Com­pe­ti­tion for writ­ers on

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

Bud­ding writ­ers are urged to sharpen their pen­cils and com­pete for $1700 worth of prizes in this year’s West­ern Dis­tricts Short Story Com­pe­ti­tion.

The an­nual con­test draws en­tries from all over the coun­try and is also open to full­time In­ter­me­di­ate and sec­ondary school pupils whose work will be judged in the ju­nior sec­tion. It is in its 21st year and schools of win­ning writ­ers will be awarded a $100 bonus prize as part of the birth­day cel­e­bra­tions.

Manuscripts must be orig­i­nal and pre­vi­ously un­pub­lished. En­tries close on Au­gust 20 and should not ex­ceed 2000 words.

Many past en­trants have gone on to have their win­ning sto­ries pub­lished, and even had other works ac­cepted for pub­li­ca­tion.

A $5 en­try fee is re­quired for each open sec­tion en­try and $1 per ju­nior sub­mis­sion.

For more in­for­ma­tion and en­try de­tails, send a stamped, ad­dressed en­ve­lope to WDSSC PO Box 83-065, Edmonton, Wai-takere city or email to shir­dav

“It is also es­sen­tial that a re­turn en­ve­lope is in­cluded if you wish to re­ceive a copy of the re­sults and judges’ com­ments,” Mr Knight says. “Re­sults by email will be sent to those who are on the data­base.”

Prize­giv­ing is on Oc­to­ber 1.

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