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We are sorry to say that due to ongoing COVID restrictions and complications, this event is now cancelled.

We’re excited to introduce a brand new WORD initiative: the Magazine-in-Residence. We invite a leading literary journal to set up shop, and produce an issue on-site during the festival. Submissions are invited from our workshop programme, and from visiting writers, including you!

This year our magazine in residence is takahē, an Ōtautahi-based magazine of fiction, poetry, art, review, and essay, since 1989. Drop in to visit their dynamic editorial team and special guests in the Tūranga foyer each day between 12pm and 4pm to submit your work (poetry and short fiction up to 1000 words), and find out what goes on behind the scenes at a literary magazine. See them editing and laying out the limited-edition zine, hand-printing the covers on a vintage press, and launching the finished product with readings and toasts on Sunday afternoon. You can also email your work to


Tickets are not required to attend free events. We do recommend arriving early to secure a place. Please note that if COVID-19 alert levels change, online registration for free events will be required.


12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Free
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