Feb 19, 2019

Sunday Star-Times Short Story Awards

  • Crimson Education
  • NZ
Competition Skill Building


In association with Penguin Random House New Zealand and the Michael King Writers' Centre, the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Awards are among New Zealand's most prestigious and established writing prizes. Divisions are judged by acclaimed writers and the best entries will be published in the Sunday Star-Times, providing a platform which has helped launch the careers of many well-known writers including Eleanor Catton, Owen Marshall, Sarah Laing, Norman Bilbrough, and many others.

Participants may submit entries for the Open Division, with a 3,000 word limit, or the Secondary School Division, with a 2,000 word limit. Winning entries will be published in the Sunday Star-Times and on Stuff.co.nz. Winners also receive generous cash prizes and critical feedback from acclaimed writers.

For further information visit the official website here

Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range




Anyone can enter

Participation Cost


Competition entry

Minimum Technical Skill Needed


Short story writing skills appropriate for a national level competition are required.

Time Commitment


Short story submission

Application Deadline

November 2020

Application Process Includes

Applications can be made online. Note: applications for the 2020 competition are not yet open