Our Annual Short Story Competition
The Top of the South branch of New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) organises an annual Short Story Competition. Previously the sole sponsor has been Page & Blackmore Booksellers of Nelson. As from 2019, the competition will be jointly sponsored by Page & Blackmore and the Top of the South NZSA branch, with prizes awarded in the form of both book vouchers and cash. The total prize fund is being substantially increased to $1000. In another innovation, we will be accepting entries via email, as well as traditional hard copy.
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.
The judge for 2019 is Alan Carter
Alan Carter is an award-winning crime author and sometimes television documentary director. His Cato Kwong series – Prime Cut, Getting Warmer, Bad Seed and Heaven Sent – has been published in the UK, France, Germany and Spain. Prime Cut won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction in 2011. His first novel set in New Zealand, Marlborough Man, won the 2018 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel and was shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel 2018 and will be published in Germany in 2019. He is published by Fremantle Press.
The 2019 competition will open for entries of up to 1500 words on 1st January and close on 1st April. The first, second and third placed writers will receive prizes of book vouchers and cash. They, and the seven shortlisted writers, will receive certificates recognising their achievement.
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
Conditions of entry and entry form
for the 2019 competition will be available
in late December 2018.
There was no competition in 2011