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Landfall contains literary fiction and essays, poetry, extracts from work in progress, commentary on New Zealand arts and culture, work by visual artists including photographers, and reviews of local books.

Who may submit work to Landfall?

Landfall is open to work by New Zealand and Pacific writers or by writers whose work has a connection to the region in subject matter or location. Work from Australian writers is occasionally included as a special feature.

The editor is only interested in new work that has not been published before. While many established names appear in Landfall's pages, the editor and Landfall's readers are always on the lookout for exciting work from new writers and artists. If you are a new writer, find copies of Landfall in bookshops and libraries to get a sense of what is published.

Limits to submissions

  • Do not send work that has been published elsewhere.
  • We do not accept submissions that are submitted simultaneously to multiple publications.
  • Do not resubmit work we have previously declined, unless you have been asked to do so.
  • Poetry – no more than five poems per issue, please.
  • Prose – no more than two pieces per issue (unless they are each fewer than 500 words). Prose submissions should be complete and stand-alone, not chapters or excerpts from longer works. No piece should exceed 3000 words, including endnotes. Write the word length of each piece below the heading on the first page.
  • We welcome submissions in te reo Māori, which must include an English translation.

How to submit work

  • Email submissions as a Word document or .rtf file to
  • Please save your file with your name, e.g. john_smith.docx
  • Include your name on each page of your submission
  • Provide us with your full contact details, including your email and postal addresses, and a brief biography of about 30 words

Deadlines for submissions

  • Work for the May issue must be received by 10 January
  • Work for the November issue must be received by 10 July

Submissions may be made at any time and will be considered for the next issue. We send acceptance/rejection letters once all submissions have been considered and the issue's contents list has been finalised (this is usually in March for the autumn issue and October for the spring issue). Submissions will not be held over for future issues unless you have agreed to this.

Contact Landfall

64 3 479 4155

Mail to:The Editor
Otago University Press
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand

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