Absolutely Positively Wellington Short Story Competition

The APW short story competition takes place annually and is a chance for young writers, aged 9 to 18 years, to set a creative course in this genre.

This short story competition is to inspire our innovative arts, culture and creativity and enrich the cultural traditions of our capital city. It provides a platform for youth and literature that aligns with the strands of Aho Tini 2030: our Arts, Culture and Creative Strategy.

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

Entries for the APW Short story competition open at the end of November annually, so young writers can prepare their entries over the summer.

Launched in 2021 by Mayor Andy Foster, the first short story competition theme was ‘150 years’ to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first 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 150 years of Council. Four young writers were recognised in two categories in 2021.

The theme for 2022 was the City of Wind. It asked young people to look at the love-hate relationship people have with the forces of nature. Almost 40 entries were received for the 2022 competition, with entrants from around the Wellington region ranging in age from nine to 18 years.

The judge, Lauren Keenan, praised the imagination and talent of the capital’s young writers.

The Absolutely Positively Wellington Short Story Competition 2022 recognised eight young writers in six categories.

Check out the 2022 winners

Past recipients

View previous recipients at archives online.

For more information or questions

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