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.
One of the many ways we support NZ poets is putting forward the magazine for consideration in the annual Best New Zealand Poems.
Non-members are welcome to send work for other sections of the magazine. We recommend that you please consult our Style Sheet.
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.
- 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.
- 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, and published reviews will 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.
We also recommend you read Patricia Prime’s article, Reflections on Reviewing Poetry, in the February 2017 edition of a fine line [pdf download].
- Events & Opportunities: Please note: As of May 2018, this section is now phased out of the magazine. 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 for a flat $50 (please note, we are not GST registered).
- 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.
- 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 also 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.
How to submit
Once you have consulted our Style Sheet, please send your work to email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
2018 Deadlines and Themes
Summer edition: deadline 10 January
Autumn edition: deadline 10 April
Winter edition: deadline 20 July
Theme: to be announced
Spring edition: deadline 10 October
Theme: to be announced
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.
Archive of a fine line
Kindly note that the latest edition of a fine line only becomes available in the archive once the next edition is distributed to NZPS’s financial members. To receive your copy of the latest edition, please consider joining or renewing your membership.
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