First entries in for Samoa Observer Tusitala competition

With just over three weeks till the deadline for entries, the first entry for the Samoa Observer’s Tusitala Short Story Competition has been received.

The writer is from Auckland and her entry was followed by two other entries from Fiji, according to the Samoa Observer Digital Development Manager, Jarrett Malifa.

“With other competitions we have run, we are used to entries arriving on the last few days,” she said.

“However we are pleased to see these first entries which means we can begin sorting and compiling for distribution to the judges.

The deadline for entries is on Monday 01 June.

The inaugural regional competition for writers of 18 years and over in English or Samoan has basic cash prizes as well as gifts and other benefits for the winners.

The six winners of the areas Australia and New Zealand, the rest of the Pacific and Samoa, receive US$1,000 each. Then from that pool of winners, the two overall winners (English and Samoan) will receive an additional US$2,500 on top.

Moore said there has been great financial support from local sponsors, S.S.A.B, Fiji Airways, Digicel, the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel, P.F.L, Westpac Bank, Vailima Breweries, the Sheraton Hotel and Samoa Beverage Company.

“They have made it possible for us to launch this literary initiative so stories from the Pacific can be written and read by everyone.”

Support from current writers such as Lani Wendt Young and writer/academics such as Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh have spread the word and encouraged Pacific writers to make the most of this opportunity.

“We are looking for the wonderful tales and stories that are out there.

The Pacific is an untapped field of stories, both real and imaginary with larger than life characters and situations that will make riveting reading,” said Moore.

Entries can be emailed online to the Observer or delivered in hard copy with an entry form to the Observer offices at Vaitele or Apia and at S.S.A.B. at Salelologa, Savai’i.