Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Zealand Romance Writing Competition 2011

New Zealand's annual romance writing competition, the 2011 Clendon Award is now open and receiving entries up to and including 26 February 2011. Romance Writers of New Zealand Inc who administer the Clendon Award are accepting full manuscripts from unpublished New Zealand authors who aspire to become published romance writers.

Manuscripts submitted to the romance writing competition must be between 45,000 and 110,000 words. Submissions can be aimed at a specific market and marked accordingly eg Harlequin Mills & Boon sweet, Intrigue, Superromance, etc. An entry fee of NZ $55.00 applies per entry.

Up to 8 romance writers will read and scrutinize submitted manuscripts. Entrants to the romance writers contest can expect detailed feedback about their work. Manuscripts that make the final cut will be judged by Mary-Theresa Hussey, the New York based executive editor of Harlequin books, the world's leading publishing house of romance fiction.

If you are intending to enter you will need to already be or be prepared to become a financial member of Romance Writers of New Zealand

Submission Guidelines
  • Each entry must be the original work of the author and be previously unpublished. Submissions must not have been accepted for any other competition at the closing date of the competition
  • Manuscripts must be between 45,000 and 110,000 words in length
  • Each entry must be accompanied by the $55 entry fee and the official entry form

    Closes: 26 February 2011
Full Submission Guidelines and Entry Form

Entries should be posted to:

Clendon Award
C/- RWNZ, Lothian,
231 Opaheke Road RD4
Papakura, 2584
Auckland
New Zealand

Further information about the Clendon Award can be obtained from the Romance Writers of New Zealand website

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Takahe Poetry Competition 2010 NZ Writing Competition

Make sure you don't miss entering the Takahe Poetry Competition 2010 which closes on 30 September 2010. This year's annual New Zealand poetry writing contest will be judged by acclaimed New Zealand Poet, James Norcliffe.

The winner of the Takahe Poetry Competition 2010 will receive a first prize of $250. The second prize is $100 in cash. There are also free yearly subscriptions to the Takahe magazine for the two runners up. Winning entries will be published in the future issues of the Takahe magazine.


The poetry contest is open to poets from around the world. Work submitted must not have been previously published.

There is no limit to the number of entries an author can submit. The cost per entry is NZ $5.00.

Poets have free reign to unleash whatever they are passionate about as there is no set theme for the poetry competition. Poems are, however, limited to 50 lines. Copyright stays with the poet.

Read the winning poem by Emma Neale from the 2008 Takahe Poetry Competition

Submission Guidelines
  1. Each entry must be the original work of the author and be previously unpublished
  2. The maximum length of each entry is 50 lines.
  3. Entries must be typed on A4 paper and printed on one side only
  4. The entrants name must not appear on the manuscript
  5. Each entry must be accompanied by the $5 entry fee along with a self addressed envelope for return of results and entries
    Closes: 30 September 2010
Full Submission Guidelines and Entry Form

Entries should be posted to:

Takahe Poetry Competition 2010
PO Box 13-335
Christchurch 8141
New Zealand

Queries about the competition can be emailed to: admin@takahe.org.nz

Monday, September 20, 2010

Global Short Story Writing Competition

If you are a New Zealand writer with a hankering to have your writing exposed to an international audience then you may be interested in entering the Global Short Story Competition, a writing competition with the backing of acclaimed travel writer, Bill Bryson.

The Global Short Story Competition, a monthly writing competiton run by Durham University in England, is open to writers from all over the world. The writing contest has been developed to showcase unknown writers and to build an international community of writers.


Each month a winning story along with a highly commended entry are selected for cash prizes - £100 GBP for the winner and £25 GBP for the runner-up. Winning stories of the Global Short Story competition are displayed on the Global Short Stories website. At the end of 12 months each winner is considered for a cash prize of £250 GBP and inclusion in an e-anthology.

In order to enter the writing contest online you need to be registered on the Global Short Story site. You can either pre-register or do so at the time that you submit your short story. The cost to enter the Global Short Story Competition is £5 GBP per story which can be paid electronically via Paypal. Postal entries are also accepted.

Submission Details

  1. Entries must be not more than 2,000 words and may be on any theme

  2. Entries must be by writers aged 17 or over.

  3. Entries are limited to no more than 4 entries per individual per judging period.

  4. Entries must be written in English.

  5. The author retains copyright for short stories submitted however winning stories will be posted to the Global Short Story website.

Read more about submission guidelines and competition rules

Queries about the competition to: john.dean@certys.co.uk

Enter Global Short Story Competition online

or

Post entries to:

Certys Office
Livingstone House
29 High Northgate
Darlington
Co Durham
England DL1 1UQ

Entries need to be marked Global Short Story Competition and contain the £5 entry fee. Cheques should made payable to Certys Limited.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Unity Books Short Story Writing Competition 2010

Unity Books in association with Sport Magazine is running a short story writing competition with a difference. The writing contest entitled The Long and the Short of It is looking for short stories that "inspire, inquire, disrupt and explain our lives" and challenges writers to submit a story "worth passing on."

The writing competition is open to all New Zealand writers and residents. Only one entry per person is permitted. Winning entries will be published in a book, "The Long and the Short" which will be launched at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival 2011.

The writing contest will be judged by acclaimed authors: Elizabeth Knox, Emily Perkins and Bill Manhire. There are two categories: the short (under 1000 words) and the long (over 10,000 words). The winner of each category will receive a $1000.00 Unity Books voucher and will be published in Sport Magazine.

Unity Books Short Story Writing Competition - The Long and the Short of It

Submission Guidelines
  1. Open to NZ citizens and residents only
  2. Submission must not have been previously published or broadcast
  3. Submissions should not be named and need to be accompanied by the official entry form
Closing Date: 24 December 2010

Download Entry Form or

Enter online at Unity Books Long and Short of It Writing Competition

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Christchurch Writers Festival 2010 Cancelled

What a shame that due to the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand The Press Christchurch Writers Festival was cancelled. The biennal event which was scheduled to be held over 4 days from 9 - 12 September 2010 was to bring together 80 writers, thinkers, journalists and performers from both New Zealand and overseas over 50 events. Our hearts go out to all the people affected by this terrible disaster.

More information about the programme and invited guests for The Press Christchurch Writers Festival 2010

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Creative Writing Courses in New Zealand

A guide to short and longer creative writing courses available in New Zealand online and at universities, polytechnics and private training institutions. Whether you write fiction, non fiction, poetry, travel, for children, script writing or life writing find a course to meet your learning needs.

SHORT NZ CREATIVE WRITING COURSES


Wanaka Autumn Art School
Short course on some aspect of creative writing. Varies from year to year depending on invited facilitator.

Metheven Summer School
Some years the programme includes writing courses such as travel writing

Bay of Plenty Polytechnic
Summer courses offered include a writing course such as writing for children

University of Waikato Summer School
Creative writing courses such as writing historical fiction are offered as part of the Waikato University summer school programme.

University of Canterbury Community Education
Courses of study include writing for children, writing for profit, writing a first novel.
Delivery: Morning and evening sessions
The University also offers writing courses such as writing for the screen, telling stories and creative writing skills and techniques as part of its summer school programme

Centre for Continuing Education University of Auckland
Choose creative writing courses on poetry, the novel, non-fiction, travel writing, life writing and historical fiction.

New Zealand Writers College
Independent education provider offering a variety of creative writing courses including travel writing, poetry, script writing, memoir writing, novel writing

The Creative Hub
Independent writing centre based in Auckland offering short and longer courses in travel writing, creative writing, fiction writing and advanced fiction writing.

Kara School of Romance Writing
3 day live-in romance writing course with Daphne Clair and Robyn McDonald


LONGER NZ CREATIVE WRITING COURSES


NorthTec
Diploma in Applied Writing Level 5
Diploma in Applied Writing Level 6
Diploma in Advanced Applied Writing Level 7
Covers: Myth, Legend and Folktale, Practical and Academic Skills, Non Fiction, Short Story, Plays and Scripts, Novel 1, Picture Book, Cultural Studies, History of Literature, Poetry 1, Te Tuhituhi ma Nga Tamariki
Delivery: Online. Study full-time or part-time over 34 weeks.

Waiariki Institute of Technology
Certificate in Creative Writing
Diploma in Creative Writing
Writing topics covered are creative writing skills, how to write fiction, travel writing, writing for children, writing non fiction, writing screenplays, technical writing.
Delivery: on campus, online. Part-time or full-time

University of Waikato
Offers creative writing courses including creative non fiction, historical fiction.

Massey University
Undergraduate and interest creative writing courses in expressive arts including travel writing, poetry, fiction writing, play writing, life writing and script writing.

Whitireia Community Polytechnic
Bachelor of Applied Arts (Creative Writing)
Diploma in Creative Writing (Advanced)
Diploma in Creative Writing
Covers: Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, scriptwriting and writing for children.
Delivery: 1 years full-time study. Study online option.

Victoria University
Both graduate and undergraduate creative writing courses of study including poetry, short fiction and writing for children.

Nelson Malborough Institute of Technology (NMIT)
Diploma in Creative Writing
Course Covers: Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, writing for children and young adults, scriptwriting, documentary.
Delivery: On campus

Canterbury University
Master of Fine Arts Degree (Creative Writing)

Aoraki Polytechnic
Certificate in Creative Writing
Certificate in Creative Writing for Publication
Course Covers: Both fiction and non-fiction
Delivery: 34 weeks part-time study in Dunedin, online option


We endeavor to provide accurate information for this page but information may not be up-to-date. Please check with the learning institute for full details.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Sunday Star-Times Short Story Competition 2010

Entries are now open for the annual Sunday Star Times Short Story Competition 2010. The writing competition carries a first prize of $5000 in cash. Generous cash prizes together with book prizes from Random House are up for grabs too in both the open and secondary school divisions. Plus the writing competition also offers a special prize of $200 in books for the best short story from an unpublished writer.

The prestigious Sunday Star Times Short Story contest which seeks to encourage aspiring New Zealand writers has been operating since 1984. Past winners of the short story competition have included many notable New Zealand writers such as Norman Bilbrough, Judith White, Barbara Anderson, Linda Olsson and Sarah Quigley.

The Sunday Star Times Short Story Competition 2010 will be judged by noted New Zealand writers Charlotte Grimshaw and Joy Cowley. There is also a Peoples' Choice Award where excerpts from the ten finalists' stories will be published online and the winner decided entirely by public vote. $750 cash plus $250 worth of books from Random House and the story published in Sunday Star-Times will be awarded to the winner of the People's Choice.

The winners of the Sunday Star Times Short Story Competition 2010 will be announced in the Sunday Star-Times and on the Sunday Star-Times website (www.shortstory.co.nz) on October 31, 2010. The winning three stories will be published in the Sunday Star-Times.

Read last year's winning short story in the open section The Concentrators by Sue Francis.

Prizes

OPEN DIVISION
1st prize: $5000 cash, story published in the Sunday Star-Times and $500 worth of books from Random House
2nd prize: $2000 cash, story published in the Sunday Star-Times and $300 worth of books from Random House
3rd prize: $1000 cash, story published in the Sunday Star-Times and $200 worth of books from Random House

SECONDARY SCHOOL DIVISION
1st prize: $1000 cash, story published in the Sunday Star-Times, work experience day at Random House (day imediately after awards ceremony) PLUS $500 worth of Random House books and a $500 Whitcoulls gift card for the finalist’s school.
2nd prize: $500 cash, story published in the Sunday Star-Times PLUS $300 worth of Random House books and a $300 Whitcoulls gift card for the finalist’s school
3rd prize: $250 cash, story published in the Sunday Star-Times PLUS $200 worth of Random House books and a $200 Whitcoulls gift card for the finalist’s school.

BEST UNPUBLISHED WRITER
Time with fiction publisher Harriet Allan and $200 worth of books from Random House.

PEOPLES’ CHOICE AWARD
$750 cash, story published in Sunday Star-Times and $250 worth of books from Random House.


Submission Guidelines

  1. Entry is open to New Zealand permanent residents only
  2. Stories must be the original work of the entrant and must not have been published or broadcast or entered into any other competition until after November 1, 2010
  3. The maximum length of entries is 3000 words
  4. All entries must be accompanied by a manuscript, typed in English, double-spaced and on one side of A4 paper only
  5. All personal information is to be printed on a separate cover page, with only page numbers and story title on all other pages
  6. The Secondary School Division is open only to secondary school students. Entrants must be enrolled and attending a secondary school in New Zealand up to August 29, 2010

Closing Date: Friday August 27 2010 at 5pm

Download Sunday Star-Times Short Story Competition 2010 Official Entry Form

Send the completed entry form and your manuscript to:
Sunday Star-Times Short Story Competition, PO Box 1074, Auckland 1140.

Full Submission Guidelines