‘a fine line’ quarterly magazine

a fine line is New Zealand Poetry Society’s quarterly magazine, containing feature articles, poetry book reviews, details of poetry opportunities, poems, and much more.

We only publish poems written by our members, so we encourage you to join or renew your membership if you’d like to share your work. Non-members are welcome to submit to other sections.





Publication guidelines

We welcome contributions to the following sections of a fine line. If you are new to contributing your work, or have not read the magazine before, please view the archive, to get a clear idea of what we like to see.

Please also visit our Style Sheet before sending in your work.

  • Feature Articles. Your article should aim to either encourage informed debate, assist and encourage poetry readers and writers, and improve their understanding of poetry. The subject matter is open. Minimum: 750 words; maximum: 1500 words, excluding any poetry quotations.
    There is a small payment (book token). Preference given to members’ contributions. Please include a contributor’s bio of up to 30 words.
  • Letters to the Editor: Readers are invited to comment on magazine content, or any other subject of interest to lovers of poets and poetry. Length is negotiable. Please note, the letter may be abridged at the discretion of the Editor. There is no payment, and letter writers do not need to be members of the NZPS. Letters are accepted both by email and by post.
  • Events & Opportunities: Members are invited to send in items of interest for inclusion. This is not an advertising feature, so no payment is expected, but the Editor has discretion regarding whether the item is of sufficient general interest to be published. Attribution is required. Non-members can advertise events for a flat $50 (please note, we are not GST registered).
  • Regional Reports: This is an occasional column reporting on poetry events around the country. Writers may include poems from a reading or workshop they are reporting on, with the poet’s permission. Please be sure to check the accuracy of any poems used, including punctuation, line breaks, and spelling. There is no payment, and reporters need not be members of the NZPS.
  • Talk Poem: The purpose of the Talk Poem is to introduce readers to new poetry, and to assist readers to improve their understanding of poetry. In essence, it is one poet discussing a poem by another poet, either because it is a favourite of the writer (who will be explaining why), or because it has something to teach the reader about the craft of poetry. There is a small payment (book token).
    Please supply: Poem and name of poet, Title and Publisher of the book in which it appears (if applicable), and a contributor’s bio of up to 30 words.
    Preference given to NZPS members, though non-members’ submissions are carefully considered and are used if of a good standard.
  • Members’ Poems: NZPS members may submit poems of up to 40 lines. Poems may be published or not published, but if previously published, please include the name of the publication in which they appear. Send 3-4 poems as either 1 or more attachment(s), or pasted in the text of the email.
    Please do not expect your work to be published in the next edition, as there is always a backlog. Poems may also be held in reserve for the next edition.
    There is currently a small payment (book token). We occasionally publish the work of non-members, by invitation only.
    We don’t accept submissions from non-members who send a poem/s and a website link in the body of the email, with no covering note.

How to submit

Once you have consulted our Style Sheet, please send your work to editor@poetrysociety.org.nz

We prefer receiving work via email, though postal contributions are also accepted. If emailing, please attach Feature Articles, How it is, and poems for the Members’ Poems page as either Word docs or Rich Text. Please include any special formatting considerations in your email.

For information about reviewing for a fine line not covered by the guidelines above, please email reviews@poetrysociety.org.nz

2018 Deadlines and Themes

February edition: deadline 10 January

May edition: deadline 10 April

August edition: deadline 20 July
Theme: to be announced

Nov/Dec edition: deadline 10 October
Theme: to be announced

Financial members receive first notice of poetry themes in the latest edition of a fine line. Join or renew, and don’t miss out.

Archive of a fine line

Once the latest edition is distributed among New Zealand Poetry Society’s financial members, the previous edition will be archived here. To receive your copy of the latest edition, please consider joining or renewing your membership.

2018 February 2018  ♦  May 2018  ♦  August 2018  ♦  December 2018

2017 February 2017  ♦  May 2017  ♦  August 2017  ♦  December 2017

2016 April 2016 ♦  June 2016  ♦  September 2016  ♦  November 2016

2015  April 2015  ♦  July 2015

2014  January 2014  ♦  March 2014  ♦  May 2014  ♦  July 2014  ♦  December 2014

2013  January 2013  ♦  March 2013 ♦  May 2013 ♦  July 2013 ♦  September 2013 ♦  November 2013

2012  January 2012 ♦  March 2012 ♦  May 2012 ♦  July 2012 ♦  September 2012 ♦  November 2012

2011  March 2011  ♦  May 2011 ♦  July 2011 ♦  September 2011 ♦  November 2011

2010  January 2010  ♦  March 2010  ♦  May 2010 ♦  July 2010 ♦   September 2010 ♦  November 2010

2009  January 2009  ♦  March 2009 ♦  May 2009 ♦  July 2009 ♦  September 2009 ♦  November 2009

2008  January 2008  ♦  March 2008 ♦  May 2008 ♦  July 2008 ♦  September 2008 ♦  November 2008

2007 January 2007   ♦  March 2007  ♦  May 2007  ♦  July 2007  ♦  September 2007  ♦  November 2007

2006  February 2006  ♦  April 2006  ♦  June 2006  ♦  August 2006  ♦  November 2006

2005  February 2005  ♦  March 2005   ♦  April 2005  ♦  May 2005  ♦  June 2005  ♦  July 2005  ♦  August 2005  ♦  September 2005  ♦  October 2005  ♦   November 2005

2004  February 2004 ♦  March 2004 ♦  April 2004 ♦  May 2004 ♦  June 2004 ♦  July 2004  ♦  September 2004 ♦  October 2004 ♦  November 2004

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