The Creative Writing NZ Short Story Prize 2024

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The Creative Writing NZ Short Story Prize 2024 is open for entries from January 30th, 2024!

The deadline for receipt of all entries is 11.59pm(NZST) on April 30, 2024.

Entries will only be accepted through Duosuma.

Entries can be on any subject, theme or genre.

Entry fee: $9 per entry. You can submit multiple entries as long as each entry is paid for individually and includes a separate entry form.

The winner will receive $1,000. Two runner-up prizes – $200 each. The winner and runners-up will also receive a free online course and publication on our site. 

All entries are judged anonymously. Please do not include your name, address, phone number, email, website, social media details, etc. on the short story document or in the file name as this will result in disqualification.

Format the short story as per the following instructions:

  • Your story must be written in English.
  • A maximum of 3,000 words (no minimum).
  • Title not included in the word count.
  • Please submit a typed story in Arial or Times New Roman, 12pt, black. Double spaced.
  • Include a front page which details the title of story and the word count ONLY. The author’s name should not be included anywhere in the document or the file name.
  • No illustrations.
  • Save as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx). We also accept file types .rtf, .pdf, with the Short Story title as the file name.
  • Please do not include the author’s name in the file name or it will be disqualified.

Final Judge: Lucie Brownlee

Dr Lucie Brownlee is an award-winning writer, researcher, and creative writing tutor. Her Sunday Times best-seller Life After You was chosen for the Richard and Judy Bookclub and adapted for television. Her novel The Mother made the final four in Mslexia’s Novel Competition 2020 and she is a Northern Writers’ Award for Fiction winner for her novel The Song of Annie Chapman. Her short stories have been shortlisted in two international competitions and she has published many articles, including for the Independent and the Telegraph. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Newcastle University.

The winner will be announced by June 30th, 2024.

Full Terms & Conditions here

FAQ here

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