The inaugural Samoa Observer Tusitala Short Story Competition is now open for entries. A cultural initiative of the Samoa Observer, the competition offers annual awards for unpublished short fiction by writers across the Pacific.
The competition has three regional categories: 1. Samoa; 2. New Zealand and Australia; 3. Pacific Islands (American Samoa, Fiji, Hawaii, Kiribati, Cook Islands, Nauru, Niue, Tokelau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu).
There will be six winners, two from each region. Two regional winners will be selected as the overall winners. The overall winners of Tusitala receives USD $2500 and the remaining four regional winners USD $1000.
All entrants must be at least 18 years of age and citizens of the areas specified. Entry is free.
All entries must be written in English or Samoan, original and unpublished. Stories must be no more than 5000 words in length. The deadline for receipt of entry is 1 June 2015 – full entry and eligibility guidelines can be found on the Tusitala Short Story Competition website.
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