Mayhem Literary Journal is generously sponsored for 2019 by Te Whare Wananga o Waikato, The University of Waikato


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.

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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.

Photo by Catherine Chidgey

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.


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