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Entries are now open for the annual Mansfield Short Story Award 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 deadline has been extended and is now Wednesday 24 August 2022. 

To enter, students need to:

  • Write a short story of no more than 1,500 words
  • Create a cover sheet with your name, your school’s name, your school year (12 or 13), your email address and home address
  • Email your story and coversheet to by Wednesday 24 August 2022

All finalists will be invited to an awards event in September. The awards event is usually 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 event.

If you're keen to write but stuck for an idea, try Googling 'short story starters' and see if anything inspires you!

Please note that in order to keep the number of entries manageable for our small team, we can only accept entries from Year 12 or 13 students who live in or attend a school in the Wellington region. The Wellington region stretches from the bottom of the North Island to just above Ōtaki and Mt Bruce. You can see a map of the region here

Stories must be the writer's own original work and not have been published elsewhere already (for example, a school magazine, a youth literary journal or online).

The finalists and their stories from 2016-2021 can be found here