Calling all Pacific writers

It’s on again!

Once again, we’re searching for great story entries for the 2017 Samoa Observer Tusitala Short Story competition.

The top three entries from around the Pacific win great cash prizes of US$1,000 each while the overall winner from the three, receives an additional US$2,000.

But that’s not all.

A further 12 or so stories from the competition will be included with the winners’ entries and published in a book of short stories in the third ‘Our Heritage the Ocean’ series.

So there’s prestige, financial prizes and the chance for your story to be read worldwide as a reward for submitting a successful entry in this competition specifically tailored for Pacific writers.

You may start submitting your entries online from Sunday 1 October – Friday 10 November on the website, and the successful entries will be publicised before the end of the year.

This is the third year this prestigious competition has been running.

It was started as an initiative in 2015 by the Samoa Observer Editor in Chief, Gatoaitele Savea Sano Malifa a published author and poet.

He recognized the need for Pacific writers to tell the stories of their own lives and to share issues and ideas which were important to them.

Following the success of the inaugural competition, the stories in that first publication were later translated into Chinese by the Chinese Ambassador in Samoa, His Excellency Wang Xuefeng and Madam Tong Xin. That translation of Pacific stories was then published in China to critical acclaim from academics and the general public.

The second publication of the successful stories selected from the 2016 competition, ‘Only the Word Survives’ has recently been published and is available from the Samoa Stationery and Books outlets in Samoa (Upolu and Savaii); American Samoa and Mangere, Auckland, New Zealand.

For further information, please contact Marj Moore –