submit to Mayhem

Mayhem invites submissions of creative prose and poetry from across Aotearoa New Zealand. We may also consider works from Kiwis abroad. We consider all original, previously unpublished works that have not been simultaneously submitted elsewhere. We are open to submissions at any time.

From 2019, Mayhem will be published exclusively in print. 

Mayhem publishes annually in October. Submissions should be received no later than 1st September to be considered for that year's October issue.

The next deadline is the 1st of September 2021 for Mayhem 2021

(Issue 9, due out in late 2021)


Short fiction, creative non-fiction, creative essays or excerpts of longer prose work to a maximum of 5-7000 words (longer works may be considered). Limit of five prose pieces per submission, please.

Up to five poems per submission, on any theme and in any style.

submitting work
Email your submissions to with 'Mayhem Submission' in the subject line and your submission document attached in .doc, .docx, .rtf or similar plain text formats. Our preference is that you submit a single document containing all works.

Please include in the body of your email and submission document:

  • Your full name
  • Your contact details
  • A brief bio to appear in publication, should you be successful (60 or fewer words please).

Suggested formatting:

  • 12 pt font
  • Double spaced
  • Times New Roman, Garamond or any plain font

Mayhem will confirm submissions have been received via email.

The Mayhem team will notify contributors via email if work is accepted for publication and may offer any minor editing or copy suggestions.

Mayhem regrets that it is unable to offer payment for contributions at this time.

fine print
Mayhem may publish print editions of Mayhem submissions as part of anthologies or stand-alone issues. Mayhem will make all reasonable efforts to contact contributors for their ongoing support for publication and contributors may be offered compensation including but not limited to subsidised copies of print issues.

Copyright for all material Mayhem accepts will remain with the author, however if a work is subsequently published elsewhere then acknowledgement of the original publication/publisher must be made.

Mayhem may seek permission to adapt contributors’ works for other genres (e.g. stage performances such as the Mayhem Live stage anthologies, dramatised readings for launch events, and film or audiovisual recordings) and will make every reasonable attempt to contact contributors for their blessing and participation. We may also use samples of work for promotional posters (e.g. for announcing/promoting launch events) but will first seek permission to do so. Rights remain with the author.

Email your submissions to


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