2019 Winners

2019 Samoa Observer Tusitala Short Story Competition

The selected placegetters and winners will be published in a book this year. Each Category Winner received US$1,000 each and the Overall Winner received an extra US$1,000.

Australia – NZ  (NB all entries were from NZ!

A Fading Colour                        Airana Ngarewa

Fortunes of the 13                   Lianne Darby

Gift or Curse                          Edna Heled

Hinepukohukohu                        Shirley Simmonds

In the Neighbourhood               Leueta Mulipola

Laititi ae maigi                        Natalia Fereti

New Worlds                            Dahlia Gray

And the Australian and New Zealand category winner was

“Sacred Island” by David Meech of New Zealand

Rest of the Pacific

A Visit at LBJ                       Poe Mageo (American Samoa)

Baby I got you                         Lusiana Mulo (Fiji)

Death is living in Room 34                  Marlene Potoura Gray (PNG)

Eyes of a Mother                     Goru Arvind (Fiji)

Remember me                           Susan Yee (Fiji)

The Fastest Girl in the Globe    Rohini Balram (Fiji)

And the Rest of the Pacific category winner was 

“Fa’aleleiga” by Tamari Mulitalo Cheung of American Samoa


O leato tipi                             Momoe Malietoa von Reiche

The Lucky Fella                        Jiezhen Va’a

The Tallest Tree                      Rachel LaUlu

Water                                    Jasmine Koria

Time it was                             Grace Ah Young

And Samoa’s category winner was

“Gentle on my mind by Rebecca Lolo of Savaii, Samoa