“We are actively looking to include more Pacific voices in takahe magazine and would like to encourage Cook Islands writers to submit their work to us,” said Rachel Smith, joint fiction editor at the magazine.
Founded in 1989, takahe publishes short stories, poetry and art, as well as essays, interviews, and book reviews in related areas. They have also recently begun to include flash fiction, which are stories between 200-500 words.
The magazine is published three times a year, currently with two print issues in April and December, and an online issue in August. Submissions are now being taken for the December issue. Anyone who is thinking of submitting work is encouraged to read previous online issues to get a feel for what takahe publishes.
“The magazine is a non-profit organisation that is run by the takahe collective trust. As writers we understand the need for support in terms of publishing your work – we are very proud to be able to pay the writers who are published in takahe,” said Smith.
Smith is a writer herself, living in Rarotonga with her family. She is a policy writer at the Ministry of Education and was one of the judges for the memoir writing competition held by the Ministry this week. She was also the scriptwriter for Stranded Pearl, a feature film shot in Rarotonga earlier this year – the film is due to be released in the middle of 2018.