The essay competition is now closed.
A huge thank you to all the entrants and all the very best for the competition.
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.
Take care, keep safe, keep writing and keep reading (especially our blogs!)
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year from the Competitions Department (of one!)
My cake is cooked, presents wrapped and the tree looks very Christmassy.
Christmas week is hectic crazy and maybe not the best time to be reminding you about our ESSAY COMPETITION. So I won’t. I’ll save that for the New Year when we can think about resolutions and other scary stuff. In the meantime, kick-back, relax, enjoy Christmas and the break from the old routine.
Take care on the roads. There are people out there with too much to do and not enough time. If you don’t believe me ask my panel beater!
In case you didn’t know, it has been a pleasure and a privilege during the year to work with the editors, the judges and you the contestants.
See you in 2017.
Any day now, the latest print issues of takahē – our 86th – will be arriving in mailboxes across the country. Hurrah!
Those of you who keep a regular eye on this website may have already seen some of our online content – all thirty-one book reviews for example, or the stunning art (cover and other) by Lisa Walker, or the sample fiction and poetry from Rachel Smith, Meagan France, Jenny Powell and Robert McLean. Or maybe you’ve read our Essays Editor’s Editorial piece, and taken a moment with your cup of coffee to wonder about the ins and outs of putting a magazine like takahē together, and keeping it a lively and satisfying read.
Of course, to get the full content of the magazine, you need to subscribe …
Those of you who are particularly sharp-eyed will have noticed that what was once the Cultural Studies section has been renamed Essays. This has been done largely for the sake of clarity, for the term ‘cultural studies’ can be a little opaque. The shift is also designed to signal clearly the sort of writing we would like to promote and share with you: works of creative non-fiction and cultural criticism that engage with culture or cultural practice in New Zealand and the South Pacific, with the term ‘culture’ being read in a broad and inclusive way.
I look forward to reading your submissions and am happy to answer any queries. You can find more specific guidelines on content and length under ‘Submit’.