“On the Third Day“ by Bruce Costello of Hampden, North Otago

This short story by Bruce Costello won first place in the William Taylor Memorial Short Story Competition for 2018 On the Third Day The ship is big and white, like my lies.             The receptionist in the Coral Restaurant speaks almost perfect English.            ...

“Detached” by Bevan M. Nicol of Whangaparoa

This short story won second place in the William Taylor Memorial Short Story Competition for 2018 Detached Auburn leaves detach from the English trees and muddle about the garden. I’m unsure how long I’ve been watching their charming, futile flutter through the...

“Heartbeat” by Linley Jones of Half Moon Bay, Auckland

This short story by Linley Jones won third place in the William Taylor Memorial Heartland Short Story Competition for 2018 Heartbeat Alice watched the chicken fall off the back of the truck. A frenzy of feathers.  A dirty white duster. She touched the brake with her...

“Heart” by Robyn Gower of Ohura

This short story by Robyn Gower of Ohura won first place in the local section of the William Taylor Memorial Short Story Competition for 2018 HEART  “Avast!!”      Bob Simmons, interesting nutter number one. Continuously calls out iconic or nonsensical statements,...

“A Korero”by Lynda Taylor of Waiouru,

This short story by Lynda Taylor of Waiouru won second place in the local section of the William Taylor Memorial Short Story competition for 2018 A Kōrero  “C’mon Jed. Let’s check the mail.”  The little dog rouses himself from sleep in the sunny hallway and follows me...

“A Ghost for Two and Sixpence” by Pixi Robertson of Taumarunui

This short story by Pixi Robertson of Taumarunui won third place in the local section of the william Taylor Memorial Heartland Short Story competition for 2018 A GHOST for TWO and SIXPENCE ‘Come on Nelly, you know a fast game’s a good game.’             Meg lit a...

“My Magnificent Cloak” by Hannah Davison of Culvenden

This short story by Hannah Davison of Culvenden won third place in the William Taylor Memorial Heartland Short Story competition for 2017. The judge commented: There’s a real element of mystique and magic in this beautifully told tale. The language is rich, poetic,...

“Last Tango in Piariaka” by Jeff Taylor

This story by Jeff Taylor of Hamilton won second place in the William Taylor Memorial Heartland Short Story Competition for 2017.  The judge commented: I really liked this story for its honesty and matter-of-fact style of writing. There are only two characters, but...

“Business” by Kayla Mackenzie-Kopp

This story by Kayla Mackenzie-Kopp won first prize in the open category of the William Taylor Memorial Heartland Short Story Competition for 2017. The judge commented: How do you make a dollar when you are a couple of kids living in Apia? It’s a simple idea...

“Out of the Closet”by Glenda Burkett

This  story by Glenda Burkett won the local Ruapehu prize in the William Taylor Short. The judge commented: A cleverly written ‘Coming Out’ story. Of course I read it waiting for the angst-fuelled ‘I’m Gay’ confession, but no! She is coming out ‘grey’, accepting that...