My Writing Journey – International Short Story Competition – January 2015

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Write us a 1000-word story about your journey as a writer. Make it funny, quirky and/or inspirational. We will publish the best story in our quarterly newsletter and on our blog. Plus the winner receives $200 (R1000 or £100).

Entry is free and entrants are welcome from all over the globe.

Send your story to nichola@nzwriterscollege.co.nz.

 Closing date: 12 pm

 31 January 2015

 


Previous winners:

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Read the February 2011 winning entry here.

Read the April 2011 winning entry here.

Read the June 2011 winning entry here.

Read the September 2011 winning entry here.

Read the November 2011 winning entry here.

Read the February 2012 winning entry here.

Read the June 2012 winning entry here.

Read the September 2012 winning entry here. 

Read the December 2012 winning entry here.

Read the February 2013 winning entry here.

Read the May 2013 winning entry here.

Read the September 2013 joint winning entry here.

Read the September 2013 joint winning entry here.

Read the December 2013 winning entry here.

Read the March 2014 winning entry here.

It Started with a Bang! by Marianne Saddington – Winner June 2014

My Writing Journey by Nkaela Mocumi – Winner September 2014

 

 

Competition Guidelines

When submitting stories:

  • use a font size 11 or 12
  • use good-sized margins all around the text
  • 1.5 line spacing
  • make sure your paragraphs are clearly separated, either using an open line between paragraphs (our preference), or indenting the first line using tab, and
  • stick to the word count of 1000 words, give or take a few words.

We prefer receiving entries as Word or Wordpad documents. Otherwise, copy and paste your text into the body of an email and submit your piece that way.

The competition is open to any writer, anywhere.

We look forward to receiving your submission.


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(NZ Writers’ College, SA Writers’ College, UK Writers’ College)

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Our tutors have collectively accumulated more than 40 international writing awards, including many Qantas Awards, several Commonwealth Writers’ Prizes, four Emmy Awards, the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, ATKV Awards, the Caine Prize for African Writing, the Pen/HSBC Awards, the Sir David Beatie Award, the George Foster Peabody Award and the Reed Fiction Award.

We offer no-nonsense, practical, challenging training for writers who are serious about getting published. We use award-winning, professional writers as our tutors who provide expert feedback for every line you write.

19 Comments on "My Writing Journey – International Short Story Competition – January 2015"

  1. Kerry November 30, 2011 at 7:31 am · Reply

    I just sent through my entry and am really hoping you enjoy it, the money would help tremendously towards my magazine journalism course at SA Writers College

  2. Lance Wilson May 8, 2012 at 3:06 pm · Reply

    I’m absolutely ecstatic at being a part of SA Writers College. It’s a totally new world to me, and it’s just invigorating to experience so much activity in one compartment.Thanks to the founders of SA Writers College.

    To all aspirant writers – make your future as writers blossom.

  3. Onyia, Kingsley C. April 23, 2013 at 7:10 am · Reply

    Am just intrested in the 2013 short story competition, and am from Nigeria. Am i entitled to join?

    • The Writers' College
      The Writers' College July 10, 2014 at 11:38 pm · Reply

      Yes – the competition is open to any writer from anywhere in the world.

      Best wishes,
      Nichola

  4. Leona July 17, 2014 at 9:09 pm · Reply

    I finally found a writing competition in South Africa. So it is open to college students only?

    • The Writers' College
      The Writers' College August 4, 2014 at 9:27 pm · Reply

      Hi Leona,

      The competition is open to any writer – beginner or not, and regardless of where you live.

      Look forward to hearing from you again.

      Best wishes,
      Nichola (Editor of The Writers’ College Times)

  5. Arlette July 23, 2014 at 9:19 am · Reply

    Hi,
    Is 1000 words the limit or we can exceed 1000 words?

    • The Writers' College
      The Writers' College August 4, 2014 at 9:43 pm · Reply

      Hi Arlette,

      You can usually be 50 words over or under a stipulated word count of 1500 or 2000 words, without being disqualified from a writing contest.

      Hope that answers your question.

      Kind regards,
      Nichola

  6. Arlette August 4, 2014 at 3:30 pm · Reply

    Hey, I just cant find any competition rules or a guide to what kind of format you would like the submission to be.
    Should I just send the story with the contact information in no specific format?

    Thanks :) sorry for the bother

    • The Writers' College
      The Writers' College August 4, 2014 at 9:25 pm · Reply

      Hi Arlette,

      Thanks for your message.

      We don’t have a specific format requirement. When submitting stories anywhere, what usually works well is to:

      – use a font size 11 or 12
      – use good-sized margins all around the text
      – 1.5 line spacing and
      – make sure your paragraphs are clearly separated, either using an open line between paragraphs (our preference), or indenting the first line using tab.

      The competition is open to any writer, anywhere.

      We look forward to receiving your submission!

      Best wishes
      Nichola

  7. Heideli September 8, 2014 at 11:13 am · Reply

    Hi there, I would like to send in an entry for the My Writing Journey, what is the correct email address please?

  8. Paul October 16, 2014 at 5:36 am · Reply

    When will the winners for the September competition be announced?

    • The Writers' College
      The Writers' College October 16, 2014 at 7:54 pm · Reply

      Hi Paul,

      The winning story for September 2014 can be read here:

      Best wishes,
      Nichola

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