recently written for the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, The Physics Room, Playmarket and Aotearotica.

Conditions of Entry:

  1. Each entry must be the original work of the person submitting it; entries must not have been broadcast or previously published in any form (including webzines or personal blogs), and must not be submitted elsewhere for any competition or for publication in any form until after 1 September 2017.
  2. Essays should be between 1500 and 3000 words. Please enter the word count with your essay title on the entry form. Essays exceeding the word count will be disqualified.
  3. Entrants may submit as many previously unpublished essays as they wish, but each must be named separately on the entry form. Please use ONE entry form for all your essays. Entry forms may be downloaded as either a .docx file (click here) or a pdf (click here).
  4. All entries should be typed on one side of A4 paper, with pages numbered. NB: keep a copy of your essay(s) as entries will not be returned.
  5. Each individual essay must be accompanied by a NZ$10 entry fee. Overseas entrants may pay via PayPal – please email admin@takahe.org.nz for advice on payment.
  6. The entrant’s name or nom de plume must not appear on the manuscript.
  7. Worldwide copyright of entries will remain with the author, but all entries received will be considered for publication in takahē magazine, in print and / or online.
  8. The judge’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. Any entrant breaching this condition will be disqualified.
  9. The results and judge’s comments will be published online in April 2017 to coincide with the publication takahē 89. The winning essay will be published in our online issue (takahē 90 ) in August 2017. Only those placed will receive individual notification of the results.
  10. In the event of the competition being cancelled, all monies will be refunded.

 

For all competition enquiries, please email: comps@takahe.org.nz

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Results OUT:

The 2016 takahē Poetry Competition

Judged by peter bland

Results and the winning entries were published in takahē 88.
Click here to read the Judge’s Report.
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Past Results

The 2016 short story competition closed at the end of March, and the results were published in takahē 87.
Click here to read the Judge’s Report.

The 2015 poetry competition closed at the end of August, and the results were published in takahē 85.
Click here to read the Judge’s Report.

The 2014 poetry competition closed at the end of September, and the results were published in takahē 83.
Click here to read the Judge’s Report.

The 2014 short story competition closed at the end of March, and the results were published in takahē 82.
Click here to read the Judge’s Report.

The 2014 cultural studies competition closed at the end of January and the results were published in takahē 81.
Click here to read the Judge’s Report.

 

For all competition queries please contact our competition secretary: comps@takahe.org.nz