Mayhem Literary Journal emerged from Tracey Slaughter and Catherine Chidgey's creative writing programme. What started as an extracurricular writing group soon evolved into an opportunity to develop and showcase local creatives. In March 2014, the first issue of Mayhem exploded onto the literary scene.
Since exploding onto the literary scene in March 2014 as an online-online journal hosted by the University of Waikato, Mayhem has become a feature of Aotearoa New Zealand's literary scene, a place for new and established literary presences to explore and establish their voices.
In 2018, we went bigger. Having divested from Waikato Uni, we re-launched the new Mayhem brand at our current home, and celebrated our 6th issue with a simultaneous online and print journal. Print is where we've stayed, and publishing is our future.
In 2021, we created The Never Press Project (in collaboration with Never Project Space), to up our impact and publish more exciting work from emerging voices in Aotearoa New Zealand.
We love writing that is alive, urgent, dynamic, risky, human, informed. Something that celebrates the mayhem in all of us.
Mayhem acknowledges the Maaori people as the traditional guardians of Aotearoa, and recognise their continuing connection to the land, sea, sky and culture.
Reach Mayhem at firstname.lastname@example.org