We are thrilled to offer a big congratulations to those of you who have reached the short list.
In no particular order:
Kokako – Hamilton
Helicopter – Dunedin
The Girl with the Spoon in Her Eye – Dunedin
Family Likenesses – Wellington
The Dead Man – France
Happiness – Auckland
Doling Out Dad – Dunedin
Blue – Christchurch
Names and final placings will be revealed along with our Judge’s report in August. It is great to see stories from such a broad regional and international spread.
A huge thank you to each and every writer who made the effort, wrote, polished and sent us stories. Without you this competition does not happen. You are all stars.
It is never easy choosing and our judge has said that she has been impressed by such a wide and interesting range of topics and approaches.
I read a good piece of advice for writers the other day, apparently we should read twice as much as we write. So if the sun won’t shine and the washing won’t dry, at least I can console myself that reading a chapter or two is NOT wasted time. Happy reading, happy writing, happy days!
We, my consulting editor and I, have been overwhelmed by the response from NZ writers for this first online issue – regulars and new faces. The longer word count has been welcomed by writers, with high quality work coming in. Since the online issue is the only forum for these, we feel we need to give priority to the best of the longer works, holding over equally good shorter stories for the print December issue. I hope this won’t disappoint anyone too much. Who’d want to be an editor? And we do it for love – of writing.
I cleared the P O Box today. Special thanks to all those well organised poets who have posted early. The deluge of entries that arrive close to the deadline date can be overwhelming!
Thought I would share with you some of the things that I like about winter:
No hayfever, cold frosty mornings and clear days, sleeping trees, cinnamon on my latte (that’s trim for me – thanks) and Christmas is still six months away. Ho Ho Ho.
Beware: before you know it Snoopy and the Red Baron will be zooming around the Mall. Get cracking on those poems and don’t be caught short. Remember to leave yourself enough time for a decent edit and don’t forget an inspiring title. Titles matter, trust me, first impressions and all that.
I’m leaving the last word for David Howard, our 2014 judge. He said in his Poetry Competition 2014 Judge’s report Poets are good when they use their linguistic insight to see beyond what is visible. And For me the most precious aspect of poetry is its capacity to capture, perhaps even to create, intimacy.