Short story competition
New in 2019, the Sargeson Prize is New Zealand’s richest short story prize, named for celebrated New Zealand writer Frank Sargeson and founded by Catherine Chidgey. Entries open on 1 April for the 2019 (and inaugural) Sargeson Prize and close at 11.59pm (NZST) on 30 June 2019. There is no entry fee, and entries are limited to one per writer, per division.
The Open Division is open to New Zealand permanent residents writing in English. Published and unpublished writers are welcome to enter. Entries must be a single story of no more than 5000 words. It must an original, unpublished piece of work.
- First Prize: $5000
- Second Prize: $1000
- Third Prize: $500
Secondary Schools Division
The Secondary Schools Division is open to students enrolled at a New Zealand secondary school and aged between 16 and 18 years on the date that competition entries close. Entries must be a single story of no more than 3000 words. It must be an original, unpublished piece of work.
- First Prize: $500
- Second Prize: $200
- Third Prize: $100
The winning story will be published in Mayhem.
The winner of the Secondary Schools Division will also be offered a one-week summer residency at the University of Waikato, to be taken up in January or February of the following year. The residency will include accommodation and meals at one of the University of Waikato Halls of Residence, a writing space in the School of Arts, and mentoring from postgraduate students and/or academic staff in the Writing Studies programme. If the winner is under 18 years of age, parental consent will be required.
Each year we will invite a successful New Zealand writer to judge the Sargeson Prize. This year we are delighted to announce that international award-winning author Catherine Chidgey will be Chief Judge. Catherine’s numerous achievements include being awarded the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize at the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards for her fourth novel, The Wish Child.
Judging will be conducted “blind” – i.e. without the writer’s name attached to their submission. Entries may be subject to a pre-judging screening process by a panel overseen and moderated by the Chief Judge.
Details on how to enter here