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 it, or on a poet’s name to read their poems across editions.
Tarot #3 (Dec 2021)
Tarot #3
Tarot #2 (June 2021)
Tarot #2
Tarot #1 (Dec 2020)
Tarot #1

Kaupapa

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 particularly 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 donating through PayPal.

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) though submissions are always open.

Please submit up to five previously unpublished poems* and a 30-50 word third-person bio in a single .docx file to editor@tarotpoetry.nz

Submission documents should be saved with your first name and surname in the document title.

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.