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.

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 editor@mayhemjournal.co.nz

guest editor 2020: Michael Steven

Michael Steven was born in 1977. He is the author of five poetry chapbooks and two full-length collections Walking to Jutland Street (2018) and The Lifers (2020) both published by Otago University Press. His honours include the 2018 Creative New Zealand Todd New Writer’s Bursary and the 2020 Blackwood Paul Memorial Prize. 

Photo by Catherine Chidgey

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 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.


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