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… Read more →


Summary What’s life like in the beautiful Pacific? Is living in paradise happier, more joyful, less stressful? Are smiles broader and tears less burning there? Sometimes, yes. Other times, no. Just like anywhere else in the world. The loveliness of the islands doesn’t shield people from the trials and tribulations of everyday life. There are troubles, doubts, decisions one needs… Read more →

Rowena Seutatia McDonald wins Samoa Observer Tusitala competition

A young Samoan writer from Australia, has been declared the winner of the 2016 Samoa Observer Tusitala Short Story Competition. Rowena Seutatia MacDonald took out the Australia/ New Zealand category prize of US$1,000 and then headed off the two other category winners from the Pacific Islands, Shannon Foster Yam from P.N.G. and Rachel Laulu from Samoa to win the overall… Read more →

Commonwealth/Pacific story organizers in talks

“We would be very interested to explore how we might work together to bring Samoan writers to the attention of a wider audience” Emma D’Costa Organisers of two Short Story competitions are seeking ways to work together to encourage more Pacific writers to share their stories with the world. The Samoa Observer Tusitala Short Story competition which was launched in… Read more →

Competition gives voice to Pacific writers

A new prize has been added to the annual Samoa Observer Tusitala Short Story Competition. “It’s a ‘Special Mention’ award,” said Selina Tusitala Marsh, who was a judge in the 2015 competition, and is the outgoing chair of the South Pacific Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, (S.P.A.C.L.A.L.S.) “The ‘SPACLALS Tuli Prize’ of NZ$300 is so named in recognition… Read more →

Talofa. Welcome to you all!

At the Samoa Observer Tusitala Short Story Competition prize-giving ceremony held at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel yesterday evening, the Observer’s editor in chief, Savea Sano Malifa, gave a brief presentation. This is what he said.       Honorable Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi. Honorable Chief Justice, Patu Tiavasu’e Falefatu Sapolu, and your good lady, Iliganoa. Members of Parliament. Members… Read more →

Keynote Address at the Samoa Observer Tusitala Short Story Competition

Lau Susuga Reverend Sapa’u Ruperake Petaia Lau Afioga le Palemia, Hon Tuila’epa Fatialofa Lupesoli’ai Sa’ilele Malielegaoi Ministers and Members of Parliament Chief Justice Patū Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu Members of the Diplomatic Corp Distinguished Guest, Writers Ladies and Gentlemen Malo le soifua ma le lagi e mamā The New Zealand High Commissioner, Jackie Frizelle has asked that I pass on her sincere… Read more →


Talofa lava On behalf of Savea Sano and Muliaga Jean Malifa and the Samoa Observer Organising Committee, a huge thank you to all the writers who entered the 2015 Competition. You confirmed for us all, that we have great writers in the Pacific who have wonderful stories to tell. We look forward to sharing some of those stories with you. The… Read more →

Winners named in regional story contest

Logotaeao Vaeoso of American Samoa and Mele Mauala of Samoa have been named overall winners at the Pacific’s first-ever regional, short story competition. Judges named four other regional winners as well as a group of Highly Commended entries. The announcement of overall and regional winners of the Samoa Observer Tusitala Short Story competition at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel in Apia,… Read more →