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Writing competitions

One way of getting published is to enter your work into writing competitions.

Winning an award is the way many top New Zealand poets and writers have started their careers, and good prizes often await the winners.

Competition Websites

* Atlantis Short Story Contest
Cash prizes and in-depth feedback await unpublished writers. No theme or genre restrictions. Entry fees start from $10 depending on the level of feedback wanted.
* Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award
For poems written by any young poet aged 11-17. Each year 100 winners (85 Commendations and 15 Overall Winners) are selected by a team of high profile judges. The closing date is Midnight, GMT on 31 July 2015.
* Munster Literature Centre Competitions
The MunsterLiterature Centre runs several compettions throughout the year including short stories and poetry competitions.
* NESFA Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Story Contest
The purpose of this contest is to encourage amateur and semi-professional writers to reach the next level of proficiency. A qualifying story must have strong science fiction or fantasy elements and must be shorter than 7,500 words - see the website for the full terms and conditions.
* NZ Society of Genealogists competition
The competition is open to all students attending New Zealand schools. Entrants are asked to prepare a poster or written account of the story of an ancestor, relative, or someone personally known to them who served in the armed forces at home or overseas.
* Pikihuia Awards
Includes a category of Best Short Story in English or Māori by a Māori secondary school student. Held every two years by Huia Publishers. Christchurch City Libraries lists past winners in their literary prizes section.
* Re-Draft
Re-Draft is a competition for 13 - 19 year olds run by the Christchurch School for Young Writers. Your work could be chosen as the title of their annual publication. See also our page on Re-Draft.
* Schools Poetry Awards
The Award is normally held annually. It is free to enter and open to Year 12 and 13 students across New Zealand.
* Spark contests
Spark, a creative anthology, runs contests from time to time.
* Sunday Star-Times Short Story Awards
Includes Secondary School Division open only to secondary school students. Site features previous winning stories.
* Takahe competitions
Takahe alternates between poetry and short story competitions each year. The Takahe Collective Trust is a non-profit organisation that aims to support emerging and published writers, poets, artists and cultural commentators.
* Teen Ink
Teen Ink runs a bunch of contests for writing and art.