International Writers' Workshop NZ International Writers' Workshop NZ Inc

Auckland, New Zealand

IWW Competition Schedule

The International Writers Workshop is a recipient of a generous bequest from The Jocelyn Grattan Charitable Trust for an award in honour of Jocelyn's mother Kathleen. Due to the bequest some IWW competitions may offer monetary prizes (note: prize monies will be shared in tied placings) and currently no entry fee applies.

We offer the following competitions in 2018

The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems

Other monthly competitions, which include a mix of poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

Competitions are open to financial and honorary members of IWW who normally live in New Zealand. New members are welcome to join. Find out how to join here.

New members become eligible to enter competitions after their application has been tabled at a committee meeting and then approved in writing (usually via email).

The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems

The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems has been our premier competition of the year since 2009. It is for a cycle or sequence of poems that has a common link or theme - no limit to length.

Details of the 2018 competition

In 2018 the Prize is $1000 to the winner. The judge is Stu Bagby, author of four poetry collections and editor of many more. His latest collection, Pockets of Warmth was published in 2017.

Entry is restricted to financial and honorary IWW members, including any new member whose membership application form is received before or at our meeting on the third Tuesday in June, which is the 19th June in 2018.

Entries close on 2 October 2018. Our PO Box will be cleared in the morning, so please post early to ensure your entry arrives in time. Hand delivered entries will be accepted at our IWW meeting that day. Late entries will not be accepted.

The winner will be announced at the IWW end of year function on Tuesday 20 November 2018.

Click here for the 2018 Rules and Guidelines.

Click here for the 2018 Cover Sheet.
Two copies of the poem sequence are required and each entry must have this cover sheet attached to it.

Monthly competitions

These competitions are for IWW members and further clarification, if any, should be in the newsletter. If you need more information, please email IWW.

All competitions close on a Tuesday workshop day. If you see a date that is not a Tuesday, please contact the webmaster for clarification.

All entries must be accompanied by the official IWW Cover Sheet, which must be attached to your competition entry. Please also adhere to the monthly competition rules below.

2018 IWW Competition Calendar

Genre/Topic Word Count Due date
Five in 500 Short Story Fiction
Your short story fiction is to include these five words:

trust * epiphany * disturbing * development * relief

Judge: Jenny Sturm
Results: At the meeting on 3 April 2018.
500 words Closed
A 7 to 10 minute (maximum) play with open theme and number of characters optional.
Judge: June Allen
Results: At the meeting on 15 May 2018.
7 to 10 minutes length Closed
Haiku / Tanka
Three Haiku and one Tanka.
Judge: Johanna Emeny
Results: At the meeting on 19 June 2018

n/a Closed
Opinion Piece
Non Fiction opinion piece on an issue of the day. Judge: Greg Bruce
Results: At the meeting on 3 July 2018.
600-1000 words Closed
Short Story Fiction
Judge: Gina Cole
Results: At the meeting on 7 August 2018.
Originally a paragraph was supplied to be used but due to copyright this has changed. Instead these three words must be used in the story: 'turquoise', 'cartoon' and 'Pacific'. Please see the email sent to members on submission requirements for this competition.

up to but not to exceed 2000 words Closed
One short poem (up to 12 lines) and one longer poem (13+ lines) in a nod to National Poetry Day.
Judge: Yvonne Walus
Results: At the meeting on 21 August 2018.
N/A Closed
Memory Story
Judge: Maria de Jong
Results: At the meeting on 2 October 2018.
800-1200 words Closed
Writing a Story in Letters
Judge: Keitha Smith
Results: At the meeting on 6 November 2018
not to exceed 3000 words but may be considerably shorter 16/10/2018

Rules for the Monthly Competitions

  1. Competitions are open to all financial and honorary life members of IWW.

  2. There is a maximum of one entry per member per competition.

  3. Entries to be at least one-and-a-half line spacing for prose (fiction / non-fiction). Single spacing is permitted for poetry. Font to be at least 12-point, preferably Times New Roman.

  4. Entries to be on one side of the paper only.

  5. Illustrations are not permitted.

  6. Entries are to meet or not exceed the word count or time limit as set out in the competition schedule for the entry topic.

  7. A completed cover sheet with entry category, title, maximum length as set out in the competition schedule, the actual length of your entry and your pen-name, is to be attached to the entry with either a paper clip or a staple. Click here to download a cover sheet.

  8. Your own name must not appear on your entry piece, although your pen-name may appear.

  9. Your real name and pen-name must be completed in the space provided at the bottom of the cover sheet.

  10. No writing that has been previously published may be entered.

  11. No writing that has won a competition may be entered.

  12. No writing that has previously won 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in an IWW competition may be re-entered.

  13. Entries are to reach the competition secretary by the deadline, either handed in at the meeting or to arrive in the post that day. Late entries will not be accepted.

  14. Postal entries are to be sent to International Writer's Workshop, PO Box 36652, Northcote, Auckland, 0748.

  15. If you wish your entry to be returned by post, please also include a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

  16. Entries may be emailed in certain circumstances by arrangement with the Competition Secretary.

  17. These rules are also available as a PDF - click here

    Competition Results

    Click here to view the results of some of our recent competitions.


    All of our forms can be accessed from the Forms page.