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National Writing Competition

Job details

Narrative Imperative
31 May 2021
Online, National
Work type
Awards, grants & residencies, Call for entries
Work classification
Culture & Heritage, Education & Development, Literature & Publishing


Narrative Imperative are a creative platform that engages New Zealanders in policy and advocacy. Through the lens of the United Nations ‘Sustainable Development Goals’, we advocate for everyday voices to influence Government policy and decision making. 

This year we're running a nationwide competition where New Zealanders from all walks of life can submit a piece of original writing across any medium (short story, essay, poem etc) responding to one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and how it applies to life in Aoteaora.

These pieces of writing are then voted on by the general public and the submission with the most votes wins a $2500 cash prize. This year we’re also putting a book together featuring the top 50 submissions and have a few other surprises in store so get involved!

You can learn more about how it all works via our website but if you have any questions don't hesistate to send us an email at

How to apply

Submit your piece of writing via our online form:

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Narrative Imperative

21 Apr 2021