Results of the 2019 Annual Short Story Competition
The results of the 2019 Page & Blackmore Short Story Competition were announced at the AGM of the Top of the South branch, New Zealand Society of Authors,
on 11 May.
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)
Congratulations to the prizewinners.
Every entry receives assessments written by members of the preliminary judging panel. These will be emailed to authors over the next week or so. If you haven’t received the assessments by 31 May, please contact us at email@example.com. Our thanks to the authors and everyone who made the competition a success.
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.
The Top of the South branch of New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) organises an annual Short Story Competition which is jointly sponsored by Page & Blackmore and the branch, with prizes awarded in the form of both book vouchers and cash.
Past judges of the competition 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 shortlisted 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.
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