Same Same But Different NZ
With the generous support of Foundation North, samesame but different is again running a short fiction writing contest. The competition celebrates the life and work of our founder, Peter Wells. It gives New Zealand LGBTQI writers the opportunity to prove their creative skills and to promote their work to a wider audience in a safe and supportive environment.
First prize is $1000 for the winning story, $500 for the runner-up and $500 for the best writing by a promising young writer aged under 25. This makes it one of the leading short fiction competitions in Aotearoa. That it is only for LGBTQI writers offers an amazing opportunity to display your writing talent. Short fiction is demanding and we are looking for quality writers.
The theme for the 2021 contest is Freedom. In this year of lockdowns, travel restrictions and enforced separations, freedom has attained a new meaning for many people. However, there are no creative restrictions on how the theme is approached or developed, and it does not have to bear any relationship to Covid-19. Excellence is what the judges are looking for. Past winners have demonstrated craftsmanship and good storytelling. Their work has been about inventiveness, imagination and the power and use of language.
The maximum word limit of 2000 words must not be exceeded, with a minimum requirement of 1200 words. Our judges this year are Gina Cole and Brendan Were. Gina is the award-winning author of Black Ice Matter and has been widely anthologised. Brendan is an English lecturer and the author of Tane’s War. They are looking for writing flair and creative brilliance. The judges’ decision is final.
Please state in your covering email if you are eligible for the promising young writer award. All entries will be judged for the overall contest winner. Entries will close on 3 January 2021. The winners will be announced during our sixth samesame but different festival, 12-13 February 2021.
Go with your heart and share your story. LGBTQI readers in Aotearoa are very keen to read more of our own stories.
2021 COMPETITION RULES