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The other New Zealand literary journal

Month: July 2016

Poetry reading, Auckland

Tika Tonu A Tu Ki A Koe – Be True to Yourself

Poetry Reading: Tika Tonu A Tu Ki A Koe – Be True to Yourself

Where: Time Out Bookstore, Mt Eden, Auckland
When: Friday 12 August at 7pm.

Who:  Makyla Curtis, Steven Toussaint, Kiri Piahana-Wong, Selina Tusitala Marsh, Vaughan Rapatahana, Iain Britton.

This is a BYO event. Come relax, have a drink and listen to some fantastic poetry!

Call for submissions: issue 55

Brief Call for Submissions

The 55th issue of brief will be a general issue. Anything goes!

Submissions are to be received by September 29, 2016, and can be emailed to brief.the.journal [at]gmail.com. Non-electronic submissions up to A4 in size can be mailed to the editor by prior arrangement.

View our submission guidelines here.

Brief, a biannual print journal (founded in 1995), is a space for new experimental writing, work that does something interesting, etc. It publishes poetry, prose, essays & criticism, hybrid forms, and occasionally visual art. Contributors receive an issue of the journal as payment.

Brief issue 54

Brief 54 Cover

Special issue: Love

Edited by Olivia Macassey. 136pp.

Featuring work by: John Adams, Nick Ascroft, Cassandra Atherton, Stu Bagby, Cassandra Barnett, Iain Britton, Isaac Brodie, Berengaria Burns, Stephanie Christie, Mary Cresswell, David Lyndon Brown, Rene Harrison, Ted Jenner, Matt Kelly, Robert Kempen, Sid Khanzode, Harvey Molloy, Janet Newman, Piet Nieuwland, Keith Nunes, Sugu Pillay, Vaughan Rapatahana, Sean Redmond, Jack Ross, Carin Smeaton, Ruby Solly, Fiona Stevens, Richard Taylor, Richard von Sturmer, Bill Wolak, Mark Young.

Reviews: Michael Onslow-Osbourne reviews Carbon Shapes and Dark Matter by Stephanie Christie; Olivia Macassey reviews Song of the Ghost in the Machine by Roger Horrocks.

“Love, exciting and new/ Come aboard, we’re expecting you” (Paul Williams, Love Boat Theme)

Older issues 1995-2014

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For details of older issues of brief, we suggest you visit the excellent and comprehensive website A brief index.

The website includes a full list of contents pages, contributors and editors of each issue, as well as a breakdown by issue and contributor. It also includes other interesting material relating to the journal’s history, such as editorial statements and manifestos, and a list of books published by brief.

The magazine was founded in December 1995 by Alan Loney. Its format was simple: A4 sheets, copied exactly as their authors wrote them, stapled together, then distributed with bio notes and a cover.

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