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4th Floor is a literary journal showcasing excellent work from the Whitireia community. We welcome submissions from students and graduates from the Creative Writing Programme as well as anyone with a connection to Whitireia.

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 near the end of each year. The journal often has a theme and a guest editor.

What to submit

The Journal is open to all forms of creative writing, including short fiction, creative non-fiction, novel excerpts, short scripts and poetry. You can submit up to 5 pieces, with a total maximum of 2000 words. Longer pieces may be considered at the editor’s discretion.

When to submit

We will send out a call for submissions around the beginning of the New Zealand academic year. For the 2024 edition, submissions are due by Wednesday 24th April.

How to submit

Submissions are accepted by email only.

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

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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