THE NZ WRITERS COLLEGE

 

2020 Annual Short Story Award

 

For Emerging Writers in New Zealand

 

 
NZ Writers College 202 Short Story Competition




We are pleased to announce the opening of our 11th annual short story competition, held to acknowledge emerging writers in New Zealand.




 

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PRIZES:
 
  • First Prize: $ 1 000.00 and publication in an anthology of winning stories
  • Second Prize: $ 500.00 and publication in an anthology of winning stories
  • Third Prize: $ 250.00
 
The top three winners will receive editorial comments on their submitted works. Talented writers on the shortlist may be offered full sponsorship on our 12- to 24-month creative writing courses.




THEME FOR 2020:

 

What we took for granted.



 
DEADLINE:
 
Midnight September 30
LONGLIST PUBLISHED:
 
26 October 2020
WINNERS ANNOUNCED:
 
16 November 2020
 

 



COMPETITION RULES:
 
  • We aim to support beginner writers. We only accept stories from writers who have never been published, or who have been published fewer than four times in any genre. This includes fiction and non-fiction, in any publication (for payment or otherwise). Journalists, copywriters or web writers must please not enter. People who made a living from writing at any point in their life (e.g. decades earlier) are also not eligible for entry. We make an exception for unpaid articles for community or work newsletters or blogs where the circulation is under 1000.
  • All submissions and enquiries can be sent to Nichola Meyer: Nichola@nzwriterscollege.co.nz
  • The competition is open to anyone living in New Zealand aged 16 and over.
  • Entrants must submit a story of maximum word count: 2000 words. Any entries exceeding the word count by 50 words will not be considered.
  • Writers can interpret and represent the theme in any way they choose. Each story must include the phrase ‘What we took for granted’ somewhere in the story. Writers must produce their own title.
  • Only one story per entrant is allowed.
  • We only accept entries written in English.
  • The competition closes at midnight on 30 September 2020. The longlist will be published by 26 October, and the winners announced and displayed on our website on Friday 16 November 2020.
  • Prizewinners will be notified via email as well as on our web site; please ensure you supply a valid email address with your entry.
  • Prize money will be paid via electronic transfer.
  • Stories must not have been previously published. Entrants must own the copyright to the story submitted.
  • Writers retain copyright, but give permission for their work to be published on our website and in an anthology.
  • The judges' decision is final; no disputes will be entered into.
  • If your entry has not been acknowledged within three working days, please contact us as your email may have got lost in transit.
  • NZ Writers College reserves the right to extend the competition deadline or cancel the competition should the entries not be of publishable quality or up to the required standard.


ENTRY FORMAT:
 
  • Only e-mail submissions are accepted. Please paste your story into the body of the email and attach it as a Word Document or Google Doc. Mark your entry clearly with the subject line: NZWC Annual Short Story Competition.
  • Each story must have a unique title. Do not use the theme as your title.
  • Your email must state the title of your story, as well as your name. E.g. 'Once Upon a Time' - by John Smith
  • Your email must include the declaration: 'I declare that I have been published in a mainstream print or online publication fewer than four times.'
  • State your word count in your email.
  • Do not include your name on any page of your story. All entries will be judged blind.
  • Use a font such as Arial or Times New Roman, size 12 or more. Use 1.5 or double spacing between lines. We prefer a clear line between paragraphs rather than indenting.
  • Make sure your story has been edited and polished according to tips and guidelines provided on our college site under “Writing Resources”, or on our webzine. Read these:


 
Guidelines to make your entry amazing! Read our archived winnning stories here
 

 



 
 
THE JUDGES:

The top five entries will be assessed by our panel of award-winning writers.
sonnywhitelaw
Sonny Whitelaw has enjoyed a successful career as a writer for more than thirty years.  She won a Draco Award for her first novel, The Rhesus Factor and all eight of her novels, including five based on the television series Stargate, have been international bestsellers.






 
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Arja Salafranca has been a writer and journalist for over 20 years. She was the lifestyle and arts editor on The Sunday Independent from 2003 to 2016. In her role as editor she contributed travel articles, theatre, book and film reviews as well as profile interviews. She also encouraged the submission of a wide genre of work, from traditional journalism to ground-breaking personal and travel essays. A number of writers won awards for their non-fiction under her editorship. A particular fan of creative non-fiction, she has encouraged writers to incorporate some of these techniques into their writing.

She has published three collections of poetry, A Life Stripped of Illusions, which received the Sanlam Award for poetry and The Fire in Which We Burn. Her third poetry collection is Beyond Touch (Modjaji Books/Dye Hard Press 2015), a co-winner in the poetry category of the South African Literary Awards in 2016. Her fiction has been published in local and international journals and anthologies, as well as online. Her debut collection of short fiction, The Thin Line, was published in 2010 (Modjaji Books) and short-listed for the Wole Soyinka Award. She has also edited two anthologies, Glass Jars Among Trees and The Edge of Things.

She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Wits University.



 
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Philippa Werry is a writer of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays for children and young adults. Her interest in history has produced titles such as Anzac Day, Best Mates (illustrated by Bob Kerr), Waitangi Day, Armistice Day, Lighthouse Family, The New Zealand Wars and The Telegram. Her work has also appeared in the School Journal and other educational publications and in various anthologies and has been broadcast on radio. Several of her books have been shortlisted for awards and she is a frequent speaker at schools with the Writers in Schools programme.

 
GarethWard
Gareth Ward, a.k.a. The Great Wardini is a magician, hypnotist, storyteller, bookseller and author. He has worked as a Royal Marine Commando, Police Officer, Evil Magician and Zombie. He basically likes jobs where you get to wear really cool hats – as writer and compere of Napier City’s inaugural Steampunk murder mystery evening he wore a rather splendid bowler.

Born in the town of Banbury in the UK, he attended the University of York where he gained a joint honours degree in Biology and Computer Science. If you want your cat reprogrammed, he’s your man.He currently resides in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand where he runs two independent bookshops, Wardini Books and Wardini Books Napier with his wife Louise. He has a goldfish called Luna, a dog called Tonks and is certain his letter from Hogwarts has been lost in the post.
His first novel ,The Traitor and the Thief, a rip-roaring young adult Steampunk adventure, won the 2016 Storylines Tessa Duder Award, the 2018 Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Youth Novel, a 2018 Storylines Notable Book Award and was a finalist in two categories at The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

His books are available from bookshops in New Zealand and Australia, at the links below and from the usual online behemoths.

https://wardinibooks.circlesoft.net/p/wardini-s-authors-the-traitor-and-the-thief-1?barcode=9781925381504
https://www.wardini.co.nz/p/staff-picks-children-s-the-clockill-and-the-thief-the-traitor-and-thief-2?barcode=9781760651206



 


 


 
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