Welcome to 4th Floor 

The 4th Floor online journal is a selection of work written each year by students and tutors of the creative writing programme at Whitireia New Zealand. Our submission guidelines tell you how and when you can submit work to the journal.

4th Floor takes its name from the time when the journal began. The writing programme was then situated on the fourth floor of the Whitireia Wellington City campus. Though the programme has since shifted, the name 4th Floor has stuck.


4th Floor opens for submissions near the beginning of the year. Check our submission guidelines.

The Whitireia Creative Writing Programme

The Whitireia Creative Writing Programme was established in 1993. From 2020, this long-standing and successful programme moved to be delivered online.

The Whitireia Creative Writing Programme has always emphasised originality and excellence in the craft of writing, and provided the practical business knowledge needed to become a successful writer. We are very proud of our graduates who take part in almost every aspect of New Zealand writing life: as organisers of writing events and writers’ groups, as scriptwriters for screen and stage, in the New Zealand Book Council’s Writers in Schools programme and as editors, journalists and writers for magazines and other publications.

More than 230 books have come from graduates of the programme, and their work also appears in established and emerging literary magazines. Some of the successful authors to emerge from this programme include:


We are indebted to the team from the Whitireia Publishing Programme who undertake this project every year. In 2019 this was Emily Hills, Gem MacDuff, Aylia Harris, Caitlyn Bray, Olive Owens, Holly Morton, Madison Hamill and Steffi Dryden, with support from tutors Odessa Owens, Theresa Crewdson and Marie Hodgkinson. We would also like to acknowledge the tutors of the Whitireia Creative Writing Programme: Donna Banicevich-Gera and Anna Taylor.

We would also like to thank all the New Zealand writers and editors who contribute to the success of our student writers:

Fleur Beale
Norman Bilbrough
Gigi Fenster
Catherine Fitzgerald
Catherine Robertson
Greg Bruce
Pip Adam
Lawrence Patchett
Kate Duignan
Phillip Mann
Paddy Richardson
Stefanie Lash

Tim Jones
Eirlys Hunter
Anna Rogers
Elizabeth Smither
Anna Smaill
William Brandt
Rachel Craw
David Hill
Karen Trebilcock
Ann Neville
Barbara Murison

If you are interested in finding out more about the creative writing study options provided at Whitireia New Zealand, please visit the website or contact us.

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