Short Story Competition 2012


The Wellington Region Heritage Promotion Council Inc (WRHPC),  invites entries for its inaugural Short Story Competition from residents of our region.

Our region incorporates Wellington, Porirua, Kapiti, Hutt Valley & Wairarapa.

Entries should be an original piece about an aspect of heritage within the region. Your story might be factual, or fiction based on a real person, an historic event, building or place.

Entries should be made easy for the Judges to assess so attention should be made to good comprehension, grammar, spelling (no text/twitter speak), punctuation etc.

Our thanks to the sponsors: NZ Historic Places Trust, Wellington Historical & Early Settlers Assn and Arty Bees Books.

There are three categories:

Category Size Prizes
Primary school pupils Up to 500 words Book tokens up to a value of $100
Secondary school pupils Up to 1000 words Book tokens up to a value of $150
Open/Senior Up to 1000 words Book tokens up to a value of $200

There are 2 parts to each entry:

  1. your story should be contained in a WORDxx or Open Office document and emailed to webmaster@wellingtonheritagepromotions.org.nz
  2. each entry must be accompanied by a signed Application Form posted to:
    Short Story Competition
    Wellington Region Heritage Promotion Council Inc
    P O Box 2280
    Wellington 6140

On receipt, all entries will be acknowledged. One entry per person.

The judges decision is final and they may share the prize in each category between more than one entry.

You retain ownership/copyright of your entry, but you agree to allow WRHPC to publish on their website.

Entries close on 31st August 2012.

Congratulations to the Winners

Primary school section
Amanda Crook-Barker The Declaration of WW1 First Prize  
Grace Coveney The Blacksmith Second Prize  
William Taber Off to the Bach Third Prize  

Secondary school section

Pippi Sargent Somes Island Letters First Prize  
Marta Teal Lighthouse Family Second Prize  

Open/Senior section

Pat Levy Whitby First Prize  
Alie Benge The Thousand Strands Second Prize  
Renee Gerlich Starling in the Sanctuary Third Prize  


Thank you to all the Entrants. This was our first Short Story Competition and we were impressed by the number and the quality of the entries.