General Guidelines

  • Submissions may be made at any time and will be considered for the next issue. Email is the preferred mode of submission in all genres, and will be acknowledged on receipt.
  • We do not consider previously published work (including online – blogs, websites, ezines), or, with the exception of short stories, simultaneous submissions.
  • Our usual response time is no longer than four months, and contributors should not submit further work until advised of the fate of earlier submissions.
  • Please send as a Word attachment (doc or docx) to the relevant editor: art, essays, fiction, poetry or reviews. If submissions are being made in more than one genre, send each separately.
  • Files should contain a cover-page which includes the date, your name, email address, postal address, and the title/s of the work. Your name should appear on every page of the submission.
  • If we accept your work we also publish a short bio (obligatory) and a comment on writing (optional). The bio should be no more than 50 words and combined length of bio + comment no more than 70 words and you may include them with your submission.
  • If you do not have access to email, please include a covering letter with above information, and a stamped self-addressd envelope for reply. (Submissions without either an email address or SSAE will be destroyed unread.) Put your name, the title of the work and the page number on each page, and post to: takahē, PO Box 13 335, Christchurch 8141, New Zealand.
  • Overseas Submissions will only be accepted by email, as New Zealand Post no longer accepts IRCs (International Reply Coupons). Foreign stamps and/or cash are not acceptable alternatives.
  • Quote your name, the title/s of your submission, and the date it was sent with any subsequent enquiry.
  • By submitting your work to takahē, you agree to be contacted occasionally by email (at most five times per year) about the release of issues and the announcement of competition deadlines. If you would like to opt out of this, please say so in your covering letter.


Copyright statement: With acceptance of work for publication, the writer cedes first publication rights in print and/or online to the Takahē Collective Board. The Takahē Collective Board reserves the right to archive issues of takahē on its website. Copyright reverts to the author on publication. If the work is subsequently republished elsewhere, acknowledgement of the original publisher/publication should be made. Contributors are responsible for obtaining copyright clearance for direct quotation from the work of others.

Grants from Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa enable us to make a small payment to local contributors for work published. Overseas contributors may opt for payment via PayPal, or put their fee towards a subscription. All contributors receive one free copy of the issue in which their work appears.

Specific Guidelines

Editor – Andrew Paul Wood
  • Arts content is selected by invitation of the Arts Editor.
  • No unsolicited submissions, please.


Editor – Andrew Paul Wood
  • The editor invites essays, especially creative non-fiction and works of cultural criticism, between 1000 and 2500 words. Unsolicited submissions longer than this will not be considered.
  • Preference will be given to writing that critically engages with or analyses culture or cultural practice in New Zealand and the South Pacific. Works of memoir and personal essays that do not include such content are unlikely to be considered for publication.
  • The essay may, at the discretion of the editor, include black and white photographs or illustrations, but the contributor is responsible for ensuring that the relevant copyright clearances have been obtained. Essays accompanied by such images may be no longer than 2000 words.


Editors – Jane Seaford and Rachel Smith
  • We prefer to publish fiction between 1500 and 3000 words. Stories up to 5000 words may be considered for publication in the online magazine only.
  • Please submit no more than two stories at a time.
  • We are now accepting simultaneous submissions for short stories and flash fiction. Please let us know as soon as your story is accepted elsewhere. Thank you.

We are now taking flash fiction as well as longer stories. Here are the rules.  Please read them carefully as there are significant differences between how we deal with flash in our on line and print issue.

  • Flash fiction submissions should be between 200 and 500 words long.
  • We have decided to include flash fiction in our print issue, but we will ONLY be publishing flash fiction collections;  that is 3 or 4 pieces from the same writer.
  • We will NOT be publishing  single flash fictions
  • So please submit a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 8 stories
  • You may link your stories if you would like to, for example by a theme
  • One print issue comes out in April. Submissions for this should ideally be made between October and January.
  • A second print issue comes out in December, so ideally submissions should be made from mid June to mid September.


  • Please submit no more than 4 stories at one time for our on-line issue
  • There is no need to link your stories
  • We will publish a maximum of 4 stories in each on-line issue
  • Currently our on-line issue comes out in August, so ideally submissions should be made from February to mid June.


Editors – Gail Ingram and Jeni Curtis
  • Submissions are accepted year-round, but the reading deadlines for each issue are as follows
    Dec 31st for April print issue
    April 30th for August online issue
    Aug 31st for Dec print issue
  • Please submit no more than four poems.


Editor – Cassandra Fusco
  • Reviews are solicited by the Reviews Editor.
  • Books for review may be sent to:
    takahē, PO Box 13 335, Christchurch 8141, New Zealand.