Absolutely Positively Wellington Short Story Competition

Mayor Andy Foster and Deputy Mayor Sarah Free invite young aspiring writers to enter the annual story competition

The windwand at sunset, showing the bright orange metal want pointing up towards the sunsetting sky.

Absolutely Positively Wellington short story competition 2022 - City of Wind.

Our theme this year is City of Wind, and we are looking for stories fact or fiction that explore the love hate relationship people have with this force of nature. Serious or fun, futuristic or a blast from the past, now is the moment to unsheathe your pen, sharpen your pencil and fire up your word processor.   

We encourage entries in Te Reo Māori or English and/or a combination.


  • Best Story: 9-12 year old, up to 1500 words
  • Best Story 13-18 year olds, up to 3000 words
  • Best Title of a Story
  • Best Premise of a Story
  • Most Imaginative Story


The winning stories in each category will receive: 

  • A creative development session with the Judge
  • A certificate signed by Mayor and Deputy Mayor
  • An invitation for you and your immediate family to have lunch with the Mayor and Deputy Mayor.  You are also welcome to bring your School Principal and Writing Teacher.
  • A Book Voucher to the value of $200.00


The competition for all categories closes at 11.59pm 25 February 2022.

Winners will be notified via email with an announcement made on this website. Winning stories will be published on this website and possibly shared through Council communication channels in early April 2022.


Register and enter here

How to format your entry

Entries must be double spaced in Garamond, Arial or Times New Roman fonts, size 12.

All pages are to be numbered and include a footnote with the title of your story.

Paragraphs to be separated by a paragraph space.

All entries must have a story title and the Authors name.


Only one story per entrant is allowed.
Note; if more than one writer of the story, a primary writer must be nominated for submission in consideration for awards.
Previous entrants and winners are welcome to re-enter this year.
The judges' decision is final.
Open to all Wellington regional schools. 
We reserve the right to extend the competition deadline or cancel the competition.
We encourage entries in Te Reo Māori or English and/or a combination.
Entries can only be submitted through this website.
By entering you are agreeing that your story can be published by Wellington City Council on www.wellington.govt.nz and shared through any Council channels.

Previous story competition winners

Launched in 2021 by Mayor Andy Foster, the first theme was ‘150 years’ and celebrated the 150th anniversary of the first ever meeting of Wellington City Council. Authors were invited to write stories that explored either in fiction or non-fiction an event that took place in the first 150years of Council. The winners were:

In the category 9-12 years 

In the category 13-18 years 

Wellington author Lauren Keenan judged the 2021 competition.

For more information or questions 

Please email mayoral.comms@wcc.govt.nz with “City of wind” in the subject line.