Cambridge Autumn Festival
Short Story Competition 2022
Online Entry Form


  • IMPORTANT: The competition opens 21 October 2021. All entries must be received by 11.59pm Monday 31 January 2022. The theme to be used is "Carpe Diem (Seize the day)"
  • There are 2 ways to enter:
  • a/ Enter online by filling out the online form below; or
  • b/ Download the printable entry form on this website, and post to the address given in the Terms and Conditions.
  • * Fields in this online form marked with an asterix must be filled in
  • Personal Information

  • Short Story

  • Please enter a number less than or equal to 1500.
  • Accepted file types: pdf, docx, doc, Max. file size: 16 MB.
    Please upload your short story in Microsoft Word or PDF format . Maximum file size allowed is 16Mb.
  • Full Terms and Conditions:

    1. Entry is open only to living, New Zealand permanent residents. (Winners will be asked to provide proof of residency.)
    2. Stories must be typed in English. The theme of the story must be "Carpe Diem (Seize the day)". Stories must be the author’s original work and must not have been published before or submitted for publication or entered into another competition. Please ensure that your name appears only on the entry form, not on the manuscript.
    3. Stories are to be fiction and maximum 1500 words. All manuscripts are to have double-line spacing.
    4. An entrant can submit more than one story but each story must be supplied individually with a completed entry form. The stories must be submitted by the author. Entries are to be received no later than 11.59pm Monday 31 January 2022. Manuscripts will not be returned to entrants. Entries can be submitted either: a/ with the online entry form; or b/ with a printed entry form and posted to Cambridge Autumn Festival Short Story Competition, c/- Cambridge Autumn Festival, PO Box 369, Cambridge 3450. The printed entry form can be downloaded from the website
    5. Employees and immediate family of the competition sponsor (Cooney Insurance in association with Maurice Trapp Group), Cambridge News and the Cambridge Autumn Festival organisers are ineligible to enter.
    6. Entrants may be contacted by the competition sponsor.
    7. The three winners will be contacted by phone. The winning entries will be announced at the Cambridge Autumn Festival, on the Cambridge Autumn Festival website and in other Cambridge Autumn Festival promotional material.
    8. Cambridge Autumn Festival reserves the right during 2022 to publish stories entered in the competition without compensation. Stories remain the property of the entrant.
    9. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Judging comments on individual stories will not be provided. However, after the winners have been announced, the shortlisted entrants will be advised that they were in the judges’ shortlist (approx. 10 stories).
    10. By entering the competition, entrants agree to the competition’s terms and conditions.