The William Taylor Memorial Heartland Short Story Competition

The Heartland Short Story Competition started in 2004. It has since been renamed The William Taylor Memorial (Heartland) Short Story Competition in memory of William (Bill) Taylor, who gave freely of his time and advice to help establish Taumarunui Writers’ Group and this competition.

We are pleased to advise that we are holding the competition again in 2017.

There will be a first prize of $300, a second prize of $75 and a third prize of $50.

Entries should be fiction in any genre and be up to 1,000 words in length.

Entries cost only $10 per story and close on 30 September 2017

This year we are pleased to announce that the competition is supported by sponsorship by Paper Plus Taumarunui which has helped with costs and allowed us to increase the prize money – please support them.

Paper Plus Taumarunui


For more information see the HEARTLAND SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2017 conditions.

Entries may be emailed or posted as you prefer.  Download the entry form in your preferred format being:

Heartland 2017 entry form in pdf format

Heartland 2017 entry form in rtf format

Quick check:

  1. Have you attached or included your entry form and story or stories?
  2. If payment of your entry is from an account not in your name have you stated the name of the account

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to Helen Reynolds 07 896 6096 or email us using the simple form below 

We look forward to receiving your entry.

Happy writing!

The 2016 Competition

The 2016 competition attracted 94 entries from  various parts of New Zealand.

The judge assessed the entries “blind” without knowing their names or where they came from.

The winners were:

1st:   Dale Thomas, Manunui. Ruapehu District “The Night of the Big Music”

2nd:    Linda Moser, Cashmere, Christchurch.  “White”Memorial Heartland 

3rd:    Mary  Elsmore- Neilson Ohakune, Ruapehu District. “Rona”

To read the winning entries (and others in future) see here

Our warmest congratulations to these winners

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all participants for their entries. It is participation which makes this competition a success.