Submissions closed for JAAM 32

Thanks to everyone who has submitted – and there were lots of you! We’ll be in touch soon.


Less than a week until the deadline for JAAM 32

If you want to submit work to JAAM 32, you’d better get a move on! The deadline is the end of March, which is next Monday. Read the call for submissions before you submit:

Thanks to all the people who have submitted already. We’ll be in touch with you soon.

Call for submissions – JAAM 32: Shorelines

Submissions are now open for issue 32 of JAAM literary journal.

Sue Wootton

Sue Wootton

For this issue we are shifting south, and are delighted that Dunedinite Sue Wootton is our guest editor for our 2014 issue. Sue is probably best known as a poet – she has published three collections of poetry, most recently By Birdlight (Steele Roberts, 2011), and has won awards for her poems. But she’s also an experienced prose writer. Her ebook of three short stories, The Happiest Music on Earth, was published in 2012 and her children’s book, Cloudcatcher, came out in 2010. Sue has twice been a runner up in the BNZ Katherine Mansfield short story awards, has been a finalist in the Sunday Star Times and Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize short story competitions, and has won the Aoraki Literary Festival short story prize.

The theme for JAAM 32 is ‘shorelines’, and Sue welcomes submissions that consider this theme from any angle, loosely, or not at all.

JAAM publishes poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, photography and other artwork. Please don’t send simultaneous submissions, more than six poems or more than three prose submissions.

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 2014, and JAAM 32 will be published in or around September 2014.

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: 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:

We hope to see you there!

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

The cover of 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 or email

For more information or to arrange an interview with the editors, contact Helen Rickerby, JAAM co-managing editor, 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


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…

Submissions for JAAM 31 Now Closed

Submissions for JAAM 31 closed on 31 March 2013. 

Harvey Molloy (poetry editor) and Clare Needham (prose editor) are excited by the number and quality of submissions we’ve received.

Watch this space for updates on JAAM 31: The 2013 Issue, which is due out in October.