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JAAM 31 launch party

Subscribers, contributors and friends … come along and help us to celebrate the launch of the latest issue of JAAM magazine.

The cover of JAAM 31

JAAM 31

JAAM 31: the 2013 issue is being launched on Friday, November 15th at 19 Tory Street, Wellington, at 6 pm.

Come share a drink and listen to taster readings of the exciting contents by some of the talented writers in JAAM 31.

JAAM 31 will be on sale for $20.

For more information about JAAM 31, check out the media release. And to join the Facebook event, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/597218377000998/

We hope to see you there!


JAAM 31: the 2013 issue captures the spirit of the times

The cover of JAAM 31

JAAM 31

Getting on top of life, unemployment, poverty, earthquakes, terrorism, violence, illness, death, magic, the past as present, overcoming ghosts, Pākehā learning from Māori culture, migration, young people finding themselves, mothers, family, love.

These are some of the answers to the big question JAAM 31 asked of their writers: what are you thinking about now? What is your 2013 issue?

The editors of this issue – poet and teacher Harvey Molloy, who selected the poetry, and JAAM‘s co-managing editor Clare Needham, who chose the prose contributions – wanted JAAM 31 to capture a sense of the times in an open and perceptive way, and shaped their call for submissions accordingly. Molloy said they wanted it to be ‘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.’

Despite the breadth the theme offered, the editors found that there were some recurring preoccupations in the submissions. Molloy remarks, ‘Once we orchestrated the pieces for the issue we found that they echoed and complemented each other in surprising ways.’ Needham adds, ‘the motifs and connections that emerged with the short stories and creative non-fiction pieces for this 2013 issue of JAAM, oddly mirrored many of the themes and ideas explored by the poetry.’

JAAM 31 contributors

JAAM 31 contributors

This latest issue of JAAM includes new poetry, short stories and creative non-fiction from many well-known writers including Pip Adam, David Howard, Jessica Le Bas and Airini Beautrais, and also from emerging writers you can expect to see a lot more of in the future. It also features a series of photographs from Wellington photographer Andy Palmer, whose arresting night-shot of Mt Taranaki graces the cover.

JAAM is published by the independent JAAM Collective based in Wellington, and is supported by funding from Creative New Zealand.

JAAM is available from good bookshops or by subscription. For subscription information, visit https://jaam.net.nz/subscribe/ or email jaammagazine@yahoo.co.nz.

For more information or to arrange an interview with the editors, contact Helen Rickerby, JAAM co-managing editor, jaammagazine@yahoo.co.nz or phone 027 738 5997.


JAAM 31 on its way

JAAM 31 has just gone off to the printers! Here’s a sneak peek at the cover:

The cover of JAAM 31

JAAM 31

The striking cover image is ‘Taranaki, 11 June 2003’ by Andy Palmer, from his series Of a Comfortable Night’s Sleep of long-exposure night shots. Six of the images from this series are included inside the issue.

Also inside the issue are wonderful stories, poems and essays from writers you’ll know, writers you won’t know, and writers you’ll want to know better:

JAAM 31 contributors

JAAM 31 contributors

More soon…


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 jaammagazine@yahoo.co.nz, 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:

JAAM
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.