about

Mayhem (ISSN 2382-0322) is a literary journal showcasing creative writing from contributors in and from Aotearoa New Zealand.

Mayhem Literary Journal emerged from Tracey Slaughter and Catherine Chidgey's creative writing programme at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. Since launching in March 2014, Mayhem has become a feature of Waikato's literary scene, a place for new and established literary presences to explore and establish their voices.

We love writing that is strong, alive, urgent, dynamic, risky, human, informed. Something that celebrates the mayhem in all of us.

Reach Mayhem at editor@mayhemjournal.co.nz

editor in chief: Dr Tracey Slaughter

Tracey Slaughter's latest collection deleted scenes for lovers was published to acclaim in 2016. In 2018 she won second place in the international Peter Porter Poetry Prize, and second place in The Moth Short Story Award. Her collection of poems conventional weapons is due out from VUP in 2019. She teaches creative writing at the University of Waikato.

editorial team

deputy editor: D.A. Taylor
D.A. (Dave) Taylor is a writer, editor, copywriter, photographer and digital artist. He is working on his first novel. Dave built and maintains the current Mayhem website, and publishes print issues of Mayhem.

Renee Boyer
Renee is a Comms manager by day, creative writer at night (and occasionally lunchtime). Her 10-minute plays have been performed all over the world, with the most recent premiering in Hollywood. 

Rachael Elliott
Rachael has a Masters in creative writing, and has previously edited Nexus magazine. Her work has appeared in 4th FloorJAAMPoetry New Zealand and previous issues of Mayhem

 

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