Ngā Hautaka


Academy of New Zealand Literature

The Academy of New Zealand Literature site is a rich source of long-form interviews, features, extracts, essays and conversations about contemporary New Zealand fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. Long book reviews run on Wednesdays and Fridays, with short versions of many also appearing in Canvas magazine (NZ Herald).

The Aotearoa NZ Review of Books – run by the Academy of NZ Lit – to contact for reviews – new site launching March 22, 2023

AT THE BAY                                                                                                                                                                                                          A space for short stories, hybrid and experimental writing, flash and microfiction.Te whakanui i te matatau o te tuhi iti – te pakiwaitara me te kōrero pono auaha. Celebrating the art of writing small–fiction and creative nonfiction.

​​Awa Wahine 

Awa Wahine is an online magazine featuring think pieces, personal essays, and creative writing. The site is organised around six categories; Wahine Toa, Taha Tinana, Taha Hinengaro, Taha Wairua, Taha Whanau and Taha Auaha. The kaupapa behind Awa Wahine is to provide a safe space for a community of women to share their stories.

Best New Zealand Poems/Ōrongohau

Published annually by Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington’s International Institute of Modern Letters. It aims to introduce readers—especially internationally—to leading contemporary New Zealand poets.

Blackmail Press NZ Poets Online
Gives poets, students and poetry readers in New Zealand a site to read, submit, and find great poetry.

Brief is an independent print journal that has been going since 1995. It appears biannually and publishes poetry, prose, essays… and things which are difficult to categorise. We are always looking for interesting, experimental, adventurous, or challenging new writing, from both established and emerging writers.


Circular is an online journal publishing genre-bending short fiction, poetry and personal essays. We specialise in works that may be classed as unusual and eclectic. circular is currently open for submissions from both emerging and established writers.

eel Online magazine

eel mag is a queer literary publication for poets of aotearoa

Elixir & Star Press – submissions on grief in Aotearoa

An online Sunday magazine run by the Mana Trust, which is dedicated to building a stronger Māori and Pacific presence in the New Zealand media. The website is not-for-profit and is largely a labour of love by a part-time team of accomplished journalists and writers who want to see, throughout the mainstream media, a more balanced and better informed reflection of New Zealand lives and issues. Includes articles on writers and key individuals in the book world of Aotearoa.

Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction  
Publishing award-winning work alongside writing from new and emerging writers since 2012. Flash fiction and prose poetry, with art and feature interviews. Word limit 250 words for most issues; featuring guest editors in NZ and international issues; bi-monthly.

Headland is a quarterly e-publication, featuring the best short stories and creative non-fiction from New Zealand and around the world. We offer aspiring writers a platform for publication alongside more established authors, and award an annual cash prize for the best story published.

INHALE                                                                                                                                                                                                               This is a new publisher for wāhine Maori. ‘We print bold stories – the stories that require us to be courageous and brave, to be vulnerable and passionate. Stories that challenge ourselves and those around us, and the stories within us that the world needs to hear.


JAAM has since grown into a popular national literary journal and receives funding from Creative NZ/Toi Aotearoa. It has a strong emphasis on promoting the work of younger and emerging Aotearoa/New Zealand writers, while still publishing the work of international writers and established New Zealand authors.

Journal of New Zealand Literature
The Journal of New Zealand Literature (JNZL) is the only international, fully peer-reviewed journal devoted to New Zealand literary studies.

Ka Mate Ka Ora: A New Zealand Journal of Poetry and Poetics
Contains a wealth of writing about New Zealand poetry.

KETE                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Coalition for Books website for all writing from Aotearoa. Reviews. Load new titles

Kotare: NZ Notes and Queries
Kotare is devoted to NZ literature, literary history, and literary criticism. It particularly welcomes submissions that have some basis in archival research and scholarship and criticism arising from newly discovered sources.

NZ Fiction, verse, critical work, commentaries, reviews and essays.

Landfall Review Online

As well as the reviews included in the two print issues each year, Landfall publishes additional review pages online, each month featuring six to eight reviews. An archive of all previous online reviews is a feature of the site. Typically the reviews are substantial and are commissioned from a mix of leading and emerging writers.

Mayhem                                                                                                                                                                                                        NZ NZ online journal accepting poetry and stories.

MOTIF Poetry

A website of poetry slams and events

New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre (NZEPC)
A new online poetry resource, the NZEPC, is a comprehensive electronic gateway to poetry resources in New Zealand and the Pacific region for a local and international audience of students, scholars, poets and interested members of the public.

NZ Listener
New Zealand’s only national weekly current affairs and entertainment magazine. It includes poetry and short stories, reviews and articles.

NZ Review on Books                                                                                                                                                                                  Online review journal


North and South                                                                                                                                                                                            Accepts writing and reviews NZ books

NZ Poetry Society                                                                                                                                                                                        Accepts reviews, submissions

Ora Nui is a biennial Māori literary journal, that publishes new and emerging Māori writers.

Pantograph Punch                                                                                                                                                                                          Online journal and writing across the arts spectrum in Aotearoa

Poetry New Zealand (Poetry NZ)
One of New Zealand’s oldest and most distinguished poetry magazines. Interested in promoting new and younger writers trying to have their work recognised. Also contains reviews and articles concerning poetry in New Zealand and elsewhere.

Radio New Zealand Storytime
Pre-school fiction, fiction for younger children, young adult fiction. Contact National Radio, PO Box 123, Wellington. Fax 04 474 1731.

Read NZ’s diverse programmes inspire a love of reading, writing, and books in school children and adults in communities nationwide.


The books section of NewsRoom edited by Steve Braunias – reviews, stories, poems, interviews, articles and the Nielsen weekly bestseller list.

Redraft Press 

Re-Draft is a nationally acclaimed collection of teenagers’ writing, published each year by Clerestory Press. Any New Zealand teenager can enter work using the form found in the back of the current edition of Re-Draft. Entries can be any creative writing genre and will be judged by award winning New Zealand writers.


Since 2012, the Young Writers Programme of the Michael King Writers Centre has published an annual literary journal showcasing a selection of work students have produced during the year. These pieces may be poetry, prose, comic-art or journalistic writing. (This publication is on hold in 2020 due to Covid-19.)

The Spinoff

An online magazine covering politics, pop culture and social issues. The Books section is edited by Catherine Woulfe and includes the weekly Unity Books Bestseller Chart, a monthly Unity Children’s Bestseller Chart, the Friday Poem, book reviews, interviews, news and articles.

Sport is edited and published by Fergus Barrowman, who founded the magazine in 1988 with Elizabeth Knox, Nigel Cox and Damien Wilkins, with assistance from Bill Manhire, Alan Preston and Andrew Mason. It is published annually. Sport publishes short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Submissions from New Zealand writers or with a New Zealand connection are welcome.


An online literary journal showcasing the best new poetry and prose from young New Zealand writers. Issue 10 was published in Winter 2020.


A live digital journal, publishing new writing, poetry and visual art in New Zealand during June/July 2020.

Sweet Mammalian

A New Zealand literary journal that comes out of a wish to see more good, new writing out in the world.

A quarterly magazine that publishes short stories and poetry by new and established authors.


Te Whē – Te Hau o te Whenua

Online bilingual Māori literature journal launched October 2020, featuring poetry, short stories and essays in Te Reo Māori and English, the journal includes work from some of Aotearoa’s most talented Māori writers.

The Three Lamps

This site is an ongoing showcase for the creative work (fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction) of University of Auckland students.


Toitoi invites young writers and artists ages 5-18 who are curious, courageous and creative to submit original material in English or te reo Māori that reflects the cultures and experiences of life in New Zealand.

Trout is intended to provide a forum for the poetry, prose, reviews, interviews, photography and artwork of or about New Zealand and/or Pacific writers and artists. Submissions from outside the Pacific Rim may occasionally be accepted.


Established in 2001, this is an online literary journal published annually by the International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) at Victoria University of Wellington. It presents new work by creative writing students alongside poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction by emerging and established writers.

Verb Wellington                   

Publishes essays, short stories and readings lists on their site.


Wharerangi means storehouse or raised platform, and this is the site’s kaupapa: to provide a packed storehouse of information for Māori writers of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry, and a platform for our publications—from a one-off story to a full-length book. Each section supplies information and links for opportunities, including places to read contemporary Māori literature and publish new work.

WRITE ON Magazine

Published by the School for Young Writers, Write On is the longest-running literary journal of writing by and for young people in Āotearoa New Zealand. We celebrate children’s writing ages 6-19