Tauranga writers are invited to write down the stories that marked a moment of change in their lives to be in to win cash prizes and a chance to have their work published.

The Freelance True Tales Competition 2017 runs from now until October 31 and encourages writers to submit a 1500-word short story about a new direction.

The writer with the best story will win $250. The prize is $150 for the second best story and $100 for the third. The three winning stories and 12 highly commended will be published as a Freelance anthology in March 2018.

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Freelance co-editor Jenny Argante said the short story competition invited writers to submit non-fiction pieces to this year's theme of "The Turning Point".

"Everybody has had one or two turning points in their lives," she said.

Ms Argante said her turning point was when she renewed her passport and recorded her profession as a writer.

"I felt different about myself," she said. "I realised writing was a legitimate trade."

A co-editor with Shona-Ellen Barnett, Ms Argante said she thought this year's theme would be easy to write about.

"One of the strengths of New Zealand writing is personal stories," she said. "We are hoping the inspiration of seeing their stories in print might encourage them to go on and produce something else."


HOW TO ENTER:

- Max word count 1500 words, previously unpublished
- Entries by email only, as a Word doc or ODT attachment
- Email your entry to info@writershelpingwriters.ns with Turning Point in the subject line
- Entry fee: $5 per entry. Maximum three entries per person. Payabale to Freelance 01-0671-0033292-00. Please use your name as a reference