About bad apple

What is bad apple?

“In a dream, you saw a way to survive, and you were filled with joy.”

bad apple is an LGBTQIA+ arts and literature journal dedicated to Aotearoa’s marginalised communities. Our goal is to provide a platform for those who have been disenfranchised by the inadequacies of our society and resources to help organise and reclaim our agency.

Anyone living in, or originally from, Aotearoa who identifies as LGBTQIA+ is welcome to submit to publish with bad apple.This includes Māori overseas who have never lived on their whenua.

He Aha tō Kaupapa?

Ngā tikanga matatika is to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi and te ao Māori in the ways that we operate and the things that we publish. We reject the presence of cops, corrections, and corporations at Pride and any other organisations committed to the preservation of Aotearoa’s colonial hegemonies.

Tino rangatiratanga, baby.

How Do You Operate?

bad apple is currently run voluntarily with koha supporting the server costs. As we are dedicated to developing and platforming writers, we do not pay for contributions to the website as this would result in a more selective and therefore restrictive process to publication.

External projects that bad apple engages in, whether singularly or in collaboration with another organisation, may result in financial compensation to participants.

Operations may change as the journal develops and we aim to be transparent about our practices through regular hui and readily accessible public documents.

Who is bad apple?

bad apple is a collaborative passion project of queer communities from all over Aotearoa. There have been many hands involved in the establishment and development of bad apple and we thank everyone who has contributed art or writing, their time and experience or simply just their readership. We hope that this fruit we have borne will be passed on far into the future.


In a dream, you saw a way to survive, and you were filled with joy.


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