Weekend creativity project – get your writing groove on…


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The BNZ Literary Awards entries closes off in a couple of days – 11.59 p.m. New Zealand Time on 30 June 2014 to be exact.

For those who didn’t even know it was open:

The 2014 BNZ Literary Awards is back for its 55th year and now is your chance to get your entry in for New Zealand’s pre-eminent short story writing competition. And, for the first time this year, we’re introducing New Zealand’s first writing award done on Twitter.

For over half a century, we’ve been proud to support these awards for aspiring and established writers. For many of New Zealand’s famous writers, such as Frank Sargeson, Keri Hulme and CK Stead, winning the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Award was where it all started.

There’s more information on their website. And there are some cool categories including a twitter competition which I think everyone should enter:

Short and tweet

  • A short story submitted via a single tweet on Twitter using the hashtag #shortandtweet. Terms and conditions apply.*
  • Length: A single tweet (including the hashtag #shortandtweet)
  • Prize: $1,000
  • Check out the other entries on the #shortandtweet tagboard.

There’s also a short short story competition that you can enter via Facebook

Short Short Story Award

  • A short story submitted through Facebook
  • Length: Maximum 150 words
  • Prize: $500
  • Enter now

And there are also the high profile awards as follows:

Young Writer Award

  • For writers at secondary school
  • Length: 1,000 – 3,000 words
  • Prize: $1,500 for the student; $2,000 for the winner’s school
  • Enter now

Novice Writer Award

  • For unpublished writers
  • Length: 1,000 – 3,000 words
  • Prize: $1,500
  • Enter now

Katherine Mansfield Award

  • Length: 1,000 – 5,000 words
  • Prize: $10,000
  • Enter now

I’m working on the final draft of mine right now… Should be finished today.

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