09 May 2011
The inaugural NZSA Asian Short Story Competition is now open for entries.
As the national body supporting writers in New Zealand, our organisation is keen to promote Asian writing and offer an opportunity for Asian writers to showcase their work. We are hoping this will be the beginning of a conversation between Asian writers and the New Zealand Society of Authors.
Entry is open to New Zealand permanent residents who are Asian or of Asian ethnicity. Short stories will be in English, and the theme is open. Stories will ideally contain some Asian content, though not necessarily be set in Asia.
The minimum length of entries is 2,500 words, and the maximum length of entries is 3,500 words.
There is a total of $5,000 in cash prizes. First prize: $3,000. Second: $1,000. Third: $500.
A shortlist of 5 will be announced on 21 October. Winners will be announced at a function in Auckland during November 2011. We will be providing assistance to the three prize winners to cover any costs incurred (return domestic flights and one nights’ accommodation) in attending the awards ceremony.
The judging panel comprises Sue Gee, Renee Liang and Stevan Eldred-Grigg.
The competition deadline is 30 August 2011. For information and forms please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website: www.authors.org.nz