Nod Ghosh our short story competition judge is giving feedback on your entries…
….. but only if yours is one of the first 40 stories to be received. This is a wonderfully generous offer by Nod and I would encourage you to submit your work as soon as it’s ready. We’ve already had several entries for which Nod has prepared comments, so there’s not many spaces left.
So, get onto it now, let us have your stories and don’t miss out!
Christmas is over, 2019 has arrived and our short story competition is running. Time to sharpen your wits, put fingers to keyboard and craft those fabulous phrases you know you want to write.
We’re looking forward to receiving your
entries – several of you have already e-mailed us stories and our judge is
enjoying reading them.
For those who’ve not yet done so here’s a simple fact. You can’t win unless you enter. I have writer friends who struggle to submit to magazines or to send their work to competitions. Some ask,’ what’s the point?’ They doubt they’ll even be on the long list, let alone making the short list or gracing the winner’s podium. (We don’t actually have a podium but I like the idea of our writers being lauded as loudly as sports people are.)
So maybe you won’t be placed, but even sending a story out is a success. It takes time and patience to write, it takes courage to share your work with others. And one of you out there will win the competition – someone has to, so why not you?
Here’s another fact. Last time we ran the short story competition we included several of the short and long listed stories in our magazine. So you’re not only entering our completion you may also be published.
So get writing and send us your stories.
You have until 31 March but don’t leave
it too late; dates have a habit of arriving before you’re ready for them. Like Christmas
Entries are now open for the 2019 takahē Short Story Competition, and we’re all a flutter to welcome writer and artist Nod Ghosh as judge.
Nod is a prolific writer, having graduated from the Hagley Writers’ Institute in 2014, she already has an impressive list of awards and publications to her name, along with two years’ associate editing Flash Frontier. This year, between creating artworks like Snake (featured here), she found time to launch her debut flash fiction novella, The Crazed Wind.
We’ve also been lucky enough to have Nod’s work in the pages of takahē. Most recent was Muscle, in t93, which begins:
The screams. It’ll be the screams that finish me off.
And back in t87, Nod was our guest fiction writer, gifting us horse, starting with the haunting line:
i only ever saw horse cry once.
It’s not only the start of Nod’s stories that so evocatively imaginative. Reading her work feels at times like being caught in a psychedelic whirlwind, with time and sensation whipping past almost before we can catch them. There’s the science-spiced tale of the Shapeshifters on the Bus, the speculative joy of The Cool Box, and the sensual intensity of Seven Lesbians and a Bar of Soap.
The Crazed Wind continues pushing boundaries, beginning with the story They Have a Different Heaven, set in a dreamscape in which the narrator is following their father, when suddenly:
He turns a corner and becomes younger. There are remnants of sunshine on his skin, his hair, even though the dusk has turned the ground a midden brown. I follow the boy who is to become my father.
There’s such a richness in the world of Nod’s writing, it feels as if you could dive in anywhere and find a treasure.
So if you’ve got a strange story hidden away – a odd hybrid, something grown from truth and twisted into fiction, something that seems to talk about one thing while whispering incessantly about another, something layered, something funny, something surprising – Nod may well be your ideal reader.
See the Competitions page for full entry details for the 2019 takahē Short Story Competition.