Cambridge Autumn Festival
2022 Short Story Competition

Thank you to all entrants.
We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2022 competition…


Thank you to all entrants for their hard work, thank you to our wonderful judges, and thank you to our awesome sponsor
Cooney Insurance in association with Maurice Trapp Group for being our Short Story Sponsor for the 11th year.

This year’s theme was “Carpe Diem (Seize the day)” and the stories had to be fiction with a word limit of 1500 words. The first prize is $1000, second prize $500 and third prize $250.

We are delighted to have received 243 entries in this year’s short story competition, the second highest number we have ever had. It is open to all ages and is free to enter.

The announcement of winners has been emailed to all entrants, and the entrants who were shortlisted (19 entrants) have also been advised.

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Announcing the Winners for 2022
Congratulations!

Click the links below to read their stories.

1st Prize Joseph Williams January Sun
2nd Prize Joyce Lobban Independence Day
3rd Prize Jamie Russell Decisions of Fate
Highly Commended Kay Meyer A Marvellous Day
Highly Commended Beverley Wood I Must Go Down To The Sea Again


The winners have shared their writer profiles here::

Joseph Williams Writer Profile
Joyce Lobban Writer Profile
Jamie Russell Writer Profile


Judges for the competition were:

Hamish Wright – Bookseller, former Chairman of Booksellers New Zealand
Venetia Sherson – Former Waikato Times Editor, journalist and author
Denise Irvine – Author and journalist
Jill Carter – Former teacher and passionate educationalist

Judges’ comments:

Comments about the entries overall from the judges:
“The standard and range of entries was again high this year and the writers spun the theme in a variety of ways.”

About the 3 winning stories:
1st: January Sun: Skilful mix of past and present, and strong use
of dialogue. Took us there. The sustained tension kept the reader guessing until the end. A writer to look out for.

2nd: Independence Day: The writing style has the look and feel of a long poem and is cleverly suited to the subject. The story builds with the right pace and tension.

3rd: Decisions of Fate: An original but brutal storyline, brutal people,
works with the taut, staccato sentence structure and narration, which is
maintained throughout.

The announcement of winners has been emailed to all entrants, and the entrants who were shortlisted (19 entrants) have also been advised.

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