Upcoming Opportunities for Authors

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We have compiled a selection of local and national opportunities for authors. Please note that these are not Guild-affiliated, for further information, please refer to the links provided.


SpecFicNZ is seeking submissions to a new anthology titled, Te Kōrero Ahi Kā, an unthemed anthology that will showcase the best work from members of the SpecFicNZ organisation of writers, poets, artists, and creatives.

You need to be a member of SpecFic NZ to enter, you can join or renew here.

Submissions close: 31 October 2017.

For further details


New Zealand Society of Authors are running the Heritage Book & Writing Awards, with two categories open for unpublished authors: poetry and short prose. The theme is “Finding Our Way.” Authors are encouraged to approach the theme broadly.

Each short-form category awards a prize of $200 for first place.

There is a $15 entry fee.
Submissions Close: 15 August 2017

For more information, please visit their website.


William Taylor Memorial Heartland Short Story Competition is being held for 2017. Monetary prizes of $300, $75 and $50 respectively will be awarded.

Entries should be fiction in any genre and be up to 1,000 words in length.

There is a $10 entry fee.
Submissions close: 30 September 2017


The Storylines Awards are hosted annually, with three categories for  unpublished authors of children’s fiction. These awards come with an offer of publication from well-renowned Australasian publishers for the winning entrant.

Tessa Duder Award: for teenage/young adult fiction.
Tom Fitzgibbon Award: for middle grade readers (7-11 years)
Joy Cowley Award: for a picture book manuscript

Please note: an entry fee applies.
Submissions close: 31 October 2017

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