My Writing Journey – International Short Story Competition – January 2017

  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     Closing date: 12 pm 31 January 2017 Previous winners:    Full Circle by Natalie Swain - winner September 2016 The Hundredth Day by Do Hyun Kang - Winner July 2016 The Writing Lobe by Eileen

My Six Favourite Short Story Competitions – by Trish Nicholson

Writing courses

Competitions don’t just develop your skills. They can be a source of inspiration and motivation to keep going with your writing. Here is a collection of credible competitions to enter this year. Plenty to Choose From There are masses of writing competitions: from the questionable ‘ads’ asking for entry fees but not mentioning judges or prizes, to the internationally prestigious big winnings like The Bridport Prize. The latter attracts thousands of entries from established writers, so the most we beginner writers are likely

Creative writing excerpts from The Writers’ College students

  The following unedited snippets of creative writing come from students on our Short Story Writing Courses, Novel Courses, Scriptwriting and the Basics of Creative Writing Courses. There were hundreds of great pieces to choose from, so we closed our eyes and randomly selected excerpts from our list of favourites. Enjoy!   Basics of Creative Writing Course – Studying with Helen Brain Extract: from a scene by Sigrid Birk My boyfriend is examining the one hundredth desk in IKEA: he’s very thorough. He doesn’t want a chair that squeaks

The Writers’ College Student Success Stories

Some of our students have gone on to occupy full-time jobs in the magazine and/or publishing industry. You can read short interviews with past-students here. If your story, manuscript or article was accepted for publication after completing one of our courses, please do let us know: Here are a few writing success stories from our students from around the world. Glenn McGoldrick, who has had a story "A Little Drama" accepted for online publication by Glenn was a student on the Writing

Q & A with Multi-Award-Winning feature writer Sarah Lang – her road to success

Successful journalist Sarah Lang may have started her working life sleeping in her mother’s garage, but she has quickly climbed the ranks to become a multi-award-winning feature writer.   Born and bred in New Zealand, Sarah Lang (34), began her career as reporter for the local newspaper covering Taupo, Turangi and Rotorua (New Zealand). For the last six years has freelanced for around 20 publications including North & South, Next, Canvas, NZ House & Garden, Reader’s Digest, and the Herald on Sunday’s

Open for entries: NZ WRITERS’ COLLEGE 2013 Annual Short Story Award

Every year NZ Writers' College hosts and sponsors our free-to-enter short story competition. Some of our finalists go on to win other short story competitions, like the prestigious BNZ Katherine Mansfield Short Story Competition. As a finalist, being critiqued by a panel of six award-winning writers is one of the benefits of entering. This year, we're looking for more winning entries - stories that are quirky, adventurous, bold and push literary boundaries. The contest is open to any emerging writer residing in

The Difference Between Writing for the Web and Print – by Angelique Ruzicka

  Many beginner web writers have no idea how different  writing articles for the web is compared to print articles. Here's what makes web writing unique...  When you write content for the web it’s important to get the message across quickly and to put the most relevant information at the top by adopting the inverted pyramid approach. It’s important to catch the reader’s eye as web readers tend to scan information instead of reading it, and don’t spend a lot of time on pages. Unfortunately, unlike

Born to be a Writer – by Michael Taylor

  The city is pretty… These were the words I wrote in the first attempt I made of a poem after moving to Johannesburg, South Africa as a teenager. I was born in Klerksdorp, and attended Klerksdorp Primary School where I was voted “most likely to be an author” at the young age of nine. My stories and poems had always received great acclaim from teachers and parents.  For as far back as I can remember, I needed to write. From

2012 NZ Writers’ College Short Story Competition open for entries

THE NZ WRITERS’ COLLEGE 2012 Annual Short Story Award This competition is to acknowledge excellence in creative writing in the Short Story genre. The contest is open to any emerging writer residing in New Zealand or Australia, who has had fewer than four stories/articles published in any format (print or digital). PRIZES: First Prize: $1 000.00 plus entry into one of our short courses Second Prize: $ 500.00 People's Choice Award $ 250.00 Top three entries will be published on our college site and the top

The Other Woman – by Amanda Bidwell

I liken my passion for writing with the exuberant style in which I tackle housework. I'll admit that ultimately writing gives me more joy than the latter, but there is also something very satisfying about an empty laundry basket. The trouble with this comparison is that I only have room in my life for one at a time. This can lead to some serious inner tension and often I feel as if the two are fighting for my attention. If I

NZWC Student Wins ‘Her Magazine’ Short Story Competition

Her Magazine in New Zealand runs a regular short story competition. This month one of our Short Story Course students  - Andrea Stitson - won the competition. Her story will be published in the next issue of the magazine. Look out for 'Dancing with Charlie'. Well done Andrea!

The 2011 NZ Writers’ College Short Story Competition: Open For Entries

The NZ WRITERS’ COLLEGE 2011 Annual Short Story Competition   For Emerging Writers in New Zealand and Australia   This competition is to acknowledge excellence in creative writing in the Short Story genre. The contest is open to any writer residing in New Zealand and Australia who has had fewer than four stories/articles published in any format (print or digital).   PRIZES: First prize: $1000.00 Second Prize: $500.00 Top two entries will be published on our college site and the top five winners will receive individual editorial feedback