an Aotearoa poetry journal | ISSN 2744-3248

Tarot is a free-to-access Aotearoa poetry journal, released biannually on 1 June and 1 December.
Click on an issue’s cover to read a PDF, or on a poet’s name to read their poems across editions.

Tarot #7

Download a PDF of Tarot #7

Tessa Barker • Tony Beyer • Jane Bloomfield • Nathaniel Calhoun • Wyeth Chalmers • Theo Coles • Lauren Gibson • Susan Glamuzina • Lincoln Jaques • Hebe Kearney • Rosie Copeland • Timothy Martin • Jackie McCullough • Ruben Mita • Anuja Mitra • Stephen O’Connor • Perena Quinlivan • Penelope Scarborough • Courtney Speedy • Michaella Steel • Lee Jane Taylor • Jose Thomas • Jedidiah Vinzon • Annabel Wilson • Tim Wilson • Mark Young

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Tarot is edited by Auckland-based English teacher and poet Kit Willett. It is a free-to-access digital poetry journal for Aotearoa.

We welcome a wide range of poetry, but especially enjoy fresh, bold poetry that can provide a social commentary on life in New Zealand, or life in general. For this reason, we prefer poets with connections to Aotearoa.

Additionally, Tarot commits to publishing a range of voices, with particular focus on minority, fringe, or oppressed people groups. If you feel like your gender or sexuality is underrepresented in Tarot, please reach out to the editor for a kōrero.

We chose ‘Tarot’ as our name because the art of reading tarot is one of interpretation — we believe poetry is the same. For more on the name, read Kit’s editorial in Tarot #1

Tarot receives no funding and remains online due to the generosity of our readers. Consider leaving a koha below:

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Submission Guidelines

We run two issues annually on the first of June and December, and submissions close for each issue two months prior to publication (1 April and 1 October) or when the issue is complete, whichever is first; however, we will always accept submissions for later issues.

Please submit up to five previously unpublished poems* and a 30-50 word third-person bio in a single .docx file to Your document should be typed in a standard (e.g. Arial, Times) 11-pt, 1.5-spaced font.

PDFs are welcome if you cannot convert your file to .docx

Submission documents must include your name on each page and be saved with your surname in the document title to be considered.

Cover art submissions are also warmly welcomed.

Do not include submissions of previously published or simultaneously submitted poetry.

Please credit Tarot if your work first appeared on our site.

*poems may be on any theme, and in any style and length. “Previously published” poetry includes any poems available on publicly-accessible social media accounts or blogs.