JNZL 33 (2015) really is the last to appear from its current editorial home. During 2014, JNZL's International Advisory' Board approved a proposal from Anna Jackson, Tim Jones and Charles Ferrall of Victoria University of Wellington. As coeditors, Anna, Tim and Charles plan to continue the cycle of general and special issues, and will also continue to support the annual JNZL Prize for New Zealand Literary Studies. Their first issue will be JNZL 34 (2016). From now on, all submissions and correspondence should be addressed to them.
The current issue carries the winning essay of the 2014 JNZL Prize. Congratulations to Janet Newman for her essay 'Listening Harder: Reticulating Poetic Tradition in Michele Leggott's "Blue Irises'", and thanks--as always--to the members of the JNZL Board who took part in judging. The hard-working JNZL Board also approved a special issue for 2015, 'New Zealand and the First World War', guest-edited by Rod Edmond and Janet Wilson. This will bring together papers presented at the second annual conference of the New Zealand Studies Network, held at Birkbeck, University of London, in July 2014. It should be with subscribers by September of this year. Anna, Tim and Charles will be calling for Prize entries for 2015, and will also be receiving expressions of interest in a fully-funded Special Issue for 2016.
Readers with an editor's eye for the bedevilments of auto-correction may wonder whether, with this issue, it is Hamilton signing out or singing out. We are especially pleased to be carrying Murray Edmond's memoir 'Who Would a Would-be Be?', with its evocation of literary Hamilton in the 1960s, alongside (Hamilton-based) Mark Houlahan's review of Murray's selected critical writing. JNZL has been based in the Waikato for nearly fifteen years. In my ten years as editor, 1 have overseen ten annual volumes and eight special issues, and mentored eleven annual prize essays to publication. When I assumed editorial responsibility, 1 gave myself the task of consolidating the journal's scholarly reputation, and enhancing its international profile. It now appears (more or less) on time, presents robustly peer-reviewed work by established scholars and emerging researchers, and reaches tens of thousands of readers annually via our relationship with JSTOR and other digital aggregators. None of this would have been possible without the support of the JNZL board and our anonymous peer reviewers, the administrative support provided by the University of Waikato, and my colleagues in the English programme. Most of all, it would have been impossible without our contributors, and our many readers. It's these relationships that have made my time as editor so rewarding. It's now time to hand the journal on, to wish it well, and to wish Anna, Tim and Charles all the very best in their new role.
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|Date:||Jan 1, 2015|
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