Results of the 2019 Competition
First: ‘Old Love' by Jan Pryor (Wellington)
Second: ‘Nana Hana' by A D Anderson (Kerikeri)
Third: ‘Our Street' by Kate MacNamara (Nelson)
'Not Naming Names' by Kay Meyer (Lower Hutt)
'A Lesson' by Tim Saunders (Palmerston North)
'Like a Movie Off Netflix' by Vivienne Bailey (Wellington)
‘Fly' by Claire Baylis (Rotorua)
‘Searching for Joanie' by Frances Cherry (Wellington)
‘A Thousand Shades of Meaning' by Bruce Costello (Otago)
‘Trouble with Virgins' by Wix Hutton (Nelson)
The judge, Alan Carter, provided this report:
There is clearly a wealth of talent out there and it has been a joy reading the ten shortlisted stories. The subjects and themes are varied but what unites them is heart, passion and often vivid descriptive power. As a novelist who has never dabbled in the short form I have a new-found and long overdue respect for the crisp discipline required of the short story writer. I am in awe of you all. Once again, hats off to Page & Blackmore and to NZSA Top of the South for making this happen.
It wasn’t an easy choice to pick a winner from the top three but what, for me, lifts them above the rest is their descriptive and emotional power, well-crafted prose, and clarity of purpose.