New Zealand literary journals, magazines and blogs

New Zealand literary journals, magazines and blogs, New Zealand art journals and magazines
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An arts reviews/news/discussion page for NZ fine arts. News, reviews, rants and events.
Building a community of interest in contemporary Australian and New Zealand literary and performing Arts – with information on classes, performing artists, writers and e-books, with many useful links to related sites worldwide.

A New Zealand anime news and reviews blog.

Words as they come to hand, a blog by Tony Green.

Art reviews, writing, art criticism, a calendar of exhibitions, a guide to New Zealand art galleries and an online art store where members exhibit and sell their art online.

Art and My Life
This blog is an outlet for the writer’s musings about art and occasionally literature and their incorporation into his daily life (or not).

ANZ LitLovers LitBlog
For lovers of Australian and New Zealand literary fiction.


Bat Bean Beam
A blog by Giovanni Tiso, an Italian writer and translator based in Wellington. He writes most regularly here and for the Australian literary journal Overland. His main research interests are cultural theory and in particular the relationship between memory and technology.

Beattie’s Book Blog
Constantly updated news on New Zealand literary events; new books and poems.

Best New Zealand Poems
Published annually by the International Institute of Modern Letters and aiming to introduce readers, especially internationally, to leading contemporary New Zealand poets.

Blackmail Press
Guest and new poets from New Zealand and around the world.

Brief is an independent New Zealand literary journal which appears twice a year. Founded in 1995, it publishes new experimental, adventurous, challenging and exploratory writing (poetry, prose, essays and criticism).

Chrysalis Seed Trust website and social network
Essential art news, including competitions, funding, residencies and other opportunities. Exhibition reviews, topical interviews and features. A directory to helpful organisations and resources. All to help contemporary visual artists connect with each other, develop their practices and explore the intersection of art and Christian faith.


eyeCONTACT, a forum built to encourage art reviews and critical discussion about the visual culture of Aotearoa New Zealand. It is edited by John Hurrell, a New Zealand writer, artist and curator.


Flash Frontier
Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction is New Zealand’s flash fiction challenge and competition site where we are building a community of short fiction writers, one story at a time. Your challenge is to write a story in 250 words or less following a monthly theme, and to join other writers by submitting your work for publication in our pages.

4th Floor Literary Journal
Tēnā tātou e tau mai, e pānui mai nei. 4th Floor, a showcase of writing from Whitireia, New Zealand’s creative writing programme.

Geometry is an international literary endeavour. They seek to publish outstanding literature from their home country, Aotearoa New Zealand, and from around the world. They are a digital and print publication dedicated to featuring work by both established and emerging writers. We place no limitations on style or content. Their criterion is distinctive and intelligent writing. They seek fresh voice, diversity and work that captivates and challenges. Geometry accepts submissions of literary fiction, nonfiction, graphic narrative, art and poetry.


Literary frontiers and emerging voices. Headland is a quarterly e-publication, featuring the best short stories and creative non-fiction from New Zealand and around the world. They offer aspiring writers a platform for publication alongside more established authors, and award an annual cash prize for the best story published.


JAAM (Just Another Art Movement) is a literary journal published by the JAAM Collective in Wellington, New Zealand. It was founded in 1995 by Mark Pirie and other members of a writer’s group at Victoria University. JAAM has since grown into a popular national literary journal and receives funding from Creative NZ/Toi Aotearoa.

The Journal of New Zealand Literature
The Journal of New Zealand Literature (JNZL) is an international, fully peer-reviewed journal devoted to New Zealand literary studies. Established in 1983 and published annually, JNZL is edited within the School of Arts at the University of Waikato, Hamilton


New Zealand’s long-established literary journal.

Letting Space
Letting Space seeks to transform the relationship between artists, the public and their environments to enable social change. Their work is about increasing the public commons, finding new ways through art, the media and urban revitalization to think more creatively and collectively about our environment. Based in Wellington, they create major temporary public artwork and events designed to provide dynamic new spaces for engagement.


Ka mate ka ora: a New Zealand journal of poetry and poetics.


The Listener

The Lumiere Reader
A New Zealand journal dedicated to film criticism and review. Lumiere Industries is multi-discipline creative umbrella; a collective invested in the production and realisation of art, design, film and new media-related projects.


Mayhem is an online literary journal showcasing the creative writing of students, staff and Alumni of the University of Waikato.


Natural Selection
New Zealand and Australian Art Reviews

NZ Books
New Zealand Books is an established quarterly journal reviewing books by, for and about New Zealanders. NZ Books features reviews of up to 2500 words and is this country’s only dedicated review journal.

The New Zealand Poet Laureate Blog

NZ Poetry Shelf
A poetry page with reviews, interviews and other things.

In-depth current affairs and culture content, powered by the country’s most trusted journalism sources.


Founded in 2008, Oculus is an annual peer-reviewed publication led by postgraduate students from the University of Canterbury Department of Art History and Theory, and School of Fine Arts. Oculus aims to provide a platform for the publication of postgraduate research in the realm of the visual arts and culture currently being undertaken in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, with the hope of facilitating connections between students from different tertiary institutions.


Pantograph Punch
An online journal about arts and culture in New Zealand and elsewhere. Film, theatre, literature, music, art, society, reviews, news, videos. For general enquiries:

Poetry New Zealand
Poetry New Zealand: an internationally acknowledged magazine devoted exclusively to poetry and poetics. Established in 1951 by Louis Johnson under the title New Zealand Poetry Yearbook, and edited between 1993 and 2014 by Alistair Paterson, the magazine is now housed by Massey University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences. PNZ is this country’s oldest, most established poetry magazine.

Poetry SZ
Demystifying mental illness, a journal edited by Jill Chan.


Reid’s Reader
Reid’s Reader, a site renewed weekly and devoted to the appreciation and discussion of books old and new by bibliophile, critic and reviewer Nicholas Reid. Each week Reid’s Reader offers Something New, Something Old and Something Thoughtful to readers and browsers. REID’S READER will sometimes feature guest reviewers and will sometimes offer general book news, but it does not run publishers’ publicity material.

Rem Magazine
An experimental literary/arts journal embracing new ideas and new forms as the foundations of innovative art and writing. Based in Auckland.


An online literary magazine with a special interest in bringing together the creative writings of Australians and New Zealanders, while also welcoming submissions from the wider international community. Snorkel is published twice yearly.

The Spinoff
The Spinoff has grown to become a must-read source of analysis, humour and cultural commentary.

Sport Magazine
An established New Zealand literary magazine.

Street Women Press
Palmerston North Poetry, by Philippa Elphick and Paula Harris.

Sweet Mammalian
This publication comes out of a wish to see more good, new writing out in the world. Their aim is to provide a fresh space for poetry that comes out of the complex, the absurd and the warm-blooded. Edited by Hannah Mettner, Magnolia Wilson and Morgan Bach.


The Takahe magazine appears three times a year and publishes short stories, poetry and art by established and emerging writers and artists as well as essays and interviews (by invitation), and book reviews in these related areas.

A South Pacific Journal of the Arts.

Victoria University. New Zealand poems, fiction and non-fiction.


White Fungus
An experimental arts magazine based in Wellington, Aotearoa, New Zealand. Produced by a collective of artists, writers and designers, White Fungus is an ongoing experiment in community media art.

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Auckland City Libraries
Books in the City

Brief, the blog of the literary journal.

Helen Lowe
Helen Lowe lives in Christchurch and is a novelist, poet, interviewer and lover of story.

Booknotes Unbound
The New Zealand Book Council

Eyelashroaming, by Ashleigh Young

Hera Lindsay Bird
The website of Hera Lindsay Bird, poet.

Hue and Cry
Hue & Cry is a Wellington-based art and literary journal. The journal promotes emergent artists and writers, and encourages communication within and between the art and literary communities throughout New Zealand.

The Imaginary Museum
The literary blog of Jack Ross.

Letting Space
Letting Space seeks to transform the relationship between artists, the public and their environments to enable social change. Their work is about increasing the public commons, finding new ways through art, the media and urban revitalisation to think more creatively and collectively about our environment. Based in Wellington, they create major temporary public artwork and events designed to provide dynamic new spaces for engagement.

New Zealand Book Council

NZ Booklovers
Check here for reviews of the latest books, author interviews, articles and competitions.

Olivia Macassey

O Audacious Book

The New Zealand Poet Laureate Blog

Square White World

Reading the Maps
Scott Hamilton’s literary blog.

Reid’s Reader, A Blog of Book Reviews and Comment

Review Repository
A weekly art review for Wellington and beyond.

The Sound of Butterflies
Rachael King

These Rough Notes
The Victoria University Press