Signals 2013 Launch

Dec 2013

The second issue of Signals, the literary journal for young writers, was launched in Auckland on December 7, 2013.

Edited by Rosalind Ali and Johanna Emeney, the magazine showcases the work of writers who took part in the centre’s Young Writers’ Programme this year. About 120 students from all over Auckland took part in the programme. They had the option to take part in one of three one-day workshops and four master classes, each of which featured leading New Zealand writers as well as  Ros and Jo, who are specialist teachers of creative writing.

More than 40 pieces of work were submitted to Signals. The magazine includes work by 16 young writers. It was designed by writer and graphic designer Sarah Laing and this year's back cover was designed by one of the students, Megan Woodhead. 

The launch was held at the National Library in Stanley Street Auckland. Presentations were made to several prize winners and students read from their work. Bayley Johansson won the Cape Catley Poetry Competition, while Sophie Gardiner, Courtney Bassett, Maria Ji and Sophie Van Waardenberg were highly commended. Amelia Kendal won the Auckland University Press Prize for Prose.  

The Michael King Young Writers’ Programme will be offered again in 2014 and students who take part will have the opportunity to submit work for Signals, which will be published again at the end of the year. 

The programme is funded by Creative New Zealand. It is designed for senior students (Years 11 to 13) who show promise in creative writing, and who would enjoy the chance to explore the creative process, experiment with a range of subjects, stimuli and writing styles, and learn more about publishing opportunities. Students must be nominated by the Head of English in their school.

Copies of Signals will be distributed to Auckland secondary schools and libraries. Additional  copies of the journal are on sale from the Michael King Writers’ Centre for $10 each, including GST and postage. To obtain an order form, email the centre.