Flash Fiction Competition – Whangarei 2020 – Enter today!

The annual Whangarei Libraries Flash Fiction Competition is back

Cash prizes

Local judges

Publish your stories on the Whangarei Libraries website

Free entry; Entries close June 8. Why not get some feedback on your story then enter today?



Wednesday 22 April 2020 – Monday 8 June 2020
Cost: Free entry
Contact: Whangarei District Libraries +64 430 4206 or email whglibrary@wdc.govt.nz

Write a complete and compelling story in 300 words or less

Competition information

  • Competition closes midnight, Monday 8 June 2020.
  • Open to all Northlanders over 18 years
  • Open competition; no theme or prompt
  • Word limit: 300 excluding the title
  • Free entry
  • Entries limited to 2 per person
  • All entries to be the original work of the entrant
  • Only previously unpublished work will be considered (works appearing in personal blogs or online writing workshops are acceptable)
  • Each person may enter up to two stories but no-one can receive more than one prize.
  • Prize winning stories will be displayed on this website, so language must be acceptable for publication for general public.
  • Stories will be judged anonymously; therefore, no personal identification details may appear on entries. Any entry bearing a name or any other form of identification will be disqualified.


  • 1st: $150
  • 2nd: $100
  • 3rd: $50

Entry form

All entries must be accompanied by the entry form.

2020 Flash Fiction Competition entry form [50kb]

Submit entries

Email Only: As attachments, not in the body of the email; in one of the following formats:
Word .doc, .docx or pdf.

Include Flash Fiction Competition in the Subject line. In the body of the email type your name, contact details and flash fiction title or titles.

Send to: whglibrary@wdc.govt.nz

Winners announcement

The winners will be declared on Wednesday 23 June 2020.


Nyree Sherlock. Nyree Sherlock

Nyree Sherlock enjoys her role as a librarian within the Outreach Team at Whangarei District Libraries.
Nyree, who has a BA in English Literature and Screen & Media through The University of Waikato, is an artist and a review writer, but her greatest passion is to support adult education opportunities that encourage life-long learning across all communities.


Martin Porter. Martin Porter

Martin Porter writes both flash fiction and poetry. He is twice winner of the Whangarei District Libraries Flash Fiction competition. He has had flash fiction and poetry published in print and online in the UK, USA and New Zealand.
Martin believes flash fiction is ideal for exploring different approaches to the craft of writing, taking risks in creating innovative prose and for delivering a message with potency and elegance.


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