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The Creative Writing NZ Short Story Prize 2024

The Creative Writing NZ Short Story Prize is open to writers across the globe, until April 30th at 11.59pm (NZST).

Short stories must be written in English.

Maximum word count is 3000 words.

1st prize: $1000, a free online creative writing course of the winner's choice and publication on our site.

Entry fee: $9.

Final judge: Lucie Brownlee

Short Story Fee: nzd $9.00


Closes on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 11:59 PM New Zealand Standard Time (in 56 days)

Submissions for the 2024 Competition will be accepted from January 30th, 2024.

The DEADLINE for receipt of entries is 11.59pm(NZST) on April 30, 2024.

Entries will only be accepted through Duosuma.

Entries can be on any subject.

$9 per entry. You can submit multiple entries as long as each entry is paid for individually and includes a separate entry form.

The winner will receive $1,000. Two runner-up prizes – $200 each. The winner and runners-up will also receive a free online course and publication on our site.

All entries are judged anonymously. Please do not include your name, address, phone number, email, website, social media details, etc. on the short story document or in the file name as this will result in disqualification. You can enter your name on the application form.

Format the short story as per the following instructions:

Your story must be written in English. A maximum of 3,000 words. No minimum. Title not included in the word count.

Please submit a typed story in Arial or Times New Roman, 12pt, black. Double spaced.

Include a front page which details the title of story and the word count ONLY. The author’s name should not be included anywhere in the document or the file name.

No illustrations.

Save as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx). We also accept file types .rtf, .pdf, with the Short Story title as the file name. Please do not include the author’s name in the file name or it will be disqualified.

Final Judge: Lucie Brownlee

Full Terms & Conditions here.

FAQ here.

Entries will be accepted through Duosuma only. If you have questions about Duosuma or are having technical difficulties submitting your work, please contact Duosuma Customer Support at

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