15 May 2012
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After an auspicious beginning in 2011 the NZSA Asian Short Story Competition is once again open for entries.
As the national body supporting writers in New Zealand, the NZSA is keen to promote Asian writing and offer an opportunity for Asian writers to showcase their work.
One of last year’s judges, Renee Liang, says it was wonderful to see a broad representation of stories and characters which hailed from South Asia, South East Asia and North East Asia. She adds that the winning story “Paper Butterflies” by Wellington writer Rosabel Tan was a delightful standout amongst the high quality entries.
Entry is open to New Zealand permanent residents who are Asian or of Asian ethnicity. Short stories will be in English, and the theme is open. Stories will ideally contain some Asian content, though not necessarily be set in Asia.
The minimum length of entries is 2,500 words, and the maximum length of entries is 3,500 words.There is a total of $4,500 in cash prizes. First prize: $3,000. Second: $1,000. Third: $500.
A shortlist of 5 will be announced on 21 October. Winners will be announced in November 2012.
The competition deadline is 30 August 2012. Terms & conditions and application forms are downloadable from www.authors.org.nz or email firstname.lastname@example.org