Kia hiwa ra!

4th Floor is a literary journal showcasing excellent work from the Whitireia Creative Writing Programme students. It features work by past and present students and tutors of the programme.

The publishing team includes students from the Whitireia Graduate Diploma in Publishing.

The team at 4th Floor Journal is now accepting submissions for our 2018 issue. In this year’s issue of 4th Floor will celebrate and interrogate the relationship between language and identity. Send us your writing and art that interacts with identity – work that deals with confusion, dismantles misconceptions, and offers new possibilities. We are excited to hear what you have to say.

A message from our guest editor Jackson Nieuwland:

As humans we identify ourselves in countless ways: race, nationality, gender, sexuality, health, class, politics, education, fashion, star sign, fandom, dominant hand… the list is literally endless, and none of these identities are mutually exclusive; we mix and match them to suit our own individual needs, pile them high to keep ourselves warm and then discard them when they’re no longer useful to us. This years’ issue will celebrate and interrogate the relationship between language and identity.

This year, we are seeking pieces that explore the relationship between language and identity. We want stories that delight, amuse and confuse: pieces that show us new possibilities and dismantle our preconceptions about who we are and what it means to be.

What to submit

  • Prose: Short fiction, creative non-fiction or novel excerpts with a maximum of 1000 words. Longer pieces may be considered at the editor’s discretion. Maximum of two pieces per submission.
  • Poetry: Send up to three poems per submission.

When to submit

The deadline for submission is 30 April, and each issue is published in November.

How to submit

Submissions are accepted by email only.

  • Please attach your submission as a .doc, .docx, .pdf or .rtf
  • Email submissions to:

  • Include:
    • Your full name
    • What year you were/are studying with Whitireia and at which campus
    • Your full contact details (email, postal address and phone number)
    • Ensure that your full name and contact details are on each page of your submission

The fine print

We are unable to publish previously published work, unless that publication was in the 2003 Whitireia anthology A Magpie Stole My Heart. We are also unable to publish any work which quotes song lyrics, or includes any text which is the work of another writer.

Work about reading or writing may be an exception to this rule provided sources are clearly identified. Unfortunately we’re unable to publish children’s writing in this edition.

As a non-profit publication, 4th Floor is unable to offer payment for contributions. For all material we accept, copyright will remain with the author.

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