Diverse Bananas, Global Dragons International Conference 2014

New Zealand Chinese Association Auckland Inc
P O Box 484, Auckland



  1. The short story competition is to revolve around the keywords of “Chinese” and “New Zealand”. It is up to entrants to interpret these keywords and construct their stories.
  2. The competition is open to persons of any age who are of Chinese ethnic origin and currently
    residing, working or studying in New Zealand, except members of NZCA Auckland Branch
    Committee and their immediate family.
  3. There are no entry fees for this competition.
  4. The story is to be a maximum of 1,500 words (not counting the title). Any piece of work which exceeds this number will be deemed ineligible for the competition.
  5. The short story must be the entrant’s own work.
  6. The short story must be an unpublished work, and not accepted by any other publisher at the time of submission.
    The submitted work must be in English,  double-spaced and single sided.
  7. Entrants may submit a maximum of three short stories.
  8. Entries should be sent both by email to nzcassc09@gmail.com and by hardcopy to NZCA Short Story Competition, PO Box 484, Auckland by the closing date of  Monday 22 June
  9. The submissions must include the entrant’s name, age, address, email, phone number, and a word count of every single word except for the title.   A separate cover sheet with these details is to be included on all entries.  Each story page should only have the story title at the top and a sequential page number at the bottom.
  10. The rights of the winning stories shall be held solely by the publication which NZCA has
     organised to publish the work.
  11. Successful entrants must agree to the publication of their entries in the approved publication without any prior consultation or compensation.

Judging and Prizes

The Judging Panel will consist of three judges selected by the NZCA conference committee.  Every entry will be read. The judges decisions are final on all matters relating to the selection of the winning stories in the competition and no correspondence will be entered into.

One winner, a runner-up and a second runner-up will be selected by the judges. The winner will receive a cash prize of NZD $1000, the runner up $500 and the second runner-up $250.  In addition, there will be a merit prize of $250 for a secondary school student.

All prize winners are expected to attend the Short Story session of the Banana Conference to be held on the 19 July 2009, at the University of Auckland Business School. They will then have the opportunity of speaking on the background, the influences and the passion which shaped their story along with reading extracts from the story itself. Travel costs are the responsibility of the winning participants.

The session itself will be free-of-charge for the winning participants. In the event of the winners wanting to attend the entire conference, they will be expected to pay the full registration fees as per other attendees.

The winning participants will be notified through email and further instructions will then be given.