NZ literary journals & cultural magazines

I thought it might be useful to have a list of NZ literary and cultural magazines.

If you know of any others, please do let me know.



New Zealand’s longest-running arts and literary journal: new fiction and poetry, biographical and critical essays, artist portfolios, cultural commentary, and reviews of recent books, art, film, drama and dance.

Landfall Review Online

An online book-reviews-only extension of the biannual Landfall journal, LRO publishes six to eight reviews each month in addition to the reviews in the print edition. An archive of all previous online reviews is on the site.


Pantographic Punch

“Our kaupapa is to offer a platform for a wide range of experiences, ideas, and voices – including talented emerging writers… punchy arts and cultural commentary in Aotearoa New Zealand, …”: personal essays, criticism and reviews, interviews, analysis, videos and podcasts, and live events (broadcast over the summer on RNZ).



A now-annual publication, Sport publishes short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction from New Zealand writers or writers with a New Zealand connection.

An open access, full text archive of Sport is hosted by Victoria University of Wellington Library’s New Zealand Electronic Text Collection.



Commits to publishing emerging creators as well as established writers and artists. Covers short stories, poetry, art, essays, interviews, and book reviews from Aotearoa New Zealand. Takahē is published in print in April and December, and online in August.


Ika Journal

Ika publishes writers and artists from South Auckland, and from across Aotearoa and the Pacific – “to nourish and disseminate the arts with a Pacific focus from its home in Manukau”.



An e-publication of short stories and creative nonfiction from New Zealand and beyond.


Hue & Cry





Salient’s Guide to NZ Literary Journals


The Sapling

Writing about children’s books and their contexts, content and creation.



And then things get blurry. The following have literary content but are focused as much on news and current-affairs as they are concerned with books and letters.


New Zealand current affairs & cultural content from The Listener, Radio NZ, North & South, Metro, and (the now-discontinued) Paperboy.

The Spinoff

The Wireless



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