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.
Editor – Zoë Meager

We are now accepting flash fiction as well as short stories.


  • We prefer to publish short stories of up to 3000 words.
  • Stories up to 5000 words may be considered for publication in online issues only.
  • Please submit no more than 2 short stories at a time.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions. Please let us know as soon as your story is accepted elsewhere.


  • We prefer to publish flash of up to 500 words.
  • We include only sets of flash fiction in our print issue; that is 3 or 4 pieces from the same writer. We do not publish single flash fictions in print issues.
  • Please submit between 3 and 8 flash fictions for print issues.
  • For the April print issue, submissions are best made between October and January.
  • For the December print issue, submissions are best made from mid June to mid September.


  • We prefer to publish flash between 200 and 500 words.
  • Single flash fictions are accepted for online issues only.
  • Please submit no more than 4 flash fiction pieces for the online issue.
  • Our online issue is in August, so submissions are best 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.