Writing Competition

2018 Upper Hutt Winter Holidays Writing Competition

WPRR Short Story Competition – 2 to 22 July 2018

Open to all students at all schools (including home-schooled) in Upper Hutt and for students up to Year 13.
There are three sections, primary, intermediate and secondary. Prizes will be awarded in all three sections.

Entries must be written in English.

There is no minimum word count, the maximum is 5000.

All entries must be sent as word document attachments, and must be typed in a standard font, no smaller than 12 pt with lines spaced at 1.5

Please include on the front page of your story:  Your name, Age, Class, School and contact details (which could be the email address of a teacher or parent/guardian). This page must be separate from your story.
Write the title at the top of each page (but do not include your name) and number your pages.

SEND ENTRIES TO: WritersPlotNZ@gmail.com with “School Short Story Competition” in the subject line

Closing date: Sunday July 22nd, 2018 (11.59 pm)

THEME: “Writers Plot Readers Read” bookshop must be included (it can be abbreviated to “Writers Plot”). The shop needs to be an important part of the story.

Judges’ decisions are final.

Winners will be notified via email by August 12th.

Prize giving will be at Upper Hutt library, Friday 17th August

The winning stories will be published (author will retain their rights) on our website and linked via Facebook and Twitter.

Download the competition details WPRR School Short Story Competition (PDF file)

Helpful hints and tips:

The story can be in any genre, with any POV (point of view).

For example: The shop could be a portal to another world.
It could be a place for spies to leave messages, or a meeting place for friends.
Maybe it contains a special book or perhaps a character works there and witnesses something on the street or at the railway station.
The possibilities are endless. Let your imaginations run.

Remember the following:

A short story is a small slice of life.
There must be a beginning, middle, and end.
Keep your cast of characters to a minimum (2-4 tops for a short story).
Edit your work and enlist trusted peers/teachers/family to beta read for you.

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Writing Competition: The Scarf

Announcing the winners of The Scarf short story competition: Congratulations!

1st place: The One from Chatuchak Market by Nikki Crutchley
2nd place: Rose and Sharleen by Janet Pates
3rd place: Profile by Angie Barrett

Read the winning stories  the-scarf-short-stories – download the .pdf