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We consider all original,  previously unpublished works that have not been simultaneously submitted elsewhere.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.

We are currently in the process of producing the latest issue, and planning and launching a new era of Mayhem. This is taking some time! 

If you would like to submit to Mayhem now, you are most welcome to, and we will tuck it away for safe keeping for the next issue. Please note, this may be some time away. (timeline tbc)

Alternatively, you could send it other places, and circle back to us later in the year, keeping an eye out on our website for dates. 

Short fiction, creative non-fiction, creative essays or excerpts of longer prose work to a maximum of 5000 words. Limit of three prose pieces per submission.

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.

Do not send us pdf documents.

If you are submitting multiple works, please ensure you submit these as a single  document.

We only accept work correctly submitted via our online system and are unable to accept hard copies.

Copy and paste the information sheet into the body of an email and fill in the requested information. 

Author: [In the format Surname, First Name as you wish to appear in print]

Title/s of works: [With a line break indicating each piece]

Email address:

Mailing address:

Phone number:

Bio: [60 or fewer words, to appear in print. We recommend beginning with your name.]

suggested formatting:

  • 12 point 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 minor editing or copy suggestions.

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

fine print
Copyright for all material Mayhem  accepts will remain with the author, however; if a work is subsequently published elsewhere then acknowledgement of Mayhem  should be made.

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

Mayhem  may seek permissions to adapt contributors’ works for events such as stage performances, dramatized readings, and film or audiovisual recordings. Every reasonable attempt will be made to contact contributors for their blessing and participation. Samples of work for promotional posters may also be used, and permission will be sought.

Rights remain with the author.

Please email your submissions to


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