Writing Competitions – The Press Summer Fiction, Blog Idol, Takahe Short Story …

Here are some competitions to tantalise the writers amongst you:

The Press will repeat its popular Summer Fiction series this December and January, serialising two pieces of unpublished fiction. The works will be selected by way of public competition. Subject matter, setting etc are yours to choose – the rules of the competition relate to form, not content. The form is six separate chapters, or interlinked stories, each of 1500 words, that will run on consecutive days. The commission is worth $2000 and is for single publication rights, meaning you will retain copyright.

To enter the competition, send The Press a hard copy of your first instalment of 1500 words. Entries close on September 3. Winners will be announced on September 22, and the deadline for the completed manuscript is November 12. Mail entries to Summer Fiction Competition, Private Bag 4722, Christchurch, complete with full contact details. Any queries, email mark.wilson@press.co.nz

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Young poets chase national award

 Two Christchurch poets have been named as finalists in the New Zealand Post Poetry Awards.

Michaela Ball, of Cashmere High School, and Alisha Vara, of Rangi Ruru Girls School, are both in with a shot of winning the national final. 

The ten finalists will have an all-expenses paid trip to Wellington for a poetry masterclass, where the winner will be named on August 17. One of the short-listed poems will be recorded by Barnaby Weir of the Black Seeds and will be available  free on Digirama and iTunes.

The overall competition winner will take away a $500 cash prize and a $500 grant to their school library. All ten finalists receive book tokens and subscriptions. This  competition is run by Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters.

Judge Andrew Johnston said he enjoyed the “energy and curiosity” of the poems. “Sometimes their imperfections make them much more interesting than poems that are polished but predictable,” he said.


Congratulations to Charlotte Grimshaw as this media release comes off the wires:

Nudging out international literary heavyweights Alice Munro and David Malouf, Charlotte Grimshaw’s new short story collection, Opportunity, has made the shortlist of six for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the world’s richest short fiction prize (NZ $59,000) The collection, published in May of this year, had been longlisted for the award in May.

Grimshaw joins Israel’s foremost writer and four other writers in the running for the top prize which will be announced at the Awards ceremony, in Cork, Ireland on Sunday, 23rd September.

Grimshaw will attend the Awards courtesy of the Cork City Council and the Munster Literature Centre in association with the Irish Times. She will also read from her shortlisted book during the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Festival, which begins Wednesday, 19th September. Continue reading