Entries open for Mapua literary festival adult short story competition
Entries are open for an adult short story competition, run in conjunction with the coming Mapua literary festival.
Moutere Hills RSA Memorial Library, known as Mapua Community Library, is scheduled to hold its fourth literary festival from September 15 to 17.
Literary festival committee member Barbara Glass said the theme this year was Journeys.
"Journeys real and imagined, journeys in time and space, journeys of the mind and the heart," she said.
Entry forms for the adult short story competition are available now from the Mapua Community Library website. Hard copies can be collected from the library. Open to all New Zealand writers aged over 15, entrants can submit original unpublished stories, each with a maximum of 1500 words.
There is a $10 entry fee for each story.
First prize is a $100 voucher from Volume book shop in Nelson; the runner up is set to receive a $50 voucher. The winning stories will also be published on the Mapua Community Library website.
A children's short story competition is also planned involving pupils from Mapua, Mahana and Tasman Bay Christian schools.
Glass said the festival itself was due to begin on Friday, September 15, with a storytelling and drama event for local schools, followed by a literary quiz in the evening.
On Saturday, conversations with authors were scheduled along with a storytelling session for children and a poetry evening. The festival was due to finish on Sunday, September 17, with more conversations with authors.
Glass said about eight well-known New Zealand authors had accepted invitations to speak at the festival including Fleur Beale, Elizabeth Knox, Sarah Laing and Paddy Richardson.
A full programme and ticketing information would be available in early July, she said.
Mapua Community Library is a volunteer-run facility funded by grants, donations and fundraising events.