Stories hit the head as well as the heart

Speech on behalf of Judges  for the 2017 Samoa Observer  Tusitala Short Story Competition    by Silafau Professor Sina Va’ai  Professor of English,  Faculty of Arts,  N.U.S.  Talofa and Pacific greetings to you all. ‘Reverend’ Mata’afa Keni Lesa, Your Excellencies, Ambassador of the Peoples’ Republic of China, Wang Xuefeng and the New Zealand High Commissioner and your good ladies, Savea… Read more →

Short Story winner pays tribute to Chief Editor

I am a writer. That’s a belief, short story Author, Jenny Bennett, winner of the 2017 Samoan category for the Samoa Observer Tusitala Story Competition, struggled in silence to affirm in herself as she battled with depression and low self- esteem during her teenage years. In a moving acceptance speech at the prize giving on Thursday 14 December, Ms. Bennett… Read more →

“An Elegant Tantrum” wins 2017 Samoa Observer Tusitala Story competition

A story with the intriguing title, “An Elegant Tantrum” is the Overall Winner of the 2017 Samoa Observer Tusitala Short Story competition. The story was written by Wellington-based Samoan,   This was announced at a prize giving on the 14th of December at the S.S.A.B. Conference Room in the presence of members of the Diplomatic Corps – the Chinese Ambassador… Read more →

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 →