Results of the 2017 Short Story Competition
The Top of the South branch of NZSA organises the annual Short Story Competition sponsored by Page & Blackmore Booksellers of Nelson. The results were announced at the branch AGM on 13 May.
First: ‘Samoa Dreaming’ by Vivienne Bailey (Wellington)
Second: ‘When Martha Opens the Door’ by Jackie Cook (Riwaka)
Third: ‘Watercolours’ by Reade Moore (Motueka)
‘Secrets’ by Sally Astridge (Nelson)
‘Murder at Jenning’s Farm’ by Vivienne Bailey (Wellington)
‘Late’ by Wix Hutton (Nelson)
‘Boots’ by Feby Idrus (Wellington)
‘Finding Jed’ by Carolyn McKenzie (Thames)
‘A Cheap Flashy Thing’ by Christina O’Reilly (Palmerston North)
‘Agnus Dei’ by Shannon Savvas (Nelson)
The judge, Kevin Ireland, provided this report:
‘Page & Blackmore has supported yet another fine short story competition organised by the Top of the South Branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors. Sue Perkins and her team have done a great job in carrying it all through.
To those writers who made the short list, I offer my congratulations and the happy thought that another judge may have come up with a quite different set of prize winners. Each of the stories has its own merits; all of them deserve to be here at the end.
‘I changed my mind several times about which stories were ‘possibles’ and which were ‘probables’, though the three stories that most appealed to me stood out as the strongest right from the beginning of the judging process.
‘Finally, let me once again congratulate all on the short list of this competition. It is an honour to be there. And I can only wish that I could have given a First Prize to all three finalists.’
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 Tina Shaw, Ted Dawe, Graeme Lay, Brigid Lowry, Gavin Bishop, Carl Nixon, David Hill and Fiona Kidman.
Winning and short-listed stories are published in a biennial anthology which also includes poems that have been displayed in the window of the Nelson Provincial Museum. All contributors receive a free copy.
The 2015 and 2014 prize-winning stories appeared in Horizons 2, published in August 2015.
Out of print
Read the 2013 and 2012 prize-winning stories in Horizons, which was published in September 2013.
There are a few copies still available
$10.00 plus $2.50 post & packing