November 25, 2022

Announcement of Final Judges for 2022 Sunday Star-Times Short Story Awards

With entries already rolling in, the final judges have been announced for The Sunday Star-Times Short story award.

Faith Wilson will judge the Emerging Pasifika Writers Category while last year’s winner, Dominic Hoey, will judge the Milford Foundation Secondary School Writers Category.

The duo will join acclaimed author Witi Ihimaera who will judge the emerging Maori category, and novelist Owen Marshall who will choose the overall winner.

For nearly 40 years, the contest has launched the careers of New Zealand authors, and with this year’s winner set to take home $7,000 and other prizes totaling $4,500, it should be hotly contested.

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Writer, artist and editor Faith Wilson will judge the Emerging Pasifika Writer category at the 2022 Sunday Star-Times Short Story Awards.

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Writer, artist and editor Faith Wilson will judge the Emerging Pasifika Writer category at the 2022 Sunday Star-Times Short Story Awards.

Wilson brings a wealth of experience and talent to his role as judge. Samoan and Pākehā artist, writer and poet, she is a former writer and editor of The Pantograph Punch as well as a 2022 Michael King writing resident.

After completing her Master of Arts in Creative Writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters in 2014, Wilson was also awarded the Biggs Poetry Prize.

She now runs the Excepto`i Press which is dedicated to publishing Moana Pacific poetry and creating a platform for Pasifika authors.

Her own work has been published in numerous local and international journals and she is passionate about encouraging reading and writing for young people “especially given the dire state of children’s literacy in Aotearoa. “.

Currently, she is exploring the form of the short story and working on a book of narrative poetry combining both short stories and poetry.

Dominic Hoey with his rescue dog Chili, outside his Mt Roskill home.

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Dominic Hoey with his rescue dog Chili, outside his Mt Roskill home.

Aucklander Dominic Hoey was an established performer when his story, titled 1986, won both the open category of the 2021 prize and the $6,000 prize.

Entries are judged anonymously and that of the poet and rapper, also known as Tourettes, featured a young boy who spends a lot of time in his “lonely house” while his father works double shifts.

The crash of the NASA space shuttle, which killed all seven people on board, is imminent, a major event that has always marked Hoey, who was a child at the time.

Her debut novel Iceland was both a New Zealand bestseller and a longlist for the 2018 Ockham Book Award. Her third novel, Poor People With Money, has just been released and is currently a few thousand words into its next, a social history of a Gray Lynn family.

His advice to budding writers considering entering this year’s awards?

“Go online and just Google your favorite short story writer and read what they say about writing short stories. I did that.”

Sunday Star-Times Editor Tracy Watkins said entries this year are likely to exceed the 900 received in 2021.

“Each year seems to raise the bar for both level and number of entries.”

The closing date for the news prizes is October 31 and the winners will be announced in December. The winning works in each category will be illustrated and published in the Sunday Star-Times and on Things in December and January.

The winning entries will also be read to a wider audience on a special podcast, broadcast via Things.

Entries are now open for the 2022 Sunday Star-Times News Prizes, with prizes totaling over $10,000 thanks to support from the Milford Foundation and Penguin Random House. Full terms and conditions are available online. You can also enter here. The deadline is October 31.