Nine to Noon Short Story Competition

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Welcome to the first ever Nine to Noon Short Story Competition, judged by acclaimed authors Tina Makereti and Harry Ricketts.  

Entries open August 30 and close on October 1, 2021.

The top five winners will be announced on Friday 29 October, and those stories will be recorded and broadcast on Nine to Noon in November.

Nine to Noon host Kathryn Ryan says she’s excited about the competition. “Nine to Noon has a long history of supporting New Zealand writing and writers. We're looking forward to seeing what our brilliant listeners do 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.

“I love how a short story, by being very very specific and precise in terms of time, place and character, can open out the world in an expansive way,” says Tina Makereti.

“Short stories leave us with a sense of unknown at the same time as they try to name what is known. I love that paradox.”

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

Tina Makereti is an award-winning author of short stories, essays and novels.  She holds a doctorate in creative writing. Tina's short story Black Milk won the Pacific Regional Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2016 and she was one of the judges for the 2021 prize. In 2009 Tina received the Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing (Non-fiction), as well as the Pikihuia Award for Best Short Story Written in English. Her novel Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings was longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award and won the 2014 Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Award for Fiction.  It was also adapted for radio and broadcast on Nine to Noon, as was her most recent novel, The Imaginary Lives of James Pōneke.