‘a fine line’ quarterly magazine

a fine line is New Zealand Poetry Society’s quarterly magazine, containing feature articles, poetry book reviews, members’ poems, a seasonal featured poet, 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.

One of the many ways we support NZ poets is to put forward every edition of the magazine for consideration in the annual Best New Zealand Poems.

Non-members are welcome to send work for consideration for other sections of the magazine. We recommend that you please consult our Style Sheet first.






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 latest edition from the archive. It may help give a clearer idea of our preferences.

Please also visit our Style Sheet before sending in your work, and click here for payment rates to writers.

  • Feature Articles. The Editor is keen to publish articles that encourage and strengthen readers’ and writers’ relationship with poetry. She would also like to see articles that can assist NZPS’s readership in practical areas, such as poetry publishing or poetry performance. NZPS members include beginner, emerging, and established poets, so the article needs to be of relevance to them. The subject matter is open.
    Minimum: 750 words; maximum: 1500 words, excluding any poetry quotations.
    There is a small payment (book token). Members’ contributions will have precedence. Please include a contributor’s bio of up to 30 words.
  • Featured Poet: By invitation only.
  • Poetry Book Reviews: We have a set list of books available to review. However, we will also consider unsolicited reviews of other books, depending on space. Reviewers keep the book. Published reviews attract a small payment (book token).
    Book reviews require the following information: Title, Author, Publisher, Retail Price, ISBN, and a contributor’s bio of up to 30 words.
    Word count is 500 words minimum, 1000 words maximum, excluding quotations — although this is negotiable, depending on the nature of the book under review.
    For a guide on writing reviews, we highly recommend you read Patricia Prime’s article, Reflections on Reviewing Poetry, in the February 2017 edition of a fine line [pdf download].
  • Members’ Poems: NZPS members may submit poems of up to 40 lines. There is currently a small payment (book token). We occasionally publish the work of non-members, by invitation only.
    Poems may be published or unpublished, 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 will be published in the next edition, as there is sometimes a backlog. Poems may be held in reserve for consideration in the next edition. Non-members who send poem/s and a website link in the body of the email, with no covering note, will not be accepted.
  • 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 selected, if of a good standard.
  • 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 need not be members of the NZPS. Letters are accepted via email and post.
  • 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.
  • Events & Opportunities: Please note: As of May 2018, this section is now phased out of the magazine. We suggest you join us on our NZPS Facebook page, where we regularly post news of poetry opportunities, competitions, and journal deadlines. For Regular NZ Poetry Events, please visit this page. Members are still welcome to send in items of interest for posting on Facebook and the website. Non-members can advertise events. Email NZPS for rates. NB: We are not GST registered.

How to submit

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

We prefer to receive your work via email, though postal contributions are also accepted. If emailing, please attach your document as either Word docs or Rich Text, and mention 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

2019 Deadlines and Themes

Autumn edition: deadline 10 January
Theme: Windows

Winter edition: deadline 10 April
Theme: The Wave

Spring edition: deadline July (TBC)
Theme: TBA

Summer edition: deadline 10 October
Theme: TBA

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

Payment to writers

Select contributions receive a small payment (NZ book token).

Poems $20 book token per poet

Featured Poet $40 book token for four poems

Articles $40 book token for articles 750-1000 words

Reviews $20 to $40 book token for reviews 500-1000 words (quotations of poetry excluded). Peruse our bookshelf.

There is no payment for regional reports or Letters to the Editor.

Archive of a fine line

Kindly note that a fine line only becomes available in the archive three to four months after the current edition is distributed to NZPS’s financial members.

To receive your copy quickly, please consider joining or renewing your membership.

2019 Autumn 2019  ♦  Winter 2019  ♦  Spring 2019  ♦  Summer 2019

2018 Autumn 2018  ♦ Winter 2018  ♦  Spring 2018 ♦  Summer 2018

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

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