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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

* AUT New Zealand Creative Writing Competition
AUT's annual creative writing competition. There are three categories in the competition: Short story: Emerging (15 - 20 years); Short story: Open (21 years and over); Short graphic fiction: Open (15 years and over)
* New Zealand Post National Schools Poetry Awards
Poetry Awards for Years 11-13 New Zealand students. There are two prize categories - Best Poem and Best Lyric.
* 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.
* 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.
* Atlantis Short Story Contest
Annual contest. Cash prizes ($450, first prize is $300) and in-depth feedback await unpublished writers. No theme or genre restrictions. Maximum 2,500 words. Entry fee: starts from $10 (depends on level of feedback wanted when the story does not place).
* Gifted Awareness Week competitions
During Gifted Awareness week there are competitions to celebrate gifted kids, their families and professional educators. Written, photographic and film competitions.
* Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition
For a single poem in the English language. The winner will receive a cash prize, publication and a trip to Cork, Ireland to read their poem. 2nd place and 10 runners up will be published in Southword Literary Journal and receive publication fees.