Since launching in 2014, Mayhem Literary Journal has become a feature of Aotearoa New Zealand’s literary scene, and a place for new and established literary presences to explore and establish their voices. 

The work of Mayhem now extends beyond the annual creative writing journal of the same name edited by Tracey Slaughter. Our work includes the Sodium Glow literary readings, stage productions (including The Longest Drink in Town), and the publication of new writers' creative writing collections.

As a publisher, Mayhem's aim is to print works by bold new writers, celebrate literature and the arts, and foster the next generation of great creatives.

Head to our services page to find out more about what we do.

Meet the team

Editor in Chief: Dr Tracey Slaughter

Tracey Slaughter is the author of Devil's Trumpet (published by Victoria University Press, 2021). Her previous books include Conventional Weapons (2019) and deleted scenes for lovers (2016) which was published to acclaim. In 2018 she won second place in the international Peter Porter Poetry Prize, and second place in The Moth Short Story Award. She teaches creative writing at Waikato University.

Photo by Catherine Chidgey

Managing Editor: Dave Taylor

Dave Taylor is a full-time writer and editor with Intelligent Ink, and a graduate of Tracey Slaughter and Catherine Chidgey's creative writing programme at the University of Waikato. He lives between Auckland and the Waikato. His writing has appeared in Mayhem and Poetry New Zealand.


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