Readers are being encouraged to get their creative juices flowing and consider entering the 2015 Mahurangi Matters Short Story Competition.
It has been several years since the competition was last held, but interest from the community has prompted its return.
Mahurangi Matters editor Jannette Thompson says the introduction of a teen section this year will be an opportunity for young people to get involved.
There will be cash prizes for the best general fiction and best teen-fiction (written by a teenager) entries, and the two best runners up in each category will receive book vouchers sponsored by The Village Bookshop in Matakana.
The winners will be published in our December and January issues.
Children’s author Lorraine Orman and Warkworth librarian Lisa Outwin will judge the stories. In past competitions, the judges have been impressed by the calibre of the stories and are looking forward to an equally diverse range of topics this year.
To enter, you must submit an original unpublished short story with a Mahurangi/Kaipara connection. The length of the stories should be no more than 1400 words.
The competition will open in July and authors will have until October 30 to submit their entries.
Full entry details including terms and conditions will be available on our website from July onwards.