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2009 Short Short Story Competition

Update: the competition is now closed. Tune in some time early next year to find out who won.


Are you aged somewhere between 13 and 18? Can you write a good short story?

It’s back! The 2009 Short Short Story Competition is here: write an excellent short short story and you could win a Cirque du Freak prize pack, including signed copies of the first six books in The Saga of Darren Shan series, a limited edition t-shirt and movie passes (thanks to the people at Paramount). It’s a fantastic prize, and it’s all very simple really.

So what do you have to do? Write a short story, not more than 350 words (it can be as short as you like), that includes each of the following three words (think outside the box: is the word a noun only, or can it be used another way? Can it be added to, for example -ish or -ed?):

  1. paramount
  2. freak
  3. violet

Your story can be about anything. We will be particularly impressed if:

  • – the story is well written and grammatically correct
  • – the three things listed above are well concealed in the story
  • – the story has a clever twist or point of interest.

Send your stories to teenblog@wcl.govt.nz before 5pm on Monday 21 December 2009. Please include your name and your library card number (very important!). The winner will be announced early in the new year.

Small print:
You must be aged between 13 and 18 to enter 12 and 18 to enter. You must also be a Wellington City Libraries member. Judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into etc etc., although we do like getting emails and comments. The winning story and any others that are particularly special will be published on the teen blog, so if you send a story in be prepared for it to be published.

Good luck!

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant, in cinemas January 7 2010. Go to www.thevampiresassistant.co.nz for movie info.


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  1. rianne yancey

    Cirque Du Freak is the best books I ever read in my life. When I read them I became obsessed with vampies. I want to be just like Darren Shan!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Dayzie

    Yep totally agree I LUVVVVVVVVVVVVVVv Darren Shan have you read his other work??

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