Funny tale an award winner
A lifelong love affair with words has never ended for Bronwyn Elsmore.
Despite having written nine books and numerous short stories, articles and academic pieces, the satisfaction of winning a competition never gets tiresome for the Auckland resident.
Her newest short story, Dear Sir or Madam, has won the New Zealand Society of Authors Christine Cole Catley Short Story Award.
The 1500-word piece is about a man writing a letter to Work and Income New Zealand asking for his unemployment benefit to be reinstated.
It was fun to write and took just two days, Ms Elsmore says.
‘‘It was nice that it won a competition because humorous ones often don’t.’’
Ms Elsmore beat 126 other entries in the adult section of the competition which was available to ages 19 and over.
The key to writing a good story is not necessarily inventing a variety of complex characters, she says.
‘‘I’m a polisher. The people who like writing short stories like crafting something to its eventual length.’’
Ms Elsmore won a $500 prize and her work will be published in an anthology of short stories by Cape Catley Publishing.
There are few opportunities to have short stories published in New Zealand so it’s a good incentive, she says.
Go to flaxroots.com to read Ms Elsmore’s blog or to access her other written work.