Nine to Noon's Short Story Competition is back

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Welcome to the 2023 Nine to Noon Short Story Competition, judged by author Harry Ricketts and Tina Makareti.

Entries open August 28 and close on September 29, 2023.

The top five winners will be announced on Friday 27 October, and those stories will be purchased by RNZ and recorded and broadcast on Nine to Noon in November.

Nine to Noon host Kathryn Ryan says she’s excited about the competition happening again.  “We had a fantastic response last year and we can't wait to see what our brilliant listeners do again with the written word."

"A great short story gives us a glimpse into a life so immediate that we feel we know both that person and their world," says Harry Ricketts.

He says there was a huge range of entries to last year's competition but the ones that stood out were those that had "a lot of heart and a lot of skill".

Terms & conditions:

The competition is open to anyone 16 years and older, and has a 2,000 word limit.

No stories which have previously been published can be entered.

Only one entry per writer.

Stories will be anonymised for judging.

Not open to RNZ employees.

By entering this competition, you agree that RNZ can make a recording of the story to use on radio and online, as well as publishing the story on the RNZ website. RNZ will purchase the rights to the five winning stories.

Competition Judges

Harry Ricketts has recently retired from the English Programme at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington, where he continues to teach a course in creative writing. He has taught some of Aotearoa's most brilliant authors, essayists and poets. Harry is a biographer, essayist and poet himself, and has published around thirty books. They include poetry, fiction, non-fiction and literary biography - among them the internationally acclaimed The Unforgiving Minute: A Life of Rudyard Kipling and Strange Meetings: The Lives of the Poets of the Great War.  Harry's latest is Selected Poems, published in June 2021.