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Mansfield Short Story Award 2021

Entries are now open for the annual Mansfield Short Story Award! Entries of 1,500 words are invited from Year 12 and 13 students in the Wellington Region. To enter:

  1. Write a short story of no more than 1,500 words. It can be about anything you like but must be original (written by you) and not published anywhere already.
  2. Create a cover sheet with your name, your school's name, your school year (12 or 13), your email address and home address
  3. Email your story and cover sheet to director@katherinemansfield.com by 5pm, Wednesday 11 August 2021.

The stories will be judged by an established New Zealand writer and all finalists will be invited to an awards evening at the National Library in September.


Each year Katherine Mansfield House & Garden runs the Mansfield short story competition for Year 12 and 13 students in the Wellington Region. The award is a $500 cash prize made possible by a generous bequest from Gay Saker, a long-time Wellington English teacher. The competition is promoted directly to secondary schools and through our social media. If you or a student you know would like more information, please get in touch.

The awards ceremony is held at the National Library of New Zealand, who bring out special objects related to Katherine Mansfield from the Alexander Turnbull Library collection. We are very grateful to the Library for their support of the ceremony.

The finalists and their stories from 2016-2020 can be found below. Enjoy!

2020 KM Short Story Award

Guest judge Tina Makereti. Eleven talented writers were shortlisted for the award, which was won by Nadezhda Macey from Wellington High School with 'Matahiwi'. Highly commended certificates were presented to Avni Labhsetwar from Newlands College and Cadence Chung from Wellington High School. Images from left: The finalists; winner Nadezhda Macey with judge Tina Makereti; guests view items from the Alexander Turnbull Library's Katherine Mansfield collection.

Nadezhda Macey | Matahiwi (Winner)

Avni Labhsetwar | Hidden Sacrifices (Highly Commended)

Cadence Chung | The End of the World (Highly Commended)

Leila Barber | Memory

Gemma Bennion | Only July

Holly Inglis | The Matchmaker

Geneva King | The Red Trees

Valerie Villanueva | You Reap What You Sow

Georgia Wearing | Sumatra's a Type of Tiger

Maria Williams | Dear Amelia

Oliver Errington | Untitled

2019 KM Short Story Award

Guest judge Kate Duignan. Ten talented writers were shortlisted for the award, which was won by Asylvia Redgrave from Onslow College with 'The Log-Woman'. Highly commended certificates were presented to Jemima Dowle from Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, and Julia Lockerd and Kate Twomey from Wellington Girls' College.

Asylvia Redgrave | The Log-Woman (Winner)

Jemima Dowle | Perfect Peter (Highly Commended)

Julia Lockerd | Katherine's Ghost (Highly Commended)

Kate Twomey | So Eden Sank to Grief (Highly Commended)

Tegan Martin | Crashing Down 

Zoe Peet | Keys between my Fingers

Elizabeth Hogan | Of Dinosaurs and Love

Maggie Tu | Untitled

Alex Donovan | Sanctitude

Ella Tait | Untitled

2018 KM Short Story Award

Guest judge Pip Adam. Ten talented writers were shortlisted for the award, won by Elsie Christoffel of Wellington East Girls' College. Runners up were Olivia Sinclair from Onslow College, and Ella Strachan and Kate Twomey from Wellington Girls' College.

Elsie Christoffel | Letter to Love (Winner)

Olivia Sinclair | Gone To Sea (Runner up)

Ella Strachan | Untitled (Runner up)

Kate Twomey | Alice (Runner up)

Madeleine Somerville | I Am

Elizabeth Schumaker | Me and Her

Emma Brown | I've Been Absent From My Skin

Ella Speden | Wasteland

Anneke Hutt | Hide

Elsie Christoffel | Good art

2017 KM Short Story Competition

Guest judge Mandy Hager. From ten shortlisted stories, the winner was Sarah May of Samuel Marsden Collegiate School. Runners up were Emin Kaya of St Patrick's College, Renee Hanrahan of St Mary's College, and Katie Fenton of Wellington Girls' College.

Sarah May | Morning Coffee (Winner)

Emin Kaya | Kaş (Runner up)

Renee Hanrahan | The Elephant in the Room (Runner up)

Katie Fenton | Concerto in B Major (Runner up)

Judah Dabora | One Thousand Cranes

Matthew Canlas | Winter's End

Barnard Patel | Flotsam

Zalan Orban | Night Riders

Lauren Phang | Beaming lights

Tom Hughes | A Date at the Lights

2016 KM Short Story Award

Guest judge Mandy Hager. Out of ten finalists, the winner was Katie Reed from Samuel Marsden Collegiate School. 

Katie Reed | Imperfection (Winner)

Varvara Sidorenko | Letters From My Grandmother 

Maya Duckworth | Night Prayer   

Isla Hutching-Bryant | Fooled 

Sarah May | Language 

Alexander Sharples | Clerical Error 

Caroline Kay | All of these Lights 

Tom Hughes | The Boom, the Bar and the Bathroom 

Isabella Chayter-Waddy | Flotsam 

Summer O'Dwyer | The Difference of a Bullet 

2015 KM Short Story Award

Guest judge Kate De Goldi (not pictured). The award ceremony was held at Old St Paul's and the winner was Augusta Collett from Wellington East Girls' College with 'The Autologist'.