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

The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems
Jocelyn Grattan Prize for Fiction
Jocelyn Grattan Prize for Creative Non-fiction
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 is our premier competition of the year. It is for a cycle or sequence of poems that has a common link or theme - no limit to length.

Entry into the competition 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 20th June in 2017.

Entries close on the first Tuesday in October and the winner is announced at the IWW end of year function on the third Tuesday in November.

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Details of the 2017 competition

In 2017 the Prize is $1000 to the winner. The judge is Robert Sullivan, poet and academic and Head of Creative Writing at MIT.

Entries close on 3rd October 2017. 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 21st November 2017.

Click here for the rules and guidelines of the The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems 2017.

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


Jocelyn Grattan Prize for Fiction

This competition in 2017 is the Long Fiction judged by Fiona Sussman - schedule below.


Jocelyn Grattan Prize for Creative Non-Fiction

This competition in 2017 is the Memory Story, judged by Lindsey Dawson - see schedule below.


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.


2017 Competition Calendar

Genre/Topic Word Count Due date
Memory Story
This is the 2017 Jocelyn Grattan Prize for Creative Non-Fiction
Judge: Lindsey Dawson
Results: At the meeting on 16 May 2017.
Up to but not to exceed 2000 words Closed
Mystery Story
Judge: Yvonne Eve Walus
Results: At the meeting on 20 Jun 2017.
1200 to 1800 words maximum Closed
Text for a Children's Book
For a 32-page picture book. You nominate the age group you are writing for.
Judge: Judy Lawn
Results: At the meeting on 1 Aug 2017
N/A 4/7/2017
Travel Story
Judge: Jill Malcolm
Results: At the meeting on 19 Sep 2017.
Up to 800 words 15/8/2017
Long Fiction
This is the 2017 Jocelyn Grattan Prize for Fiction.
This year the story has to relate in some way to a real and known person and/or event however subtly referred to.
Judge: Fiona Sussman
Results: At the meeting on 17 Oct 2017.
up to but not to exceed 3000 words 19/9/2017

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.

  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.


    Forms

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