Sunday Star-Times Short Story Awards

A short step to stardom

Entries for the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Awards 2018 are now open.

Now in their 35th year, these awards are among New Zealand's most prestigious and established writing prizes. The competition has helped launch the careers of many well-known writers including Eleanor Catton, Owen Marshall, Sarah Laing, Norman Bilbrough, Barbara Anderson, Linda Olsson, Sarah Quigley and Andre Ngapo.

In association with Penguin Random House New Zealand and Michael King Writers' Centre, it's your chance to WIN up to $3000, critical feedback and have your winning story published in the Sunday Star-Times - it's time to get writing.


The divisions are judged by acclaimed writers Paula Morris, Stephanie Johnson and Carl Nixon, and the best entries will be published in the Sunday Star-Times.

• Open division - 3000 word limit.

• Secondary school division - 2000 word limit.


Entries close Monday, 19 November 2018, at midnight. Winners will be announced in December, and the winning entries published in the Sunday Star-Times and on over summer.


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Sunday Star-Times Short Story awards

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