Buy a copy of Diana Noonan's adorable new book, The Teddy Bear's Promise, and enter the draw for a delightful Teddy Bear gift basket. (Thanks to Craig Potton Publishing).
Competition closes Nov 30th.
ATTN: ASPIRING AGENTS!!
Lockwood & Co., The well-known Psychic Investigations agency, requires a new Junior Field Operative. Duties will include on-site analysis of reported hauntings and the containment of same. The successful applicant will be SENSITIVE to supernatural phenomena, well-dressed and not above fifteen years in age.
Unsuccessful applicants will include time-wasters, fraudsters and persons with criminal records.
Apply in writing, together with a photograph, to P.O.Box 200, Nelson 7040 or enter here:
PAGE & BLACKMORE POETRY COMPETITION 2013
Entrants in this year’s Page & Blackmore poetry competition were required to choose a New Zealand poem, discard all but the first and last lines, and fill the space with their own composition. We received a large number of excellent entries from around the country.
The winning entry was written by Bridget Auchmuty, whose poem DEFINITION was based on Ian Wedde’s ‘Harry Martens’. Bridget receives a copy of The Darling North by Anne Kennedy (which has just won the poetry category in the New Zealand Post Book Awards), a book voucher and our warmest congratulations. You can read her poem here.
FISHING IN KENEPURU - Jessica Le Bas
INSCRIPTION ADDENDUM- Panni Palasti
REALISATION - Charmian Koed
THE MAGPIES PERSIST - Greg O'Connell
DIRTY STREAMS - Mercedes Webb-Pullman
NOW THAT OUR SHOES ARE BIGGER - Megan Figgest
“I’m sure these three rich, distinct voices would not disappoint the poets from whom they borrowed lines to give wings to their own thoughts that compelled verse,” said this year’s judge (and last year’s winner), Suzanne Herschell. Click here to read her report.
Our thanks to all entrants!
2013 PAGE & BLACKMORE NATIONAL SHORT STORY COMPETITION
The results of this annual Short Story Competition sponsored by Page & Blackmore Booksellers were announced on 25 May at the AGM of the NZ Society of Authors (NZSA) Top of the South branch, which administers the competition.
First: ‘Walk Holes’ by Linley Jones (Auckland)
Second: ‘Cutters #3’ by Marie Duncan (Nelson)
Third: ‘Beyond This Gate’ by June Bowen (Blenheim)
‘Drawing the Line’ by Dorothy Alexander (Palmerston North)
‘Through a Glass Darkly’ by Jeanette Cook (Nelson)
‘Sweet and Green’ by Caroline Crick (Nelson)
‘Life: Take One’ by Megan Frith (Takanini)
‘Caught Up’ by Helen Kirkham (Nelson)
‘Did You See the Love?’ by Mary Ann Lamont (Whanganui)
‘Water’ by Jenny Waters (Eketahuna)
Judge Brigid Lowry said, ‘It was an honour and a pleasure to judge this competition. The stories covered a wide range of themes: love, loss, ageing, bullying, dreams, identity, family and illness. The range of settings was also diverse. I travelled in the realms of the imagination from a hospital ward to a car park, from a hair dressing salon, to the beach, and to outer space. There was some beautiful writing, and the best stories were clear, clever, competent, creative and thought-provoking. They dealt with humanity, touching on the joys and sorrows of being alive. I'm with you in spirit, celebrating the inky world of words, of creativity and delight. ’
The winning and shortlisted stories from the 2013 and 2012 competitions will be included in an anthology called Horizons which NZSA Top of the South branch will publish later this year.