Funny tale an award win­ner

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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.

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