Monthly Archives: December 2012

Call for submissions – JAAM 31: the 2013 issue

Submissions are now open for issue 31 of JAAM literary journal: The 2013 Issue.  This is an open-themed JAAM.  We want to hear what The 2013 Issue is for you.

JAAM considers poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, photography and other artwork.

We are delighted to announce that JAAM 31 will be jointly edited by first-time guest editor, poet and teacher Harvey Molloy, along with JAAM‘s co-managing editor Clare Needham, who has previously been the prose editor for JAAM 24 and JAAM 28.

Harvey’s poetry has appeared in various literary journals. His first book of poems, Moonshot, was published by Steele Roberts in 2008.  He says: ‘This is an open issue, so there is no set theme.  That said, I do have a particular interest in the year 2013 as a set of simple questions: What is special about where we are now?  What are our choices and our values?  These questions are to encourage rather than deter. I’m really just looking for poems which are well-crafted and engaging.’

Clare is excited to edit the prose for JAAM 31 and to discover what issues are occupying the minds of writers in 2013. Clare is particularly interested in receiving creative non-fiction submissions, including essays. She says: ‘If you’re a new writer and hoping for first time publication, JAAM is a great place to submit. We believe in nurturing new writing and showcasing it alongside the work of more established artists.’

JAAM prefers emailed submissions. Send to, using ‘JAAM submission’ (or similar) in your subject line, so we know it’s not spam. Include your submission(s) in the body of your email. If you have particular formatting, you can also include your submissions in an attachment (.doc, .rtf, .pdf or any image file type is ok for images). If you don’t have email, you can post submissions to:

PO Box 25239
Wellington 6146
New Zealand

Make sure you include a stamped self-addressed envelope for reply.

The deadline for submissions is 31 March 2013, and JAAM 31 will be published in or around September 2013.


JAAM 30 in a letterbox or bookshop near you

JAAM 30 cover

JAAM 30 cover

We’re very proud to have launched JAAM 30, edited by Anna Jackson and her editorial team of Emily Tehrase, Anna Caro, Louise Burston and Brigid Kelly.  It’s another fabulous issue, with a rich mixture, featuring the work of well-established writers, new writers for whom this is their first publication, and a whole bunch of treasures in between.

Copies for contributors and subscribers have been sent, and should soon arrive in a letterbox near you, if they haven’t already made it. If you’re neither a contributor or subscriber, you can get your paws on your very own copy by subscribing, buying (or ordering) it through your fav local bookshop, or emailing us and buying a single copy for $15 (plus postage if you’re not in New Zealand).

Some of the local contributors gathered for a small but perfectly formed launch yesterday afternoon to see it on its way. We had a few impromptu readings of poetry from the issue, and great deal of celebration. It was lovely to put faces to names of some of the people I knew only through their work, and fabulous to see writers I already knew.

We’re so proud JAAM has made it to 30 issues, over 17 years, and an enormous thank you to everyone who has helped make that happen.