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 persistent muse: the tortoise – by Keren Hoy

  This is the Year of the Tortoise: the year I write my book. It will be about my journey through the year, and about patience and sureness of purpose. It will take all year to write. Some writing in the past has been hare-like, having to meet deadlines, leaving me and my family with ears pinned back and sore feet from the dash. This will be different.  It is fitting that it will be a process and a journey, for that

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

Writing’s not for sissies! – by Nadia Kamies

  MY daughter has wrapped a scarf around her head as if to hold her brains together. She is writing an essay for the Politics course she is taking this year, her first year at university. “Help me,” she says. “I have too many words.” I glance down to the bottom of the screen – 780 words. “How long is this supposed to be?” “Three hundred words,” she replies, winding the scarf more tightly. “Can you take some of the words away?” This is