Our Annual Short Story Competition
The Top of the South branch of NZSA organises the annual Short Story Competition sponsored by Page & Blackmore Booksellers of Nelson. Prizes are awarded equally in the form of book vouchers and cash to the total value of: First $500; Second $300; Third $200. In addition, the three prize winning and the seven shortlisted writers receive a certificate recognising their achievement.
This national competition is judged by a different, noted New Zealand writer each year and all entrants receive written feedback on the stories submitted. Past judges are Mandy Hager, Alan Carter, Catherine Chidgey, Kevin Ireland, Tina Shaw, Ted Dawe, Graeme Lay, Brigid Lowry, Gavin Bishop, Carl Nixon, David Hill and Fiona Kidman.
The judge for 2021 is Rajorshi Chakraborti
Rajorshi Chakraborti is an Indian-born novelist, essayist and short story writer. He was born in 1977 in Calcutta and now lives with his family in Wellington. Rajorshi is the author of six novels and a collection of short fiction. Or the Day Seizes You was shortlisted for the Crossword Book Award in 2006, one of the best-known prizes for English-language writing in India. Mumbai Rollercoaster received an honourable mention in the Children's Writing category of the Crossword Book Awards, 2011.The Man Who Would Not See was longlisted in the fiction section of the 2019 Ockham Awards.
The 2021 competition will open shortly for stories of up to 1500 words.
Winning and short-listed stories are published in a biennial anthology which also includes poems that have been displayed in the window of Page & Blackmore Booksellers.
The winning and shortlisted stories from the 2020 competititon can be read online here
Page & Blackmore Booksellers
254 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010
Ph: 03-548 9992
There was no competition in 2011