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Edited by Lynley Edmeades

Winners announced in this edition

  • Winner of the 2023 Landfall Essay Competition
  • Winner of the 2023 Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award
  • Winner of the 2023 Caselberg Trust International Poetry Prize

Landfall 246 cover. A woman with long brown hair and cornflower flowersThe book

Landfall is New Zealand’s foremost and longest-running arts and literary journal. Published twice a year, each volume showcases two full-colour art portfolios and brims with vital new fiction, poetry, cultural commentary, reviews, and biographical and critical essays. Bringing together a range of voices and perspectives, from established practitioners to emerging voices, Landfall is an exciting anthology that has its finger on the pulse of innovation and creativity in Aotearoa today.

Landfall 246: Spring 2023 announces the winner of the 2023 Landfall Essay Competition, Aotearoa’s prestigious annual essay competition. The winning essay will be published in Landfall 246, alongside the judge’s report from Landfall editor, Lynley Edmeades.

This issue of Landfall will also announce the winner of the biennial award for an original book-length collection of poems, the Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award. This year’s Kathleen Grattan Poety Award winner will be selected by award-winning poet and novelist, Anne Kennedy.

Landfall 246 will also announce the winner of the 2023 Caselberg Trust International Poetry Prize, selected by this year’s judge, poet Rhian Gallagher.


Non-fiction Aimee-Jane Anderson-O’Connor, Madeleine Fenn, Eliana Gray and Bronwyn Polaschek. 
Poetry Jessica Arcus, Tony Beyer, Victor Billot, Cindy Botha, Danny Bultitude, Marisa Cappetta, Medb Charleton, Janet Charman, Cadence Chung, Brett Cross, Mark Edgecombe, David Eggleton, Rachel Faleatua, Holly Fletcher, Jordan Hamel, Bronte Heron, Gail Ingram, Lynn Jenner, Erik Kennedy, Megan Kitching, Jessica Le Bas, Therese Lloyd, Mary Macpherson, Carolyn McCurdie, Kirstie McKinnon, Frankie McMillan, Pam Morrison, Jilly O’Brien, Jenny Powell, Reihana Robinson, Tim Saunders, Tessa Sinclair Scott, Mackenzie Smith, Elizabeth Smither, Robert Sullivan, Catherine Trundle, Sophia Wilson, Marjory Woodfield and Phoebe Wright. 
Fiction Pip Adam, Rebecca Ball, Lucinda Birch, Bret Dukes, Zoë Meager, Petra Nyman, Vincent O’Sullivan, Rebecca Reader, Pip Robertson, Anna Scaife, Kathryn van Beek and Christopher Yee. 
Review Emma Gattey, John Geraets, Wendy Parkins, Iain Sharp and Helen Watson White. 
Art Steven Junil Park, Ann Shelton and Wayne Youle.

Competition and award winners

Read about the winner of the 2023 Landfall Essay Competition 

Read about the winner of the 2023 Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award 

Read about the winners of the 2023 Caselberg Trust International Poetry Prize


Lynley Edmeades is the author of two poetry collections, As the Verb Tenses (Otago University Press, 2016) and Listening In (Otago University Press, 2019), and a poetry and art picture book for adults, Bordering on Miraculous (Massey University Press, 2022), in collaboration with Saskia Leek. She has an MA in creative writing from the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University of Belfast and holds a PhD in avant-garde poetics from the University of Otago. In 2018, she was the Ursula Bethell Writer in Residence at the University of Canterbury, and she currently teaches poetry and creative writing on the English programme at the University of Otago.

Publication details

Paperback, 230 x 150mm, 208pp
Cover art by Ann Shelton
ISBN: 9781990048647
RRP $30
IN-STORE: 27 November 2023

Extracts and reviews

Extract: An extract from Siobhan Harvey's winning essay 'A Jigsaw of Broken Things' on Kete Books Read

Interview: AUT speaks to Siobhan Harvey about her winning essay Read

Extract: 'Molloy' by Pip Robertson on Newsroom (published in Landfall 246 as 'The Previous Assistant') Read

Review: Harry Ricketts reviews Landfall 246: Spring 2023 for Nine to Noon, RNZ Listen

Essay: Tīhema Baker's second-place essay 'New Zealander of the Year' published on E-Tangata Read

Review: 'With its finger firmly on the pulse of Aotearoa’s creative landscape, Landfall 246 both uplifts vital new talents and contributions while foregrounding injustice’s tangible human impacts. Taken holistically, the interlocking pieces form a prismatic dialogue advancing pluralism and equality with authenticity. Once again, New Zealand’s go-to arts journal sets the bar for socially conscious interdisciplinary curation that informs as profoundly as it inspires.'  – Chris Reed for NZ Booklovers Read

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