Our Annual Short Story Competition
The Top of the South branch of NZ Authors organises the annual Short Story Competition sponsored by Page & Blackmore Booksellers of Nelson.
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 Catherine Chidgey, Kevin Ireland, Tina Shaw, Ted Dawe, Graeme Lay, Brigid Lowry, Gavin Bishop, Carl Nixon, David Hill, Fiona Kidman and Owen Marshall.
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. All contributors receive a free copy.
In previous years the competition has opened for entries in January and closed at the beginning of April, allowing the results to be announced at the Top of the South branch's AGM.
Come back to this page later in the year to find out more about the 2019 competition and how to enter.
Read the 2016 and 2017 prize-winning stories in Horizons 3, published in September 2017.
$20.00 plus $3.60 post & packing
The 2015 and 2014 prize-winning stories appeared in Horizons 2, published in August 2015.
Out of print
The 2013 and 2012 prize-winning stories appeared in Horizons, which was published in September 2013.
Out of print
There was no competition in 2011