Submission Guidelines

We accept submissions from young poets (aged 16 and under) who live in New Zealand.

The editor also invites essays by adults related to poetry, childhood, education and creativity.



Submissions may be made at any time. Please send all poetry submissions in the body of an email to  Be sure to include your name and age.

Generally, we prefer poetry that doesn’t rhyme.  We like poetry with fresh ideas and interesting use of  language.  Please do not submit acrostic poems.

Have a good look around The Runcible Spoon for an idea of the kinds of writing we publish.



Essays may be submitted at any time.  Please send as a Word attachment (doc or docx) to  Essays must be between 1000 to 2000 words.


Copyright: With acceptance of work for publication, the writer cedes first publication rights in print and/or online to The Runcible Spoon. Copyright reverts to the author on publication. If the work is subsequently republished elsewhere, acknowledgement of the original publisher/publication should be made. Contributors are responsible for obtaining copyright clearance for direct quotation from the work of others.