The Peter Wells Short Fiction Contest 2021 – Same Same But Different: FREEDOM

With the generous support of Foundation North, samesame but different is again running a short fiction writing contest.

The competition gives New Zealand LGBTQI writers the opportunity to prove their creative skills and to promote their work to a wider audience in a safe and supportive environment.


  • First prize is $1000 for the winning story
  • $500 for the runner-up
  • $500 for the best writing by a promising young writer aged under 25.

This is one of the leading short fiction competitions in Aotearoa. That it is only for LGBTQI writers offers an amazing opportunity to display your writing talent.

The theme for the 2021 contest is Freedom. In this year of lockdowns, travel restrictions and enforced separations, freedom has attained a new meaning for many people. However, there are no creative restrictions on how the theme is approached or developed, and it does not have to bear any relationship to Covid-19. Excellence is what the judges are looking for.  

The maximum word limit of 2000 words must not be exceeded, with a minimum requirement of 1200 words. Our judges this year are Gina Cole and Brendan Were, both published fiction authors. The judges’ decision is final.

Please state in your covering email if you are eligible for the promising young writer award. All entries will be judged for the overall contest winner.

Entries will close on 3 January 2021. The winners will be announced during our sixth samesame but different festival, 10-13 February 2021.

For the contest rules and how to enter, visit:

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