My Writing Journey – International Short Story Competition – January 2017

  Write us a 1000-word story about your journey as a writer. Make it funny, quirky and/or inspirational. We will publish the best story in our quarterly newsletter and on our blog. Plus the winner receives $200 (R1000 or £100). Entry is free and entrants are welcome from all over the globe. Send your story to nichola@nzwriterscollege.co.nz.     Closing date: 12 pm 31 January 2017 Previous winners:    Full Circle by Natalie Swain - winner September 2016 The Hundredth Day by Do Hyun Kang - Winner July 2016 The Writing Lobe by Eileen

My Six Favourite Short Story Competitions – by Trish Nicholson

Writing courses

Competitions don’t just develop your skills. They can be a source of inspiration and motivation to keep going with your writing. Here is a collection of credible competitions to enter this year. Plenty to Choose From There are masses of writing competitions: from the questionable ‘ads’ asking for entry fees but not mentioning judges or prizes, to the internationally prestigious big winnings like The Bridport Prize. The latter attracts thousands of entries from established writers, so the most we beginner writers are likely

Magazine Journalism Course Success: Ansie van der Walt

Ansie van der Walt completed the Magazine Journalism Course at SA Writers College. Apart from working at her new job as assistant editor at an Australian publishing house, Ansie is the owner of the blog http://sonenskadu.blogspot.com/. She's also the originator of the African Flower Chain Project, where she ‘planted’ 30 hand-made African flowers across South Africa and elicits inspiring letters from around the globe.  Ansie has turned writing and needlework, both hobbies and passions of hers, into a full-time career. 1. What writing successes have

Open for entries: NZ WRITERS’ COLLEGE 2013 Annual Short Story Award

Every year NZ Writers' College hosts and sponsors our free-to-enter short story competition. Some of our finalists go on to win other short story competitions, like the prestigious BNZ Katherine Mansfield Short Story Competition. As a finalist, being critiqued by a panel of six award-winning writers is one of the benefits of entering. This year, we're looking for more winning entries - stories that are quirky, adventurous, bold and push literary boundaries. The contest is open to any emerging writer residing in

The Difference Between Writing for the Web and Print – by Angelique Ruzicka

  Many beginner web writers have no idea how different  writing articles for the web is compared to print articles. Here's what makes web writing unique...  When you write content for the web it’s important to get the message across quickly and to put the most relevant information at the top by adopting the inverted pyramid approach. It’s important to catch the reader’s eye as web readers tend to scan information instead of reading it, and don’t spend a lot of time on pages. Unfortunately, unlike

Born to be a Writer – by Michael Taylor

  The city is pretty… These were the words I wrote in the first attempt I made of a poem after moving to Johannesburg, South Africa as a teenager. I was born in Klerksdorp, and attended Klerksdorp Primary School where I was voted “most likely to be an author” at the young age of nine. My stories and poems had always received great acclaim from teachers and parents.  For as far back as I can remember, I needed to write. From

2012 NZ Writers’ College Short Story Competition open for entries

THE NZ WRITERS’ COLLEGE 2012 Annual Short Story Award This competition is to acknowledge excellence in creative writing in the Short Story genre. The contest is open to any emerging writer residing in New Zealand or Australia, who has had fewer than four stories/articles published in any format (print or digital). PRIZES: First Prize: $1 000.00 plus entry into one of our short courses Second Prize: $ 500.00 People's Choice Award $ 250.00 Top three entries will be published on our college site and the top

The Other Woman – by Amanda Bidwell

I liken my passion for writing with the exuberant style in which I tackle housework. I'll admit that ultimately writing gives me more joy than the latter, but there is also something very satisfying about an empty laundry basket. The trouble with this comparison is that I only have room in my life for one at a time. This can lead to some serious inner tension and often I feel as if the two are fighting for my attention. If I

The 2011 NZ Writers’ College Short Story Competition: Open For Entries

The NZ WRITERS’ COLLEGE 2011 Annual Short Story Competition   For Emerging Writers in New Zealand and Australia   This competition is to acknowledge excellence in creative writing in the Short Story genre. The contest is open to any writer residing in New Zealand and Australia who has had fewer than four stories/articles published in any format (print or digital).   PRIZES: First prize: $1000.00 Second Prize: $500.00 Top two entries will be published on our college site and the top five winners will receive individual editorial feedback