Call for submissions!


9th May 2024

We are seeking a series of micro pieces of writing, from all ages, to be featured at The Crossing between August and October 2024 and it is part of WORD Christchurch Festival 2024 programme, from 27 August – 1 September.

When to submit: 10 May – 15 July 2024.

What to submit: a memory, a scene, a moment in Ōtautahi

● Up to 100 words
● it could be microfiction, a prose poem or creative non-fiction
● tall tales, true stories or poetic moments about Ōtautahi/Christchurch
● in English and/ or te reo Māori

Submissions are open now, until 15 July 2024 5:00pm

● Open to all NZ citizens and residents.
● All welcome – everyone has a story, no matter their age or experience.
● There is no fee to enter.
● Maximum one piece per entrant.
● Word limit for all submissions is up to 100; very short pieces are very welcome!
● Only previously unpublished work will be considered.
● The copyright of your work remains with you.
● Upload your work in a Word document. Rename the file with your full name.
● Each person who has their writing selected will receive a small prize.
● Selections will be made by a panel from AT THE BAY | I TE KOKORU and WORD Christchurch. Decisions are final. No feedback will be offered on an individual basis.
● Successful entries will be selected by 31 July and we will contact the authors by email or phone.

Entry constitutes acceptance of all guidelines and agreement that your work will be displayed in public at The Crossing between August and October 2024 and on the WORD Christchurch website.

How to submit: Fill in the form below. For assistance, please email Magda at


This project is a collaboration between WORD Christchurch and At The Bay, with the support of The Crossing and Christchurch City Council.



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