As part of our 75th anniversary celebrations, and in association with the Cultural Precinct, Christchurch Art Gallery, and the Christchurch Libraries, the Canterbury branch of the NZ Society of Authors is holding a one-day short story competition.
The competition is free to enter, but we want to make sure writers have the opportunity to pre-register* and can therefore save time and start planning and writing their stories as soon as they pick up their registration packs and official numbers on the day of the competition from the Christchurch Art Gallery.
The date of the competition is 2nd August, 2009. Registration at the Christchurch Art Gallery opens at 9:30am and entries must be returned to the Registration Desk by 4:30pm the same day.
Youth 13 – 17 years, 1500 words max.
First prize $250 and publication of the short story in The Press.
Adults 18+, 1500 words max.
First Prize $750, publication of winning short story in The Press, one night at the Classic Villa, dinner for two at the Curator’s House and tickets for the Court Theatre.
Registration pack [distributed only on 2nd August at the Art Gallery] contains:
Blank CD on which to burn your entry
A list of twelve story triggers from within the Cultural Precinct, of which at least four must appear in the story
A unique registration number
NOTE: All entries submitted remain the property of the entrant. However, The Press reserves the right to publish the winning entries without fee within one month of the competition.
Winning entries will be announced at the Christchurch Art Gallery Wednesday 19th August 2009 at the following event:
Literary Shorts with Kate De Goldi, Gavin Bishop and Sally Blundell where the judges read their favourite short stories from the past 150 years, plus the One-Day Short Story Competition winners are announced.
6pm / Philip Carter Family Auditorium / free
*To pre-register, please email
remembering to include your name and the category you wish to enter (youth or adult). This will ensure you don’t have to wait in line at the Gallery except to pick up your registration pack.
Heather Hapeta - Chair, Canterbury Branch, NZ Society of Authors