Queenstown Writers Festival 2020

After a successful debut in 2019, the Queenstown Writers Festival is quickly approaching, happening this year from November 7th to 9th.

Organizers have plans for more author talks and workshops with published writers who also happen to be great teachers. Plans are to include a wide array of genres to appeal to lovers of literature of all sorts including poetry, crime writing, historical fiction, New Zealand fiction, music writing and possibly even cartoons and journalism.

They’ve also managed to score two of New Zealand’s greatest writers and legends in the field of New Zealand literature - Witi Ihimaera (Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit and the first Māori person to publish a novel) and renowned Dame Fiona Kidman.

But the absolute best part from our point of view? The Queenstown Writers Festival has launched a new competition in the region for those who love writing their own short stories! The competition is open to everyone in the Otago and Southland areas and there are three categories; adults, students in Years 9 – 13 (aged 13 to 18) and primary school students up to Year 8 (aged up to 13).

Need more inspiration to get your entries in, besides the fact that they will call the attention of judges Maxine Alterio (best-selling novelist, short story writer and award-winning academic mentor), Jane Bloomfield (Queenstown-based writer and author of the Lily Max series) and Iona Winter (award-winning poetry and flash fiction writer)? Prizes for the competition include book vouchers, up to $500 cash and a priceless writing mentoring session!

Short Story Competition is on now – enter here: https://bit.ly/30lHQPE. Entries close September 30th.

The esteemed line-up of competition judges cannot wait to read what you come up with!

Any question, contact Bethany Rogers, 027 8825 318, info@qtwritersfestival.nz