a fine line is New Zealand Poetry Society’s quarterly magazine. Each issue contains feature articles, poetry book reviews, members’ poems, plus a seasonal featured poet.
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 send work for consideration for other sections of the magazine.
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.
- PUBLICATION GUIDELINES
- HOW TO SUBMIT * updated *
- 2019 DEADLINES and THEMES
- PAYMENT TO WRITERS
- ARCHIVE OF A FINE LINE
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 read our Style Sheet and edit your work accordingly before sending it in.
- We are keen to publish articles that encourage and strengthen readers’ and writers’ relationship with poetry. We 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.
- Members’ contributions will have precedence.
- Specifications: 750-1500 words, excluding any poetry quotations. Include a contributor’s bio of up to 30 words.
- By invitation only.
Poetry Book Reviews
- We have a set list of books available that can be requested for review. Once a book has been received by a reviewer, the review should be completed within three months. Reviewers keep the book. We will also consider unsolicited reviews of other books, depending on space.
- Specifications: 500-1000 words, excluding quotations — although this is negotiable, depending on the nature of the book under review. Include a contributor’s bio of up to 30 words.
These reviews are reserved for students only. Micro-reviews are published on the NZPS website, and selected students keep their review book as payment. Once a book has been received by a reviewer, the review should be completed within three months.
Specifications: 250-500 words, excluding quotations — although this is negotiable, depending on the nature of the book under review. Include a contributor’s bio of up to 30 words.
- NZPS members may submit poems. We occasionally publish the work of non-members, by invitation only. Poems may be unpublished or previously published.
- Specifications: Each poem can be up to 40 lines. Send 3-4 poems as either 1 or more attachment(s), or pasted in the text of the email. If previously published, please include the name of the publication in which they appeared. Include a contributor’s bio of up to 30 words, and the renewal date of your NZPS financial membership.
- 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.
- Preference given to NZPS members, though non-members’ submissions are carefully considered, and selected, if of a good standard.
- Specifications: Include the poem and name of poet, title and publisher of the book in which it appears (if applicable). 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.
- Letter writers need not be members of the NZPS.
- Specifications: Length is negotiable, although the letter may be abridged at the discretion of the Editor. Letters are accepted via email and post.
- 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.
- 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 * updated *
Submissions must include the following:
- bio (strictly 30 words maximum)
- renewal date of NZPS financial membership (for Members’ poems)
- contact details (address and email address; phone number optional)
We prefer to receive your work via email. If emailing, please attach your document as either Word docs or Rich Text, and mention any special formatting considerations in your email.
Postal contributions are also accepted through our PO Box:
New Zealand Poetry Society
PO Box 5283
Authors retain all rights. However, we would appreciate crediting a fine line in any subsequent publication.
2020 Deadlines and Themes
Autumn edition: deadline 10 January
Winter edition: deadline 10 April
Spring edition: deadline 10 July
Summer edition: deadline 10 October
Financial members of NZPS receive first notice of poetry themes upon receipt of the latest edition of a fine line. Join or renew, so you 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
Reviews $20 to $40 book token for reviews
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 at the same time as distribution, please consider joining or renewing your membership.