Short Story Competition 2016 Short List:
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!
Good news: patience is a virtue (but you knew that!)
Not so good news: We are running behind time and the new date for the release of our short story competition short list will now be the first week of July.
Everything else is good. Our judge is busy judging and word on good authority is that she is finding a lot to like in the stories.
So, thank you everyone for entering our competition, thank you for your patience and thank you for keeping us on your radar.
Thanks to all who entered stories in the 2016 takahē Short Story Competition. With that deadline behind you, it is time to pick up your pen, get out your laptop. Finish off and send a submission to firstname.lastname@example.org for the first online issue of takahē magazine – takahē 87 – which will appear on this website in August.
The new online publication of takahē is a special opportunity for those who like to write longer stories, as we can accommodate stories up to 5000 words. Longer is not necessarily better, though, so make every word count. Give us depth. Give us complexity. Give us freshness. Make us want more.
Christchurch author Nod Ghosh is the Guest Fiction writer for the first online issue. You will have read her insightful, even magical stories in previous issues of takahē. I look forward to seeing what she has for us this time.
Submissions for the online issue takahē 87 will need to be received by 1 July 2016, at the very latest.
DEADLINE (POST-MARKED) THURSDAY 31st MARCH
TAKE ACTION NOW. As expected the stories are rolling in – we are a popular competition. If you don’t enter you can’t possibly win! (we are clever but not that clever). Imagine the thrill if it is your well crafted, creative and compelling story that stands out. You have just enough time to re-read your work. TIP: If it bugs you it will bug someone else, trust yourself and make the change. Borrow ten dollars from the rainy day piggy-bank, fill out the entry form (printing clearly so I don’t have to keep asking my son to decipher the writing) and pop all in an envelope and post – bingo.
The very good news is that you have better odds of winning than if you spent the money on a lotto ticket.
All the very best for the competition.
Reminder Reminder Reminder
Deadline 31 March. – Five weeks to go – It’s not too late to pull out the pen, or crank up the computer.
Wow the judge with your startling storyline, quirky plot and astute description all neatly packed into 2000 glorious words. This is a chance to have YOUR story read by one of the best, receive a cash bonus and the opportunity to be published in our illustrious magazine.
And don’t forget the three most important words: Edit, Edit Edit.
Juliana – Competitions Secretary