Folly Journal Short Story Award

Folly Journal Short Story Award

Folly is a new independent literary and arts journal from New Zealand, drawn to satirical takes on the social scene, dark humour and starkly honest account of ordinary life. The inaugural issue will be published late 2023 and will feature shortlisted submissions to the Folly Journal Open Short Story Prize. We are particularly seeking content that takes risks, screams with honesty and celebrates life’s extraordinary moments.

Thanks to the support of Heft Communications and other local businesses, a prize pool of $1700 NZD is on offer. The theme is open, but must loosely be in keeping with the Folly vision as outlined on our website.

As well as a prize pool of $1700, shortlisted entries will be considered for entry into the 2023 print edition of Folly Journal. Finalists and prizewinners will be published and will receive three complementary print copies of Folly Journal.

Any Wellington based finalists will be provided with one year of complimentary access to the Wellington Writers Studio.

Folly Journal has opened the doors for its Inaugural Short Story Prize. 

Are you drawn to satirical takes on the social scene? Enjoy writing dark humour and starkly honest account of ordinary life? We are looking for content that takes risks, screams with honesty and celebrates life’s extraordinary moments.

Shortlisted entries will be considered for entry into the 2023 print edition of Folly Journal. Finalists and prizewinners will receive three complementary print copies of Folly Journal. 

Thanks to the support of Heft Communications, a prize pool of $1700 NZD is on offer. 

  • First Prize: $1000 NZD
  • Second Prize: $500 NZD
  • Third Prize: $200 NZD

Submission guidelines:

– Submissions close on 30 May 2023. 

– Work must be in English and must be between 500 – 2000 words.  

– Work must be in Ariel or Times New Roman, in a type size of 10 or 12pt, with 1.5 spacing.

– Each submission must be individually submitted (one entry per submission)

– Copyright remains with the author.

– If no suitable entries are submitted, the prize money will roll into the 2024 entry year. 

– An entry fee of $6 NZD per entry helps to cover our overheads and contributes towards the cost of running and competition and the overall prize money on offer. 

Open Submission Short Story

Are you drawn to satirical takes on the social scene? Enjoy writing dark humour and starkly honest account of ordinary life? We are looking for content that takes risks, screams with honesty and celebrates life’s extraordinary moments.


Shortlisted entries will be published in the 2023 print edition of Folly Journal. Successful submitters will receive a complementary print copy of Folly Journal. 

Submission guidelines:
– Work must be in English and must be between 500 – 2000 words.  
– Work must be in Ariel or Times New Roman, in a type size of 10 or 12pt, with 1.5 spacing.
– Each submission must be individually submitted (one entry per submission)
– Copyright remains with the author.

Submissions close on 29 May 2023. Work must be in English and mustn’t exceed 2000 words.

website: 2023 Short Story Prize — follyjournal

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