2022 NZATE Youth Writing Competition

NZATE is pleased to announce the 2022 NZATE Youth Writing Competition. This year, we’re looking for the best student micro fiction from around New Zealand. We’re seeking writing 300 words or less. Students can submit on any theme. Entries close on Friday July 8, the end of Term Two, and the top three entries in each category will be published in English in Aotearoa, as well as receiving prize money for themselves and their schools. There are three categories from Years 7 to 13.

For further details, email writing@nzate.org.nz

Fine print:

  • Your story must be 300 words or less. The title is not included in the word count.
  • Please ensure your submission is 12 point font, 1.5 spaced, with your name, school and year level in the header on each page.
  • Submit your entry via this google form: https://forms.gle/cea49nhYToAo6GuE9
  • The work must be received by Friday 8 July. The winning work in each category will be published in English in Aotearoa
  • Your work should not be submitted for publication elsewhere (although for assessment or classroom work is expected and encouraged).
  • Copyright is retained by the author, although English in Aotearoa retains the right of first publication. You will be asked to submit a photograph of yourself and a short bio, if your work has been selected for publication. Please note, that by submitting, you are guaranteeing that the entry is your own, original work.
  • Your work will be judged by NZATE committee members and designated guest judges, and their decision is final.

Year 12-13

Winning entry: $200 prezzie card to the author, and $100 in book vouchers to the school
Two highly commended entries: $50 prezzie card to each author

Year 10-11

Winning entry: $200 prezzie card to the author, and $100 in book vouchers to the school
Two highly commended entries: $50 prezzie card to each author

Year 7-9

Winning entry: $200 prezzie card to the author, and $100 in book vouchers to the school
Two highly commended entries: $50 prezzie card to each author