My Writing Journey – International Short Story Competition – September 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

 30 September 2015

 


Previous winners:

7390582_sAfrican Dream by Olakunle Oladiran – Winner May 2015

Magic by Thorne Busakwe – Winner January 2015

My Writing Journey by Nkaela Mocumi – Winner September 2014

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

Read the March 2014 winning entry here.

Read the December 2013 winning entry here.

Read the September 2013 joint winning entry here.

Read the September 2013 joint winning entry here.

Read the May 2013 winning entry here.

Read the February 2013 winning entry here.

Read the December 2012 winning entry here.

Read the September 2012 winning entry here. 

Read the June 2012 winning entry here.

Read the February 2012 winning entry here.

Read the November 2011 winning entry here.

Read the September 2011 winning entry here.

Read the June 2011 winning entry here.

Read the April 2011 winning entry here.

Read the February 2011 winning entry here.

 

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)

We are an online writing school with three country-specific branches offering over 30 specialist online writing courses run by multi-award-winning authors, journalists, scriptwriters, poets and copywriters. From journalism to creative writing courses to writing for the web, our courses offer one-to-one tuition at an affordable cost.

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.

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30 Responses

  1. Kerry says:

    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 says:

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

    • The Writers' College The Writers' College says:

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

      Best wishes,
      Nichola

  4. Leona says:

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

    • The Writers' College The Writers' College says:

      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 says:

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

    • The Writers' College The Writers' College says:

      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 says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

  8. Paul says:

    When will the winners for the September competition be announced?

  9. Daniel says:

    Hi Nichola,

    How do you feel about stories that are less than 1000 words? Say within the realm of 750?

    Thanks,

    Daniel

    • The Writers' College The Writers' College says:

      Hi Daniel,

      That would be fine. However, the closer you can get the word count to 1000, the better.

      Best wishes,
      Nichola

  10. Gaurangi says:

    Hi, i just wanted to ask, what type of personal information are we supposed to put into the email we send you? I want to submit my story to you’re competition for 2015. I just want to know about the personal info… thanks

    • The Writers' College The Writers' College says:

      Hi Gaurangi,

      Most entrants provide their name and surname, and email address. However, some writers prefer to use a pseudonym, and that is fine too. We don’t require any other personal information.

      Kind regards,
      Nichola

      • Gaurangi says:

        Thanks so much, I am so excited to send my writing journey to your competition.
        When, and how, do the winners receive payment, should they win?
        Thanks Nichola

        • The Writers' College The Writers' College says:

          Hi Gaurangi,

          We can either pay by Paypal, if you have a Paypal account, or directly into your bank account if you reside in the UK, South Africa, New Zealand or Australia.

          Best wishes,
          Nichola

  11. Gaurangi says:

    How old do you have to be in order to participate in the competition?

  12. Bryan says:

    Am I allowed to submit more than one story?

    • The Writers' College The Writers' College says:

      Hi Bryan,

      Yes, we don’t mind if you submit more than one entry. You might consider entering one story per competition, and then enter four times per year for the four different deadlines.

      Best wishes,
      Nichola

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