August 15-31, 2005 Edition

Writers Given Chance

to Publish

at Random House

NEW ZEALAND/8/7/05—To celebrate two decades of New Zealand’s Sunday Star-Times Short Story Competition, this year’s winning Open Division story will be published next year in book form by Random House New Zealand in a special collection of short stories.

The three finalists, as judged by leading author Owen Marshall, will receive cash prizes and books from Random House, and the winner will also take away a laptop computer. All three stories will be published in the Sunday Star-Times.

In addition, for the first time the best "unpublished" writer to make the Open Division shortlist will win a "Random House Experience", spending time with pre-eminent fiction publisher Harriet Allan (see terms and conditions).

This year’s winner of the Secondary School Division, judged by Graeme Lay, will spend a day at Random House, as well as receiving cash, books and publication in the Sunday Star-Times

Download an entry form and further information here [72K PDF].

Short Story Competition – Terms & Conditions

To enter, complete the coupon and send it with your manuscript to reach us by Friday September 16, 2005. Entries received after September 16, will not be eligible for entry.

Entry is open to permanent New Zealand residents only.

To enter the Secondary School Division, you must be enrolled and attending Secondary School in New Zealand up to September 16, 2005.

Employees of Fairfax Sundays, Random House New Zealand and associated sponsors and agencies and their immediate families are not eligible to enter. However, existing Random House authors are eligible to enter.

Stories must be original and not previously published. (See no.19).

Entries will not be returned and must be submitted by the author.

There is no limit to the number of entries an individual may submit.

Maximum length is 3,000 words.

All entries must be typed, double-spaced and on one side of paper only.

All personal information is to be printed on a separate cover page, with only page numbers and story title on all other pages.

No electronic submissions will be accepted, this includes email and facsimile.

All manuscripts must be attached to an entry form.

The judges’ deliberations and decisions are final and will remain confidential. No correspondence will be entered into.

The Sunday Star-Times and Random House reserve the right to publish any winning or highly commended story, without fee.

This year’s winning Open Division entry will be published by Random House alongside a selection of previous Sunday Star-Times Short Story Competition winning stories in 2006.

Prizes are not redeemable for cash.

Prizes will be sent, delivered or couriered to a New Zealand address only.

Random House book prizes are at retail value.

The Best Unpublished Writer’s prize will be selected from the Open Division entries submitted by writers who are "unpublished". The Sunday Star-Times Short Story Competition’s definition of an "unpublished" writer is one who has not had a fiction work appear in trade book format. This means that the writer has not had a fiction work appear in a widely circulated book format available for sale to the general public.

The six finalists for the Open and Secondary School Divisions will be contacted by phone and by letter in October.

The Sunday Star-Times will provide accommodation for the night of the awards ceremony on November 8, 2005, and provide domestic return air flights for all six finalists.

Travel insurance and any personal travel liability remain the responsibility of the six finalists.

The Sunday Star-Times, Random House New Zealand and their associated agencies & companies shall not be liable in any way (including, without limitation, in negligence) for any loss or damage whatsoever suffered (including, without limitation, indirect or consequential loss) or for any loss or damage or personal injury suffered or sustained in connection with the "Sunday Star-Times Short Story Competition" except any liability that cannot be excluded by law.