New Māori journal: Te Whē

New bilingual Māori journal, Te Whē, is now online and in gorgeous limited-edition print form.

Edited by Anahera Gildea and Nadine Anne Hura, it features work by Anne-Marie Te Whiu, Becky Manawatu, Kirsty Dunn, Renée, Sinead Overbye, and many others.

Filled with poetry and prose, beautiful artwork, and an insightful discussion of tikanga, there’s heaps to explore in the first issue.

Checkout the Te Whē homepage.

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Overgr_wn seeks new writers’ work

Overgr_wn, a new literary journal based in the UK, is looking for work from “new, nervous writers”. As well as short fiction, poetry, and essays, they’re also seeking art and photography.

Submissions are free and open to writers from anywhere in the world. Amazingly, they also offer feedback on all submitted work and aim to give responses within a week!

Overgr_wn runs two submission windows annually and publishes digital issues in October and April. There’s still time to submit for the first issue, so find out more at Overgr_wn.

Deadline: 17th September 2020

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Quick Brown Dog call for submissions

Hagley writers Toni Wi, Kaye Gilhooley, and Chris Stewart are editing a selection of work that showcases the literary success and achievement of writers associated with The Hagley Writers’ Institute. 

We want your poems, flash fiction, or prose, that somehow touch on the idea of ‘home’. Send us your work about tūrangawaewae, the lockdown, running away or settling down, renovations, dirty dishes, bedrooms, pets, things you find in the attic, empty cupboards, holes you dig in your backyard, migration, lawn mowing, sibling rivalry, lazy Sundays, trampolines, annoying flatmates, landscaping etc…

See the attached submissions call for full details.

Deadline: 2nd August 2020

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Call for stories of depression and healing

Tautoko Publishing calls for submissions of personal stories of depression and healing.

This opportunity is open to everyone aged over 18, regardless of your previous writing experience. The publisher will offer editing services to those selected.

Find out more about the submissions call and Tautoko Publishing.

Deadline: 9th August 2020

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Fresh from Palmy

Milly Magazine is a newly launched online journal, based in Palmerston North. Edited by Theressa Malone, it has a fresh aesthetic and a special focus on essays. Milly calls for submissions short fiction, poetry and reviews, too, especially if they:

“…unearth parts of daily life otherwise ignored.”

There’s currently a small sampling of work up, so you can get a feel for things to come. Check out I once breathed an ancient breath, by Devon Judd, and Lossy, by Kingston Rivera.

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New rāhui journal

Stasis is a brand new journal, operating for the duration of the rāhui, and possibly longer.

Edited by writer and artist Sinead Overbye and poetry slam champion Jordan Hamel, it seeks a wide range of fiction and non-fiction writing, poetry, reviews, art, and more, with a focus on work created during the coronavirus lockdown period.

Find out more about Stasis journal here, including how to submit.

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Flash journals

Here’s a selection of some of the best local and international journals that specialise heavily (or exclusively) in the very short form. Most of these journals are dedicated to flash fiction, but a few are looking for flash nonfiction too.

We haven’t included journals that publish flash along with a mix of other forms, although there are plenty of those too (see Publications for some good leads).

A3 Review

Atticus Review

Bath Flash Fiction

Battery Pack

Best Small Fictions


Cheap Pop



Everyday Fiction

Fictive Dream

FlashBack Fiction

Flash: The International Short Fiction Magazine

Flash Fiction Magazine

Flash Frontier

Ghost Parachute


Jellyfish Review

Lost Balloon


MoonPark Review

NANO Fiction


New Flash Fiction Review

Okay Donkey

Paper Darts


Popshot Quarterly

SmokeLong Quarterly


The Drabble

Tiny Essays

TSS Publishing

Vestal Review





[100 word story]

3AM Magazine


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Year’s Best Science Fiction

Paper Road Press is calling for submissions to its Year’s Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction and Fantasy, Volume II.

Editor Marie Hodgkinson will read stories of up to 10,000 words from any sub-genres within the sci-fi and fantasy umbrellas. Stories must have been published between 1st January and 31st December 2019.

Don’t miss this paid opportunity, with stories included in the anthology paying NZ 1.5c per word.

Find out more here and check out last year’s anthology, which included work from Hagley Writers’ Institute graduate, Toni Wi.

Deadline: 1 March 2020.

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International submission opportunities

There are thousands of places to submit your work – too many to cover here! Start discovering new literary journals and competitions via:

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Aotearoa journals

Looking for a home for your work?

There’s a treasure trove of homegrown literary journals and other outlets accepting prose, poetry, essays, reviews, and related work.

Some have rolling submissions, others have regular deadlines, and some may be on hiatus – check the submission guidelines carefully.

Hagley graduates pop up regularly in these journals, so get reading, subscribe if you can, and start submitting your work.

Good luck!

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