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Sargeson Prize

First offered in 2019, the Sargeson Prize is New Zealand's richest short story prize, sponsored by the University of Waikato. Named for celebrated New Zealand writer Frank Sargeson, the Prize was conceived by writer Catherine Chidgey, who also lectures in Writing Studies at the University.

Entries open on 1 April for the 2021 Sargeson Prize and close at 11.59pm (NZST) on 30 June 2021. There is no entry fee, and entries are limited to one per writer, per division.

Open to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents aged 16 and over who are writing in English.

See the Sargeson Prize website for full details, T&Cs and previous winners.

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2021 Short Story - Open Division Free

Open

Closes on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 11:59 PM New Zealand Standard Time (in 52 days)

The Open Division is open to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents aged 16 and over who are writing in English. Published and unpublished writers are welcome to enter. Entries must be a single story of no more than 5000 words. It must be an original, unpublished piece of work.

  • First Prize: $6000
  • Second Prize: $1000
  • Third Prize: $500

The winning stories will be published by Newsroom in its literary section ReadingRoom.

Please see the Sargeson Prize website for full T&Cs

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