Writing Submissions2020-01-19T03:58:48+00:00

We are collecting together the best of Auckland writing

What is the ‘Best of Auckland’ collection?

Our aim is to promote Auckland writing and Auckland writers. ‘Best of Auckland’ will be a showcase of Auckland writing. The compilation will be published in physical and digital form.

‘Best of Auckland’ shortlist

The following stories, poems and excerpts (in alphabetical order) have been shortlisted for the ‘Best of Auckland’ collection. We will be making a selection for publication over the coming days. Successful entries will be contacted by phone.


A Little Acid for the Beach

At Last, Goodbye


Botticelli Painted Venus Naked, Surfing on a Scallop Shell

Car Park for Rent

Chaos Blossoms

Coffice Unrest


Ed’s Garage



Going, Going, Gone

Grief on the Tundra

I Believe That Morris Expects Me to Clean the Kitchen Tonight

In the Distance is the Sea

It Began the Day They Locked Everyone In



K Road

Lucky Day

Luna’s Crew

Maia Strikes Back

Missing Pieces

Mother, Invoked

New York Hustle

Notes from the Invisible City

Old Mill

One More Time


Perfect Exit


Rachel’s Reckoning

Red State


Run Santa Run

Saint Catherine

Seven Things


Singularity of Sleep

Sophie Not To Be

Spray Drifting to Infinity


That Question

The Artists’ Colony

The Cops and a Razor

The Individual

The Right Thing To Do

Through the Red Woods

Submission details

Submissions closed midnight 31 December 2019.

  • All submissions accepted for publication will be paid $60. We take no publishing rights, you are free to republish your work as you wish.
  • The work can be published or unpublished, but needs to be written and/or published in 2019 (or accepted for publication in 2019 but with publication in 2020). Check the re-publishing rights of any published work before submitting it to us (many NZ journals, for example, retain right of first publishing only)
  • The work can be up to a maximum of 5000 words (if you have something longer than this, we accept chapter/scene excerpts)
  • You must live in Auckland, or tell us why you consider yourself to be an Auckland writer
  • You can submit up to two pieces of writing
  • The pieces can include prose, poetry and creative non-fiction
  • See the full terms & conditions here