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.

We call for submissions in the early part of the year and publish the journal in November of each year. The journal often has a theme and a guest editor. Watch this space for next year’s call for submissions.

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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