Local Writers Eligible for Samoa Observer Short Story Contest

Scribes in the territory are eligible to enter the Samoa Observer newspaper’s Tusitala Short Story competition.

The competition is divided into three regions: Australia and New Zealand, Pacific Islands and Samoa.

The winner in each region receives $US1,000.

And the overall winner will take home an extra $US2,000.

A new prize has been added to the annual Short Story Competition.

Selina Tusitala Marsh, the outgoing chair of the South Pacific Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, who was a judge in the 2015 competition said,  “It’s a ‘Special Mention’ award.”

“The ‘SPACLALS Tuli Prize’ of $NZ300 is so named in recognition of the Tuli’s or Golden Plover bird’s endurance to stay the course (which all writers need), and its mythic basis as Tagaloa’s messenger.”

Entries must be submitted online by 5pm, Friday October 14,

The 2016 competition will be limited to English stories only…there will be no Samoan category.

In the inaugural Samoa Observer Tusitala short story contest last year, American Samoa’s Logotaeao Vaeoso, topped the Samoan language competition with a piece entitled, “ Onosai ma Fa’atali i le taimi a le Ali’i – Be patient and wait for the Lord’s time.”

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