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Landfall Essay Competition
In 1997, Landfall celebrated its 50th anniversary. To mark the occasion, then editor Chris Price launched the Landfall essay competition, sponsored by Otago University Press. From 2009, the competition has been an annual award.
Winning and short-listed essays from past competitions can be read
in Landfall 194, 198, 203, 212, 216, 218, 220, 222, 223 and 224.
About the Competition
The purpose of the competition remains as it was at the outset: to encourage New Zealand writers to think aloud about New Zealand culture, and to revive and sustain the tradition of vivid, contentious and creative essay writing in this country – as embodied in the non-fiction of early Landfall contributors such as Bill Pearson, in the essays of past winners of this competition, and in the essays the journal continues to publish.
Entries for the next Landfall Essay Competition (2013) will be accepted from 1 May 2013. The closing date for receipt of entries is 5 pm 31 July 2013. The winning entry/ies will be published in the November 2013 issue of Landfall.
The winner will receive $3000 and a year’s subscription to Landfall.
Landfall Essay Competition Winners and Short-listed Authors
Elizabeth Smither won the competition with her essay 'Reading a Bad Book Is Like Getting Food Poisoning', published in Landfall 224: Home and Building. Runners-up were Majella Cullinane and Jane Williamson.
Philip Armstrong was the winner for his essay 'On Tenuous Ground', published in Landfall 222: Christchurch and Beyond. Siobhan Harvey, Ruth Nichol, Raewyn Alexander and Natalie Kershaw were shortlisted. Siobhan Harvey's story was published in Landfall 223.
Ian Wedde (published in Landfall 220)
Ashleigh Young (published in Landfall 218)
Alice Miller, Kirsten Warner (published in Landfall 216)
Anna Sanderson (published in Landfall 212)
Martin Edmond and Tze Ming Mok (published in Landfall 208)
Patrick Evans and Kapka Kassabova (published in Landfall 203)
C.K. Stead and Peter Wells (published in Landfall 198)
Gregory O'Brien (published in Landfall 194)
How to Enter
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